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|Gathering of the Vibes|
|Genre||Jam bands, alternative rock, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, reggae|
|Location(s)||Bridgeport, Connecticut, US;
Mariaville, New York, US;
Red Hook, New York, US;
Plattsburgh, New York, US;
Croton-on-Hudson, New York, US;
Purchase, New York, US
|Years active||1996 - present|
Gathering of the Vibes (often abbreviated as GOTV) was an annual four-day music, camping and arts festival that celebrated the Grateful Dead and showcased a diverse variety of music. Over the course of the event, styles would often include; funk, bluegrass, rock, jam band, jazz, reggae, R&B and folk music. Beginning in 1996, GOTV brought many bands to the New England area during the summer season. There existed two main stages which would alternate bands so that festival-goers could experience music all day and into the night. A short stroll down the beach was the "Green Vibes Stage", which showcased some of the Northeast's finest talent.
In addition to music, festival goers had access to food and beverage vendors, a variety of both handmade crafts and imported goods along the "Craft Vendor Row" that was known as Shakedown Street, and which was highlighted by and many types of vendors, an Art Gallery, along with Vibes merchandise. The Vibes also showcased non-profit organizations in a Non-Profit "Village" with an emphasis on local groups. Information and demonstrations included everything from environmental awareness to social consciousness. Beginning in 1999, The Vibes also hosted an annual non-perishable food and hygiene product drive to benefit a local food bank.
On November 27, 2015 it was announced that Gathering of the Vibes will not take place in 2016, though it was stated that the festival had planned to return in 2017. This did not occur, however, and it appears that 2015 would be the last gathering.
For 30 years, the Grateful Dead were an American musical institution. Born out of a decade of social upheaval and consciousness expanding, the group sparked the creation of an unparalleled sub-culture of loyally devoted enthusiasts. The Grateful Dead inspired thousands of self-proclaimed Deadheads.
For decades, Grateful Dead shows served as a community-building institution where followers of the group could revel with friends both old and new. But when Jerry Garcia died in the summer of 1995, many fans were left with a void in their lives. One man who was determined to keep the fire burning was Ken Hays, who at the time ran Terrapin Tapes, a media distribution outlet for live concert tapers and traders.
In 1996, Sally Ansorge Mulvey and John Dwork (Publishers of the Grateful Dead Fanzine "Dupree's Diamond News") and Ken Hays (of Terrapin Tapes) threw a memorial party for Garcia at SUNY Purchase. Aptly named "Deadhead Heaven - A Gathering of the Tribe", the event provided a forum for music lovers to celebrate the life of the Grateful Dead frontman and reunite for a weekend of spiritual renewal. In 1997, Hays continued the festival and relocated it to Croton Point Park, NY and was renamed "Gathering of the Vibes."
In each of the years since, Gathering of the Vibes has carried the spirit of these initial events forward by creating wholly unique musical experiences for attendees from far and wide. The folks who come to the Vibes annually to build and renew their bonds of friendship compose the community that has affectionately become known as the Vibe Tribe.
After moving to Plattsburgh, NY for GOTV 1998, the Vibes found what seemed to be a natural home for the annual event at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT in 1999 & 2000. In 2000, Bob Weir became the first Grateful Dead alumni to grace the Vibes' stage, performing both with his band Ratdog and in a memorable sit-in with bass virtuoso Les Claypool.
In 2001, as Seaside Park began to undergo major renovations, the Vibes moved to Red Hook, NY for its most well-attended event to date. Following the year in Red Hook, the Vibes took up a five-year residency at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York from 2002 through 2006, highlighted by an incredible two-night performance by Phil Lesh & Friends over Independence Day weekend 2002.
In 2007, Gathering of the Vibes came home to Seaside Park, re-kindling the magic of the unforgettable 1999 & 2000 shows. With the help of the Vibe Tribe and the generous support of the City of Bridgeport, Vibes returned to seaside park in 2008 and 2009.
