Strangefolk Is Back!

Strangefolk Is Back!

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 set’s Gathering of The Vibes has ever experienced. The opener “Valhalla,” set the tone right away, showcasing the mesmerizing, soothing vocal harmony between electric electric guitarist John Trafton, acoustic guitarist and lead vocalist Reid Genaur and bassist Eric Glocker. There’s a brotherly quality amongst the trio, and a musical tightness the many younger bands should strive for, and drummer Luke Smith is in sync with there every musical transition and direction. Lyrically the song details family dynamics amongst a big family. And it’s always a fan favorite, as it was at Seaside Park. Deeper in, “Stout Hearted Man,” was a showcase for the subtleties of r’s Genaur’s buttery smooth vocals. “A Great Long While” and “Westerly” we’re each mid-set musical peaks, where the energy between band and audience just went over the top, built by awe-inspiring fretwork on the electric from Trafton and a slick bass and drum rhythm. Genaur made the announcement that the original quartet will return to perform at the famed Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. over the Thanksgiving weekend. The band encored, very fittingly considering the song’s chorus and premise and also the festivals roots with The Grateful...
Till The Morning Comes ….

Till The Morning Comes ….

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 crowds to the Green Vibes stage throughout the first two days. But what’s a Gathering without a little Dead? What’s a Gathering without a lot of Dead for that matter? We’ve got your Dead! Billy Kreutzmann, former Grateful Dead percussionist performed with 7 Walkers, and were joined by Scott Murawski of Max Creek. Guitarist Bob Weir booked his performance as a trio, including Bruce Hornsby and Banford Marsalis; that’s guitar, piano and Saxophone, not your traditional trio line up. The proceedings had the feel of a Bruce-centric performance, opening up with his own “To Much Monkey Business,” a jazzy, New Orleans swing thing, and he tore his way through a Dr. John styled piano solo. Bobby’s “Darkstar” brought a cheer from the faithful, and there was all sorts of free form, extended improve amongst the three. And then it began. Percussionist Sonny Emory, of Hornsby’s band The Noise Makers joined the trio on stage with a washboard, and then the rest of the Noise Makers completed the line up. The dove head first into “Might As Well Be Me,” a new Hornsby tune he’d recently completed writing with Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Weir’s “Me and My Uncle” had...
A Little Cold Rain Can’t Dampen The VibeTribe Spirit

A Little Cold Rain Can’t Dampen The VibeTribe Spirit

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 based music school. After a short respite, Vibes mainstay’s Assembly of Dust took the main stage, and host Gordon Taylor gave a shout out to call the crowd back to the stage. By the second song, “Revelry,” they’d drawn a decent crowd that wasn’t going to let a little rain dampen it’s mood. Front man Reed Genauer remains of the most under appreciated songwriters, crafting sweet, sing-a-long songs with lush harmonies. And his voice remains incredibly smooth as butter. He’s flanked by one of the most proficient elect guitarists, Adam Terrell, who added varying tones and colors throughout the set. The addition of keyboardist Jason Crosby gave tunes like a denser texture. Once again, AOD once again earned its keep, setting the bar high for bands following on the main stage. Over on the Green Vibes Stage later, two first time Vibes bands brought back a lot of memories for many of fans strolling by the stage. Brooklyn’s Yarn and South Carolina’s Dangermuffin both play a rousing blend country laced southern rock, with in Yarn’s case, Mandolin and stand up bass. The two bands, akin in style and sound, collaborated...
Getting to Know Radio Vibes – WPKN, 89.5

Getting to Know Radio Vibes – WPKN, 89.5

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.

Old Folk, New Folk, We’re All Just Strangefolk!

Old Folk, New Folk, We’re All Just Strangefolk!

Strangefolk Brings it Back Home to Gathering of The Vibes! By Bill Clifford Rejoice VibeTribe, the ORIGINAL members of Strangefolk have REUNITED, and are returning to the Gathering of the Vibes stage for the first time since 2000. The band will perform with its original line up; guitarists/vocalists Reid Genauer and Jon Trafton, bassist/vocalist Erik Glocklerand, and drummer Luke Smith. This quartet performed at the very first gathering festival — then known as Deadhead Heaven: Gathering of The Tribe, in 1996 — and at subsequent Gathering of The Vibes through the year 2000. This line up of Strangefolk is known amongst its community of fans as “oldfolk,” referencing the original line-up. Confused? Hasn’t Strangefolk performed at every Vibes festival since it began, you ask? Sure. Allow me to briefly fill you in; Genauer left the band in 2000, choosing to go back to school for his masters degree at Cornell, then formed Assembly of Dust in 2002; and Smith left Strangefolk in 2003. Trafton and Glocker trekked on as Strangefolk, with guitarist Luke Patchen Montgomery replacing Genauer in 2000 and drummer Russ Lawton replacing Smith, continuing to perform on the Vibes stage as well as at their own festivals and theater performances. This line up was known as “Newfolk,” amongst fans, referencing the band that has performed on the Vibes stage since Genauer and Smith left. Over the last several years however, Strangefolk performances have been few and far between, with Trafton living and working in California, Genauer busy with AOD, and others doing their own thing. But in 2012, the timing for the reunion of the original line-up...
Kung Fu Roll Call

Kung Fu Roll Call

Kung Fu Roll Call VibeTribe, are you as psyched as I to have Kung Fu returning to the festival for the second year in a row? This Connecticut-based quintet has been blowing up the scene over the past year-and-a-half; word on these cats is spreading fast as they’ve just returned from a nationwide tour and this month hold a Monday night residency at the Brooklyn Bowl. Did you have the chance to see/hear the band play live on tour recently? Did they blow you away? The band includes the sinewy guitarist Tim Palmeri, and drummer Adrian Tramontano, both formerly of CT band the Breakfast, Deep Banana Blackout’s Rob Somerville on sax, Todd Stoops (of RAQ), and David Livolsi on bass guitar. Not hip to Kung Fu’s nu-funk or fusion yet? Check out this video of the band performing Contraption’s “Letters From Bobby Portugal” on the Green Vibes Stage last summer. Let’s call this the official roll call for Kung Fu’s performance this year. Who’s going to be there? Chime in below and show your support for this great local band. [youtubevideo videoid=”obCPT0Tqbpg” title=”KUNG FU VIDEO” width=”556px” height=”414px;”...