The City of Bridgeport, CT and Gathering of the Vibes have finalized an agreement to hold the annual music, camping and arts festival at Seaside Park for the next five years, through the summer of 2012. This year’s 13th annual event, scheduled for July 31–August 3, 2008, features New Orleans legends The Neville Brothers, southern rockers The Black Crowes, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and Friends and Bridgeport’s own Deep Banana Blackout.

Also performing are Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival, Bill Kreutzmann Trio, Mike Gordon, Zappa Plays Zappa, Jackie Greene Band, Taj Mahal Trio, Dark Star Orchestra, Sam Bush Band, Assembly of Dust, Ryan Montbleau Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Porter Batiste & Stoltz, David Gans, King For A Day, Donna Jean & The Tricksters, Strangefolk, Alternate Routes, American Babies and Master of Ceremonies Wavy Gravy.

“We’re excited to continue developing Bridgeport’s relationship with Gathering of the Vibes,” said Mayor Bill Finch (D-Bridgeport) in a statement. “The Vibes is an exceptional addition to Bridgeport’s blossoming arts and entertainment scene, as well as a tremendous opportunity to showcase the Park City to thousands of out-of-town guests from throughout the country. We look forward to growing together over the next five years.”

“The Vibes at Seaside Park is a true team effort,” added Gathering of the Vibes Executive Director Ken Hays. “As a lifelong Connecticut resident, it’s a privilege to call Seaside Park home for the next five years.”

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The four-day festival offers entertainment options for the entire family. In addition to showcasing 40 bands on three stages, this year’s event launches the bold Green Vibes environmental initiative, aimed at educating attendees on issues related to global climate change.

Gathering of the Vibes 2008 marks the festival’s fourth appearance at Seaside Park, first taking residence in 1999 and 2000. Following a sweeping restoration and renovation project, Gathering of the Vibes returned to the Long Island Sound waterside in August 2007. Last year’s event drew approximately 20,000 people.

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