Rockn’ to Lockn’: Virginia Bands Compete for Festival Glory (Part 2)

Each week, four Virginia bands will battle it out for a chance to play the Lockn’ Music Festival in September.

Rockn’ to Lockn’ is a four night event, four city event with one band winning a much coveted performance spot at Lockn’, sharing the stage with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Widespread Panic, Robert Plant, Gov’t Mule and many others.

On July 17, four Northern Virginia bands will perform at the State Theatre in Falls Church.

Here are this week’s contenders:

Gallons To Ounces

Hometown: Northern Va.
Genre: Rock/Blues

Gallons to Ounces creates a fusion of different elements and funky musical styles, matched with equally exotic lyrics and melodies. The group blends blues, soul and jazz with infectiously funky riffs that often make you aggressively start to dance. Paying tribute to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, G2O puts the most into their live shows full of improvisation and energy.


Nappy Riddem

Hometown: Northern Va.
Genre: Reggae

Since releasing their debut album in 2011, Nappy Riddem has been busy touring nationwide showcasing themselves as an uplifting reggae band that will pack the dancefloor. The six-piece live band has developed its sounds into its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds.



Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Genre: Funk/Rock

Moogatu brings its funky, shreddy progressive rock to the stage with dueling lead guitars and a pulsing rhythm section. The quintet’s inviting songcraft, high energy sets, and creative improvisations helps keep the audience dancing long into the night. Moogatu has shared bills with EOTO, Dopapod, Keller Williams, Perpetual Groove, and many others.


The Watt Brothers Band

Hometown: McLean, Va.
Genre: R&B/Rock

The Watt Brothers Band performs white hot rhythm and blues and straight on rock and roll. With decades of performance experience, these veteran musicians mix a variety of sounds to create a listening experience audiences will remember and enjoy, whether it’s their soulful horn and guitar solos, driving bass, or strong vocals.

The third annual Lockn’ Festival will be held at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Va. on Sept. 10–13, 2015.

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