MAKE AMERICA LOVE AGAIN: Annual LOCKN’ Festival 2017 8/24-27/17, Arrington VA

This year’s stellar event at Oakridge Farm was far more than the jam-band blowout it has typically been known for in previous years—in addition to stalwarts like Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, moe., and String Cheese Incident, on hand were such disparate artists as Afro-beat provocateurs Antibalas, swamp-funk maestros JJ Grey & Mofro, country-pop songstress Brandi Carlile, and NC’s own Avett Brothers.

BY WILLA STEIN

The fifth annual LOCKN’ music festival was held at the Oakridge Farm in Arrington, VA about 45 miles away from Charlottesville. Needless to say there was a whole lot of love and support flowing through these hills during the four-day event. So many musicians stood up and spoke about the tragic events and misfortune in Charlottesville a few weeks prior.

A lot of folks felt this part of the country needed healing and good vibes and that is exactly what LOCKN’ did. I did not see any acts of wrong doing—if anything, I witnessed so much love and kindness. There was so much good music, the scenery was beautiful; and fun times seem to be had by all. The following photo gallery is a glimpse of LOCKN’ 2017, and if you have not been before you may want to put this event on your radar, as it’s one of the things that actually does make America great. Or, as Keller Williams might put it, “Make America Love Again.”

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BLURT contributor Willa Stein previously covered the 2015 LOCKN’ festival for us. To view more of the Raleigh-based photographer’s work or to contact her, visit her official website.

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Jim James of My Morning Jacket

 

Billy Nershi from String Cheese Incident

 

Jorma Kaukonen, best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.

 

Brandi Carlile and Jim James

 

Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm and Phil Lesh performing with the Terrapin Family Band.

 

Margo Price

 

Marcus King from The Marcus King Band

 

David Shaw from The Revivalists

 

Melvin Seals

 

One fan was clearly enjoying the show…

 

Warren Haynes, Phil Lesh and Ross James, Terrapin Family Band.

 

John Butler, John Butler Trio.

 

Fans (did we mention the fans?)

 

Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling performs at the Terrapin Station Porch.

 

Keller Williams sporting messages of “No time to Hate”, “Virginia is for Everyone” and “Make America Love Again”.

 

Dobro player extraordinaire, Anders Beck, Greensky Bluegrass.

 

Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes

 

Gov’t Mule with special guest Ann Wilson of Heart.

 

John Fogerty (you may have heard of his earlier band: Creedence Clearwater Revival).

 

Grahame Lesh, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh during the performance of Terrapin Station,  highlight of this year’s festival.

 

Joe Russo, Almost Dead

 

John Bell from Widespread Panic

 

Seth Avett, of the Avett Brothers

 

Bob Weir

 

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