Photos And Review | Lockn' Festival Sunday And Final Thoughts

Images by: Ian Rawn

Words by: Bill Clifford

Lockn' Festival - Day Four and Final Thoughts :: 9.08.13 :: Oak Ridge Farm :: Arrington, VA

Day One review and photos here, Day Two review and photos here and Day Three review and photos here...

On Sunday, the final day of the festival, temps were smokin’ bodies thanks to a blazing sun under a cloudless, azure sky with barely a trace of wind. It was the festival's most stellar, rounded lineup musically however, from the first act to the last. Despite the temps, fans strolled down from the campgrounds early on to support The Hackensaw Boys. The fourth Virginia-based bluegrass band of the festival to get one of its days started stood semi-circle around a few tall microphones, plucking away on stringed instruments such as mandolin and banjos, fiddles, guitars and upright bass. “Rocky Mountain Mama” had the assembled crowd clapping along in unison, while the lovely acoustic strains of “Keep It Simple” were in contrast with the amped up ethos of “Dance Around.”

Col. (Ret) Bruce Hampton, along with an eight-piece band that included drummer Jeff Sipe and bassist Oteil Burbridge - both original members of Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit - as well as Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, among others, played a jazzy afternoon set that included classic Hampton originals such as “Compared To What” and “Without Temptation,” with each featuring a funk-laden jazzy groove. Krasno stretched out on “Basically Frightened,” while upbeat closer “I’m So Glad” was doused in funk guitar and loose fills. Disappointingly, original ARU guitarist Jimmy Herring, on hand at the festival with Widespread Panic, did not make an appearance with Hampton and Friends.


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