And That’s How an Encore Is Done ….

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A very big thank you to The Avett Brothers for closing down the circus in grand fashion. Carolina’s stomp-grass kings brought their unique Appalachia to the Vibes for the first time, and were welcomed to the VibeTribe family as they put on a foot stoping hoedown of a festival closer, mixing very high energy bluegrass rave ups with a few slower folky ballads. “We walked around and it looked like there were some people having a good...

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Early Sunday Afternoon

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By Bill Clifford And the great weather continues. Sunday and there is not a single cloud in the blue sky over Seaside Park. Good afternoon VibeTribe! Gathering was pleased to welcome back Keller Williams, and this time it was solo Keller, the master creator. No one improvises better than multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams, performing his tunes one instrument at a time, recording the sound and looping it back through effects pedals. On one...

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Strangefolk Is Back!

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By Bill Clifford File this one away under one of those ….. did that really happen … moments? Yes, indeed VibeTribe, Strangefolk, the original four members did just perform together on the Vibes stage for the first time since 2000. And it was every bit as outstanding as many of us remember from this band – in fact, even better, considering their maturity and musical bond. Strangefolk just performed one of the most epic at dusk...

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Dancing in the Sunshine!

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What a difference a few hours can make, right? When we left you all last night(or early morning, depending on how you look at it…), the rain was still falling, lightly. This morning, we awoke to cloudless blue skies (or maybe I should say, …Bleau Skies,) and abundant sunshine and warmth. Good morning indeed VibeTribe! And what better musical awakening than that of long standing Vibes festival regulars, The Ryan Montbleau Band. How...

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Till The Morning Comes ….

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By Bill Clifford By mid afternoon, the rain had tapered off, at least temporarily, and Connecticut’s own Kung Fu was tearing it up on the Green Vibes stage. This local supergroup of musicians has been developing a following fast through its voracious performances. Tonight was no exception. The showed outstanding chemistry and an incredible tight bond with simple gestures in each others directions. Kung Fu easily drew one of the largest...

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A Little Cold Rain Can’t Dampen The VibeTribe Spirit

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And just who was the big shot that said the weather was going to be perfect all weekend long? Hmmmn! Friday’s morning’s wake up brought showers that have lasted, mostly as nothing more than a drizzle, to Seaside Park, turning the concert field to a mud bath. But, as they say, the show must on, and it has indeed. They music started on Friday with the School of Rock Allstars, a bevy of kids that attend the prestigious performance...

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Thursday’s Early Musical Highlights

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Good early Thursday eve VibeTribe, Musically, things got of to a ice, easy going start on Thursday afternoon, beginning over on the Greene Vibes Stage. The funky, latin groove of the Cosmic Jibaro’s was a very early pleasant surprise. The sax player was quite expressive. But the booty really started rocking and shaking back over on the main stage. For those who were here with us in 2010, we welcomed Zach Deputy to the vibes line up,...

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Be The Garnish: All Hands On Deck Staff Meeting

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Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls of all ages, the festival has begun! The 17th annual Gathering of The Vibes Festival Officially kicked off on Thursday morning, at 8 a.m. when the gates opened and campers began to set up on Seaside Park grounds. Wednesday evening, at our final staff meeting, promoter Ken Hayes welcomed the staff with a recording of the Grateful Dead’s “Morning Dew”, taken from early 1972. He then went on...

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Donate Life: A Pre-Vibes Feel Good Cause

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Donate Life: A Pre-Vibes Feel Good Cause by Sarah Mastroni The rocking tunes, cool Long Island Sound breeze, and much-anticipated family feel camping experience that is the Gathering of the Vibes is only two weeks away. As the annual music and arts festival rolls back into town, patrons have been undoubtedly gearing up for an extended weekend of partying and equal amounts of relaxing. Before you put your dancing shoes on, take some time out to...

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Getting to Know Radio Vibes – WPKN, 89.5

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For those of you who don’t already know, we partner with Bridgeport’s listener supported, non-commercial broadcast station, WPKN. Once in the greater Fairfield or New Haven counties, you’ll find Radio Vibes broadcasting from 89.5 on your radio dial.

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Soulive: Kicking off Vibes’ Late Night Performances

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Soulive: Kicking off Vibes’ Late Night Performances by Sarah Mastroni Looking over the Vibes’ artist schedule in anticipation of the upcoming extended weekend has surely been an uplifting change from the monotony of pre-festival day to day. With all the hype surrounding the lineup, waiting until Thursday to step out of your office and into your dancing shoes still seems like a lifetime away. However, day one is quickly approaching. As the...

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