Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin Saluted At N.Y. Fest
The 2001 edition of the Gathering of the Vibes festival will host an all-star celebration of a trio of fallen rock heroes. Dubbed the Thirty Year Jam, the June 30 event will pay tribute to Doors singeThe 2001 edition of the Gathering of the Vibes festival will host an all-star celebration of a trio of fallen rock heroes. Dubbed the Thirty Year Jam, the June 30 event will pay tribute to Doors singer Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, all of who died within a 10 month span between September 1970 and July 1971.
The event will serve as the finale of the second day of the June 29-July 1 festival in Red Hook, N.Y., and will feature Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek as both a performer and emcee. Others taking part include drummer Buddy Miles of Hendrix' Band of Gypsys, Parliament/Funkadelic founding keyboardist Bernie Worrell, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), and DJ Logic.
The entire ensemble of guests will be backed by house band Blue Floyd -- Gov't Mule drummer Matt Abts, former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, former Allman Brothers keyboardist Johnny Neel, and bassist Berry Oakley, Jr. Incidentally, Oakley, who is the son of late Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley, is the godson of Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, and a longtime member of Robby Krieger Band.
Among the other artists set to perform during the sixth annual festival are Bruce Hornsby, John Scofield, Les Claypool's Flying Frog Brigade, the Dickey Betts Band, Medeski Martin & Wood, Merle Saunders and his Funky Friends, and Soulive. For more information and tickets, visit the event's official Web site.
Following the Thirty Year Jam, Manzarek will head to Paris -- where Morrison died and is buried -- for a July 3 event honoring Morrison on the actual anniversary of his passing. At Les Bouffes Du Nord, Manzarek and former Doors manager Danny Sugerman will screen rare and never- before-seen Doors footage, including a 1968 Danish television special titled "Feast of Friends," a public television special titled "Critique" from the following year, and the one-hour special "A Tribute to Jim Morrison." For more information, visit the Doors official Web site.