Wavy Gravy has been the master of ceremonies since 2002 and shared those duties with Mike Potashnick, GOTVs first production manager, until 2010. In January 2011, Mike Potashnick died and Bob Kennedy, one of the co-founders of GOTV, took his place and shared the emcee duties with Wavy for the festival that year. In 2012, Gordon Taylor, Radio Vibes co-producer, was the co-emcee with Wavy Gravy. Wavy Gravy is a link to the past and one way the Vibes pays homage to its roots.
In December 2012, Ken Hays announced that GOTV will return to Seaside Park July 25-28, 2013.
Agents of Good Roots ~ Charlie Hunter Quartet ~ David Gans & Friends ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ God Street Wine ~ Hubinger St ~ Jazz Mandolin Project ~ Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theater ~ Kevin Hays Trio ~ Laughin' Bones ~ Max Creek ~ Moon Boot Lover ~ New Brown Hat ~ Ominous Seapods ~ Position 17 ~ Percy Hill ~ Strangefolk ~ Warren Haynes ~ Zen Tricksters
Conehead Buddah ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ The Disco Biscuits ~ Ekoostik Hookah ~ Fat Mama ~ Gordon Stone Trio ~ Gov't Mule ~ Jazz Mandolin Project ~ Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theater ~ Late night Terrapin Jam ~ Max Creek ~ Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe ~ moe. ~ Ominous Seapods ~ Percy Hill ~ South Catherine St. Jug Band ~ Strangefolk ~ Zen Tricksters
Deep Banana Blackout ~ Gov't Mule ~ Jazz Mandolin Project ~ John Scofield Band ~ Max Creek ~ Merl Saunders Trio ~ moe. ~ Percy Hill ~ Schoolhouse Rock ~ Strangefolk ~ The Big Wu, ~ The Disco Biscuits ~ The Radiators ~ The Slip ~ Viperhouse ~ Zen Tricksters
David Grisman Quintet ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Dennis McNally ~ Gibb Droll ~ Gordon Stone Band ~ Harlem Gospel Choir ~ John Scofield Band ~ Joules Graves ~ Les Claypool and the Rat Brigade ~ Max Creek ~ Merl Saunders and Friends ~ moe. ~ Original P ~ Percy Hill ~ Peter Prince ~ RatDog ~ Schleigho ~ Schoolhouse Rock ~ Sonia Dada ~ Soulive ~ Sound Tribe Sector 9 ~ Strangefolk ~ Tony Trischka ~ Trans Global Millinium Ensemble ~ Upright Citizens Brigade ~ Walter "Wolfman" Washington ~ Warren Haynes ~ Zen Tricksters
Addison Groove Project ~ BareBones and WildFlowers ~ Blue Floyd ~ Bruce Hornsby ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Dickey Betts Band ~ Disco Biscuits ~ Femi Kuti ~ Grapes of Vaudevillian Fantasy ~ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey ~ Jiggle ~ Joanne Shenandoah ~ John Scofield Band ~ Joules Graves ~ Lake Trout ~ Les Claypool's Frog Brigade ~ Max Creek ~ Medeski, Martin and Wood ~ Merl Saunders and his Funky Friends ~ Murali Coryell ~ Organically Grown Gospel Choir ~ Rafter Bats ~ Robert Randolph ~ Sloan Wainwright ~ Soulive ~ Steve Kimock Band ~ Strangefolk ~ Terrapin Thirty Year Jam ~ Tom Tom Club ~ Topaz ~ Ulu ~ Uncle Sammy ~ Upright Citizens Brigade and Friends ~ Wild Magnolias ~ Zen Tricksters
July 4 - July 7 @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville, New York
Aaron Katz Band ~ Andrew Gromiller ~ Bomb Squad ~ Carl Big Heart ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Deni Bonet ~ Fuzz and Stephen Kellogg ~ Gov't Mule ~ Grapes of Vaudevillian Fantasy ~ Jess Klein ~ John Mooney ~ Lake Trout ~ Les Claypool ~ Lightnin' Wells ~ Lucy Chapin ~ Max Creek ~ MoFro ~ NRBQ ~ Peter Prince ~ Phil Lesh and Friends ~ Rafter Bats ~ Reid Genauer ~ Robert Kowal ~ Soulive ~ Steve Kimock Band ~ Strangefolk ~ Third World ~ Waking Dream ~ Warren Haynes ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Zen Tricksters
Phil Lesh's first appearance.
