Virginia is for lovers — and last weekend it was for music lovers. For a sixth year, Lockn’ brought four days of camping, improvised music and collaborations to Arrington, Va. If you enjoyed the festival and want more, or if you missed out, many of the performers have gigs in the area this fall.
Dead & Company — an offshoot of the Grateful Dead featuring John Mayer — headlined the festival’s final two nights. Guitarist Bob Weir brings new trio Wolf Bros. to the Warner Theatre on Nov. 12; bassist Oteil Burbridge will appear with high-energy Dead cover band (and Lockn’ late-night performers) Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Anthem on Oct. 20.
Funk-rock act Lettuce played three sets at the festival, including a Jerry Garcia Band tribute that went till 3 a.m. and featured surprise sit-ins from Mayer and Weir. Lettuce will jam with rapper Waka Flocka Flame and guitar wunderkind Marcus King at The Anthem Nov. 3. Fellow funky Lockn’ band Turkuaz opens.
George Porter Jr. and Ivan Neville were among the New Orleans musicians who paid tribute to The Meters in Foundations of Funk (which unexpectedly welcomed four members of Dead & Company as guests). Both Porter and Neville will honor their city as part of the “Take Me to the River” tour at The Hamilton on Oct. 24.
Progressive rock act Umphrey’s McGee played three Lockn’ sets, the last of which added drummer Jason Bonham for some Led Zeppelin covers. Umphrey’s headlines Baltimore’s MECU Pavilion with the soulful Southern Avenue (another Lockn’ band) on Oct. 13. Bonham plays The Fillmore with his Led Zeppelin Evening band Nov. 25.
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s two Lockn’ sundown sets included a mix of Southern rock and jazzy improv. You can see the jazzy side when spinoff band Whose Hat Is This? headlines The Hamilton (Dec. 17).
New rock band Ghost Light brought some experimental jams to Lockn’. Keyboardist Holly Bowling plays The Hamilton solo Sept. 9 and brings the band with her Nov. 24.