Gathering of the Vibes Takes a Break After 20 Years
Music lovers and Deadheads nationwide are a bit sadder today after finding out that Gathering of the Vibes will be taking a break after 20 years of holding a Deadhead Heaven. The festival was originally conceived as a celebration of the dead in honor of the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia who passed away in 1995.
Founder and organizer Ken Hays released a statement via Facebook on Friday, telling the Vibes family not to worry. “Over the past 20 years, we’ve traveled many roads together and experienced the beauty [and] magic of what happens when thousands of like-minded souls converge to celebrate life, love, music and community. When Jerry died, we all took a moment to look around and take account of those for whom we are grateful; time stopped, we formed a circle within our cosmic music community and said to each other, ‘it’s ok, we’re all going to get through this TOGETHER.”
Hays took time to comfort all of those that love the festival stating:
“This is not the end of the Vibes my fiends; it’s simply a pause, an opportunity for us all to reflect on the memories, explore new and exciting festival initiatives while planning our triumphant return in 2017.”
Further stating, “We know how important the Vibes is to all of you, and ask for your love and support as we look to the horizon with great excitement. Paradise and new adventures await us VibeTribe. Take good care of each other, be kind & know that our love will not fade away! Be well, continue embracing live music and we’ll stay in touch.”
Gathering of the Vibes is a festival that Sensible Reason holds near and dear and we look forward to their triumphant return in 2017