Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gathering of the Vibes 09

It's time to start buying your tickets to the 13th annual Gathering of the Vibes. It's a gigantic 4-day music, camping and arts festival in Bridgeport's beautiful Seaside Park. It will be featuring tons of great bands, from folk, bluegrass, to jazz and funk. You'll be free to set up a tent, camp out and listen to good tunes.

The lineup is humongous, featuring a ton of big name international artists on the main stage and some indie heroes on the smaller "Green Vibes" stage. They'll be almost 50 bands playing throughout the course of the festival, so check out the artists page for more details.

Some of the really big names include:

- Bob Weir and Ratdog
- Levon Helm
- Crosby, Stills and Nash
- Buddy Guy
- George Clinton and P-Funk
- Guster
- moe.
- State Radio

On the small stage, These United States, Cornmeal and Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors) are just a few of the great bands you can see. They'll also be some homegrown CT bands there like Big Moon and The McLovins.

Also, Band Together CT is going to put some musicians together to raise some money for local charities, and they'll be on the Green stage on Saturday at 11AM. Keep up the great work, guys.

Seaside Park is really the ideal location for a festival! Between this and Two Boots, it seems like Bridgeport is trying to shirk the bad name it's been given for all these years and start up a great music community. Let's hope things continue, and Bridgeport becomes a shining beacon for the local CT music scene.

The festival costs $200 for a full weekend pass, or $75 for a single day.

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