The Gathering of the Vibes — that deadheadiest of festivals — has released its initial lineup. Taking place July 31st through August 3rd, the Vibes will once again be returning to Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Seaside Park. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 11, at 10am ET.

Befitting a festival that began as a birthday tribute to in 1996, the lineup features a number of offshoots. and Frends will anchor the festival, along with other dead-oriented bands including Donna Jean and the Tricksters, and . The Vibes isn’t just a festival for deadheads, though. & ’s Stew Revival, , and the are among the higher-profile bands announced so far.

I was at only one Vibes, in 2003, and found it to be well-run and generally great experience. With their return to Seaside Park, they’re in a fantastic location, right on Long Island Sound. With the links to mass transit, this is one of the few festivals that those without a car should have no trouble reaching.

Initial Artist Line-Up:

& Friends


Porter Batiste & Stoltz
Zappa plays Zappa
New Riders of The Purple Sage

Donna Jean & The Tricksters

King For A Day
The Alternate Roots

Limited on-site camping will be available, and shuttle buses will be running between the event and local hotels. In addition, if you’re coming up from , shuttles will be running to the Metro-North trains, and if you’re coming from Long Island, shuttles will be taking Vibers to and from the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry.

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