The LOCKN’ Festival has announced that its eighth year will act as an 80th birthday celebration for legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.
The event – which is traditionally scheduled for late August – will also make a move to mid-June in 2020, with official dates being June 19 to 21.
“Obviously celebrating Phil’s 80th is going to be awesome,” festival co-owner Pete Shapiro told Relix. “And we are also excited to move the event earlier in the summer to June. The weather is great in the Blue Ridge area that time of year and it will be fun to get to kick off the summer this way.”
And while it is billed as a three-day event, LOCKN’ 2020 will include a special “Steal Your Thursday” pre-party on June 18.
Lesh’s last appearance at the Arrington, Va. event was in 2017, where he performed Terrapin Station in its entirety alongside Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm and the entire Terrapin Family Band.
Other historic Lesh/LOCKN’ moments include a Phil & Friends set with Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes in 2015 as well as a pair of back-to-back 2016 Friends sets on Saturday (Jon Fishman, Page McConnell, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Anders Osborne, Joe Russo and the Infamous Stringdusers) and Sunday (Chris Robinson, Gary Clark Jr.)
Currently, there’s no further details on any additional performers for 2020, and it remains to be seen whether Lesh will appear with the Terrapin Family Band, a revolving troupe of Friends or both.
‘LUMNI Tickets for LOCKN’ 2020 will be available starting Friday, Nov. 8 at 8:08 a.m.
For more information visit LOCKN’s official website.
Watch a clip of one of LOCKN’ 2019’s most memorable moments – Trey Anastasio and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s recreation of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – as well as Lesh’s 2016 Friends collaboration with Tedeschi and Trucks below: