Glowsticks, Banjos, Food Trucks for Miles

Glowsticks, Banjos, Food Trucks for Miles

Jam bands and seafarers make for unlikely bedfellows at this proudly hippie retreat, which faithfully features freewheeling folk/blues ensembles. It has also recently folded in a strong culture of boating enthusiasts, who take pride in arriving by sea to the coastal grounds.

Gov’t Mule: This early Vibes Stalwart is Back in Bridgeport Groove

Gov’t Mule: This early Vibes Stalwart is Back in Bridgeport Groove

Sean Spillane Tuesday, July 23, 2013 In the Gathering of the Vibes’ infancy, one of the bigger names to sign on was Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, who performed at the festival several times with his band, Gov’t Mule, and also as a solo artist. Haynes and his bands were part of the lineups in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1998, Bridgeport the first time around in 1999 and 2000, and in Mariaville, N.Y., in 2002-03. But its been nearly a decade since he has been back at the Vibes, a situation rectified in June when it was announced that Gov’t Mule was added to an already packed lineup for this year’s festival, which runs from Thursday, July 25, through Sunday, July 28, at Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. The length of time between Vibes appearances surprised even Haynes, who will lead the band into action Saturday, July 27. “Has it been that long?” he asked during a recent phone interview from a tour stop in Slovenia. “It’s been a while, but I didn’t know it’s been that long.” Haynes said he always enjoyed playing the Vibes, but with his heavy touring schedule and the number of music festivals calling for Gov’t Mule, time just kind of slipped away. “It was always a good vibe,” he said. “I’m glad they were able to continue it forward and make it work out, because a lot of festivals went by the wayside and they were able to keep this one going. “It’s all bands that we love and behind-the-scenes friends. It’s all cool.” Gov’t Mule — which also features drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny...
Gathering of the Vibes sets up camp in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park

Gathering of the Vibes sets up camp in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park

By Mark Zaretsky POSTED: 07/22/13, 12:00 AM EDT | BRIDGEPORT – It’s Vibes time. Later this week, thousands of people will start flowing into Bridgeport’s waterfront Seaside Park for the annual reunion folks raised on the Grateful Dead — as well as the jam-based music of generations of bands that have followed. By Thursday, you’ll see huge numbers of people — many of them carrying bags or camping gear — getting off the Metro-North trains from New York. You’ll see lines of cars waiting to get off Interstate 95 in Bridgeport. You’ll hear rumbles and roars where at other times it might be dead quiet — and if you turn on 89.5 WPKN radio, you’ll hear the 18th annual Gathering of the Vibes broadcast all weekend long — from Thursday through Sunday. And if you do venture to Seaside Park, you’ll see thousands of happy, dancing, hula-hooping people, many of them wearing brightly covered batiks or tie-dyes — or perhaps barechested and/or barefoot — enjoying themselv es. This year’s Vibes is anchored by a two-night appearance, Friday and Saturday, by Phil Lesh & Friends, the solo gig of Grateful Dead bassist Lesh. Phil’s “friends” this time include jam-jazz icon John Scofield and John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood, along with drummer Joe Russo and Dark Star Orchestra guitarist and sometimes member of The Dead, John Kadlecik. This year’s Vibes also includes the Funky Meters, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and their bands, Gov’t Mule and the T edeschi-T rucks Band (the latter also featuring T rucks’ wife, Susan Tedeschi), along with The Black Crowes,...