Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival Tickets
Gathering of the Vibes – The 2015 Event
There is no better place in the world to take part in the fun and festive events of the Gathering of the Vibes music festival than Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The location of the historic Gathering of the Vibes music festival for ten incredible years, the city of Bridgeport offers festival goers the ideal complement to the event's reliably excellent lineup of artists and incomparable festival feel. Make your Gathering of the Vibes festival experience a holistic weekend by taking advantage of the beautiful environs of Seaside Park and the city itself. Don't miss out on your chance to be in the middle of this classic outdoor festival – get your tickets today!
Nestled along the shore of Connecticut and less than half a mile from one of the nation's major highways, the bucolic green expanses of Seaside Park are surrounded by the historic neighborhoods of Bridgeport. The park offers visitors breathtaking vistas of Long Island Sound, towering trees, vast tracts of lawn, sports fields, and beaches. A watchful festival goer may even spot a wild parrot in the trees. The phenomenon of these brightly colored birds in the New England climate is a topic of legend and rumor. In 2007, work was completed and facilities were improved, making Seaside Park an even more idyllic and leisurely setting for Gathering of the Vibes.
About Gathering of the Vibes
Headlining this year's Gathering of the Vibes is the one and only Warren Haynes and the Seaside All Stars. Rounding out the lineup is Warren Haynes, George Porter, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Jackie Greene, Joe Russo, and Marco Benevento and Friends.
This annual arts, music, and camping festival has entered into its twentieth spectacular year. Gathering of the Vibes has evolved and expanded to fill four festive days with world class performers, including the festival's namesake, the original founding rockers of the that timeless psychedelic outfit, the Grateful Dead. Other major artists to have performed at Gathering of the Vibes include Gov't Mule, John Fogerty, Jane's Addiction, John Butler Trio, Jimmy Cliff, moe., Bruce Hornsby, and more. Gathering of the Vibes is also one of the best places to find young, incredibly talented new musicians who have the chance to show off their skills to the twenty-five thousand audience members who attend every year.
2014 was the Vibes' tenth year in Bridgeport, Connecticut's gorgeous Seaside Park, making this verdant recreational space home to the festival more often than any other venue. Vibes has grown to become the premier music festival in the Northeast and springs from traditions developed in the Grateful Dead community.
During the incredible thirty year run of the Grateful Dead, the band inspired the creation of an incomparable subculture of devoted and dedicated fans. For over twenty years, Grateful Dead performances were an institution for a special community where fans partied with new and long-time pals. With Jerry Garcia's passing in 1995, however, deadheads were faced with a void.
In 1996, local business owner and Grateful Dead enthusiast Ken Hays teamed up with Bob Kennedy, a local promoter, to gather a few of their friends together to have a memorial celebration for Garcia on the SUNY Purchase campus. Appropriately titled "Deadhead Heaven" with the subtitle "A Gathering of the Tribe", the party created a space for music fans to honor the life and work of Garcia and to come together for a weekend of much-needed renewal. In 1997, the second edition of the Gathering was moved to Croton Point Park, New York, and rechristened "Gathering of the Vibes". Ever since then, Gathering of the Vibes has transmitted the essence of these early events by establishing an entirely unique music experience for festival goers from all over the country.
In 1999, the festival found a greener home for its annual celebrations in Bridgeport's Seaside Park. The next year, Bob Weir was the first Grateful Dead member to come onstage, playing both with his group Ratdog and in an unforgettable sit-in with virtuosic bassist Les Claypool.
In 2001, major renovations were underway at Seaside Park, and the festival relocated to Red Hook, New York for its most popular event so far. After the year in Red Hook, the festival began a five-year stint at Mariaville, New York's Indian Lookout Country Club. This residency would see an amazing two-night performance from Phil Lesh & Friends during the Independence Day weekend of 2002.
In 2007, the Vibes came back home to the beautiful Seaside Park and rekindled the magic of the priceless shows from 1999 and 2000. The thriving community of festival goers and the City of Bridgeport have been instrumental in their generosity towards the event, which will celebrate twenty years on the Long Island Sound shore in 2015.
Previous editions of the Gathering of the Vibes festival in its rich twenty year history have seen such luminaries on the stage as the Disco Biscuits, Upright Citizens Brigade, the Harlem Gospel Choir, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Femi Kuti, James Brown, Allman Brothers Band, John Scofield, Yonder Mountain String Band, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Buddy Guy, the Black Crowes, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Primus, Damian Marley & Nas, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Toots & the Maytals, the Infamous Stringdusters, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Big Gigantic, Branford Marsalis, the Roots, Ziggy Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and more.
The people who attend Gathering of the Vibes every year to build friendships both new and old make up the community that is colloquially referred to as the VibeTribe.
The Gathering of the Vibes Concert Experience
Prepare yourself for one of the greatest live music shows with some of the richest history. Year upon year, the Gathering of the Vibes festival attracts some of the best established and up and coming talent on the scene today. Come celebrate the twentieth anniversary of this premier live music event! See some of your favorite musicians alongside thousands of other festival goers for a weekend of music unlike any you have experienced before. See some of the world's best musical talents the way that they were meant to be enjoyed – in a live setting with like-minded audience members. Don't wait – start planning your Gathering of the Vibes festival experience today!
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