Words & Images by: Max Flatow
Gathering of the Vibes :: 07.29.10-08.01.10 :: Seaside Park ::
Amidst a sea of tie-dye and Dead-y emanations, another Gathering of the Vibes went
down this past weekend. An unusually sunny, cloudless sky loomed over Bridgeport,
Connecticut's Seaside Park for four straight days this past weekend, making the 2010 GOTV
a great success. Oh, and the music was fantastic too. From festival regulars like Dark Star Orchestra,
Godchaux and Max Creek to Jimmy Cliff, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Damian "Jr. Gong"
Marley & Nas and a newly reunited Primus (with
original drummer Jay Lane, who has also played with RatDog and Furthur), the
diverse lineup was nothing short of stellar.
Day One was off to a good start, with DSO, the Quincy Mumford Band, Donna Jean, and the
New Riders of the
Purple Sage on the festival's main stage - all celebrating the life and legacy of
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. The party continued on the Green Vibes Stage until
the wee hours of the morning with Big Sam's Funky Nation. Day Two saw more gorgeous weather, more
dancing, and more bands like Jackie Greene, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Robert Randolph,
and the highly anticipated Furthur performance. Aside from a few lyrical flubs on Bob
Weir's part, the two sets were packed with tight jams and beautiful musicianship. They
closed the evening with an exceptional encore of "Lady with a Fan > Terrapin > At a Siding
> Terrapin Flyer."
Days Three and Four were alive with energy, as Max Creek, The Rhythm Devils
of Dust, Primus, Galactic, Umphrey's McGee, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff, and a festival closer of Damian Marley &
Nas. While the burnt, worn-out crowd normally thins out on the last day of the Vibes, the
concert field remained packed with fans in high spirits, willing and able to continue the
party. It looks like Gathering of the Vibes 2011 might be well underway already.