Listen to the music: Lockn’ Festival to rock Nelson County

Gwen Woolf

There’s plenty of entertainment at the four-day Lockn’ Festival.

A massive crowd is expected to converge on Virginia farmland for four days in September for the 2015 Lockn’ Music Festival. World-class musicians and lots of lifestyle activities make this a special event. In addition, some performers will appear on multiple days or in unique artist collaborations.

There’s plenty of entertainment at the four-day Lockn’ Festival.
There’s plenty of entertainment at the four-day Lockn’ Festival.

Festivities take place Sept. 10–13 at the historic Oak Ridge Farm and the adjacent Lockn’ Farm in Arrington, Nelson County, south of Charlottesville. The site is off U.S. Route 29, just south of Lovingston, and is a 150-mile drive from Washington, D.C.

Headliners at this third-annual festival include Phil Lesh & Friends with special guest Carlos Santana, along with Warren Haynes, Barry Sless, Rob Barraco, and John Molo; Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters; and the Doobie Incident, featuring the String Cheese Incident and the Doobie Brothers.

“Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” a tribute to Joe Cocker, will feature the Tedechi Trucks Band with special guests Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, and Doyle Bramhall II. In addition, Jorma and Jack will celebrate 50 years of Jefferson Airplane.

Also among the 16 bands scheduled to perform will be Billy & the Kids, Widespread Panic, Govt. Mule, Little Feat, Slightly Stoopid, the Jayhawks, and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel.

A new concert venue this year is an outdoor amphitheater on Lockn’ Farm called the Blue Ridge Bowl.

Tent, RV, and family camping sites are available, plus there are lodging possibilities in Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort, and hotels in the surrounding area, including Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.

Visitors are encouraged to bring bicycles to get around the festival site or take advantage of miles of bike trails.

In addition, there will be disc golf, yoga, artisans, and locally sourced food and beverage vendors, including craft beer. A group of nonprofit organizations will be available on “Participation Row.” There’s even SoberLockn’— meeting and camping sites for non-drinkers. Ample accommodations are also available in nearby Lynchburg.

A variety of ticket packages are available through the website


WHAT: Lockn’ Festival

WHEN: Sept. 10–13

WHERE: Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, Va.


Joshua Tinunermans

There’s plenty of entertainment at the four-day Lockn’ Festival.

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