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bob susan_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Grateful and Unforgettable: Lockn’ 2015 in Review.
Words By Kirby Farineau; Photos by Milo Farineau

Stepping up the grassy hill to attend the third annual Lockn’ Music Festival, attendees were greeted with the sight of the event in all its grandeur. Fields of tents, cars, and RVs stretched into the distance far from the dazzling Oakridge stage. Held inside the Oakridge farm racetrack, Lockn’ provides a wide open space for its many thousands of attendees. Based on previous year’s success, the setup for year three is mostly unchanged, providing a great structure to explore the festival grounds and enjoy the music from almost anywhere.

One cannot discuss this year’s festivities without mentioning the unfortunate and literal rain on the parade. Due to an intense storm system on Wednesday, there was enough damage to the festival stage, vendor tents, and campgrounds that impaired their ability to safely run on its scheduled opening day. To the dismay of many, the festival shut all Thursday events down, turning attendees away to the many impromptu pop-up shantytowns in campgrounds and parking lots around the state. Some of the acts were lost, as Thursday was the only day they could play (Little Feat, Galactic, etc.), but Lockn’ was quick to remedy the situation, taking action to create a condensed schedule of music for the remainder of the weekend, making the best of the time and musical talents they had to work with.

Doobie_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015_1Seeing as that first Friday fell on the important but somber date of 9/11, the festival did their best to honor the occasion in a way that didn’t dwell on the tragedy. John Popper of Blues Traveler took the stage first to deliver the national anthem, surrounded by a group of first responders from the attack on the Twin Towers underneath a big star spangled banner waving for everyone to see. After a few moments to reflect, the swaths of festival attendees bunched up towards the stage were finally greeted with the sounds of The Doobie Incident, a respective combination of classic rock band The Doobie Brothers, and The String Cheese Incident, who played classics from the Doobie’s career but with some added instrumentation from String Cheese. The rest of the first day’s acts followed in a seamless succession, as bands like Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot, Moonalice, and the North Mississippi Allstars all provided rocking, roots, and bluesy sets before New Orleans singer songwriter Anders Osborne and his band brought their original style of heavy funk/blues rock to the stage.

Phil_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Steve Earle and The Dukes, with his deep southern tones and their unique country style provided a chance for audience members to gather themselves, and prepare for a torrential outpouring of musical experiences that evening which surpassed the literal storm from the days before. The String Cheese Incident revisited the stage to deliver their own set, followed closely by a performance from the always varying Phil and Friends, this time featuring the fantastic vocal stylings of Lockn’ veteran, Chris Robinson, who took the stage singing classic Grateful Dead tunes in front of Phil Lesh, himself. This was the first of many performances that emphasized one of the greatest elements of Lockn’: collaboration. The cooperative efforts of veteran musicians across genres made for some historical and downright crazy performances throughout the rest of the weekend.

LR_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015The night ended with back- to-back powerhouse celebrations of music history: The 50 year anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, and a tribute to the late Joe Cocker. The first performance featured Jack and Jorma of Hot Tuna fame, alongside Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, followed by an unforgettable show simply dubbed Mad Dogs and Englishmen. There’s something magical about seeing Susan Tedeschi, Leon Russell, and Chris Robinson all on the same stage alongside Cocker’s old backup singers like Rita Coolidge which created an image and a sound that attendees will not soon forget.  Closing up with late night performances from Mickey Hart and Umphrey’s McGee, Friday came to a very rousing and very late conclusion.

Karl_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Things ramped up early on Saturday kicking things off with one of the Rockn’ to Lockn’ contest winners, local country band Lord Nelson, followed by the always entertaining 80’s cover bluegrass group Love Canon.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe teamed up with keyboardist Chuck Leavell to deliver a remarkable performance of soulful horn-heavy rock before Hot Tuna once more took the stage, this time playing a sit down acoustic set of their own music and introspective conversation, allowing audience members a little period of relaxation. More great sets that afternoon with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, who somehow get better with every performance. The soulful duo of quiet guitarist Derek Trucks alongside wife Susan Tedeschi, a woman who could sing the roof off a stadium, was soon joined by Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir for a few tunes. The appearance of Weir enamored audience members with another brilliant aspect of Lockn’: The Legacy of the Grateful Dead.

billy_1_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Ever since the grand reunion show in Chicago, speculation about the Grateful Dead at Lockn’ gripped the hopes of Deadheads everywhere. For many who were unable to attend that “last show” at Soldier’s Field, it seems that Lockn’ was a possible opportunity to see the four members in some capacity. Ever since Lockn’ organizers Dave Fry and Pete Shapiro announced that all four members were going to be there, the hearts and minds of fans everywhere were racing.

