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After just a few hours of sleep, LOCKN’ day two was under way. My first order of business was to make my way over to The Porch adjacent to Garcia’s Forest to check out the Doobie Decible System.
DDS a duo consisting of Jason Crosby and Roger McNamee of Moonalice. The duo invited the T. Sisters up for a gorgeous rendition of “Brain Damage > Eclipse” from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. What a perfect way to start the day!
McNamee ended the show by promising big things at the Moonalice performance in just a few hours on the main stage and gifted free posters to everyone in attendance.
It might be hard to spot, but on the porch itself is a plaque dedicated to Kofi Burbridge who passed this year. Little details like this is what make Infinity Downs and LOCKN’ so special.
While on the far side of the farm, I decided to avail myself of the mountain bike trails. The trails were beautiful, but draining. The hard-driving riffs from Fruition playing at Garcia’s Forest kept ringing through the forest as I navigated the trails.
Weary from the ride, I staggered back to the Show Field, but quickly found myself floating to a gorgeous “Bird Song” by Moonalice featuring the T. Sisters. The group treated LOCKN’ to “Attics of My Life” and “Uncle John’s Band” as well.
As promised, McNammee invited Lester and Dylan Chambers to the stage for the two closing tunes of the set. Lester Chambers is a founding members of the Chamber Brothers. First up was “People Get Ready” and the Chambers Brothers’ timeless hit “Time Has Come Today.”
Another bout of weather evacuated the show field in the early afternoon. After the storm passed and the field opened back up, Melvin Seals & JGB with special guest John Kadlecik got the action started. The set was pure fire from the opening “Cats Under the Stars” to “Eyes of the World” and everything in between. Kadlecik stole the show absolutely crushed it on JGB classics like “Tore Up.”
Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians came to the stage next. Towards the end of their set, Mr. Bob Weir joined them on stage for a couple of tunes including “Deep Ellum Blues.”
The staged turned and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong gave us a super dose of jam-funk. No band looks like they are having as much fun as PPPP. Guitarist and vocalist Greg Ormont (also a stunt double for a younger Danny McBride) was the absolute showman from the first to the last song. Cory Wong and the Revivalist Horns joined PPPP later in the set a couple of songs including a get-up-and-dance rendition of Prince’s “1999.”
PPPP was followed by Old Crow Medicine Show. OCMS transformed LOCKN into a proper hoedown including one hello a “Wagon Wheel” sing along.
Bob Weir graced the stage for the second time of the day and came out for a couple of Dead tunes including “Mexicali Blues,” and “Cumberland Blues.”
After Bobby’s sit in, lead singer and fiddle player for Old Crow Medicine Show, Ketch Secor said “Pinch me, I’m dreaming. We played in front of 60,000 people in Virginia and sang Cumberland Blues with Bob Weir.”
The Revivalists brought their NOLA fueled energy to the stage next before the main act of the night—Trey Anastasio Band with Derek Trucks joining for the second set.
Those who survived the heat and thunder showers were rewarded handsomely. TAB opens up set with “Cayman Review” and ignited the crowd. Trey played a handful of other TAB songs like “Alive Again” before ending the set early—“I’m gonna make this the shortest first set ever… because I want to get Derek Trucks up here.” No one took issue with the shortened set with an explanation like that!
The short set break gave way to one of the most impressive and explosive sets of the festival. The first tune of the set was “Set Your Soul Free” and ended with dueling guitar solos between Derek and Trey.
Trey and Derek on stage proves that two guitarists is better than one. Their styles are so different yet find common ground on stage and come together to create a different sound entirely.
The most impressive thing about the collaborative set is that Derek actually played TAB’s catalogue. It would have been easy (albeit enjoyable) for the supergroup to play some popular covers, but Derek dug into TAB, Trey and Phish tunes like a pro.
Among the many highlights of the set included “Blaze On,” “Sand” and “Ghost.” Jefferson Waful described the cover perfectly – Derek & the dominant Ghost.
Susan Tedeschi, co-founder of Tedeschi Trucks Band and Derek Trucks’ better half was welcomed to the stage towards the end of the set for a heart-wrenching rendition of the Ghosts of the Forest tune “A Life Beyond the Dream.”
For the encore, Trey and Derek emerged with acoustic guitars for sublime renditions of “Brief Time” and “More” before the whole band was welcomed back for a rocking “46 Days” closer.
Wow. What a day!
Odds and Ends
Total FitBit steps for the day: 53,080 (a personal record!)
Life saver of the day: Electric Standard Co’ portable pre-charged portable chargers – Home – Electric Standard Co
Joe Russo did sit-in with Circles Around the Sun on Thursday night (although it doesn’t look like much sitting was happening)