Gathering of the Vibes: Get Your Groove on at the Green Vibes Stage (Guide)
Sensible Reason is gearing up for the Gathering of the Vibes this year, the premiere festival for chilling out and getting down with some of the biggest names in progressive rock, jam rock, soul, funk, and electronic music. This year’s lineup is packed with talent that includes major stars and up-and-coming artists that are still flying just a bit under the radar. Here at Sensible Reason, we’re particularly excited about the funkified schedule on the Green Vibes Stage. We’ve created a guide that will give you everything you need to know about the talented artists who are vibing at this years’ fest.
Thursday, July 31st
Kicking off the “Green Vibes Stage” on Thursday will be jazz/funk/reggae group, Banooba. With influences that range from Umphrey’s McGee to Steely Dan, these New York natives will get you up dancing early in the afternoon with their energetic live performance.
What do you get when you blend 80’s classics with bluegrass? The Charlottesville, Virginia based, Love Canon. These musical geniuses will take you for a ride of your lifetime through the 80’s with a nice little twist to it. Have you ever thought you would hear the J. Geils Band classic, “Centerfold,” with mandolin, banjo and fiddle? Here’s your chance!
If you want a true rock ‘n roll concert experience than White Denim is right up your alley. The Austin, Texas quartet has been turning on auidences coast-to-coast with their explosive live experiences since 2005. Combine Led Zeppelin with a dash of Wilco and Jimi Hendrix, you would create: White Denim.
Two decades of songwriting under their belt, Rusted Root have become a fan favorite. With their worldly beats and exploratory jams, the group engages crowds of all ages. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania veterans will get your feeting tapping and head bobbing all night long.
Friday, August 1st
Make sure you wake up early on Friday to catch Crash Dang Doodle. Growing up in New Orleans, Louisana, Crash, a member of Edware Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, creates a nice fusion of Americana & Soul in his voice to create a sound that sets him apart from other artists.
Gans is a true national treasure. Starting as a singer/songwriter in 1970, Gans knows the “insides and outs of the music industry.” With his national syndicated show “The Grateful Dead,” he one of the most well known radio voices today. David is also a wee-known music journalist who has written articles for Relix and Rolling Stone. Throughout his career as a songwriter he has shared the stage with moe., Keller Williams, The Waybacks and many more.
Bronze Radio Return
Roots/rock sextet formed in Hartford, Connecticut in 2008. With their light-hearted melodies and catchy lyrics, Bronze Radio Return will have you snapping your fingers in no time. The group are not only top-notch musicians, but their vocal ranges fit perfectly with their instruments.
Nahko and Medicine for the People
As a diverse group, Nahko and Medicine for the People use their unique cultural backgrounds to create a message through music. Traveling around the world, they hope to unify the people of all backgrounds and cultures. Active philanthropists, it’s hard to believe that music comes second in this groups priorities. With a spiritual sound and its hard not to feel some sort of spiritual and communal connection not only to the band but to the audience as well.
Saturday, August 2nd
The Main Squeeze
Funk and rock combine to form The Main Squeeze. With what audiences describe as an unparalleled live experience, these boys will definitely be bringing the funk. Power vocals paired with soulful groovy beats make this band one you wanna get to the festival early to see.
Orgone is a synergetic sound of multiple talented musicians who have come together to make breathtaking, hip-shaking music. New singer Adryon de Leon will have audiences knees buckling with her soul-filled vocals. The combination of brass, piano, and electric guitar blend together beautifully to create timeless sound. As if they stepped right out of the Motown era, Orgone gives new life to classic soul music.
Bringing a New Orleans flair to every live performance, Dumpstaphunk brings a vintage funk vibe to the stage. Playing big name fests like Boonaroo, Wakarusa, and Hang Out Fest, Dumpstaphunk spreads the Big Easy vibes all around the nation. “We always keep the spontaneity going, that’s something I love about this band,” says guitar player Ivan Neville. “We can funk it out with the best of them, but we also like to showcase how all sorts of music can come together and push the boundaries of what funk music is.”
Sunday August 3rd
Donna The Buffalo
The well-seasoned group Donna The Buffalo has a southern fried following that goes by the name The Herd. Blending the stylings of reggae, zydeco, and jam band, this timeless band continuously surprises fans with unique sounds and a fun loving vibe. Their new album Tonight Tomorrow and Yesterday, gives veteran fans and new listeners alike something to get down to. Deep, strong, and a dash of wild make this band a must see for Sunday afternoon.
Band Together CT
With a goal to unite the like-minded patrons of the musical community, Band Together CT works to unite a network of musicians with organizations willing to help raise funds for families in need. Combinding music, community and philanthropy, the diverse group of musicians combined two things most needed in the world, music and social justice. This year’s lineup includes Ada Pasternak, Pete Francis, Andy Abel, Barry Blumenfield, Chris Pike, Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried.
With a pitch perfect sound, Allen Stone believes in the traditional aspects of music writing and producing, the connections that exist between people playing music together not digitally remastered. Believing that collaboration adds a multidimensional sound to his music, the audience feeds off the energy of the band’s soulful sound.