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September 5-8, Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington, Virginia played host to 20,000-25,000 fans each day for the inaugural
Lockn’ Music Festival.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

After arriving at noon, we managed to park by 6 p.m. Two hours after Keller and the Keels opened the weekend’s
music, cars were still rolling in, the nick-name “Parking Lock-in” had gained a following and the campgrounds were
only just beginning to really fill in. On our way in earlier I could hear Keller and the Keels seeming to taunt us with
Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” as we slowly herded towards a security checkpoint.

We parked and quickly threw up the barebones of our campsite as Warren Haynes led his band through his first set
of the night, which included a number of Warren Haynes Band staples from the award-winning album
Man in Motion
as well as covers including: Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” and Steely Dan’s
“Pretzel Logic.”

The first set I actually saw was The String Cheese Incident. I was excited to see them for the first time and I arrived
as the sun was finally setting. I followed my ears to where the sound would be good and to where I might have real
room to dance--to shake my bones a bit after having spent 10 hours in my car.

I walked around the lone soundboard and quickly realized that by standing in front of the stage that the Warren
Haynes Band had just come off and Gov’t Mule was about to play. Here I not only had a good spot for Mule
with room to dance, but I could also hear String Cheese good and clear.

The String Cheese Incident was joined during their first set by Keller Williams, which was a pleasure for all of us who
had missed Keller’s set entirely. Cheese’s two sets the first night showed how dynamic they can be, running from
breakneck-electric-bluegrass to out-of-this-world-space-groove throughout their sets.

Gov’t Mule’s set featured Grace Potter channeling Stevie Nicks for a five song cover-sandwich, with the Beatles’
“Dear Prudence,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” leading into the debut of “Whisper in Your Soul” from
Mule’s new album
Shout. The debut was followed by CSNY’s “Find the Cost of Freedom” and Neil Young’s “Southern
Man,” a reminder of the fact that Neil Young and Crazy Horse had been forced to cancel their appearance at Lockn’
because Crazy Horse guitarist 'Poncho' Sampedro had a broken hand.

The end of Mule’s set featured every member of both the Warren Haynes Band and Gov’t Mule (excluding Jorgen
Carlsson) coming out for the always uplifting “Soulshine,” with only minor technical difficulties as Ron Holloway
struggled to be heard through two solos as an apparent result of mic issues.

String Cheese’s second set picked up with the ever-funky “Rosie” and the rest of the set continued to demonstrate
how sharp and dynamic this Colorado six-piece actually is, with the audience hanging on board for every change
and begging for more. By the time a late-set “Kashmir” rocked the crowd, the bass had found it’s “shake your bones
or have them be shaken” volume and the crowd’s collective face was melted.

By the end of the first night, I had largely forgotten the parking horrors during arrival.
PHOTOS (click images for photo galleries)
LOCKN' Festival 2013 Day One: Review & Photos
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Words By TROY MILLER  |  Images By  ZANE A. MILLER
The String Cheese Incident (set one)
Gov't Mule
The String Cheese Incident (set two)