Festival Noize: Rocklahoma, Lockn’, Newport Folk & Jazz, Breakaway

Live has stepped in to fill the hole at the top of the Rocklahoma lineup May 27 … Special guests collaborations at Lockn’ include The Avette Brothers with Bob Weir, Gov’t Mule with Ann Wilson, and Phil Lesh & Bob Weir with Nicki Bluhm … Newport Jazz and Newport Folk on the hunt for nonprofits to be present in “social action villages” … Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Zedd and more announced for Breakaway Music Festival.

Ed Kowalczyk
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– Ed Kowalczyk
Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, Conn.

As Soundgarden is now unable to perform at Rocklahoma on Saturday, Live will be taking on headline duties for the festival.

Rocklahoma is still happening May 26-28 in Pryor, Okla., as part of the World’s Loudest Month concert series.

“Although we all wish it were under different circumstances with regard to the passing of the incomparable Chris Cornell, Live is honored and excited to perform at Rocklahoma this weekend,” Ed Kowalczyk of Live said. “Chris and Soundgarden will forever inspire us and we’ll do our best to celebrate and express our sincere gratitude for everything they have given us with our concert.”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room May 17. He was 52. The group abruptly halted its touring plans after learning of Cornell’s death.

The event will feature a tribute to Cornell and a portion of the proceeds from the festival and guitar auctions will benefit the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation.

Tickets and camping passes are still on sale. The Pollstar festival page has the full lineup.

Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers
John Davisson
– Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers
Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers performs at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre during SXSW in Austin, Texas, March 15.

Some of the highlights of this year’s Lockn’ will, once again, be the unique collaborations between artists in the great outdoors of Arrington, Va.

Some of the collaborations this year include Phil Lesh with Bob Weir & The Terrapin Family Band, which will be playing the Grateful Dead’s classic album Terrapin Station. The Avett Brothers are taking the stage at Lockn’ for the first time, and Weir will be joining them on stage. Finally, Gov’t Mule will be playing with special guest

There are many other collaborations on the menu. In addition to the musical attractions, the Garcia’s Forest area will be larger, with weekend-long programming and activities like yoga sessions.

The festival runs Aug. 24-27 in Arrington, Va. You can still get tickets and camping passes.

Check out the full plans for the festival on its festival page.

Newport Jazz and Newport Folk festivals are putting organization that promote environmental protection, health, and civic participation center stage in their upcoming events. There is an open call for all non-profits to apply for a spot.

The organizations are organizing a “Participation Row” social action village, similar to those at Lockn’, Okeechobee, and the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary tour.

The purpose is to promote awareness at these Newport, R.I., events, which will hopefully help them have a positive impact on the surrounding communities.

Organizations interested in participating in the row can visit Headcount.org/Newport.

You know Pollstar is still your place to go for all things Newport Jazz and Newport Folk.

Travis Scott
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– Travis Scott
Forum, Inglewood, Calif.

Breakout upstarts top the Breakaway Music Festival, which will be traveling to Grand Rapids, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; and Charlotte, N.C. Now we know who is playing in Grand Rapids and Columbus.

The Grand Rapids event will be held Aug, 25-26 and will feature Travis Scott, Zedd, and

Columbus gets Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Diplo, and Oliver Heldens Sept. 1-2. Cashmere Cat, Crankdat, Mija, and Two Friends are among the unique plays at the Ohio edition.

There is still no word on who will be at the Charlotte, N.C., show on Oct. 14, though Scott does seem to be the common thread so far. Check out some footage of his live shows.

Tickets to the Grand Rapids and Columbus shows are available now. The Pollstar festival page has lineups and more.