Phil Lesh, Black Crowes top 2013 Gathering of the Vibes lineup

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Phil Lesh & Friends, The Black Crowes and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are among the first wave of acts announced to perform at this year’s Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival, which returns to Bridgeport’s Seaside Park July 25 to 28.

The 18th annual edition of what was originally dubbed “Deadhead Heaven” continues to expand upon its jam band foundation, with acts from a wide array of genres — from rock and folk to reggae and hip hop — slated to take the stage.

However, this wouldn’t be the Vibes without the presence of the Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh, who co-founded the legendary band with Jerry Garcia in 1965, will be joined for two performances in as many nights by all-star musicians John Scofield, John Medeski, Joe Russo and John Kadlecik.

Non-Dead fans will also be pleased with the line-up, which thus far features The Black Crowes, The Roots, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Butler Trio, Galactic, funky METERS and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who is set to play a late-night DJ set.

As in past years, the festival will feature a bevy of Connecticut musicians: Deep Banana Blackout, Kung Fu, Cosmic Jibaros, Max Creek, The McLovins and Band Together, among others.

Ken Hays, the founder of the Gathering of The Vibes, said the line-up is the result of “sorting through thousands of comments and surveys responses.”

“We hope to deliver an experience that keeps our core fans happy while remaining diverse and current,” he said. “It’s a model and approach that works for us.”

For tickets to Gathering of the Vibes and more information, go online.

Scott Gargan

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