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Bridgeport's Gathering of the Vibes announces introductory lineup

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For decades, Grateful Dead shows served as a community-building institution where followers of the group could revel with friends both old and new. When Jerry Garcia died in the summer of 1995, many fans were left with a void in their lives.

In 1996, Ken Hays began "Deadhead Heaven - A Gathering of the Tribe", a forum for music lovers to celebrate the life of Garcia and reunite for a weekend of camaraderie.

This year's festival, which has been dubbed Gathering of the Vibes since 1997, returns to Bridgeport's Seaside Park July 31 - August 3, 2014 with the following initial lineup:

  • Widespread Panic
  • John Fogerty
  • Moe
  • Umphree's McGee
  • The Disco Biscuits
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Maceo Parker
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Dark Star Orchestra
  • Rusted Root
  • Ryan Montbleau & friends
  • McLovins
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Band Together
  • American Babies
  • Kung Fu
  • Twiddle
  • Love Cannon
  • The Main Squeeze
  • Wavy Gravy
  • Dumpstaphunk
  • Leftover Salmon

"We've proven that Gathering of the Vibes is safe and the city has been incredibly supportive of the Vibes and we've got a really good model where people can come to Seaside Park and forget about the day to day issues and concerns that are happening throughout the world and sit back and enjoy great music," said Ken Hays. "It truly is an annual family reunion".

It was announced in 2013 that the City of Bridgeport has extended a 5-year agreement to the Vibes organizers.

The complete lineup can be viewed on the event's website. Weekend and VIP Weekend Camping passes are available now, either through direct purchase or installment plans.

Gathering of the Vibes, www.gatheringofthevibes.com

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