Lockn’ Music Festival

Lockn’ Music Festival

Jan 01, 1970

Arrington, VA



Created by industry veterans Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro in 2013, this jam and rock oriented festival became the “must see” event for this genre’s fans last September. Frey founded the HORDE Festival while Shapiro owned New York City’s historic rock club, “Wetlands Preserve.” Shapiro also produced U2’s award-winning film U23D and currently publishes Relix Magazine as well as being the proprietor of Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, Las Vegas, London) and The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. With the pedigree of these two producers, Lockn’ has already become one of the country’s most unique and dynamic events. Frey and Shapiro’s sense for innovation and creativity together with the backdrop of the beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains makes for an unforgettable festival experience.


In order to support and meet some of our favorite recording artists, SoundExchange decided to break away from our computers, and attend the 2nd Annual Lockn’ Music Festival in Arrington, Va.

Held September 4-7, 2014, The Lockn’ Music Festival drew roughly 30,000 fans who came from all over the world  to be a part of what some have described as a “majestic and intrinsically beautiful” music atmosphere. What made this festival so special was the carefully crafted lineup of musicians and their willingness to collaborate with one another to form new sounds for a one-time performance. And of course, The Allman Brothers Band, who announced earlier this year that they would no longer be touring, made their final festival appearance, turning this festival into a historic rock n’ roll event.

While attending, SoundExchange met with many artists to discuss royalties owed, and educate and gain support for our Project72 campaign to ensure fair pay for artists who recorded their music before 1972. Some of the artists we had the pleasure of speaking with included: Kyle Hollingsworth from The String Cheese Incident, The Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., Peoples Blues of Richmond, SOJA and Dave School of Widespread Panic. All of which are currently registered with SoundExchange.

Did you miss out on Lockn’? No worries, check out the recap video below!