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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.

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

The Founding Fathers (featuring Chris Pandolfi and Andy Falco of The Infamous Stringdusters) played a solid early
set using a computer to set down different backing parts for the two to jam along with. However, the crowd really
turned out for Pegi Young and the Survivors, amidst rumors that husband Neil Young would be joining Peggy at some
point during the set. Rumors about Neil Young playing with different folk persisted all weekend, none ever coming true.

Following Pegi Young, the crowd partied New Orleans style for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Soul Rebels,
who each played by themselves on stage and then played together as the “Soul Rebels Brass Band” to convince the
crowd that there ain’t no party like a NOLA party. Covers from the two bands included Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,”
Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams,” The Meters’ “Fire on the Bayou,” as well as many 'who dat?' chants and the traditional
“When The Saints Go Marching In.”

Following up with more brass and rhythm was Jimmy Cliff with a laid back set of mostly original tunes and stories.
He told about his life in early Jamaica, about songwriting and how he had come to have his own version of Cat
Stevens’ “Wild World.” He played his protest song “Vietnam,” with lyrics altered to reflect Afghanistan, and played his
1969 release “Come Into My Life” for the first time live.

String Cheese today played a more straight-forward set in terms of jamming, picking up from Jimmy Cliff’s world
rhythms to carry the party as the sun set and the air cooled, playing mostly originals until late in the set, when the
Talking Heads’ “This Must be the Place (Naïve Melody)” afforded a lyrically-reflective song to groove to, before
building momentum through the end of the set with “Restless Wind.”

Despite a long-standing Grateful Dead tradition of starting late, Furthur came out quickly and picked up the groove
with “Shakedown Street,” an exciting opener for even the most jaded Head. Shakedown carried into “The Wheel,”
giving Furthur’s first set of the weekend the looser, spacier, feeling of a second or third set. This feeling continued as
“The Wheel” dissolved into “Cryptical Envelopment” and I was surprised as the band turned into “Estimated Prophet”
instead of the normal “Cryptical” partner, “The Other One.” The end of the set had a markedly less 'out-there' feel.
“Cassidy,” “Candyman,” and “Jack Straw,” set a nice country-jam tone, prepping the crowd’s ear for the debut of
The Zac Brown Incident.

As best I could tell, The Zac Brown Incident featured every member of both bands (Zac Brown and String Cheese)
playing each other’s songs and creating a soundscape at times so dense, and yet so melodic, that it was both
incredible to listen to and difficult to sort out. A large-scale country-bluegrass jam session bridging commercial and
indie musicians, paying worthy tribute to their influences and predecessors: Levon Helm’s “When I Go Away;” Jimmy
Martin’s “Freeborn Man;” Bill Withers’ “Use Me;” and also drawing influences from well outside the genre, with
Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” appearing midway through the set and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” as the
encore. This was a truly incredible set of music. It was not webcasted and is not yet available up on String Cheese
Incident's webpage, but I hope we can see a commercial release of this set soon; if you bought your Lockn’ ticket to
see musical and collaborative rarities, this set was certainly a high point.

Furthur’s second set picked up spacier than the first and quickly began to gain momentum. “Dark Star” opened the set,
and the band never strayed too far from
Dark Star’s central themes, even as they moved to the eternal crowd-pleasers
of “Eyes of the World” and "St. Stephen." "Unbroken Chain" echoed the fest's theme and as the song intensified
I realized that the set itself was adhering strictly to the Lockn’ motto of "where one ends, another begins!" The band
fell back into
Dark Star and the sets momentum ground to a halt with the late Garcia-Hunter collaboration
“Days Between.”

'Days' wrapped up and Bob Weir introduced Zac Brown to the stage, who joined them for the Zac Brown Band medley
of “Free Mystic Free”>”Into the Mystic”>”Free Mystic Free” as well as the perennial Grateful Dead favorite
“Tennessee Jed” (which featured Bobby teaching Zac Brown the proper chord changes on the spot). Zac Brown and
Furthur was one of many unexpected delights at this festival. Like the earlier set, the end of this set was markedly less
'out-there' than the beginning of the set and after Phil’s “Donor Rap,” the night’s music ended with a particularly
dynamic “Touch of Grey” encore.
PHOTOS (click images for photo galleries)
LOCKN' Festival 2013 Day Two: Review & Photos
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Words By TROY MILLER  |  Images By  ZANE A. MILLER
The Founding Fathers
Pegi Young and The Survivors
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Soul Rebels
Jimmy Cliff
The String Cheese Incident
Further (set one)
The Zac Brown Incident
Further (set two)