Feel the Vibes
Held in Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn., The Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival gave their Facebook fans the chance to select one up-and-coming band to join the line-up and perform in front of thousands of music fans at the event this summer. The winners (that’s right, they ended up selecting two acts this week) of the additional slots are Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why and Scranton’s very own MiZ. Mike Mizwinski and his bandmates will travel to the music, arts and camping festival this summer and play on one of the many stages spread across the 370-acre beachfront venue sometime between July 19 and 22. Please stay tuned for all the details.
The 17th annual Gathering will be a four-day event featuring appearances by Primus, Phil Lesh and Friends, Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby with Special Guest Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Avett Brothers, along with Yonder Mountain String Band, 7 Walkers, The Greyboy Allstars, Steel Pulse, Dark Star Orchestra, Zappa Plays Zappa and more.
Tickets for the all ages, family friendly event are on sale at www.govibes.com.
Congratulations to MiZ. Go get ’em!
Get your motor runnin’
The streets of downtown Stroudsburg will be roaring on Saturday, June 9 when the Sherman Theater presents the 2012 Pocono Raceway Festival. Main Street will be transformed into an outdoor festival featuring dozens of vendors, food vendors, a full carnival on the street, games, NASCAR show cars and other racing vehicles and much more.
The festival will also feature multiple stages of music with local favorites Mike Mizwinski (again), Kevin Brennan Band, Los Diablos, as well as the national touring acts The Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones tribute) and Live Wire (AC/DC tribute).
The Festival kicks off Friday, June 8 with a meet and greet session with the drivers at 7 p.m. and a concert with Dave Bromberg inside the Sherman theater. The fun concludes with the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 10. Visit www.shermantheater.com for more information.
Shakin’ all over
It has been 87 days since my Achilles tendon was surgically repaired after a complete rupture and I have recently abandoned the noisy crutches for a sleek, silent wooden cane. It’s easier maneuvering with my stick aid. I haven’t learned any cool cane tricks. I’m not wearing a monocle or calling children “little lads” either. I am back on my feet, writing words and performing music, and this injury has made me realize one thing I hadn’t fully grasped about myself; I am constantly shaking my legs.
After my final set at a gig last weekend, I looked down and saw my foot swelling and expanding beyond the constraints of my footwear. I was aware that my body has been known to flail around while singing and strumming, but had no idea the severity of the shuffle. The next morning, I opened my trusty laptop to start writing and my legs started bouncing all over again.
So if you see a man with shaky legs and a walking stick on the city streets, know that the wheels are turning in my head and I’m moving as fast as I can.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Solution A.D. Happily Ever After (Atlantic Records) 1996
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