CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va- In the wake of LOCKN’ Festival cancelling their first day of music on the farm in Arrington, THE SOUTHERN BELLES have booked an “emergency lemonade jam” at The Ante Room in Charlottesville featuring Rockn’ to Lockn’ DC-area winners MOOGATU and local up-and-comers Kings of Belmont. MOOGATU’s performance at LOCKN’ was cancelled due to weather along with sets from Strangefolk, Deer Tick, Soulive, Little Feat, The String Cheese Incident, Billy & the Kids, The Doobie Brothers, Mickey Hart & EOTO, and Galactic.

THE SOUTHERN BELLES won the Richmond Rockn’ to Lockn’ competition on July 31st, beating out 3 other bands by popular vote. Their twang-touched jam rock fits in perfectly with the 1970’s-music atmosphere of the festival and their set on Sunday at 12:30PM is still scheduled as planned. MOOGATU, who was representing Northern Virginia and was set to open the festival today, has been cancelled due to the weather and forced delay of LOCKN grounds opening.

“Yes, it’s very unfortunate that this happened, but with festivals and weather, you just can’t ever tell,” said concert organizer Ben Butterworth, who also manages The Southern Belles. “We want to turn lemons into lemonade here, and we feel like Moogatu especially deserves a chance to play for all these people who came out to the festival.”

According to their official Facebook, Lockn’ Festival will open their gates early Friday morning. Several Charlottesville-area businesses have opened their lots for overnight stay so fans are encouraged to enjoy the area and its offerings before getting on line in Arrington tomorrow morning.

The Southern Belles

Playing a mix of funky southern psychedelic Rock & Roll, the Belles have been together the past 4 years, performing hundreds of shows and festivals. The band consists of Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Raphael Katchinoff (drums/vocals) and Andrew Carper (bass/vocals). With their new album coming out in July 2015, the band is bringing their infectious live show to venues across the country, making people dance from coast to coast. Their songs are both fun and moving, as their lyrical stories evoke familiar emotions with each chorus and their musical journeys lend the perfect support.

Since first getting together in 2011 and forming officially 1 year later, the band has already released one successful full-length album, “Sharp as a Knife,” which featured crowd-favorites “Cadillac Dessert” and “Jet Trails.” Their sophomore release, “Close to Sunrise,” is set to come out July 2015, and the first single “Getaway,” which has already been released with a video, can be heard on Soundcloud, Youtube, or The band can be found all over the country during summer 2015 and at festivals like the Mad Tea Party Jam, Floyd Fest, Hop Jam, Mantrabash, and more. – Official Bio


Moogatu has planted the first seeds for a unique blend of funky, shreddy progressive rock just outside of the nation’s capital in bucolic northern Virginia. Soaring dual lead guitars and a pulsing rhythm section bring the quintet’s inviting songcraft and creative improvisations to an audience that grows at every club and festival. Moogatu is carving its niche with high energy sets that keep people grooving long into the night. Moogatu is: Brian Raubacher (guitar, vocals) Chris Lee (guitar), Evan Lintz (drums), Brian Zupruk (bass, vocals)

Moogatu has shared bills with: moe., EOTO, Ron Holloway, Dopapod, Keller Williams, Tea Leaf Green, Steve Kimock, The Werks, Kung Fu, Conspirator, The Pimps of Joytime, Zoogma, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Perpetual Groove, DrFameus, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Melvin Seals, The Mantras, Papadosio, Boombox, Jimkata, Tiny Boxes, Former Champions, Silo Effect, The Shack Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Freedom Enterprise and Galaxy Dynamite. – Official Bio

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