Day 4: Sunday, Sept. 8
My favorite day of any festival: Sunday Funday!! The day was once again gorgeous and sunny to finish out a practically perfect weekend. My afternoon started with the sweet sound of Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends with Oteil. Rumors had swarmed thoughout the weekend that Jimmy Herring may make a surprise appearance, bringing back the old Aquarium Rescue Unit. Rumors stayed as rumors but Hampton & Friends was a hit! Friends included Eric Krasno on guitar, Jeff Sipe on drums and, as promised, Oteil Burbridge on bass and vocals.
The day continued with Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring my favorite husband-wife duo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. They opened the set with Made Up Mind followed by Do I Look Worried and Midnight In Harlem. The entire set was great, but the real treat came towards the end when Eric Krasno came back on stage, taking Derek’s place on guitar and joining Susan for Angel From Montgomery with a sweet Sugaree teaser. Derek came back on guitar for The Storm followed by Sing A Simple Song into I Want To Take You Higher, where they continued the interlocking theme by welcoming Chris Robinson (vocals, tambourine, harmonica) and Jackie Greene (tambourine) from The Black Crowes, Bob Weir (tambourine),Oteil Burbridge (bass for second half of song), and Eric Krasno (guitar) back on stage.
The Black Crowes took the stage next, opening with Seeing Things and My Morning Song. Tedeschi Trucks came back for a great sing along version of Ray Charles’ Let’s Get Stoned, followed by Bob Weir joining them for Turn On Your Lovelight to close out the set.
Finally, for my favorite set of the night, Widespread Panic took the stage for their second set of the weekend. Panic opened with Conrad The Caterpiller, followed by Pleas into Mr. Soul. Dave Schools was killing it on bass as they played Wondering into Disco into Party At Your Mama’s House into Stop Breaking Down Blues. The crowd was getting rowdy for Can’t Get High followed by All Time Low and a sweet jam into Ride Me High, with JoJo Herman absolutely killing it on keys. Next came Saint Ex followed by some more interlocking goodness. Derek Trucks joined the stage for Chilly Water into Me And The Devil Blues, complete with a shred-off between Trucks and Jimmy Herring. Panic closed out the set with North as Furthur took the stage on the right.
As Furthur began the festival’s final set of the weekend, I was excited to see what surprises might arise. They opened up jamming hard with Terrapin Station into Samson And Delilah, surprising me early on with Susan Tedeschi on guitar and vocals. Next, Jimmy Herring was invited on stage and absolutely slayed on guitar for Brown-Eyed Women and Box of Rain. Furthur kept the crowd going with Weather Report Suite into Let It Grow. Tedeschi jumped on stage one last time for Dear Mr. Fantasy into Playin’ In The Band into Standin’ On The Moon. The set finished off with Terrapin Flyer into Terrapin Reprise.
The crowd teemed with excitement as we waited for the encore. Phil Lesh did his typical donor rap, and Furthur returned to close out the festival with Brokedown Palace. The crowd sang along with teary-eyed emotion as we all realized this amazing festival had come to an end. Lockn’ – thank you for all of the incredible once-in-a-lifetime jams.
To hear all of the jams from the weekend yourself, head to Panic Stream!