It's good to see a local band in an intimate setting like the
Wobbly Barn, Pickle Barrel and the Clear River Tavern or even on
the Hawk Inn Resort Lawn. It's also great to see that same band at
a huge summer festival like the Gathering of the Vibes in
Bridgeport, CT. You can see local favorites Twiddle and the Kind
Buds there July 25-28 and hear them with a rocking big sound
system. They will be joined by VT favorites Strangefolk and Grace
Potter. Boston native turned Killington favorite, Ryan Montbleau,
will also be playing the festival. These local favorites will be
playing alongside the likes of Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh and Friends,
Black Crowes and a whole lot more.
Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping
festival now in its 18th year. The Vibes has grown into a four-day
festival which in addition to top Vermont bands also feature
Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, The Funky Meters, Blues Traveler,
Galactic, Dark Star Orchestra, Max Creek, Deep Banana Blackout and
Master of Ceremonies, the legendary Wavy Gravy. Vibes has become
the Northeast's preeminent music festival, springing from
traditions born in the Grateful Dead community.
For decades, Grateful Dead shows served as a community-building
institution where followers reveled with friends both old and new.
The Vibes has carried the spirit of these initial events forward by
creating wholly unique musical experiences for attendees from far
and wide. The folks who come to the Vibes annually to build and
renew their bonds of friendship comprise the community that has
affectionately become known as the "Vibe Tribe." 25,000 plus
attendees will flock to the 370-acre beachfront venue, which boasts
sweeping views of Long Island Sound.
A total of 40 bands playing on multiple stages plus tons of
craft and food vendors and a ferris wheel round out this event.
Vibes is very much about family. Last year they had over 2,000 kids
under the age of 12 registered. There is an exclusive "Family
Camping" area for those who might want to turn in a little earlier
and tons of activities for the mini music fan. "Our 2013 line-up is
a result of sorting through thousands of comments and survey
responses; we hope to deliver an experience that keeps our core
fans happy while remaining diverse and current," commented Ken
Hayes festival founder. "It's a model and approach that works for
Twiddle got their start at Castleton in the fall of 2004. By their
second semester, Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were already
intertwining harmony and fantasy, birthing Twiddle staples like
'Frankenfoote' and 'Gatsby the Great'. Brook Jordan, and Billy
Comstock, Twiddle's original bassist, complemented these melodies
with a densely layered and exciting funk rhythm. It wasn't long
before this young foursome had taken Castleton by storm. They then
started branching out locally playing winter shows at the Wobbly
Barn. They slowly added shows around the Northeast and composed an
impressive catalog of original tunes - all before becoming
upper-classmen in college. 2007 manifested Twiddle's debut release,
'The Natural Evolution of Consciousness'. This breakout album
immediately showcased the band's eclectic inspirations, imaginative
lyrical abilities, and superb instrumentation.
Twiddle's sophomore production, 2011's 'Somewhere on the
Mountain,' is a reflection of more introspective moods, offering
message oriented, uplifting songs. Anchored by the group's new bass
virtuoso Zdenek Gubb, this album delves into the human spirit,
speaking to our ambition, grief, and love.
Now the group has graduated but still was seeking their master's
degree in festivals. They started with small festivals like Camp
Coldbrook and the Friendly Gathering but now have earned that
coveted master's playing the Green Vibes Stage Saturday afternoon
at 4:15 p.m. They follow the legendary Bernie Worrell and Steve
THE KIND BUDS
Bud and Budd or the Kind Buds as they're better known earned their
master's degree in festivals while Twiddle was still in College.
Hailing from Randolph, Vt. the Kind Buds have played locally at the
Clear River Tavern and at Hawk Inn Resort. They first played the
Vibes in 2005 and have been there every year since. They have four
CD's to their credit including their last, ''Live at Bears Picnic"
which was listed #8 by Relix Magazine in October 2011. Their
influences include Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Beatles, Pink Floyd,
Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and the sweet sounds of Motown.
They are the Northeast's premiere acoustic jam duo. The Kind Buds
entertain their audiences with inspiring covers and incendiary
originals, trading fiery-sweet licks on a roller coaster of tension
and release. What sets The Kind Buds apart from others is that this
is a true duo act. Bud and Budd play off each other performing
raucous wide-open jams with stunning guitar interplay. Tight vocal
harmonies compliment and complete their sound. No effects of any
kind are used in live performances.
The duo has opened for New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tony
Trischka (with Steve Martin sitting in), Big Brother and the
Holding Company and Jefferson Starship. They've also played some
legendary gigs which includes a special one in the summer of 2004.
Sandy Troy, author of "Captain Trips", a biography of Jerry Garcia
and "One More Saturday Night" a book about the Grateful Dead,
produced a documentary film about Garcia and asked The Kind Buds to
open the show. Troy said of The Kind Buds. "I've seen hundreds of
Dead cover bands, but these guys are the real deal, playing the
sweet acoustic harmonies reminiscent of Garcia's early recordings.
They are the best I've seen". You can see them perform Sunday on
the Green Vibes stage at 12-noon.
THE RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND
The Ryan Montbleau Band who first played Killington in 2005 at the
Wobbly Barn and now plays all over the world will be performing on
the Main Stage Thursday at 5:45 p.m. right before the original
line-up of Strangefolk at 7 p.m. Strangefolk originated at the
University of Vermont in 1991. Since then, the band has released
five studio albums, four live albums and one live concert DVD. The
band consists of Jon Trafton (lead guitar, vocals), Erik Glockler
(bass, vocals), Reid Genauer (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Luke
Smith (drums). They have been a staple at the Vibes but took some
time off (12 years) for other projects. The four friends are back
together and playing their seamless blend of narrative lyrical
content and inventive melody. Rock, folk, blues, and bluegrass
influences converge to create an instantly recognizable sound,
which keeps Strangefolk's listeners moving from start to
Rounding out the VT connection is Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
who go head to head with Twiddle on Saturday from the Main Stage.
They also hail from Burlington and in 2009, this young band was on
the verge of blowing up when they performed on the Vibes stage for
the first time, putting out one of the most energetic and
enthralling live performances the festival has ever seen. And with
the release of "The Lion, The Beast, The Beat", this rock band is
one of the hottest bands on the touring circuit, selling out at
larger and larger venues around the world. With this musically
combustible and conceptually dazzling work, this band forcefully
takes its place alongside the best of its peers while building on
the rich legacy of its inspirations.