The fifth annual Lockn’ Festival is set to take place at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Va., next year. Organizers have revealed the initial lineup for the four-day event, Aug. 24-27, and it features the usual mix of top jam bands, singer-songwriters and acoustic-based artists that have made the festival a hit since its debut in 2013. Among the artists scheduled to perform are The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & Friends, The String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, moe., Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Margo Price, Keller Williams, Umphrey’s McGee, Brandi Carlile, John Butler Trio, Eric Krasno Band and Greensky Bluegrass.
Of the confirmed artists, only Williams and Lesh have performed at every Lockn’ to date, and they’ll both take on double duty in 2017. Williams turns up as a solo artist and the leader of Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, a group that made its debut on the Sunday morning of Lockn’ 2013, playing Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia songs in the style of traditional gospel music. (“This is not a Christian act,” he notes on his website.) Lesh can be found as part of his familiar Phil Lesh & Friends and also Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, the latter of which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dead’s Terrapin Station. Released in 1977, the album ushered in a number of soon-to-be-classics to the Dead’s repertoire, including “Estimated Prophet,” “Samson & Delilah” and the sidelong “Terrapin Station” suite, which clocked in at more than 16 minutes.
Last year’s Lockn’ drew more than 30,000 fans to tiny Arrington, a town of 700 that lies midway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg in the heart of Virginia, but a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., and almost two from Richmond. The Virginia tourism website quaintly notes that now “the village of Arrington has a post office and convenience store.” Otherwise, the town’s amenities are limited. Hotel packages invite fans to stay at Wintergreen Resort, a hotel located 45 minutes north of Arrington. “Our goal is not only to offer fans mind-blowing lineups but also to present the best in local and regional cuisine, craft beers and wines, and opportunities to explore our picturesque setting,” organizers wrote on the festival website.
While special ‘Lumni tickets for returning festivalgoers are sold out, early bird tickets are available starting at $259 for a four-day general admission pass, with options for VIP or super VIP admission. Tent and bus rentals, camping and glamping packages, parking and shuttle passes, and hotel accommodations can all be purchased online.