New Gathering of the Vibes 2014 Performance Videos Released

As we prepare to put tickets on sale for our 20th annual event year this “Tie Dye Friday”, Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival is happy to release hundreds of live performance videos from 2014. The mass release includes dozens of top artists’ performances spanning the four days this past year and were produced by Gathering of the Vibes and Deadly Spider. Artists include: Assembly of Wine, Barefoot Truth, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Dark Star Orchestra, Donna The Buffalo, Dispatch, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (JRAD), Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Kung Fu, Leftover Salmon, Lotus, Ryan Montbleau, Strangefolk, Twiddle, Umphrey’s McGee, and Ziggy...

How does the Layaway Program work?

Purchase your first installment at any time between now and the end of the program. Then complete your ticket purchase with 3 easy additional installments starting on the 15th of the following month. For Example: Make your initial purchase any time in the month of February, and your next payments will be processed on March 15, April 15th and May 15th! All in 4 easy installments, what a great way to fund your weekend at the Vibes! More...

I want to stay in a hotel, do I need to purchase a Weekend Camping Pass?

Well, that depends. If you want to attend the Vibes on Thursday or stay for the the Late Night activities, you need to purchase a Weekend Camping Pass. If you want to visit any of your friends in the camping area, you also need a Weekend Camping Pass. However, if you just want to attend Friday, Saturday & Sunday and leave after the Main Stage closes, and not enter the campgrounds, you may purchase Single-Day Tickets. Rock on, either way! Hotel Information Back by Popular Demand!  If you wish to stay for the Late Night performances, Single-Day Ticket holders will have have the opportunity on Friday and Saturday nights, to purchase additional “Late Night Tickets” that allow attendees to stay for the Late Night...

Jambase Review of Gathering of the Vibes 2013

“Gathering of the Vibes is a gathering of the elders, a gathering of the youth, a gathering of family” – Steve Kimock One constantly encounters various vibes throughout everyday life. Whether commiserating with the receptionist while waiting at the doctor’s office, talking to a prospective new boss in an interview or sitting adjacent to a stranger on the train, one is consistently deciphering different vibes on a conscious or subconscious level. However, there is a location proven to permeate a plethora of benevolent vibes – a festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut called Gathering of the Vibes. Steeped out of the Grateful Dead tradition, people with strong values and good souls gathered to share love and the enjoyment of music at the 18th annual festival located just 1.5 hours northeast of New York City for four days and three nights over July 25-28, 2013. Vibes commenced in 1996, originally called Deadhead Heaven, as a musical response to fill the void from the passing of Jerry Garcia. In 1997, the moniker was changed to “Gathering of the Vibes.” The music and atmosphere are rooted in the tradition set forth by Garcia and his Grateful Dead brethren. “Shakedown Street” is a term coined to represent the centralized bustling of vending, crafts, merchandise and party scene inherent at any festival or concert atmosphere. It originated from the days of vociferous lot activity prevalent at Grateful Dead shows. Ironic, that the song most played over the course of the weekend, “Shakedown Street” (most notably by Phil Lesh and Friends, Strangefolk and teased by George Porter, Jr.) as GOTV served as one large “Shakedown Street” for...

Reflecting Upon Our Time Together

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And That’s How an Encore Is Done ….

And That’s How an Encore Is Done ….

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 time. We appreciate you letting us be a part of your good time,” said Seth Avett as they launched into “And It Spread,” an upbeat dust kicker that had fans stomping their feet and clapping there hands. Other songs followed with similar, raging, foot shuffling energy, such as “Tin Man” and “Will You Return.” The Avetts, Scott on banjo and Seth on acoustic guitar, truly do have sweet, brotherly vocal harmonies. They were showcased on slower, folky ballads, such as “To LIve And Die,” one of two news songs, due on a new record to be released in September, they included in their set tonight, and the lovely heartbreaker, “I Would Be Sad.” But then they’d always come back to the energetic stomp grass that’s quite their trademark. And being true showman that they are, the brought the house down with a five song encore. The brothers took the stage alone, with just Seth on acoustic and Scott just singing, on the slow, folky murder ballad, “Murder In The City,” written from the perspective of one brother to another. On “Heart Like A Kick Drum,” Scott moved from behind a keyboard to...
Early Sunday Afternoon

