Gathering of the Vibes 2010
Contributing Writer : Garret K. Woodward [ TheRFW.com/blog/Garret ]
“These days they don’t play my music anymore…”
Under the daunting mid-Atlantic sun‚ guitarist Scott Tournet (Grace Potter/Blues and Lasers) spoke these words of truth so too often lost into the cracks of society. It seems the ultimate battle between quality vs. quantity has left the latter victorious across the current musical landscape. Scavengers of passion and pursuit of the perfect note have combed through the rolling hills and open prairies‚ coming up with handfuls of hopeful pockets of refuge. Amid these said places‚ Gathering of the Vibes has remained a saving grace within the northeast offerings.
Four days had come and gone in the blink of an eye‚ and all I had to remember it were pages of chicken-scratch notes and delirious saturated memories of unforgettable encounters‚ musical duets‚ and hopes of a successful journey back next year. It is a curious place for all‚ a magical place for many and a sacred place for a lucky few. And though Tournet stated the truth by saying‚ “These days they don’t play my music anymore…”‚ at least we have Bridgeport‚ Connecticut every summer to justify the pursuit of pure intent and shared community within music.
- Garret K. Woodward, Gathering of the Vibes 2009
Once again, the greatest festival on the east coast (sorry Bonnaroo, but I will take cooler temperatures, shade, a beach with crisp swimming, and Furthur any day) will be touching down in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a weekend extravaganza (July 29 – Aug. 1) anxiously awaited each summer.
Celebrating its 15th year, Gathering of the Vibes will feature headliners Furthur (Friday), Primus (Saturday), and Damian Marley & NAS (Sunday). Licking their chops beforehand will be Umphrey’s McGee, Rhythm Devils w/Keller Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Martin Sexton, Dark Star Orchestra, Assembly of Dust, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Galactic amid an endless array of talent stretching the course of four nights.
So, grab your dancing shoes, your youthful exuberance, and head down to the Long Island Sound for a once-a-year experience few and far between within the music scene.