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.
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.
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.
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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In case you missed them, here are some of my other blog posts!
- June 2017 Summer Seed Giveaway
- April 2017 Reflections: Food and Travel
- Throwback Thursday #6: Burning Man 2011
- Improving My Bread Baking Part 3: Rustic Loaf with Fennel, Poppy, and Sesame Seeds
- Improving My Bread Baking Part 2: French Style Country Loaf
- March 2017 Reflections: Food, Gardening, and Travel
- Improving My Bread Baking Part 1: King Arthur’s In Search of the Best Rustic Loaf
- Throwback Thursday #5: Gathering of the Vibes Festival 2013
- Throwback Thursday #4: Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar April 2012
- Throwback Thursday #3 – Recipes that Didn’t Make the Cut 2016