Early Sunday Afternoon

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 song he move from strumming a acoustic, into banging out a rhythm on his knees and then into holding down the low end on the bass, building the song. “Positive Reggae” was done dancehall style, with a thumping bass groove, and echoed, looped vocals. And “I Am Elvis” is an old song of his that he’s reinterpreted several ways with different bands, but today it was played classic K-Dub style, on straight up acoustic with all of his quirkyself-impersonations about getting lost in the great dreamscape of his own mind. And he saved the best for last, closing out the set with “Best Feeling,” a song he wrote and originally recorded with String Cheese Incident. It was a great way to end the set performed to a large crowd of Keller fans. Connecticut classic rock legends Max Creek tore it up on the main stage as they always do. Opener “Jones” was a driving, power rocker build on pounding rhythm. It segued via loose guitar improv into a vintage blues riff that became “One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s Hell.” “Blood Red Roses was the rocker of the set, with extended guitar twirls and a piano solo...
Dancing in the Sunshine!

Dancing in the Sunshine!

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 do you like your eggs, VibeTribe? Montbleau takes his “Scrambled In The Morning.” And apparently, many of the Tribe agree, and stumbled out of bed, over to the dry mud in front of the stage to join in the revelry, drawn by his soulful alto. There’s something about Vibes, Montbleau and glorious sunshine. It brings out the best in the crowd, and our energy spills over towards the band and drives it’s performances – always stellar here at Seaside Park. The Eddie Hinton nugget, from Montbleau’s New Orleans based solo CD – For Hire – was a great sing-a-long, Bleau enticing the crowd to join in on the gospel rooted chorus. Similar vibes would inspire the set throughout. How far Montbleau has come, no longer leaning on the crutch – his once ever present stool. Now he’s a classic showman. “This song is about being in a relationship and everything’s going along just fine,” he said. “Then all of a sudden, they do something and it’s like …. You’re crazy!” as he moved into “You Crazy You.” And the bouncy “I Can’t Wait” had the crowd singing along with the band. Their cover of “Jet Airliner”...
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...
Thursday’s Early Musical Highlights

Thursday’s Early Musical Highlights

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, calling that he’d find a home with the VibeTribe. Consider that confirmed! He brings a rootsy, island vibe with, and a funky, groovy beat. But what was quite different this year, was he was being backed by a full band, whom he’s been playing with on random gigs, where as in his 2010 performance, he was still performing solo. It’s been amazing to watch him grow and develop his sound, yet all of the 6-piece totally get the vibe he’s giving and get into it as much as he does, and just go with him. “Tube Steak/Collard Greens” was an early, funky jam that saw extended improve, and then he transitioned back to a bit of a mellow, Moroccan jam. Deputy certainly got the young, largely female contingent crowd shaking and moving, and is clearly now an official part of the VibeTribe family. Believe it or not, it has been years since Yonder Mountain String Band performed at Vibes – 2006, which would mean the last time the band played the festival it was then still located at Indian Lookout Country Club. That year in fact, they performed with Martin Fierro, tenor...
Be The Garnish: All Hands On Deck Staff Meeting

Be The Garnish: All Hands On Deck Staff Meeting

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 to praise staff members as being what separates Gathering of The Vibes from the Bonnaroo’s and other big festivals. “We’re providing a concert concierge,” he said. Several other key staff members, most of whom have been with Vibes for a number of years, also followed up with similar sentiments. Notable among them for his high spirited and enthusiastic energy was Radio Vibes mornings show host, Gordon Taylor. He mentioned the late, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, and how before he was a promoter, he worked as a waiter. More often than not, what put the meals he served over the top, was a simple garnish. “Be the garnish,” Taylor said emphatically, raising a laugh from the approximately 75 staffers who attended the meeting. He was making a reference to going the xtra mile to make the event special for every single festival goer. It’s the little things that make the difference, is the point Taylor was making. “Hit the reset button,” he added about what to do after dealing with an unhappy or misled camper, and put a smile on for the next patron. And so we are at your service, hoping to make this...
Donate Life: A Pre-Vibes Feel Good Cause

