New musicians have been added to the line-up for this summer’s Gathering of the Vibes music festival, including Blues Traveler.
The other new performers just announced are guitar player Steve Kimock and keyboard player Bernie Worrell, Jason Crosby Band, von Grey, Twiddle, and The Kind Buds.
Blues Traveler is a rock band that gained mainstream popularity in the 1990s and is best known for its live shows.
The 18th annual outdoor music, arts and camping festival will take place July 25 to 28 at a 370-acre venue in Seaside Park, on the Long Island Sound waterfront, in Bridgeport.
For information and festival tickets go to www.govibes.com.
Phil Lesh and The Black Crowes
Already announced Vibes headliners include Phil Lesh & Friends, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and The Roots.
More than 40 bands will perform on multiple stages, and additional musicians will be announced June 10.
The daily performance schedule now is available. Fans can purchase Friday, Saturday or Sunday single-day passes, or weekend camping passes (these allow concert-goers to enter the venue on Thursday morning). VIP tickets also are available.
Electronic dance music
Festival founder Ken Hays said the festival is reaching out to the younger generation by including more electronic dance music (EDM), with late-night DJ sets by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem this year.
“Over the last several years,” Hays said, “we’ve witnessed the rise of EDM largely due to promotion by underground fans; this same phenomenon drove the music of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, and others in the emerging jam band scene of the 1960s.”
Help choose an undiscovered band
People can help select an undiscovered, up-and-coming band to perform at the festival through the Road to the Vibes Contest App on the Vibes’ Facebook page. Submission deadline is June 1, and the winning band will be announced in early June.
Organizers said Gathering of the Vibes is an all ages, family-friendly event, offering a family camping area, Kids Corner, Teen Scene area with interactive programing, and a School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage featuring musical instruction and jam sessions with performers.