Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival final additions announced
Dispatch, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, and Artist at Large, Stanley Jordan will join John Fogerty, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Maceo Parker, moe., Ziggy Marley, Disco Biscuits featuring the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann and a host of other acts at the 19th Gathering of the Vibes at Bridgeport, Connecticut's picturesque Seaside Park.
The popular jam band event set for July 31 through August 3 recently made the list of Rolling Stone Magazine's 40 Must-See Music Festivals for this summer.
Among other acts that will be occupying one of the three Vibes stages will be electronic music explorers Lotus headline Friday night, August 2 performing a tribute to the Talking Heads, titled "Lotus: Talking Heads Deconstructed." It will be interesting to see if former TH members and Bridgeport area residents Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth will be on hand as one of the "Special Guests" for the session
According to the band, for this special set, "Lotus (and special guests) will be exploring the intersections between the music of Lotus and Talking Heads, rock and dance, and old and new."
"One of my favorite Vibes traditions are the all-star tributes we have done over the years," said festival founder Ken Hays. "From the 30 Year Jam, celebrating Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, to sets honoring Jerry Garcia and James Brown, and now an amazing tribute to one of my favorite bands, the Talking Heads. I know it's going to blow some minds!"
Also new to the Vibes lineup this summer is New Orleans powerhouse Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.
"Every year, I look forward to having at least one great reggae band, one great blues band, and one great New Orleans band. You have to remember the roots. Trombone Shorty is as good as it gets, and I know he is going to heat Seaside Park up!" said Hays.
Other new additions to the roster include Assembly of Wine (featuring members of Vibes favorites Assembly of Dust and God Street Wine), Orgone, Crash, Barefoot Truth, David Gans, The Primate Fiasco, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and the winner of the "Road to the Vibes" contest, Cosmic Dust Bunnies.
Renowned tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will reproduce another vintage Grateful Dead show from front to back, while acts including Strangefolk, Dumpstaphunk, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Digital Tape Machine, Slightly Stoopid, EOTO, Deep Banana Blackout, and Kung Fu round out the festival lineup.
Fans unable to attend for the whole weekend can purchase Friday, Saturday, or Sunday passes. VIP tickets are available for the full weekend, or for individual days. (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) as well.
VIP ticket holders enjoy added perks: expedited entry, parking with easy in/out access, prime camping areas, snacks and beverages, catered meals, air conditioned bathroom trailers and hot showers. Located stage left on the concert field, the massive VIP hospitality tent and viewing platforms offer exceptional stage sight lines and the opportunity to mix and mingle with artists.
View the Daily Schedule at http://gatheringofthevibes.com/schedule, or click on govibes.com for all the festival details.