Addison Groove Project ~ Allman Brothers Band ~ Andrew Gromiller ~ Bomb Squad ~ Dan Bern ~ David Grisman Quintet ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Derek Trucks Band ~ Dickey Betts and Great Southern ~ Gov't Mule ~ Holmes Brothers ~ James Brown ~ Jim Donovan Rhythm and Drum ~ Jorma Kaukonen and Blue Country ~ Karl Denson's Tiny Universe ~ Keller Williams ~ Max Creek ~ Michael Franti and Spearhead ~ Nerissa & Katryna Nields ~ Oak Street Jam Band~Particle ~ Peter Prince ~ Rafter Bats ~ Raisinhill ~ Reed Foehl ~ Reid Genauer and the Assembly of Dust ~ Rusted Root ~ Strangefolk ~ Susan Tedeschi ~ Waking Puppets ~ Warren Haynes ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Zen Tricksters
July 15 - July 17 @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville, New York
Assembly of Dust ~ Benevento/Russo Duo ~ Bomb Squad ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ Martin Sexton ~ Masters of Bluegrass ~ Masters of Funk ~ Rafter Bats ~ Scarecrow Collection ~ Steve Kimock Band ~ Strangefolk ~ The Breakfast ~ The Radiators ~ The Slip ~ U-Melt ~ Zen Tricksters
Featured Masters of Funk and Masters of Bluegrass
August 12 - August 14 @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville, New York
Special 10 Year Anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death, with performances by Bob Weir and an "all-star tribute" jam with the Dark Star Orchestra, Reid Genauer and Keller Williams.
Assembly of Dust ~ Church ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ David Gans ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Del McCoury Band ~ Depth Quartet ~ Jazz Mandolin Project ~ John Brown's Body ~ John Scofield ~ Jonah Smith ~ Juggling Suns ~ Keller Williams ~ Leo Nocentilli ~ Medeski, Martin and Wood ~ New Deal ~ Ominous Seapods ~ Rafter Bats ~ Railroad Earth ~ RAQ ~ Ratdog ~ Ryan Montbleau Band ~ Scarecrow Collection ~ Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers ~ Tribute to Jerry Garcia ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Windfalls ~ Zen Tricksters ~ Zox
August 17 - August 20 @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville, New York
Assembly of Dust ~ Bud & Budd, The Kind Buds ~ Burning Spear ~ Chuch ~ David Gans ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Everyone Orchestra ~ G. Love and Special Sauce ~ Hot Tuna ~ Juggling Suns ~ Keller Williams ~ Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Review ~ King For A Day ~ Martin Sexton ~ New Riders of the Purple Sage ~ North Mississippi Allstars ~ Papa Mali ~ Rafter Bats ~ Ratdog ~ Rhythm Devils ~ Ryan Montbleau ~ Scarecrow Collection ~ Strangefolk ~ Tea Leaf Green ~ Walter Wolfman Washington ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Yonder Mountain String Band ~ Zero
Bob Weir sat-in during Keller's set, played with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, and also jammed with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann's Rhythm Devils which featured Steve Kimock on guitar and Phish's Mike Gordon on bass.]
