After months of anticipation, today, LOCKN’ Festival kicks off at Infinity Downs Farms in Arrington, Virginia, for the fifth iteration of the beloved festival. While we hope to see many of you guys there, for those of us who can’t make it to the festival this year, LOCKN’ had big news for fans yesterday with the announcement that they’ll be partnering with Relix and Youtube to live-stream the entirety of the festival. The webcast starts tonight at 7 pm (EST) and will run from 10 am to 2 am (EST) each day through to Sunday night. Better yet, with the support of Ben & Jerry’s and Airstream, the webcast will be available for a name-your-price donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, a local philanthropic organization that recently started the Heal Charlottesville Fund following the tragic events in the city during the rally of white supremacists earlier in the month, and Headcount, the nonpartisan organization well-known in our scene that works with musicians to increase participation in democracy.
As festival co-founder Peter Shapiro noted about the stream by donation, “We’ve been thinking about different ways that we can try and re-direct the energy in the Charlottesville area and do something positive for the community. We wanted to enable anyone anywhere across the globe to experience the music and the great vibes at LOCKN’ and at the same time help support the cause. Ben & Jerry’s, Airstream and YouTube each stepped up quickly so 100% of what we raise will go to the Charlottesville Community Fund and HeadCount. Both organizations do the below the radar work every day to help the world be a better place, so they were easy organizations to support right now.”
With LOCKN’s stacked lineup, those of us at home can look forward to catching Umphrey’s McGee, The String Cheese Incident, and The Disco Biscuits tonight. On Friday, the crown jewel of the day will be the highly anticipated Terrapin Station set, which will see Phil Lesh team with Bob Weir and The Terrapin Family Band to perform the classic Grateful Dead album. Friday will also see performances by Jim James, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Gov’t Mule, a solo set by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King Band, Tauk, and more. Saturday sports a lineup featuring Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, John Butler Trio, John Fogerty, Widespread Panic, and a repeat performance by Almost Dead, among others. Sunday will close the festival out with Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Eric Krasno Band, Moonalice, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, and two very special sets—Phil.moe, featuring Phil Lesh & Friends with moe., and The Avett Brothers with Bob Weir.
You can check out LOCKN’ full schedule below (all times are Eastern Standard), and tune in here.
[Photo: Josh Timmermans]