Vibes will continue to honor the legacy of the Grateful Dead this year by featuring the individual bands of four ex-members: Phil Lesh and Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Branford Marsalis, the Mickey Hart Band and 7 Walkers with Bill Kreutzmann. (Furthur is still together, but after playing Bridgeport a couple years in a row, they're mixing up their schedule a bit and returning to the Northeast later in the summer.) Primus popped its Vibes cherry in 2010, and will be back this year to reprise their weirdness on a grand scale one more time. Newcomers the Avett Brothers will represent the latest wave of Americana sweeping the mainstream, and Connecticut's own adorable husband and wife duo Mates of State will make their first appearance at the festival this year too. Last year was the hottest Vibes weekend on record, so bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated. Dance your ass off on the Silent Disco at the beach at 2 a.m. if you so desire. Ride the Ferris wheel. Sit beside P.T. Barnum's regal seated statue overlooking Long Island Sound and just take it all in. It's one of the premier music festivals in the whole country, and it's happening right here in Bridgeport. To miss out on all the fun would be just plain silly.
Gathering of the Vibes
July 19-22. $40-$420. Seaside Park, One Barnum Dyke, Bridgeport. (203) 908-3030, gatheringofthevibes.com.
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