Al Schnier Comments on GOTV Incident, Nitrous at Festivals
A 29-year-old male was found dead at Bridgeport, CTs Gathering of the Vibes this past Sunday. The incident marks the first time someone has died onsite at the famed, family-friendly festival. Though the cause of the mans death is officially unknown, the death sparked numerous debates on internet message boards about the effects nitrous has on the jamband festival scene. moe. guitarist Al Schnier has responded to the discussions by posting the following on both moe.s official blog and the message board Phantasy Tour.
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’m sure many of you are aware of the recent incident “
":mailto: the vibes. a 29 yr. old male was found dead “
":mailto: the festival. the cause of death is not ‘officially’ determined as of this time; however, many witnesses have claimed that the body was dumped off by a car w. PA plates & that the death was related to the nitrous trade. there are plenty of accounts posted online, but I’m cautious about reprinting anything here that may not be accurate. there does seem to be a lot of evidence suggesting foul play on the part of the nitrous mafia.
I know this must be extremely difficult for the friends & family for all involved, & I share my condolences & compassion for them.
secondly, I need to make it known that nitrous is not welcome “
":mailto: moe.down. the nitrous mafia is not welcome “
":mailto: moe.down. small, independent dealers are not welcome. drug trade is not welcome “
":mailto: moe.down. if you are targeting our event, simply as a market to prey upon, stay home. you are not welcome. DO NOT COME TO MOE.DOWN TO SELL DRUGS.*
moe.down has always been envisioned as a family reunion for moe.rons far & wide. it is an annual event in which family & friends can come together & enjoy friendship & music, & celebrate casually & safely in a peaceful place.
as the festival has grown, we’ve strived to keep moe.down a safe, friendly atmosphere that is still a good family environment. we will continue our efforts to make moe.down a good place.
* I am not republican (not that this is nec. a bad thing). I am not a neo-con, christian right ‘war on drugs’ spokesperson. by most people’s standards, I’m probably fairly liberal. I am not actually registered w. any political party. I do not do drugs. You can make your own choice. I just do not want you to come to our event & sell them.