With Lockn 2016 fast-approaching its juicy end of summer slot (August 25-28), we’re starting to see the glory of the full lineup take shape. With what already began as a monumentally badass gathering of today’s iconic rockers including Phish, Ween, Umphrey’s McGee, Gary Clark Jr, JRAD, and My Morning Jacket, to just name a few, it is clear that we can only expect the best from this collaborative festival.
Today, a few more artists were released by the Shapiro-and-Frey-squad, and I gotta say, I am off the charts stoked to see the first ever live performance of Circles Around the Sun. Put together by guitarist Neal Casal to record the Fare Thee Well setbreak music, Circles Around the Sun gained a piqued curiosity and full body goosebumps by captivated audiences both at the shows, and on couch tour at home. Some say the Casal jams are the best thing to come out of Fare Thee Well, but I still stand strong in my opinion that it was this clip of Jeff Chimenti’s reaction to Trey doing some long-digit Jedi solo’ing in Morning Dew. Trey makes me feel that way too, bud.
Other announcements today included the addition of Moon Taxi, Hard Working Americans(feat members of Widespread Panic and Chris Robinson Brotherhood), EOTO (members of String Cheese Incident), Donna the Buffalo, Doobie Decibel System (members of ALO, Phil & Friends, Ratdog/Primus), and Garcia’s Forest, which will be an expansion from the fan favorite “Garcia’s Tent” at the last two Lockn festivals.
The additions of all these collaborative groups offers so much room for a mixed bag of jam roulette when you get all this talent in one place. The addition of Doobie Decibel System includes Primus drummer Jay Lane, and with an August 25th hole in the Claypool and Lennon Delirium tour schedule, it only leaves me wondering and hopeful that the bassman Les Claypool could himself show up that night and just blow our brains out with some form of a Primus/Phish/JRAD/rumored Oysterhead reunion/everyone amazing supergroup.
Widely praised as being one of the best run and uniquely creative festivals in the country, the intention to bring everyone together is clear. Where most festivals create a heierarchy of noise and competition by clustering stages based on size and genre, spanning miles to get from stage to stage, Lockn takes a different approach by having one main stage area where everyone can share in the groove in one place. The two headliner stages are smooshed together like a cute, ragery, rock n’ roll Smore’s, and it offers huge potential for crossover, and collaboration at any time. Especially as bands transition from one act to the next. That being said, even if Lockn didn’t add one other artist, the lineup as it stands today would absolutely blow anything else out of the water this summer. They are going to be adding more bands, though, we just gotta be patient. As the big man Jerome Garcia said, “All good things in all good time.”
As more announcements file in, I will keep you posted here, but definitely link up with all the Lockn social media listed below the full lineup down yonder as well.
Tickets are on sale now for GA & VIP packages, as well as local hotel and resort shuttles to the festival here.
As it stands today, here is the LOCKN’ 2016 Lineup: