5 days ago
Shaelyn Rayne ( @the.concert.scrutinizer )
~Lockn’ Festival 2019: Day 1~
Normally when you think of vacation, going on a five-hour road trip to a music festival with your family isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. That is just what my family did to cap off the summer.
When arriving at the Oak Ridge farm, it was a bit of a journey to get to our specific VIP gate entrance. Eventually, we finally reached the dusty road that would be our RV campsite. After we set up, I went to check out the clean, air-conditioned trailer bathrooms and they were as nice as expected. All of a sudden it started to storm with hurricane-like winds and we had to pack up everything we had just set up in a matter of minutes. It was times like those where I was grateful that we were in an RV.
The rain cleared, and they announced that performances would be delayed but still put on. As gates opened, we made our way to the VIP tent to check it out. That’s when I found out that they had free catered meals once a day (that we came to know as high-quality dining), every day in the tent (shoutout to Harvest Moon Catering). The day was officially not wasted when we headed down to the VIP section to witness Khruangbin commence the festival. They are the kind of band that can bring chill vibes for “a party or for a nap.” The stories I heard of their talent held true and their bangs lived up to their glory.
Gary Clark Jr. made it known that the stage and the land were his when he mysteriously arrived on stage. His lighting created drama and his band was tight per usual. His set was very much like a comfortable dream that ended too soon. Joe Russo closed off the mainstage for the night by bringing the Grateful dead to live for the first time of the many bands that would do so during the weekend. During his set, we comfortably hung out in the VIP section that would become a primary viewing place for us for the weekend.