Signed Guitar Auction Raises Thousands at Lockn' Festival

Courtesy: Lockn' Music Festival
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NELSON COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A guitar signed by several performers at the Lockn' Music Festival was auctioned to raise money for almost two dozen charities that had booths at the festival.

Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and every member of the Grateful Dead in attendance at the festival, among many others, signed the guitar.

Bob Weir then played it, a D'Angelico Excel, on stage during a performance of "Peggy O."

The money raised was divided between 22 charities, most of which are based in Virginia, including the Nelson County Pantry, the Thomas Jefferson Center, the Rockfish Valley Association and the Lynchburg Humane Society.

In order to get some of the $68.500 raised, the charity had to be part of Participation Row at the festival.

A New York-based nonprofit, called HeadCount, organized the guitar signings and Participation Row.

The guitar was auctioned off on the last day of the festival, and the winning bid came from Shawn Kroop of Maui, Hawaii.

A second guitar that was also signed by the headliners was given away to the winner of a free raffle, which required attendees to visit booths on Participation Row and take part in various activities to be entered in the drawing.

Other artists who signed both guitars were John Bell, Jimmy Herring, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Dave Mason, Jorm Kaukonen, Jack Cassidy, Keller Williams, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and every member of the String Cheese Incident and Umphreys McGee.

More than 2,200 pounds of food was collected for the Nelson County Pantry.

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