Before that was to be seen, we got musical legend Robert Plant with the Sensational Space Shifters , followed shortly by what at this point seems to be a Lockn’ tradition of Widespread Panic collaborating with a classic musician, in this case Jimmy Cliff.

Mickey_2Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Then came a show from Billy and The Kids, which may be the closest to the real lineup people may ever get, with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart all performing on the Oak Stage, while Phil Lesh set up for his show on the Ridge Stage adjoining (but not accompanying). For a very brief moment in time, from the audience, one could at least see all four members of the Grateful Dead together, in some capacity on stage together.

The second Phil and Friends show was as interesting as the first, featuring two different but masterful guitarists Warren Haynes and Carlos Santana. Saturday finished with another late night performance from Mickey Hart, and an appearance of Govt Mule.

Sunday waved goodbye to the thousands of festival-goers, but not without a few more stunning performances. Richmond reps and Rockn’ to Lockn’ winners, The Southern Belles , followed by Fishbone, The Oh Hellos, and a hip shaking performance by St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Save for performances from Trombone Shorty and Slightly Stoopid, the last evening was comprised of artists (Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, and Robert Plant) who had  played previously, but played additional sets in different configurations, proving that more is sometimes better.

plant_2Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015It seems that with each successive and successful year, Lockn’ has become one of the biggest and most unforgettable festivals in Virginia. Through the efforts of vendors, volunteers, and staff, Lockn’ managed to overcome significant environmental challenges and not only compensated but turned obstacle into accomplishment by providing collaborative combinations into experiences unlikely to ever be forgotten by event participants.

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FINALMagFest2014_PosterMagnolia Fest 2014 Schedule Announced: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls,  Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

New additions to the lineup include:
Col. Bruce Hampton & Madrid Express, Bloodkin, and The Vegabonds

Magnolia Fest October 16-19, 2014 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park

~Nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida,
One of America’s finest music parks hosting some of the best in original string & roots music ~

Live Oak, FL — Magnolia Fest 2014 is only a few weeks away and we are thrilled to announce the daily schedule of music: www.magnoliafest.com/schedule/. On October 16-19, 2014 Magnolia Fest celebrates its 18th year of celebrating with some of the world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music. Festivalgoers will enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods at this energetic and family friendly event. Tickets are available at: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets.

We are excited to add a few additions to the line-up including Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express, Bloodkin, and The Vegabonds. They are joining the stellar lineup of Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls, Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”, Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Donna the Buffalo, The Wailers, North Mississippi Allstars, The Duhks, Rodney Crowell, Anders Osborne, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Tornado Rider, New Orleans Suspects, Willie Sugarcapps, American Aquarium, MarchFourth Marching Band, and The Lee Boys amongst others.

The festival takes place at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, located just north of Live Oak, FL, which is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier 500+ acre campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. SOSMP hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wannee, Suwannee Springfest, Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Blackwater Music Festival, Aura Music Festival and other special events.

Get your tickets for Magnolia Fest now and save. Tickets are on sale in advance for $185  in advance ($200 at the gate). Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Attendees can also upgrade for a VIP Experience which includes a four-day ticket with primitive camping, meals, swag bag, inclusion in a drawing to win an All Access upgrade and more for $300. Along with the camping, there are nearly 12 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploring. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683.

Further information and updates can be found at www.MagnoliaFest.com, www.facebook.com/MagnoliaFestfl, www.twitter.com/MagnoliaFest, and www.instagram.com/magnoliafest.

