Big GD Family Presence at Gathering of the Vibes 2007
by Gary Lambert
For more than a decade, the Gathering of the Vibes has been one of the highlights of the summer festival season. It started in 1996 as a Jerry Garcia memorial event called "Deadhead Heaven," and has been growing in size and reputation ever since. Many musicians number the Vibes, as it's called for short, among their very favorite events to play, and audiences feel much the same.
On August 9-12, the Vibes will return, after several years in upstate New York, to Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT, a gorgeous 370 acre space on the shore of Long Island Sound that hosted memorable editions of the festival in 1999 and 2000.
This year's Vibes will live up to the event's original "Deadhead Heaven" heritage in a big way, with several members in good standing of the Grateful Dead alumni association providing some of the musical thrills: Bob Weir and Ratdog make their third consecutive appearance; the Mickey Hart Band will feature a very special lineup of players, including Steve Kimock, George Porter, Jr., John Molo, Jen Durkin and Sikiru Adepoju; Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay will be on hand with her new band, Donna Jean and The Tricksters, and also is slated to sit in with Zero.
There will be plenty of friends of the GD family to be seen and heard as well, including Dark Star Orchestra, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, George Clinton & P-Funk, The Wailers, Dickey Betts and the Great Southern, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, David Gans and many others on three stages. Also: an area hosting a variety of vitally important non-profit organizations, a "kids' corner," and much more.
For full details and schedule, visit the official website.
... take over the site. So cool!!
High energy festival.
Flying saucer type lights in the sky(very cool toy),. The meteor showers, jellyfish swimming around the crowds, the amazing weather, the wonderful ocean breeze, kites flying high, wondering souls, it was a wild ride, from cold rain to hot sunny days. The music kept on playing, and the people gathered, and shared in the magical vibes of the weekend. All the children in the candy shop.. pit stop at the casino in CT, and off to ratdog at lowell...........
On the Road again..
Vibes show was held at the home beach of Big Al Sullivan ,William & Mary Class of 1973, anybody out there seen this Deadhead around ?
To further expand upon Gary's report, the charitable arm of the Grateful Dead, The Rex Foundation, is on hand as well. It's almost 25 years since the foundation was established, and we are still fullfilling our mission as conceived so many years ago. We are always interested in more friends to join with us in this endeavor.
The Rex Foundation is proud to say that the Gathering of the Vibes has for a second year in a row, been a financial supporter of the Foundation.
Rex Foundation will be on hand at the GOTV. Look for the Rex Foundation booth in the NPO area this year.
See y'all there!!!