Donate Life: A Pre-Vibes Feel Good Cause

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 consider going into Vibes with a lighter heart by doing the ultimate work of charity, and in turn, earning the potential to help a future Vibes-goer with the gift of organ donation. Westport Firefighter, Joe Arnson, was introduced to the world of organ donation and its wonderful benefits over three years ago when fellow firefighter, Peter Janulis got him into the Grateful Dead. “The two of us would listen to the Dead all day long, and I fell in love with it. Then we heard Phil Lesh’s Donor Raps and thought to ourselves this is a cool thing, we should do something to promote this to the fire service and to the public,” Arnson said. Lesh is known to take a few moments in between playing with his band, Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as Furthur, in which he plays alongside Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir, to address organ donation after receiving a liver transplant in 1998. “We did a thing called ‘Firefighters Going Further’, and within our department we got almost all of our members to sign up as organ donors,” Arnson explained. “This year was really special. We had a couple...
Soulive: Kicking off Vibes’ Late Night Performances

Soulive: Kicking off Vibes’ Late Night Performances

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 crashing waves of Long Island Sound draw nearer, do not forget to lasso up all that post-headliner excitement and unleash it for the late night acts who will play as late at 6 a.m. for your partying pleasure. For the duration of the festival, keep in mind that both during the day and after the main stage acts at the Green Vibes Stage there will be a variety of bands to fulfill all your can’t stop-won’t stop needs, most notably, Soulive. Soulive is a funky jazz trio from Woodstock, New York with, you guessed it, a lot of soul. Guitarist, Eric Krasno; brothers Alan Evans, drummer; and keyboardist Neal Evans, have been playing together for over 13 years. When asked who brings the funk to fruition, Alan Evans credited the band as whole for their toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes. “We definitely bring something different to the band, that’s what really makes Soulive, or in my opinion, any band have a distinct sound,“ he said. “We all have really good ears and we are always listening to what each other is doing. I definitely think that’s one of our strengths.” In their career, Soulive has joined forces with Chaka Khan,...
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...
A Passion for Creativity

A Passion for Creativity

Gathering of the Vibes is known to have exceptionally talented artisans sell their hand-crafted goods each year. The array of vendors selling jewelry, paintings, clothing, and memorabilia are based out of states stretching up New England and out westward nationally. While their specific skills and talents are a much appreciated attribution to the festival every year, one must ask themselves what the creative scene in Connecticut is all about. The young talent Connecticut offers is undeniable. With well over 20 colleges and universities throughout the state, there is a wealth of creative minds that go through programs that have helped build their talents and exhibit their work. Shelton native, Shawn Lasse started drawing with markers as soon as he could hold one. “I was around five-years old when it was already clear that all I wanted to do was draw. My favorite part about being creative is the raw freedom of it; the expression of subconscious movements all coming together in the end for an amazing result,” the 26 year-old said. Lasse creates his artwork using Sharpies, highlighters, and micro pens, and has recently exhibited his collection at the Connecticut Fauxchella Indie Music and Arts Festival which took place mid-April. “I want my art to be out there for the masses. I want to start getting more shows in line.” When it comes to exhibitions, Connecticut artist, Cara De Angelis has gotten it down. The New York Academy of Art graduate has seen her works both nationally and internationally — France to be exact. “My first foray into the magic of oil paint was when I was 8 years-old...
2012 Vibes Line-Up Highlights

2012 Vibes Line-Up Highlights

Good morning Vibe Tribe, So our weekend entertainers have been announced! We can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the line-up for GOTV 2012! Is there a particular band you are surprised to see on the line up? Is there a band you are excited to have returning to the festival? Or maybe you’re most pumped about a band whose music you’ve heard but have yet to see and hear play live? Share your thoughts below (keep ‘em clean, VibeTribers!) with the rest of the Tribe and let’s discuss… Once again, Vibes is pleased to bring back every surviving member of the Grateful Dead, over the course of the weekend. It will be wonderful to have Phil Lesh and Friends back at Seaside Park. And what Dead Head wouldn’t be excited to hear what Bob Weir has cooked up with keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and saxophonist extraordinaire Branford Marsalis And percussionist Mickey Hart returns with his namesake band fresh off the release of his latest recording, Mysterium Tremendum, with a band that includes Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools. And drummerBill Kreutzmann returns to Seaside with 7 Walkers, the first time this band has performed at the Vibes. He’s back!!!! Yup, Vibes regular Les Claypool returns with the original Primus, and now the funky trio has been touring for two years and comes to us tight and practiced and it should be an inspiring set once again. Also returning this year is Zappa Plays Zappa, led by Frank’s son Dweezil, and the renowned reggae band Steel Pulse. Yours truly is genuinely excited about the bluegrass bands at this year’s festival. Both,...