Assembly of Dust ~ Bindlestiff Family Circus ~ Bob Weir & RatDog ~ Bomb Squad ~ Boris Garcia ~ Brothers Grim ~ Bud & Budd, The Kind Buds ~ Buddy Guy ~ Christopher Robin Band ~ Chuch ~ Clip ~ Corkscrew (the Band) ~ Cosmic Jibaros ~ Darian Cunning ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ David Gans ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Depth Quartet ~ Dickey Betts & Great Southern ~ Dirty Dozen Brass Band ~ Donna Jean & The Tricksters ~ Electric Hill ~ Fro ~ Fungus Amungus ~ George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic ~ HOE ~ Hubinger Street ~ Jay Stollman ~ Jen Durkin's Equinox ~ John Brown's Body ~ Juggling Suns ~ Keller and the Keels ~ Kevin Hays Jazz Session ~ King For A Day ~ Larissa Delorenzo ~ Les Claypool ~ Los Lobos ~ Manchado ~ Martin Sexton ~ Mickey Hart Band ~ Nardy Boy ~ Railroad Earth ~ Roamer ~ Rolla ~ Ryan Montbleau Band ~ Scarecrow Collection ~ Strangefolk ~ Tea Leaf Green ~ U-Melt ~ The Wailers ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Zero
Alternate Routes ~ American Babies ~ Assembly of Dust ~ Bill Kreutzmann Trio ~ The Black Crowes ~ Bud & Budd ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ David Gans ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi ~ Donna Jean & The Tricksters ~ Jackie Greene Band ~ The Kind Buds ~ King For A Day ~ Mike Gordon ~ Neville Brothers ~ New Riders of the Purple Sage ~ The Organically Grown Gospel Choir ~ Phil Lesh & Friends ~ Porter Batiste Stoltz ~ Ryan Montbleau Band ~ Sam Bush ~ Strangefolk ~ Taj Mahal Trio ~ Umphrey's Mcgee ~ Zappa Plays Zappa~ Graylight Campfire
Assembly of Dust ~ Big Moon ~ Bob Weir & RatDog ~ Buddy Guy ~ Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Donna Jean Godchaux Band ~ George Clinton & P-Funk ~ Grace Potter & The Nocturnals ~ Guster ~ Harlem Gospel Choir ~ JJ Grey & MOFRO ~ John Brown's Body ~ Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll & Sipe ~ King For A Day ~ Lettuce ~ Levon Helm Band ~ The Machine ~ Max Creek ~ Moe. ~ Moonalice ~ Perpetual Groove ~ P.J. Pacifico ~ Ryan Montbleau Band ~ Strangefolk ~ Bud & Budd The Kind Buds ~ Reckoning
State Radio was scheduled to appear but canceled at the last minute. Bob Weir sat-in with the Levon Helm Band. Donna Jean Godchaux sat in with Keller Williams, Max Creek and Bob Weir & RatDog. moe.'s set was cut short after seven songs due to inclement weather, as was Crosby, Stills & Nash. Bud & Budd ~ The Kind Buds played in the VIP Tent late night Saturday after Bob Weir & RatDog.
Assembly of Dust ~ Big Sam's Funky Nation ~ Damian Marley & Nas ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Donna Jean Godchaux Band ~ Furthur ~ Galactic ~ Harlem Gospel Choir ~ Jackie Greene Band ~ Jimmy Cliff ~ Little Feat ~Bronze Radio Return~ Martin Sexton featuring Ryan Montbleau ~ Max Creek ~ Mix Master Mike ~ New Riders of the Purple Sage ~ Primus ~ The Radiators ~ Rhythm Devils featuring Keller Williams ~ Robert Randolph & The Family Band ~ Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ~ Steve Kimock Crazy Engine ~ Umphrey's McGee ~ Zach Deputy
Assembly of Dust ~ Dark Star Orchestra ~ Deep Banana Blackout ~ Dr. John & Lower 911 ~ Elvis Costello ~ Furthur ~ Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk ~ Jane's Addiction ~ John Butler Trio ~ Levon Helm ~ McLovins ~ moe. ~ Ryan Montbleau ~ Taj Mahal Trio ~ Tea Leaf Green ~ Tedeschi Trucks Band ~ Toots & Maytals ~ Big Gigantic ~ New Mastersounds ~ Rhythm Devils ~ Big Sam's Funky Nation ~ Dr. John & the Lower 911 ~ Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds ~ Primate Fiasco ~ Caravan of Thieves ~ Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad ~ The Infamous Stringdusters
