This coming weekend, LOCKN’ will return to Arrington, VA, for its sixth-annual festival. As always, the 2018 edition of LOCKN’ will bring together some of the most exciting acts in the extended jam band scene for a weekend of special performances and collaborations. Leading the way this year is Dead & Company, the modern Grateful Dead spinoff featuring Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and John Mayer. The band is scheduled for four sets at LOCKN’ this weekend—their last performances of 2018—including one collaborative set with jazz saxophonist and ongoing GD guest performer Branford Marsalis.
However, according to a conversation with SiriusXM‘s Tales From The Golden Road on Sunday evening, Mayer has a feeling his busy LOCKN’ schedule will not be confined to Dead & Co’s scheduled sets. As the guitarist explained, “I am looking forward to LOCKN’. There’s a lot of bands that I want to go see. My guitar will not be in its case very much, while that festival is going on.”
He elaborated, “If I go to LOCKN’ and stay in my hotel room the whole time, pardon my French, but I’m just a dick…I don’t even know that I’ll have a guitar case with me while I’m there. I want to go play as much as I can.”
Mayer will have a long list of potential collaborators to play with when he arrives in Arrington this week. In addition to Dead & Company, the festival will feature two sets of Tedeschi Trucks Band, three sets of Umphrey’s McGee (including one Led Zeppelin set with help from Jason Bonham), three sets of Lettuce (including a special tribute to Jerry Garcia Band with Eric Krasno), Widespread Panic (with help from Margo Price), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Turkuaz, Band of Changes, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Foundation of Funk, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Keller & The Keels, Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, and many more.
For a full list of scheduled sets at LOCKN’ 2018, or to grab your passes now, head to the festival website.