Camping Elf

I love my job here at the Vibes. I appreciate getting to talk to the many different types of people who make up the VibeTribe. By far, my most memorable calls leading up to Vibes 2011 were from 3 or 4 different moms & dads sending their children off to the Vibes, in some cases, for the first time. They were all-grown-up hippies to a certain extent; their real concerns focused on what would keep their young adults hydrated, comfortable, and fed during four music and fun filled days. I spent quite a bit of time talking to these parents, discussing the ins and outs of how the festival works, where and when their kids can eat, etc. I was asked to offer my ideas of foods that could be sent along like Rice Salad, and other things that can be served cold in a cup with a spoon on the way to the next band. My favorite festival “make ahead” food is an Asian Cold Chicken Salad served in a cup or a lettuce wrap. Fall brings the previous year’s festival to a close and the crew spends our time looking forward to the next amazing Vibes. Early December is pretty fun here at HQ. It’s not too busy and there is a lot of energy in the air. Tickets have just gone on sale for Tie-Dye Friday, and every call reflects how much people are looking forward to summer for themselves, or how excited they are to give a holiday gift of summer to someone else. I get to spend a bit more personal time with each...
Remembering Jane’s Addiction

Remembering Jane’s Addiction

Hello again, VibeTribe. Summer is just around the corner and, more importantly, our annual return to Seaside Park and the best weekend of all is also just a stones throw away. Well, we’re back to get your minds wet with anticipation for 2012. Where were you the first time you heard the music of Jane’s Addiction? Was there a particular song that turned you on to the band? What do you remember of the experience? And what about the first time you heard the band perform? What about the last? Personally, I was a classic rocker throughout high school but, shortly after graduation in ’88, a friend happened to have the incredibly shocking, Nothing’s Shocking. One last summer bash at said friend’s family cottage before college, a spin of this mind altering, genre defining recording and none of us would ever be the same. “Summertime Rolls” indeed! The years that followed saw the band reach commercial success with “Been Caught Stealing” and then succinctly break up, whether several line-up changes, reunions, and the evolution of the modern festival with Lollapalooza. 2011 saw the band reform and release The Great Escape Artist to great acclaim. Of course, summer brought the band to our corner of land for a Saturday evening festival performance like none other and, well, Jane’s Addiction certainly didn’t disappoint. I found myself floating through a sea of heads towards the stage on the opening notes of “Whores.” And how great was it to get a whole set full of classic Jane’s songs? When bassist Chris Chaney began the rolling notes of “Ted, Just Admit It,” while Perry...
Embracing Bridgeport’s Local Music Scene

Embracing Bridgeport’s Local Music Scene

The creative energy that the Gathering of the Vibes Festival has brought to Seaside Park over the years has undoubtedly given Bridgeport a great name in terms of supporting music and the arts. But long after Vibes ends, the Bridgeport music scene still thrives. Small music venues, restaurants and bars host local talent frequently, and showcase bands that have sounds similar to those of Vibes artists. And while the winter months may prevent us from heading down to Seaside Park to soak up the sun, Bridgeport and its surrounding areas do their best to give the curious music adventurers something to do. Bridgeport pizza restaurant and hot spot, Two Boots, located approximately ten minutes from Seaside Park on Fairfield Avenue, hosts live music every weekend with bands pumping out reggae, blues, jazz, rock and folk. Voted Best Restaurant with Live Music by Fairfield Weekly’s Reader Poll for four consecutive years, Two Boots has the funky upbeat atmosphere that most channels the spirit often seen at Vibes. Roberta Pettit, Manager of the Bridgeport Two boots says she credits the restaurant’s dedication to showcasing local music to its founder, Phil Hartman. The arts are a big part of his life, and it was important to him to bring live, local and original music to this area specifically. His vision was to help build downtown Bridgeport, he saw an opportunity here, she said. While there are a string of Two Boot’s restaurants throughout New York, the Bridgeport location is one of the only that hosts live entertainment. He [Hartman] was most excited to do it at this location, in this building, Pettit...