There are some pretty astounding festivals coming up in the next few months. Be very, very careful you don’t overlook the first of these titans: Gathering of the Vibes at Seaside Park in Bridgeport CT. The festival starts next Thursday, July 30th, and runs through Sunday, August 2nd.
And while you are considering it, ticket prices go up Saturday at 6 PM. It’s not too late to save some money and see some incredible music.
Incredible? Just consider these two conglomerations:
Warren Haynes and the Seaside All-Stars, featuring George Porter Jr., Branford Marsalis, Jackie Green, Joe Russo, and Marco Benevento and Friends. That’s how you celebrate your 20th anniversary as a festival! And how about:
The String Cheese Incident with David Grisman and Peter Rowan and Friends. Recognize that Grisman and Rowan performed together in the late ‘60s in the way-before-their-time band Earth Opera in addition to their other massive contributions over the past 50 years!
Warren Haynes also performs with Railroad Earth. Their recent collaborative album, Ashes and Dust, was just released. Gregg Allman. Wilco. Weezer. Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Billy & the Kids finds Bill Kreutzmann cavorting with a bunch of kids: Aron Magner, Reed Mathis and Tom Hamilton. Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Dark Star Orchestra with Melvin Seals.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, musically speaking! There is so, so much more! Deep Banana Blackout. Zappa Plays Zappa. The Word. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band.
Tealeaf Green. Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Twiddle. Turkuak. Kung Fu. Greensky Bluegrass. The Gaslight Anthem. John Brown’s Body.
New Riders of the Purple Sage. Moon Hooch. Earphunk. Cabinet. And a dozen more.
Take a minute. Catch your breath.
The late-night shows are ridiculous: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Octopus featuring Todd Stoops and Jason Hann. Lettuce. Electron. The Nth Power.
And Silent Disco all night on the beach. Because, who needs to sleep, really?
And, ladies and gentlemen, your master of ceremonies: Wavy Gravy!
You can’t possibly gather more vibes than that!