Things got pretty exciting yesterday at the inaugural Lockn’ Festival as Trey Anastasio joined Furthur for half of their set and John Fogerty sat in with Widespread Panic for half of their performance. A day’s worth of great music was also complimented by the fantastic weather, which has been near perfect for the duration of the festival.
The music kicked off with an opening set from Love Canon, a local act that specializes in bluegrass covers of 80s hits. They were followed by the London Souls, who played a solid set of pure rock n’ roll as the festival site began to fill up. The always-well groomed Punch Brothers then took the stage for a fun afternoon set that featured a few bluegrass classics, as well some interesting covers like the band’s impressive string rendition of Radiohead’s experimental electronic track “Kid A.”
The Black Crowes came out next for a fine set that got the crowd up on their feet. The Southern rockers powered their way through an energetic performance that included takes on plenty of Crowes’ standards like “She Talks to Angels,” and “Thorn in My Pride,” as well as some familiar covers of Traffic’s “Medicated Goo,” The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and set-closing takes on Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and Billy Joe Royal’s “Hush.”
The Trey Anastasio Band were the next group to hit the stage as they led the festival through a sunset show. The fairly standard set included a number of tunes from Anastasio’s latest album, Traveler, such as “Frost,” “Pigtail,” “Valentine,” a cover of Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” and “Architect,” a song that has recently found its way into a few Phish shows. The performance also featured version’s of Phish tracks like “Ocelot,” and the band encored with a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.”
Widespread Panic then hit the ground running with a rocking “Henry Parson’s Died.” The band mostly kept it to their own material for the first half of their set, though they also rocked a cover of JJ Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” pretty early on. The band wrapped up the standard portion of their show with an “Ain’t Life Grand” before the legendary John Fogerty joined them on stage for a run of Creedence Clearwater Revival classics. Fogerty and Widespread got going with a “Born on the Bayou” that was followed by fairly jammed-out versions of “Bad Moon Rising,” “Mystic Highway,” “Suzy Q,” “Old Man Down The Road,” “Keep On Chooglin” and a show-closing “Fortunate Son.”
Furthur went right into their set just as Widespread played their final note. As promised, the band got going on their Workingman’s Dead performance as they opened the show with “Uncle John’s Band.” Solid versions of “High Time,” “Dire Wolf,” “New Speedway Boogie,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Black Peter” and “Easy Wind” followed. The crowd was ready for the “Casey Jones” that would wrap the album up but, much to everyone’s surprise, the band introduced their friend Trey Anastasio, who joined them for the tune as everyone in attendance went wild. Anastasio was reserved at first but, the Phish guitarist really found his groove by the time he finished singing lead on “Bertha.” A stellar version of “Truckin’” came next, and the tune was followed by a “The Other One” that featured a fantastic jam before the group played “Viola Lee Blues.”(“Viola” was the first song that Anastasio played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 1999). The epic Anastasio/Furthur (Phurthur?) collaboration finally culminated in a fantastic “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” that closed out the night in spectacular fashion.
The festival grounds cleared out following the night’s final main stage performance, but plenty of festivalgoers made their way to the campsite Triangle, where the American Babies featuring Phil Lesh and The Jeff Sipe Trio kept the party going with late-night jams. Super VIP patrons were also treated to a special late-night acoustic set from Jorma Kaukonen, who had played The Triangle the night before.
The Lockn’ Festival will wrap up today with more sets from Furthur, Widespread Panic and The Black Crowes, as well as performances by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends with Oteil Burbridge and the Hackensaw Boys.
You can take a look at some more great photos from day three of the first-ever Lockn’ Festival here.
Here’s a look at last night’s Lockn’ Festival setlists
Saturday, September 7, 2013, Furthur, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Uncle John’s Band, High Time, Dire Wolf, New Speedway Boogie, Cumberland Blues, Black Peter, Easy Wind, Casey Jones*, Bertha*, Truckin* > The Other One > Viola Lee Blues* > Scarlet Begonias* > Fire On The Mountain*
(*) with Trey Anastasio
Saturday, September 7, 2013, Widespread Panic, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Henry Parsons Died, Pigeons, Travelin’ Light, Pilgrims, Ribs & Whiskey, Holden Oversoul, Dyin’ Man, Tail Dragger, Bust It Big > Surprise Valley > Blue Indian, Ain’t Life Grand, Born On The Bayou*, Bad Moon Rising*, Mystic Highway*, Suzy Q*, Old Man Down The Road*, Keep On Chooglin*, Fortunate Son*
(*) with John Fogerty
Saturday, September 7, 2013, Trey Anastasio Band, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Set 1: Cayman Review, Ocelot, Valentine, Dark and Down, Pigtail, Gotta Jibboo, Frost, Magilla, Sand, Wherever You Find It, Clint Eastwood, First Tube, Simple Twist Up Dave, Architect, Push On ‘Til the Day
E: Black Dog
Saturday, September 7, 2013, Black Crowes, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Soul Singing, Only) Halfway to Everywhere, High Head Blues, Medicated Goo, Jealous Again, Thick N’ Thin, Descending, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Thorn in My Pride, Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Good Morning Captain, Sting Me, Hard to Handle, Hush*
(*) with 1 line of “Hard to Handle” to end it