Gathering Of Vibes Festival

Gathering of the Vibes FestivalGathering Of Vibes Festival takes place at the Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Gathering Of Vibes Festival 2012 dates – 19th to 22nd July

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Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby With Special Guest, Branford Marsalis, Sts9, The Avett Brothers, Mickey Hart Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steel Pulse, Zappa Plays Zappa, 7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Greyboy Allstars, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Keller Williams, Dark Star Orchestra, Mates Of State, Deep Banana Blackout, Alo, Ryan Montbleau Band, Max Creek, Zach Deputy, Kung Fu, Joe Pug, Outernational, David Gans, The Mclovins,  Dangermuffin Yarn, Toubab Krewe, Dopapod, Cosmic Jibaros, Twiddle, Band Together, Andy The Music Man, Lucid Late Night: Royal Family Ball Feturing Soulive And Lettuce, Conspirator, Gigantic Underground Conspiracy, The Machine, The Stepkids, Bad Rabbits, The Prinmate Fiasco, Papadosio

The History of Gathering Of Vibes Festival

Gathering of the Vibesis an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 16th year. Vibes has grown into a four-day festival that has featured such world-class talent as Crosby, Stills and Nash; all living members of the Grateful Dead; the Allman Brothers Band; James Brown; the Black Crowes; Buddy Guy; Jimmy Cliff; Primus; George Clinton and P-Funk; Bruce Hornsby; Les Claypool; and many, many more big names, while continuing to showcase extraordinarily talented, young, up-and-coming bands to the 15-25 thousand people who attend each year.

Held in six different venues over its fifteen years, Vibes 2011 marks the festival’s seventh return to Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT, making Seaside Park the Vibes venue more than any other place.

Vibes has become the Northeast’s preeminent music festival – springing from traditions born in the Grateful Dead community.

During the band’s 30 year run, the Grateful Dead sparked the creation of an unparalleled sub-culture of loyally devoted enthusiasts. More than just another band, the Grateful Dead became a way of life for thousands of self-proclaimed Deadheads.

For decades, Grateful Dead shows served as a community-building institution where followers reveled with friends both old and new.

When Garcia died in 1995, Dead fans were left with a void.

In 1996, Ken Hays, a local businessman and Grateful Dead aficionado, got some of his friends together to throw a memorial party for Garcia on the campus of SUNY Purchase. Aptly named “Deadhead Heaven – A Gathering of the Tribe”, the event provided a forum for music lovers to celebrate the life of Garcia and to reunite for a weekend of spiritual renewal. In 1997, the festival relocated to Croton Point Park, NY and was re-named “Gathering of the Vibes.”

In each year since, Gathering of the Vibes has carried the spirit of these initial events forward by creating wholly unique musical experiences for attendees from far and wide. The folks who come to the Vibes annually to build and renew their bonds of friendship comprise the community that has affectionately become known as the Vibe Tribe.

In 1999 Vibes found a natural home for the annual event at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. Then in 2000, Bob Weir became the first Grateful Dead alumni to grace the Vibes’ stage, performing both with his band Ratdog and in a memorable sit-in with bass virtuoso Les Claypool.

In 2001, as Seaside Park began to undergo major renovations, the Vibes moved to Red Hook, NY for its most well-attended event to date. Following the year in Red Hook, the Vibes took up a five-year residency at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY from 2002 through 2006, highlighted by an incredible two-night performance by Phil Lesh & Friends over Independence Day weekend 2002.

In 2007, Gathering of the Vibes came home to Seaside Park, re-kindling the magic of the unforgettable 1999 & 2000 shows. With the help of the Vibe Tribe and the generous support of the City of Bridgeport, we look forward to an exceptional 16th anniversary in 2011 on the shores of Long Island Sound.

Gathering of the Vibes Festival Line Up – 2011
FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Jane’s Addiction, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, moe., The Levon Helm Band, John Butler Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John and the Lower 911, Taj Mahal Trio, the Rhythm Devils with Keller Williams, Steve Kimock and Reed Mathis, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Toots & The Maytals, Dark Star Orchestra, Ryan Montbleau Band, David Gans, Assembly of Dust, the McLovins, King for a Day, Deep Banana Blackout. The New Mastersounds, Big Gigantic, Tea Leaf Green, The infamous Stringdusters, The Mother Hips, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Sam Kininger Band, Kung Fu, The Bridge, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation, Caravan of Thieves, Rubblebucket, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Lo Faber & Aaron Maxwell of God Street Wine, David Gans, Waylon Speed, Nicos Gun, Primate Fiasco, Band Together, Darian Cunning Band, Andy The Music Man

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