Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule are return guests for the 18th annual Gathering Of The Vibes festival set for July 25-28 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. The Haynes-helmed Gov’t Mule joins a lineup featuring Phil Lesh & Friends (two nights!), The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and others.

“I love playing the Vibes,” Haynes said. “Vibes is one of the early festivals built around the ‘jam band’ community. As we are half jam band (and half rock ’n’ roll band), it’s important to us to stay connected with all the roots as they grow.”

Gov’t Mule will appear on the Vibes’ main stage July 27.

There’s a good reason the annual Vibes has jam-band roots. Launched as “Deadhead Heaven: Gathering Of The Tribe” in 1996, founder Ken Hays and a couple of his friends established the first festival as a way for Grateful Dead fans to come together one year after the passing of Jerry Garcia.

Another addition to this year’s Vibes will be saxman Bill Evans who will perform with various acts throughout the weekend. For more Vibes news, including the festival opening up its Late Night Stage to single-day ticketholders for the first time ever, visit GatheringOfTheVibes.com.