LOCKN’ Day 3 – Only the Strong Survive
When the LOCKN’ gets hot, the heat is brought to LOCKN’. All day Saturday the sun beat down with a gentle breeze at times, but the crowd was as packed as ever, shade shacks peppering the field, for the hottest lineup of the weekend thus far. The bands made the most of their extended sets, due to Brandi Carlisle’s cancellation due to illness.
My Morning Jacket put on a powerhouse show, start to finish. Jim James and company have one of the most energetic stage performances, complete with a giant disco ball lighting the stage and field up. Highlights of the more than two hour set included “I’m Amazed,” “One Big Holiday,” “Off the Record,” and covers of “Purple Rain,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Could You Be Loved,” and a surprisingly stellar cover of “What the World Needs Now (is Love Sweet Love). Arena rock has a fantastic home at Lockn’.
Tedeschi Trucks Band brought a 12-piece army to the stage for a continually impressive set full of classic rock covers – “Keep on Growing” and “Had to Cry Today,” both Eric Clapton tunes that fit so well in their repertoire. Here’s TTB covering Blind Faith:
Phil and Friends found a way to fit even more people on stage, causing a delay after Hard Working Americans driving rock set. Phil had The Infamous Stringdusters, Anders Osborne, Page and Jon from Fish, as well as Joe Russo for the most all-star set of the weekend. A lighter, more bluegrass based set was a delight to the crowd, one of the few genres not covered thus far in the lineup. “Dire Wolf,” the rare “Rosalee McFall,” “Uncle John’s Band,” and a full “Terrapin Station” stood out as highlights, with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks joining for “Mr. Charlie” and “Sugaree.”
Hard Working Americans draw together Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools and drummer Duane Trucks with Neal Casal (Circles Around the Sun) on guitar, and Todd Snider on vocals for inventive rock with hilarious at times lyrics. Performing a Drive by Truckers style of southern rock with “Stomp and Hollar,” “Run a Mile,” and an unexpected cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Days.”
Earlier in the day, Moon Taxi brought Nashville’s finest rock to Virginia, with a spirited cover of “All Along the Watchtower.” Twiddle had a captive audience for “Best Feeling” featuring Keller Williams and “Jamflowman.” Galactic had one of the loudest rocking shows of the day, bringing our Lee Oskar from WAR for “Slippin’ Into Darkness” and “Like a Rolling Stone,” among other highlights.
Sunday continues with Dharma Initiative, Doobie Decibel System, more Twiddle, The Wailers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Phil Lesh and Friends, Gary Clark, Jr. and capping it all off, Phish.