Throwback Thursday #5: Gathering of the Vibes Festival 2013

One of my favorite ways to discover new music is by seeing live acts at music festivals

Aside from eating and cooking, one of my interests in music.

I’m always listening to music and looking for new music to listen to.

I don’t think a day goes by where I’m not listening to it.????

Coachella 2007 was my very first festival.

Bonnaroo 2008 was the second and probably one of the most significant.

My Bonnaroo experience led me to continue searching for and attending music festivals all across the US.

Another memorable experience was at Gathering of the Vibes 2013 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

I recently found that they are taking off this year due to the changes in the festival landscape. Which is unfortunate, since it was one of my favorites.

It was located right on the water and during the day when it’s hot enough, you could go for a swim in the ocean while listening to the music.

It was also on the smaller side, so you don’t feel so overwhelmed as you would at Bonnaroo.

Gathering of the Vibes Discoveries 

This festival is what got me interested in gardening with hydroponics.

Technaflora, a nutrient brand, was giving away starter kits and I picked one up.

I had no idea about hydroponics as a means to grow food and let it sit for about a couple years before actually trying to use it.

I eventually bought an Aerogarden and after that went well, progressed to my own DIY setup.

I am working on writing that up and will share it when it’s ready.


The music

I’d say there are 3 groups of artists that I still listen to today after this festival.

The first is the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

I’d describe their style as blues/rock.

Derek, the lead guitarist used to play with the Allman Brothers Band and excels at playing with a slide.

Susan, the singer, has a really strong and commanding voice.  If voices could kill, hers could be one of them. ✨

The first time I heard her sing I knew I liked her.

Nigel Hall was another one of the artists that I found. The first time I heard him, I liked him too!

His music is bluesy and funky.

I also just started getting into the Grateful Dead via Phil Lesh and Friends which has become one of the my favorite live acts.

Since he always plays with different people, he always has a slightly different sound. But the songs are more or less the same. They just jam out differently. ????

One of things Phil always mentions before each of his encores, is that he was a liver transplant recipient.

He got his liver from someone named Cody, who passed away unexpectedly, but had elected to be an organ donor.


Have you chosen to be an organ donor?

In California, when you renew your drivers license you can make that election and it shows with a pink sticker on the license. It’s the easiest thing to do.

The last time I renewed my license, I made sure to check that box.

Not sure how it is in the other states, but here is my plug to please at least have that discussion with your significant other/family.

Should something unfortunate happen, my view is that with your passing you could help save at least one life, possibly more, by being an organ donor.


Anyways, to end on a lighter note, here are some videos and photos I took at this festival. enjoy! ????????


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2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #5: Gathering of the Vibes Festival 2013

  • March 7, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun. And I agree, being an organ donor is so easy and you won’t need them after you’re gone. So, why not give someone else or, more likely, many people the chance to live?


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