Magnolia 2014 Festival Lineup:  
Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
Jason Isbell
The Indigo Girls
Dr. John & The Night Trippers
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”
Keller Williams w/ More Than a Little
Donna the Buffalo x2
The Wailers
North Mississippi Allstars
The Duhks
Rodney Crowell
Anders Osborne
Tornado Rider
New Orleans Suspects
Rushadicus The Cello Goblin
Jim Lauderdale
Nikki Talley Trio
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Willie Sugarcapps
Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express
American Aquarium
Marchfourth Marching Band
The Lee Boys
Big Cosmo
Bloodkin
Honey Island Swamp Band
Sloppy Joe
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine x2
Quartermoon
Canary in the Coalmine
The Steppin Stones
Flagship Romance
Jacksonvegas
The Vegabonds
Parker Urban Band
Juke
Bryce Alastair Band
Chelsea Saddler
Heywire
Tyler Denning Band
Rusty Shine

Ticketing Details:
Tickets $185 until 10/15; $200 at gate; kids under 12 are free.
Student / Military Ticket $150 Advance
VIP Ticket $300: Includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks
All weekend passes include music & primitive camping Thursday – Sunday nights.
Day Passes are available, more information is here: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets/

The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive Live Oak, Florida 32060
RV sites, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals are also available, call 386-364-1683 to reserve.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com or call them at the number above for more information.

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Magnolia Fest Lineup Additions Include The Wailers, North Mississippi Allstars, Anders Osborne, Rodney Crowell, The Duhks and more!

October 16-19, 2014 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park
~Nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida, One of America’s finest music parks hosts some of the best in original string and roots music at Magnolia Fest~

On October 16-19, 2014 Magnolia Fest celebrates its 18th year of celebrating with some of the world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music. Festivalgoers will enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods at this energetic and family friendly event.

Magnolia Fest is excited to announce additions to this Fall’s line-up including The Wailers, North Mississippi Allstars, Anders Osborne, Rodney Crowell, The Duhks, Tornado Rider, New Orleans Suspects, Nikki Talley Trio and more.

Previously announced acts include Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls, Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”, Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Reynolds & TR3 amongst others.

The festival takes place at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, located just north of Live Oak, FL, which is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier 500+ acre campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. SOSMP hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wannee, Suwannee Springfest, Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Aura Music Festival and other special events.

Get your tickets for Magnolia Fest now and save. Tickets are on sale in advance for $170 until the price increase on August 23rd ($200 at the gate). Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Attendees can also upgrade for a VIP Experience which includes a four-day ticket with primitive camping, meals, swag bag, inclusion in a drawing to win an All Access upgrade and more for $300. Along with the camping, there are nearly 12 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploring. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683. Further information can be found at www.MagnoliaFest.com.

Magnolia Fest 2014 Lineup Additions
The Wailers
North Mississippi Allstars
Anders Osborne
Rodney Crowell
The Duhks
Tornado Rider
New Orleans Suspects
Rushadicus the Cello Goblin
Nikki Talley Trio
Canary in the Coalmine
Rusty Shine
Heywire
Tyler Denning Band
The Steppin Stones

Magnolia Fest 2014 Initial Lineup
Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
Jason Isbell
The Indigo Girls
Dr. John and The Night Trippers
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”
Keller Williams with More Than A Little
Donna the Buffalo
Jim Lauderdale
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Willie Sugarcapps
American Aquarium
MarchFourth Marching Band
The Lee Boys
Big Cosmo
Honey Island Swamp Band
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
Sloppy Joe
Quartermoon
Flagship Romance
JacksonVegas
Juke
Parker Urban Legend
Bryce Alastair Band
Chelsea Saddler

Ticketing Details:
Tickets $170 adv until 8/23; $185 until 10/15; $200 at gate; kids under 12 are free.
Student / Military Ticket $150 Advance
VIP Ticket $300: Includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks
All weekend passes include music & primitive camping Thursday – Sunday nights.
Day Passes are available, more information is here: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets/

The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive Live Oak, Florida 32060
RV sites, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals are also available, call 386-364-1683 to reserve.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com or call them at the number above for more information.

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