Curtain Call for 4-day Lockn' Music Festival in Nelson

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

September 8, 2013

A four-day party in Nelson County has come to an end. Sunday was the last night of the Lockn' Music Festival.

Organizers estimate 25,000 people have attended the event.

"It's huge! We had no idea we getting into this sort of production. So, we're excited and excited to hear some of our heroes that are going to play after us," said Darren Stanley, the drummer for Col. Bruce Hampton.

"I can't wait to see the Black Crowes," Stanley said.

"We're thrilled to be here," said Jeff Sipe of the Jeff Sipe Trio.

"Phil Lesh was playing with the Family Band. It was really nice to see him and his family. They sound really great, really tight, really gentle and beautiful," Sipe said.

"Huge festival. Stages look incredible. Sound is great. It's gonna be fun," said Nick Rosen of the Col. Bruce Hampton band.

Festival goers noted the traffic backups on Thursday but overall had a good festival experience.

"Thursday was a really long day, but we met a lot of really cool friends, so that was cool, and since then we've pretty much forgotten about it because Interlockn's been so great," said M.K. Pugh, a Lockn' camper from Alabama.

"Interlockn' has been really great for us," said Jessica Smeeks, a worker at "Outback Kate," which has on its menu alligator bites and a gator plate. "We had a slow Thursday but Friday and Saturday we were jam-packed, especially during the Further and Widespread Panic shows."

"What makes these festivals the best is when all these people get together and have this great energy," said Michael Early, a Lockn' attendee from Maryland.

"It was a very positive experience," said Dave Frey, the Lockn' festival creator and organizer. "That's been our goal. I think we've attained it."

"We're gonna do everything we can to try to come back next year," Frey added.

Frey planted a model of a locken along with an oak seed on Sunday afternoon to help attain that goal.

"That's how we're looking toward next year, also," said Frey. "We want to plant the seed now."

"The best music of the summer, I think. The best lineup of the summer," said John Smith, a Lockn' attendee from Maryland.

"We're going to have a really hard time topping the bar that we set for next year with the talent and the booking," said Frey.

"Great vibes here, totally great vibes," said Sipe. "What is it, 25,000 people I think showed up for the first year, so that'll probably double by next year."

"We definitely want to come back. We're gonna make this a yearly thing," said Pugh.

Even though the festival wraps up tonight, festival-goers don't have to leave the Lockn' grounds until Monday afternoon.


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