The Gathering of the Vibes, Connecticut's largest rock festival, won't move forward in 2016, according to a statement on the festival's website.
"As you know, we pour our hearts and souls into producing this "rare & different' festival," founder Ken Hays writes, "but after a seemingly never-ending amount of thought and deliberation between myself and those closest to me, I've made the decision not to move forward with Gathering of the Vibes in 2016... we need a time out."
Hays launched the Vibes at SUNY Purchase in 1996, a year after the death of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. "We all realized that our world had changed," he told the Hartford Advocate in 2011. "Friends we’d see: we knew we wouldn’t be seeing them any longer. So we needed to figure out a way to meet and gather once a year." 3,500 people showed up to hear headliners included moe. and Max Creek.
The festival officially became the Gathering of the Vibes in 1997, when it moved to Croton Point Park in Westchester. Hays, a Fairfield County native, brought the festival to Seaside Park in 1999 and 2000 (Bob Weir and Ratdog headlined), before moving it to Upstate New York for the following six years. The Vibes returned to Bridgeport in 2007, and has remained here since.
Performers in recent years have included all the surviving members of the Grateful Dead (in various configurations), Primus, Wilco, Weezer, Branford Marsalis, Widespread Panic, Umphey's McGee, Jane's Addiction and Elvis Costello.
The Vibes hopes to return in 2017, according to Hays' statement.