They couldn’t save Humpty Dumpty but Dave Frey, Peter Shapiro and Ken Weinstein / Big Hassle Media, found the lost vibe of Woodstock and it only took forty-five years for a few innovators to accomplish that feat. The tandem stage effect was critical in mass appeal albeit not neoteric for 2014. That concept can be traced to the glory days of The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago when bands like The Cryin Shames would play one stage & when their set was completed, The Buckinghams or whomever would begin on the other stage. The approach at an event of this magnitude was critical in an effort to maintain the aura and smiles that were a constant reminder of Golden Gate Park, Yasgur’s farm, Bill Graham, Chet Helms and the folklore of events that changed the face of music as we now know it.
In the myriad of years traipsing the country, documenting the music that defined an entire generation, the array of talent on Oak Ridge Farm was equalled only by the four days in Bethel all those years ago. Tom Petty was brilliant, Grace Potter magnificent, Derek & Susan, incredible and Hot Tuna, stunning, as they always are. Some exuded a sublime atmosphere (Gary Clark Jr.) & others like Grace Potter & Susan Tedeschi, the incantatory vocals continue to ring for hours in the recesses of one’s mind.
Collectively, the entire event was similar to a noted alchemical fusion, storied bands, neoteric artists and augmented with a great staff, courteous workers of the day and excluding a moment of storm notifications, sunny days in the midst of the hills of Virginia. Societal impact will take time but rest assured that there are never events of immensity that mirror what transpired during the four days near Arrington,Virginia.
It’s quite the sojourn from “hippiedom” of yesteryear but the nomadic music lovers of both then & now were on the move. Geeks, freaks, harlequins and hilljacks, all were welcome and the tranquility of yesteryear was reborn on these fields in 2014. Paradigm or paradox, the importance of Lockn’ and those who were the architects of it’s success will be duly noted as years roll by. In reference to Dave Frey, Peter Shapiro, Ken Weinstein, Mikey Zonenashvil & others of Big Hassle Media, your names will be etched for perpetuity in the storied world of music for the masses. Collectively, you have conquered the demons of the last thirty years and from those ashes, restored credibility to the music scene and those who know it as the universal method of peace.
Kudos from horse country...........
Don Aters - 2014