Summer 2015's 50 Must-See Music Festivals

From Jazzfest to Electric Daisy Carnival and beyond, a guide to the season's biggest and loudest bashes

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Gathering of the Vibes

When: July 30th-August 2nd

Where: Bridgeport, Connecticut

Why Go: The tie-dyed spirit of the Sixties abides in this annual seaside celebration of the Grateful Dead's improv-rock legacy – and few groups echo the Dead's roots experimentalism more than headliners Wilco. Similarly, the Dark Star Orchestra will re-create one of the Dead's classic shows, and members of three younger jam bands will join former Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann in his new Billy and the Kids. Expect Dweezil Zappa to mock the whole shindig, and keep an ear open for up-and-coming jam-heads like Twiddle.

Must-See Acts: Wilco, Bombino, the Word, the String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Weezer, Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Billy and the Kids, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Zappa Plays Zappa, Electron, Greensky Bluegrass, Twiddle, Dark Star Orchestra

Official Site: gatheringofthevibes.com

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