Gathering of the Vibes festival reveals 2012 lineup

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Organizers for the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Connecticut have revealed the initial lineup for this year’s festival, which will take place from July 19 to 22. Now in its 17th year, the Bridgeport-based festival will once again take place at Seaside Park and feature over 40 bands performing across multiple stages throughout the 370-acre beachfront venue.

Gathering of the Vibes, which was founded in honor of the late Jerry Garcia, will feature a heavy Grateful Dead theme with multiple members of the legendary jam band returning with their own bands in 2012. Bassist Phil Lesh will headline Friday night, after guitarist Bob Weir delivers a joint set with Bruce Hornsby and special guest Branford Marsalis. Percussionist Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will also perform sets, the latter being with the band 7 Walkers.

“The Vibes is a seminal gathering of the tribes, and should be supported by those who spawned it,” said Hart in a press release.

Primus and The Avett Brothers will delivering the other two headlining sets at Gathering of the Vibes, while Sound Tribe Sector 9, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steel Pulse, Mates of State, Keller Williams and Zappa Plays Zappa are also scheduled to perform. Plenty of New England bands will perform as well, include Strangefolk, Deep Banana Blackout, Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau Band and The McLovins. The full initial lineup is available below.

“Gathering of the Vibes celebrates the way music allows us to share that which goes beyond words,” explained festival founder Ken Hays. “Right now there’s a convergence of jam bands, electronica, and rock and roll – bridging the generations and truly making this a festival with something for everyone.”

Tickets for the Gathering of the Vibes are now on sale through the festival’s official website. Weekend passes with on-site camping, which will be required for access to the kick-off concert on Thursday or any of the late night sets on Friday and Saturday, can be purchased at the “way-advance” price of $185. Single day tickets are available for  $65 for Friday and Saturday or $40 for Sunday. A variety of VIP packages are also available.

Gathering of the Vibes is an all ages, family friendly event, offering an exclusive Family Camping area, Kids Corner, Teen Scene including interactive programing and a “School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage”, featuring musical instruction and jam sessions with Main Stage artists.

Gathering of the Vibes 2012 Lineup

Phil Lesh & Friends
Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby With Special Guest Branford Marsalis
The Avett Brothers
Mickey Hart Band
Yonder Mountain String Band
Steel Pulse
Zappa Plays Zappa
7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzmann
Greyboy Allstars
George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
Keller Williams
Dark Star Orchestra
Mates of State
Deep Banana Blackout
Ryan Montbleau Band
Mac Creek
Zach Deputy
Kung Fu
Joe Pug
David Gans
The Mclovins
Dangermuffin Yarn
Toubab Krewe
Cosmic Jibaros
Band Together
Andy the Music Man

Late Night:
“Royal Family Ball” featuring Soulive and Lettuce
Gigantic Underground Conspiracy
The Machine

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