Vibes outdoor music festival celebrates 20th anniversary this summer

The Gathering of the Vibes will welcome a ‘Vibes-like-mix’ to its 20th year anniversary music, camping and arts festival, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 2.

“The Vibe Tribe has spoken, and we have listened,” said Ken Hays, festival owner. “Familiar favorites and future favorites present a potent line-up to celebrate our 20th year sharing music, life, and each other.”

The Vibes will take place at the usual waterfront venue of Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

Wilco, Ben Harper, Gregg Allman

Some of the tops acts to perform this year are:


— Grammy-winner Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will reunite, bringing a mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock.

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman returns to Vibes, this time with his own band.

Weezer, featuring Connecticut’s own lead singer Rivers Cuomo).

— The String Cheese Incident, a well-known jam-band, makes its only Northeast appearance of the summer.

Billy & the Kids, a new project of Bill Kreutzmann, the Grateful Dead drummer.

Began as tribute to the Dead

Additionally, a Vibes tribute to the golden anniversary of the Grateful Dead is expected.  The Grateful Dead was formed in 1965 in northern California.

The Gathering of the Vibes began 20 years ago when steadfast Deadheads gathered to commemorate beloved bandleader, Jerry Garcia.

This modest first assembly has evolved into an annual four-day music, cultural arts, and camping festival with 50-plus bands on multiple stages, and a daily average of 25,000 fans, partying along the picturesque Connecticut coast of Long Island Sound.

“There’s an unmatched heart and soul to the Vibes community — coming together each summer, catching up with friends on stage and off,” Hays said.

Additional performers

Some of the other 2015 performers will be:

Dark Star Orchestra (on opening night).

Tedeschi Trucks Band, and husband-and-wife team with an 11-piece blues-rock ensemble.

Zappa Plays Zappa, son Dweezil Zappa’s tribute to father Frank.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, specializing in funk and soul.

The Word, featuring Robert Randolph, John Medeski, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew.

— The Gaslight Anthem.

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