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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Fire-breathing gypsy

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Sasha The Fire Gypsy has the ability set the stage on fire. Not literally, of course — safety is one of her main concerns. Sasha is a fire-breathing, burlesque-dancing, high-flying (with the help of jumping stilts) goddess. “We’re fire eaters, fire breathers, fire hula-hoopers — everything,” Sasha said of her fire performing troupe, Cosmic Karma […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Vibes vet Jen Durkin

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If the Gathering of the Vibes had a Hall of Fame, Jen Durkin would among its first inductees. Durkin, a longtime vocalist of Connecticut jam band and Vibes mainstay, Deep Banana Blackout, is celebrating her 19th year at the arts and music festival. She was at the Vibes in 1996 when it was still known […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Double bubble

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They looked like shimmering nebulas floating in the afternoon sun. A gaggle of children admired them — only for a moment — then they popped them. “The kids say, ‘Pop them!’ I say, ‘No!’” Jade Moon said as she waved a giant wand through a bucket of soap to create massive bubble spheres — a […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Teen guitar master Bobby Paltauf

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Pictured: Bobby Paltauf performed at Gathering of the Vibes Friday. (Photo/Autumn Driscoll) For the second straight year, Redding’s Bobby Paltauf had his own showcase on the School of Rock stage at the Gathering of the Vibes. This year, he came with some special friends — vocalist Jen Durkin, of Deep Banana Blackout fame, and a […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: All the rage

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A lot of people at the Gathering of the Vibes carry long staffs decorated with all sorts of colorful embellishments — teddy bears, flowers, luchador masks, George Clooney’s head. Turns out these things are called rage sticks, and, no pun intended, they are all the rage. “They’re really popular!” said Heather Littlewing, who showed off […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Dark Star shining

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  Pictured: Dark Star Orchestra performed at Gathering of the Vibes Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Photo/Christian Abraham) Meaning no disrespect to Thursday afternoon’s bands, but it didn’t feel like the festival had begun until Dark Star Orchestra hit the stage at 9 p.m. Maybe it’s the sun going down or the lights given off by […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Ryan Montbleau returns

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Ryan Montbleau performed on the Vibes’ Main Stage for the 10th straight year Thursday. “They were putting me on the Main Stage when I didn’t belong playing the Main Stage,” he said, modestly. Montbleau’s appearances are always well received by the Vibe Tribe, which is why he’s found a home with the festival. “Vibes is […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Artist-in-residence Stanley Jordan

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For the second straight year, the Gathering of the Vibes has a noted jazz guitar master as its artist-in-residence. Last year it was John Scofield. This year, it’s Stanley Jordan who will perform with various acts throughout the festival. Jordan made his first appearance Thursday afternoon, playing with Ryan Montbleau and Friends, which also included […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Cosmic Dust Bunnies

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The Cosmic Dust Bunnies made the most of their opening weekend slot on the Gathering Vibes Main Stage Thursday, wielding squelchy, dance-floor friendly jams that resonated with an audience eager for their first taste of music from the festival’s biggest stage. For the New Haven band — bassist Matt Beckett, percussionist/programmer Eric Hyland, guitarist Matt […] [Read More]
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Gathering of the Vibes 2014: Eating up the Vibes

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As usual, there are a wide variety of food choices at the Gathering of the Vibes’ concert staging area. In addition to the expected hot dogs and hamburgers, there are booths selling Philly cheesesteaks, Asian fusion entrees, tacos and burritos, kebobs and the return of the very popular Fire Engine Pizza Co. For dessert options, […] [Read More]
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