Grateful Dead Fans Rule Gathering Of The Vibes And Summer Festival Season
The festival, which concluded Sunday, draws roughly 20,000 exuberant celebrants to this faded industrial city on the Long Island Sound. It's held at Seaside Park, a beautiful 370-acre site, part of which was donated to the city by circus promoter P.T. Barnum, once a Bridgeport mayor.
The Vibes, which provides Bridgeport with a bit of a boost at a time when jobs are scarce, is one of dozens of flourishing but not gigantic festivals that celebrate the wide scope of American musical traditions, be it the folksy psychedelia of the Dead, traditional country blues or blaring hard rock.
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