LOCKN’ Festival 2016: The Bands

Published August 24, 2016
Words By Bryan Bischoff

With almost thirty bands set to perform at LOCKN’ 2016, attendees of the festival are in store for some amazing musical performances. We’ve put together this guide to help fans and attendees get to know the acts they may not already be familiar with. A limited number of weekend passes are still available here. Safe travels and we will see you at LOCKN’!


Brandi Carlile
Saturday 5:40pm-6:40pm (Main Stage)
Somewhere between alternative country and folk rock lies the musical styling of Brandi Carlile. Known for her captivating live performances, Carlile will hit the Main Stage Saturday afternoon.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Friday 3:30pm-4:45pm (Main Stage)
Daptone Records recording artist Charles Bradley brings his soul-filled funk and R&B stylings to the Main Stage Friday. Bradley, the subject of the 2012 documentary Soul of America, brings his Motown-esque grooves to the stage and transports his audiences to a bygone era of music.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Sunday 3:00pm-4:45pm (Main Stage)
Former Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson’s primary band since 2011, CRB delivers soulful southern blues rock that is further enhanced by Robinson’s distinct vocal styling. CRB hits the Main Stage Sunday afternoon before returning to the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Gary Clark Jr..

Circles Around The Sun
Friday 12:00am-2:00am (The Woods)
If you attended the webcast of Fare The Well and enjoyed the familiar but unrecognizable music between sets, then you are already familiar with Circles Around The Sun. Guitarist Neal Casal was tasked with creating the intermission music for Fare The Well and the result was, amazing. “The idea was to not only show reverence for the past but to ultimately, move it forward. If there’s anything to be learned from the Grateful Dead, it is to dissolve your boundaries, push your limits, and discover your own voice in this world” says Casal.

DJ Williams Projekt
Saturday 12:00pm-12:30pm (Main Stage)
You will recognize Richmond, Virginia’s DJ Williams from his guitar work in Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Catch DJ Williams Projekt’s progressive funk sound as they kick off music on the Main Stage Saturday.

Donna The Buffalo
Friday 11:00am-12:00pm (Blue Ridge Bowl)
Join The Herd Friday as New York’s Donna The Buffalo bring their Zydeco-esque grooves to the Blue Ridge Bowl stage.

Doobie Decibel System
Sunday 12:30pm-1:00pm (Main Stage)
Guitarist Roger McNamee and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby’s Doobie Decibel System delivers lyrically strong originals and psychedelic covers that span generations of music history. Don’t miss their set Sunday when they hit the Main Stage.

Thursday 12:00am-2:00am (The Woods)
Michael Travis and Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident drive EOTO’s unique approach to electronic dance music. Mixing live and electronic instruments EOTO’s live performances are 100% improvised. Catch them on The Woods stage Thursday night.

Galactic w/ Lee Oskar
Saturday 2:40pm-4:10pm (Main Stage)
New Orleans jazz-funk at it’s finest, Galactic is a dance party you don’t want to miss. The band will hit the Main Stage Saturday with special guest Lee Oskar, of the band War, on harmonica.

Garcia’s Forest
Thursday 5:00pm-4:00am, Friday 12:00pm-4:00am, Saturday 12:00pm-4:00am
Follow The Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion….

Gary Clark Jr.
Sunday 6:15pm-7:30pm (Main Stage)
Texas blues-man Gary Clark Jr. brings a smooth voice and gritty guitar sound to the stage, driving his powerful live performances. He’s shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and more. Don’t Miss his Sunday evening set on the Main Stage.

Hard Working Americans
Saturday 4:10pm-5:40pm (Main Stage)
Todd Snider, Dave Schools(Widespread Panic), Neal Casal, Chad Staehly(Great American Taxi), Duane Trucks(Widespread Panic) made their collective debut as Hard Working Americans in December 2013. With two albums and multiple tours under their belt this modern-day supergroup takes the Main Stage Saturday afternoon.

Jazz & Woods Ft. DJ Logic
Friday 2:00am-3:00am (The Woods), Saturday 1:30am-3:00am (The Woods)
DJ Logic, late night, celebrating jazz. This will be a dance party you don’t want to miss!

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Thursday 1:00am-3:00am (Blue Ridge Bowl), Friday 1:00am-3:00am (Blue Ridge Bowl)
An amazing celebration of the Grateful Dead lead by drummer Joe Russo, backed by Dave Dreiwitz(Ween), Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton(American Babies). JRAD will be covering late night duties on the Blue Ridge Bowl stage Thursday and Friday nights.

