Lockn’ Festival: All The Years Melt Into A Dream

By Stu Kelly / August 23, 2017

If you’re like us, you are packing your bags and preparing for Lockn’ eagerly anticipating another weekend of live music, art installments and unforgettable memories on the Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Lockn’ is one of the premier festival experiences in the country and one of the most exciting differentiators are the abundance of unique collaborations, both spontaneous and on the lineup. This year’s lineup features Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band performing Terrapin Station in its entirety with special guests Bob Weir and Nicki Bluhm, Gov’t Mule with Ann Wilson from Heart, “Phil.moe.” the fusion of Phil Lesh and Friends with New York rockers moe. in one power set and The Avett Brothers with Bob Weir – who will close out the weekend.  

Founders Pete Shapiro and Dave Frey understand the importance of the “perfect atmosphere”where a true community can flourish. Part of their never-ending dedication to creating this space is the fundamental understanding that the optimal festival experience extends far beyond the stage. In order to have a booming community, there needs to be other opportunities where people can get involved, take in the local scenery, explore the grounds and find themselves while they get lost at the same time. 

This year there have been several exciting changes to the festival. Fans can now enjoy music at the main stage and the Blue Ridge Bowl in the same concert area, which cuts down on walking between the two main stages. As Lockn continues to book world-class talent year after year, there are surprisingly a handful of top-tier artists that are making their debut at the festival this weekend. Rapidly ascending jamgrass act Greensky Bluegrass will perform at Lockn’ for the first time along with Louisiana rock and soul outfit The Revivalists, Australian veteran multi-instrumentalist John Butler with his trio and Philadelphia based jamfusion act The Disco Biscuits among many others. Each year Lockn continues to blossom and evolve. The music is always incredible but the overall experience is unparalleled. Each year we carve out four days of our lives to share, create and exist in that particular moment in time. Whatever happens in between are some of the most important moments we can as for as fans who love the live music community. Each year melts into a dream. 

This year the weather is going to be absolutely perfect and The Melomaniacs are excited to get back down to one of our favorite events of the year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on everything that happens this year, but just to hold you over check out some of our photos from last year by Jason Herman.

(cover photo: G. Milo Farineau Photography)

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