The Disco Biscuits with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne, Dumpstaphunk and many more took the stage yesterday for a stacked Saturday at Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT.
Kung Fu and Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne were among the first acts to take to the main stage on Saturday afternoon. The groups were followed by Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, who worked covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Breaking the Girl” into their impressive set. The pair were followed by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, who were joined by Eric McFadden on guitar, Kenwood Dennard on drums and Wavy Gravy on percussion for their hit song, “Home.” The band also got some help from a young singer named Eli, who sat in for “All Wash Out,” and frontman Alex Ebert had some fun putting on Wavy’s red clown nose.
Meanwhile, Dumpstaphunk was throwing down in front of a large crowd over at the Green Vibes stage. The band, who were playing one of their last shows with longtime drummer Nikki Glaspie, was joined by a number of guests, including Stanley Jordan, James Casey and members of the School of Rock Allstars during their set.
Umphrey’s McGee then took to the main stage just as the sun began to disappear. The band worked through a 90 minute set that saw Dennard sit in on the end of “Women and Wine Song,” while Jordan made an appearance for “Hajimemashite.” The set also included a cover of Tool’s “Forty Six & 2.”
Widespread Panic were up next for their headlining set on the main stage. The southern rockers played to a massive crowd, inviting old friend (and lead guitarist Jimmy Herring’s former Aquarium Rescue Unit bandmate) Col. Bruce Hampton to join them for “Fixin’ to Die.” The show also featured covers of JJ Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” and “Ride Me High,” as well as Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.”
The Disco Biscuits played the final main stage show of the day, finally getting started a little past midnight. The set got going with “Story of the World” before guest vocalist Greg Sherrod joined them for a take on James Brown’s “I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing.” After working through the end of “Confrontation,” the group was joined by Grateful Dead drummers Micket Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, who stuck around for “West L.A. Fadeaway,” “I Know You Rider,” “Eyes of the World,” “That’s It For The Other One,” “Shakedown Street,” “Viola Lee Blues” and a set-closing rendition of the Disco Biscuit original “I-Man.” The group then returned to the stage with a choir for an encore take on “And We Big You Goodnight” that also featured appearances by Ryan Montbleau, Todd Stoops and other friends of the band.
The music then continued until sunrise, as Digital Tape Machine and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe rocked the late nights over atthe Green Vibes Stage.
Gathering of the Vibes will wrap up today with sets from Maceo Parker, moe., Ziggy Marley, Allen Stone, Dispatch and more.
Here’s a look at some of yesterday’s setlists:
Saturday, August 2, 2014, The Disco Biscuits, Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT
Story Of The World*> I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing^> Confrontation#,Home Again^^> West L.A. Fadeaway^^, I Know You Rider^^, Eyes of the World^^%,, That’s It For The Other One^^> Shakedown Street^^> Viola Lee Blues^^, I-Man^^
Enc: And We Bid You Goodnight^^
(^) with guest vocalist
(^^) with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann on percussion
(%) with Trucker’s Choice teases
Saturday, August 2, 2014, Widespread Panic, Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT
Tall Boy > Climb To Safety, Travelin’ Light, Give, Worry, Little Lilly > Fixin’ To Die*, Good People > Jam > Maggot Brain > Chilly Water > Driving Song > Cotton Was King, Ride Me High > Driving Song, Flicker > Action Man (111 mins)
Enc: Protein Drink / Sewing Machine
(*) with Col. Bruce Hampton