Primus, Phil Lesh and Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with special guest Branford Marsalis, STS9, 7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzman, Mickey Hart Band, Strangefolk Reunion, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steele Pulse, Zappa Plays Zappa, The Avett Brothers, The Greyboy All Stars, George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Panders, Keller Williams, Dark Star Orchestra, Mates of State, Deep Banana Blackout, ALO, Ryan Montbleau Band, Max Creek, Assembly of Dust, Zach Deputy, Kung Fu, Joe Pug, Toubab Krewe, The Stepkids, Outernational, Bad Rabbits, David Gans, The McLovins, Dangermuffin & Yarn, Dopapod, Cosmic Jibaros, TWIDDLE, Band Together, Andy The Music Man, Lucid, The Primate Fiasco, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why, MIZ, School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage, Royal Family Ball featuring Soulive and Lettuce, Conspirator, Gigantic Underground Conspiracy, The Machine, Papadosio, Graylight Campfire, ConectIcon
Phil Lesh and Friends featuring John Scofield, John Medeski, Joe Russo and John Kadlecik (2 nights), Govt Mule, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Roots, Funky Meters, John Butler Trio, Galactic, Dark Star Orchestra, John Scofield Uberjam, Original Strangefolk, Railroad Earth, Wild Adriatic, Fishbone, Assembly of Dust, Max Creek, The Kind Buds, Ryan Montbleau Band, Lord Huron, The Revivalists, Tribal Seeds, The Nigel Hall Band, David Gans, McLovins, Band Together, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Cosmic Jibaros, Borboletta: A Tribute to Santana, Jimkata, Andy the Music Man, Consider The Source, Blues Traveler
Master of Ceremonies: Wavy Gravy
Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, The Disco Biscuits feat. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Dispatch, Lotus: Talking Heads Deconstructed, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Umphrey's McGee, moe., Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, Maceo Parker, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Dumpstaphunk, Allen Stone, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass featuring Jeff Austin & Reed Mathis, Rusted Root, Ryan Montbleau & Friends, Stanley Jordan, Strangefolk, Langhorne Slim & The Law, White Denim, Kung Fu, Assembly of Wine, Bronze Radio Return, Crash, American Babies, Twiddle, Donna The Buffalo, Orgone, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Barefoot Truth, Love Canon, The Main Squeeze, McLovins, David Gans, The Primate Fiasco, Band Together CT, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Banooba, Andy the Music Man, School of Rock All Stars, World Peace Ceremony, The Brummy Brothers
Master of Ceremonies: Wavy Gravy
Warren Haynes and the Seaside All-Stars (Featuring George Porter Jr, Branford Marsalis, Jackie Greene, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento & Friends), The String Cheese Incident (With Special Guests David Grisman, Peter Rowan & Friends), Wilco, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Weezer, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes (Featuring Railroad Earth), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Billy & The Kids, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, The Word, Zappa Plays Zappa, Dark Star Orchestra Featuring Melvin Seals, Greensky Bluegrass, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tea Leaf Green, Deep Banana Blackout, John Brown's Body, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Max Creek, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Strangefolk, Turkuaz, Doyle Bramhall II, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ryan Montbleau, Cabinet, Trevor Hall, Bombino, Moon Hooch, Earphunk, The Primate Fiasco, Banooba, Nattali Rize & Notis, Band Together, Fly Golden Eagle, David Gans, World Peace Flag Ceremony
Master of Ceremonies: Wavy Gravy
After the 20th Anniversary Vibes in 2015, the organizers decided to take a year break, using the time to plan ahead and envision how the event can continue to grow in a fun and exciting way. Gathering of the Vibes said they planned to return in 2017. On January 31, 2017, a message posted by the Gathering of the Vibes rebutted their previous statement and stated that they "made the difficult decision not to move forward with Vibes in 2017."