Day 2: Friday, Sept. 6
Friday was another gorgeous and sunny day at Lockn’! My day started as The Soul Rebels took the stage with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, bringing some New Orleans jazz to the mix. Who Dat nation was in full force throughout their set, and the groups closed with When The Saints Go Marching In.
Next, reggae producing legend Jimmy Cliff took the stage and told story after story throughout his set. Hearing about his life and his work with stars such as Bob Marley and Johnny Nash was both a blessing and a unique treat. He was beaming with a message of love, hope, and peace, and hoped to inspire the audience as well as entertain with beautiful reggae classics, including Congo Man, Rivers of Babylon, Judge Not, and Wonderful World, Beautiful People.
The String Cheese Incident jumped back on the left stage for their third set of the weekend, opening with Outside And Inside into Valley Of The Jig. Next came It Is What It Is, Yo Se, Joyful Sound, and Let’s Go Outside. I felt like I was in the most perfect place as Cheese went into Talking Heads cover, This Must Be The Place, and closed their first set of the night with Restless Wind.
From bluegrass to Grateful Dead originals, the crowd quickly shifted gears as Furthur started off their set with one of my all time favorites, Shakedown Street. The band features Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, original members of the Grateful dead, and guitarist John Kadlecik, originally from Dark Start Orchestra, who tries to pay homage to Jerry Garcia while helping his memory live on. Furthur continued bringing the funk with Wheel into Cryptical into Estimated Prophet and an epic jam of Cold Rain and Snow. Grateful Dead classics Cassidy, Candyman, and Jack Straw, closed out the first set.
As Bob Weir looked aggravated to have to close the set and leave the right stage, Zac Brown Incident filled the left stage with members from both The String Cheese Incident and Zac Brown Band. The crowd roared with excitement as Bill Nershi asked “Are you ready for this?” They opened with Cheese original Sometimes A River and Zac Brown original The Wind, moved back to Cheese with Close Your Eyes, and then payed tribute to the late Levon Helm (The Band) with When I Go Away. Zac Brown Incident continued with a funky bluegrass version of Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion followed by Jimmy Martin’s Freeborn Man, and then went back to Zac Brown’s songs with Jump Right In and Who Knows. The musicians continued killing it with a fresh funky version of Bill Wither’s Use Me ending with a sweet rap of Outkast’s So Fresh, So Clean from Zac Brown. The set ended with Cheese classic Colorado Bluebird Sky and an encore of Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved. It was an amazing way to end four sets of epic Cheese, just in time to jump back to Furthur!
Furthur came back jamming with a vengeance with Dark Star into Eyes Of The World into an epic St. Stephen into Unbroken Chain and back to Dark Star. They continued into Days Between when Zac Brown hopped back on stage for one of his tunes, Free, into Van Morrizon’s Into The Mystic and back into Free before heading back to Grateful Dead classic’s with Tennesse Jed. As Zac Brown left the stage, Furthur continued into one of the most epic triad’s in music, Help On The Way into Slipknot into Franklin’s Tower, or better known as Help>Slip>Frank. Phil did his donor rap, and the band encored with the Dead’s Touch Of Grey with some more help from Zac Brown.
It was an insanely memorable night of jamming, love, and life changing music. And to think, two more days left!!