Posts Tagged ‘Gathering of the Vibes’

With a nod to my friend Jackie who’s always involved with cool shows, I’m suggesting you check out her newest venture with Funk Therapy Productions. They have put together a pretty cool fall concert series designed to blast you into the past with some old school funk.

First up, Brooklyn-based funk band LETTUCE hits the stage in at Rhythm Dance Club in Norwalk (731 West Ave) tonight (Thursday). Lettuce just released a new album, Fly, and returns to Connecticut after playing the always awesome Gathering of the Vibes this past July.

…Never thought I’d write this sentence, but the time is right for a good old-fashioned funk sound. And tonight’s your chance to get your funk on with rulers of the genre. The seven members of Lettuce have been playing together for 20 years, after meeting at Berkeley School of Music. Other bands lined up in the Funk Therapy series include Mystic Bowie, Roots of Creation, and The Brew.

Check the Funk Therapy Productions site for tickets to all the shows.

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If you’ve never been to an outdoor festival and you can make it to CT this weekend, Gathering of the Vibes is where the music plays!  It’s a four-day festival in the old rock tradition, built on the memories of Grateful Dead concerts–but with plenty of new talent to keep all ages entertained. Last year I interviewed the VIBES Director and originator, Ken Hays about the festival, and where live music is headed.

Try to catch this great event if you can. Tickets are still available by the day for the performances – check out the schedule. Bands like Dark Star Orchestra and FURTHER, featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are long-time favorites at the Vibes. This year the new headliners include Elvis Costello and Jane’s Addiction. Definitely one of my favorite CT events!

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Carl Heilman II is a bit of a legend in the Adirondacks. He’s a soft-spoken man who is both friendly and elusive, and something of a business model for the modern freelance photographer. So many people know his work, know him, and see him regularly in towns and villages throughout the region. His photography has supported him and his family, through vehicles such as a very successful series of books, photography workshops, and public showings of his work. And many people have purchased the large panoramas to hang in the homes.

 But what makes Carl special is his photography.
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Part II of a Two-Part Interview with Ken Hays

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The Gathering of the Vibes music festival is primed to rock ‘n roll into  its 15th season honoring Jerry the Garcia, and introducing thousands of new fans to bands with great vibes of their own.

There’s food, arts and crafts, sunshine (and sometimes rain) at Seaside Park in Bridgeport Connecticut. And for four days, the air above the shores of Long Island Sound will be filled with music you rarely get the opportunity to hear live. Bands like Furthur  with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Jimmy Cliff, Little Feat, Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage and Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzman and Keller Williams. The Vibes homepage gives you the full lineup, which includes the perennial Wavy Gravy (who MC’d Woodstock) as VIBES Master of Ceremonies.

Little Feat, playing at the 2010 Vibes -- press photo courtesy GOTV

 I talked with Festival Director Ken Hays back in April, first about his concept for the festival (which we covered in an earlier post), and then we got down to talking about how bands survive in this altered music world, where YouTube controls the fates of as many musicians as American Idol. How do you launch with a creative sound and find your listeners, when they are already bombarded with so much else to see and hear?  Here’s what Ken had to say…

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Part I of a Two-Part Interview


 This is part one of an interview I did with Gathering of the Vibes Festival Director Ken Hays on April 15, 2010. In this part, we talk about the history of the festival and the changing trends in music since he first started out following the Grateful Dead.

If you live in the Northeast and you’ve never heard of the Gathering of the Vibes music festival, then it’s time to tune in. Now getting juiced for its 15th straight year, the Vibes brings an average of 17,000 to 20,000 people a day (July 29 to Aug 1) into its time capsule to the 60s and 70s when Jerry Garcia was so much more than the inspiration for an ice cream flavor.

This year the Vibes Festival is back in Bridgeport, CT, same location as last year when Crosby, Stills and Nash were headliners.


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