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A Gathering of the Vibes Playlist
Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why – “Can’t Break Free”
Here’s a mellow, reggae-inflected track from a young band. Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why seem well suited to the festival scene, with their positive spirit and sound that recalls a mild summer day.
The Primate Fiasco – “Whale Song”
The Primate Fiasco describe themselves as a “Psychedelic Dixieland” band, and judging by the old-timey-meets-rock feel of this performance, it seems an apt description. The band includes sousaphone, banjo, and woodwinds. All these instruments make for a rousing good time, as demonstrated by this cute, spontaneous video.
Toubab Krewe – “Sirens”
This seasoned festival band plays instrumental compositions that combine traditional American music with Malian influence. The resulting sound is bluesy and exotic at the same time. One need only look at and listen to the variety of instruments in this 2009 Bonnaroo performance to feel the unique quality of their sound.
Papadosio – “Geoglyph”
Papadosio is part of the Vibes’ Late Night set. This groovy, layered instrumental track is ideal for the wee hours. After a long day of varied music, a song like this can take you wherever you want to go—whether you want to unwind or get the party started, it’s up to you.
Keller Williams – “Restraint”
Keller Williams has collaborated with many different groups, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, and The Rhythm Devils among them. This solo waterside performance shows that he can certainly deliver, even in a minimalist setting. “Restraint” features comical, self-effacing lyrics (which may not be safe for all audiences) and casually delivered yet complex guitar work.
Editor’s pick: Strangefolk Reunion – “Westerly”
The original Strangefolk quartet which reunited earlier this year through the efforts of Relix publisher Peter Shapiro will return to the Vibes and quite possibly perform this song, not too far from Westerly, Rhode Island.