Keller Williams Grateful Gospel ft. John Kadlecik
Sunday 10:30am-12:00pm (Blue Ridge Bowl)
Lockn’ Festival’s Sunday service, the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band, led by Keller Williams with the help of guitarist John Kadlecik. Head to the Blue Ridge Bowl stage Sunday morning to kick off the final day of the festival in Gospel style.

Keller Williams Grateful Grass
Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm (Blue Ridge Bowl)
“Loose interpretations of Grateful Dead songs done in a bluegrass style. Take my fascination with Grateful Dead songs and mix it together with my love of psychedelic improvisational bluegrass music and out burps this project.” -Keller Williams

Saturday 12:30am-1:30am (The Woods)
Texas psychedelic surf-rock trio Khruangbin brings their unique sound to The Woods stage for a late night set Saturday.

Saturday 1:00am-3:00am (Blue Ridge Bowl)
Since the 1990’s Lettuce has been a funk staple in the jam and jazz-funk scenes. Catch them late night Saturday on the Blue Ridge Bowl stage.

Friday 12:00pm-12:30pm (Main Stage)
Northern Virginia’s Moogatu have been delivering high energy, guitar driven performances since 2010. Backed by pulsating rhythms and a psychedelic sound, the band is sure to kick Friday off in style when they take the Main Stage at noon.

Moon Taxi
Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm (Main Stage)
This Nashville five-piece band, with a progressive indie-rock sound, are no strangers to hard work. From late night TV to major festival appearances Moon Taxi has been busy since their 2006 inception. Catch their set on the Main Stage Saturday.

My Morning Jacket
Saturday 10:20pm-12:30am (Main Stage)
Known for their powerful live performances and diversity of musical styles, My Morning Jacket is not easily categorized. From The Tennessee Fire to The Waterfall, their albums are as diverse as their live performances. This is one set you will not want to miss as they headline the Main Stage Saturday night.

Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band
Friday 4:45pm-6:00pm (Main Stage)
A classic rock legend, Peter Wolf, former front man of J. Geils Band will hit the Main Stage Friday afternoon delivering what is sure to be an amazing celebration of sound.

Phil Lesh & Friends
Saturday 6:40pm-8:20pm (Main Stage)
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh featuring Jon Fishman(Phish), Page McConnell(Phish), Anders Osborne, Joe Russo(JRAD), and The Infamous Stringdusters. Saturday on the Main Stage, don’t miss this one.

Phil Lesh & Friends
Sunday 4:45pm-6:15pm (Main Stage)
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh featuring Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Gary Clark Jr.. Sunday on the Main Stage, this is another one not to miss.

Friday 8:30pm-12:00am (Main Stage), Sunday 8:30pm-12:00am (Main Stage)
The Phish from Vermont, twice!

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Saturday 8:20pm-10:20pm (Main Stage)
Blues-rock power couple Derek Truck and Susan Tedeschi’s band has been a staple of the blues, jam band, and festival circuit since their 2010 inception. Catch them on the Main Stage Saturday night.

The Dharma Initiative
Sunday 12:00pm-12:30pm (Main Stage)
Hampton Roads, Virginia’s The Dharma Initiative bring their genre defying electronic rock sound to the Main Stage Saturday.

The Wailers
Sunday 2:00pm-3:00pm (Main Stage)
Bob Marley’s band carries on the reggae tradition through their touring and studio work. Catch them Sunday afternoon on the Main Stage.

Friday 12:30pm-1:30pm (Main Stage)
Brooklyn power-funk at it’s finest, this 9-piece outfit delivers danceable funk grooves via their robust sound and unmatched stage presence. Get to the Main Stage Friday as Turkuaz is sure to bring the heat!

Saturday 1:30pm-2:40pm (Main Stage), Sunday 1:00pm-2:00pm (Main Stage)
Vermont jam band sensations Twiddle make their Lockn’ debut with performances Saturday and Sunday on the Main Stage.

Umphrey’s McGee
Thursday 8:30pm-10:00pm (Main Stage)
The jam band scene’s prog-rock band. Improvisation and sonic exploration are two staples of the Umphrey’s live experience. South Bend’s finest hit the Main Stage Thursday night. \mm/

Thursday 7:30pm-8:30pm (Main Stage), Friday 1:30pm-2:30pm (Main Stage)
Vulf!, Vulf!

Thursday 10:00pm-12:00am (Main Stage), Friday 6:00pm-7:30pm (Main Stage)
Embrace The Boognish!

White Denim
Friday 2:30pm-3:30pm (Main Stage)
Austin, Texas based quartet White Denim delivers powerful multi-genre performances with a unique approach to jamming. Catch them Friday on the Main Stage.


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