Vermont-based chanteuse Grace Potter joined the Mule for a set of classic rock
covers mid-set. On "Dear Prudence," she and Haynes traded verses, while on "Gold Dust
Woman" she took on the vocal of Stevie Nicks with great aplomb. But it was their co-vocal
on the Neil Young song "Southern Man" that brought the biggest ovation from the crowd.
Potter has quite powerful vocal chords and she bellowed and hollered her verses with
fierce vigor. It was a great way to honor Neil Young and Crazy Horse who were one of the
original acts lined up to play the festival, yet had to cancel due to guitarist Frank
"Poncho" Sampedro's broken hand.
The String Cheese Incident played an early set before Gov't Mule as well as a late
set after Mule. Today's SCI highlight for this critic was when former tour mate, Keller
Williams, joined the band onstage on "Best Feeling," though it was truly short of a Keller
Williams Incident I'd been hoping for. Through the band's second set they used the four
video monitors surrounding the two stages to great effect, altering images of the band
with psychedelic swirls of varying color, shape and size on the screens. SCI will be back
on Friday with another full set as well as a set with the country pop star Zac Brown,
billed as The Zac Brown Incident.
Keep connected with JamBase for updates from the Lockn' Festival throughout the
weekend. Download or stream audio of the Warren Haynes Band and Gov't Mule sets here.
[Published on: 9/6/13]