If Only For One Day: Gathering of the Vibes

Normally, myself and friends get weekend camping passes to the annual Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival that takes place in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We get our personal space decorated properly (thanks to my fine festi-shopping skills), crack open a beer, and take in the beautiful view of Long Island Sound.

My hometown city has hosted the festival for 10 years now, but sadly, this year was not in the stars for me. That is until a friend came through and gave me a pair of passes his friend could not use. All my constant complaining about missing the ocean-side party via social media had paid off! There are some great people with good hearts everywhere you look.

Headliners this year included John Fogerty, Widespread Panic, and the Disco Biscuits. Other acts included Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Lotus, and Umphrey’s McGee. I arrived around noon and spent a gorgeous, sunny day with friends over the music of Ziggy Marley, Dispatch, and .moe.

Here are some of the very few photos I snapped during my short stay at Seaside Park yesterday. Next year, better planning on my part is key to enjoying one of the best [smaller] festivals in the area.

 

My Month With Phish

I just got through a pretty intense two-week stint following Phish around the New York area. I started off in Massachusetts, swung over to Saratoga Springs, New York and then on down to Philadelphia.

The experience is always rewarding. Phish, a four-member rock band famous for their extensive and intricate jamming and longevity (they hit 30 years together in 2013), draws a massive crowd to every show. In fact, shows that were not based in large festival-like parks, such as Randall’s Island in New York, were all sold out.

The people are good-hearted and the conversations are fun as hell. I make new friends at every show and I always leave a little more open-minded than the previous day.

Until I leave next month for the band’s three-day run in Denver, here are some photos of my very Phishy July journey.