By Hannah Norwood
August 24, 2017
Arrington, Virginia hosts the 5th annual Lockn’ Festival this weekend. Formerly known as Interlocken, this four-day music event takes place on a special piece of property called Infinity Downs Farm tucked away in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The festival blends world-class music across three stages with local vendors, serving up regional cuisine and craft spirits. This year’s forecast includes 100% sunshine and a lineup that includes performances by John Fogerty, The Avett Brothers, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir (celebrating 40 years performing the Grateful Dead’s Terrapin Station), Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, and Brandi Carlile.
Here are our 5 must-see acts at Lockn’ 2017:
Nashville’s Margo Price brings an old-timey outlaw country sound reminiscent of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton back into the mainstream. We look forward to hearing new music from her EP titled Weakness. Price is absolutely an artist on the rise and a must-see this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The Houston band The Suffers describe their sound as “gulf coast soul,” a musical representation of the cultural diversity present within the region. Kam Franklin’s powerful vocals lead the group, backed with guitar, bass, keyboard, two percussionists and a horn section. This is a band that will be sure to a bring soulful performance on Saturday afternoon and leave it all out on the Relix Stage.
Hiss Golden Messenger:
Originating in Durham, Hiss Golden Messenger is a folk music favorite. The band is led by MC Taylor whose academic studies in folklore at UNC heavily influenced the band’s lyrics and instrumentation. His cragged vocals weave emotionally charged tales of Americana. The latest single “Standing in the Doorway,” was released earlier this summer and a new album is on the way in late September. Hopefully we’ll get to hear some new music during Saturday’s performance!
Marcus King Band:
The Marcus King Band is a blues/rock band based out of Greenville that will definitely rev things up on the Relix Stage Friday morning. With King’s commanding vocals the performance will be sure to wake up the entire campground, getting people out of their tents, moving and grooving to start off the day. Their 2016 self-titled album was produced entirely by Asheville, NC based musician Warren Haynes and includes a collaboration with the powerhouse guitarist Derek Trucks who performed at last year’s festival.
Jim James (solo):
The front man and leading songwriter of My Morning Jacket– Jim James– is an act that can’t be missed. His haunting vocals will bring a psychedelic vibe to the Main Stage on Friday at 5pm to kick off an incredible night packed full of live music.
As the first big event taking place in the Charlottesville area since the events on August 11th, Pete Shapiro, a co-founder of the festival says he hopes the music of Lockn’ Festival will “bring positive vibes to a place that needs to lift the energy.” If you can’t make it out to Virginia this weekend the festival will be live-streamed from Relix and will be fundraising to support the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
Check out the full lineup for Lockn’ Festival 2017: