Day 2 – ROCKN’ at LOCKN’

Lockn’ kept rolling on Friday with a day full of funk and rock and a night of meaty jams few could resist. The toll on Saturday morning is evident — quiet campgrounds of festivarians in recovery mode enjoying a nice breeze that made the near 90′ temperatures slightly more bearable.

The night before found JRAD, Phish and Ween driving the crowd into a dance frenzy for the better part of 10 hours. JRAD’s late night set at the Blue Ridge Bowl was packed to the top of the hill, the crowd a testament to the stellar performance this supergroup continually puts on. “Shakedown Street” featured a “Bathtub Gin” jam, parroting off Phish’s stellar second set performance of their song. A buttery segue into “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” preceded Nicole Adkins joining the band for “Dancin’ in the Streets,” “The Music Never Stopped,” and “Turn on Your Lovelight.” Masters of their craft, the perfect compliment to Phish’s energetic performance was definitely JRAD.

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Phish put together a set that was far from a ‘festival set’ of standards and classics – they came out of the gate rusty with rough cuts of “Wilson” and “Down with Disease,” but jams in “Wolfman’s Brother” and “It’s Ice” more than made up for it. An acapella “Space Oddity” was the highlight of the set, a treat for many fans looking to catch this unique tribute to David Bowie. Set 2 opened with a bang, as “Punch You in the Eye” segued in “Blaze On” which built up steam, leading to a powerhouse “Fuego,” and that was where the jam of the night kicked in. Towards the end of “Fuego,” Trey slowly worked his way into “Ghost,” a build up that mimicked the ‘Holy Ghost’ from 12/31/10 and tiptoed into the song before diving deep. A smooth turn into “Bathtub Gin” got dark and developed into one of the more memorable jams from this summer tour. “You Enjoy Myself” had Trey leading the jam on guitar instead of marimba lumina (crazy, right?) for a change this summer.

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Things got brown for Ween, as more popular numbers were played to an audience eagerly anticipating two things: a sit-in with Phish on ‘Roses are Free’, and the Phish sets that followed. “Pork Roll Egg and Cheese” started the set, with fan favorites “Touch my Tooter,” “Spinal Meningitis,” and “The HIV Song” filling in the middle of the set. Ween then ruined every Phish fan’s dream and played “Roses are Free” with merely a nod to Phish, and no sit-in, so it was apt to have “Your Party” follow. “Bananas and Blow,” “Voodoo Lady,” and “Piss Up a Rope” had the crowd singing in unison with Gene and Dean, while “Buckingham Green” closed out the performance.

Earlier in the day, the field was spotted with fans huddling under any available shade while staying hydrated and cool as best as possible. Turkuaz threw down a wake-up set highlighted by “Monkey Fingers,” Vulfpeck went cover-heavy with “Up on Cripple Creek,” “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” and “Tell me Something Good,” as well as encore performances of “Funky Duck,” “Gamewinner,” and “1612.” White Denim elicited huge cheers from the crowd as the stage rotated for their rocking set, featuring a Scott Metzger sit-in and A+ performance of “Ha Ha Ha Ha Yeah.” White Denim straddles the line between jam and rock act, something we will see more of tonight with My Morning Jacket. Charles Bradley poured his soul and sweat onto the stage, with his Extraordinaires backing him up. To be dressed all in black amid the August Virginia summer is a testament to the energy and soul Bradley puts into his performances. Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band played to a smaller crowd, as many rested for Ween and Phish, performing the classic “Love Stinks” to the diehards riding out the day in the sun.

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Up Saturday: Moon Taxi, Twiddle, Hardworking Americans, Phil & Friends, Tedeschi Trucks Band and My Morning Jacket!

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