LOCKN’ Music Festival has taken the gold star of jam band music festivals this summer, serving as the host to innumerable memories, once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, and cherished moments galore. The new home at Infinity Downs Farm ensured all attendees were comfortable, out of the sun, and within sight of the stages. The love was strong from the get-go, as the Arrington, VA event served as the first major gathering since the previous week’s unfortunate happenings in Charlottesville. The festival organizers ensured that those affected by the tragedy were honored throughout the weekend, beginning with a Remembrance Ceremony for Heather Heyer, who lost her life during the Charlottesville attack.
The highlights from the four-night weekend include: The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee performing two “interlocking” collaborative sets; My Morning Jacket’s Jim James’ special guest appearance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; Bob Weir‘s 5-song sit-in with JRAD; Phil.moe, featuring Phil Lesh with moe., Grahame Lesh, members of The Revivalists, and more; Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s Terrapin Station set; Gov’t Mule‘s Led Zeppelin covers with Ann Wilson; Bob Weir with The Avett Brothers; and countless other irreplaceable musical moments that make LOCKN’ truly unique.
Photographer Dave Vann was behind-the-scenes and has shared 250 of his favorite images from the weekend. Enjoy: