Seeing Phish was one of my bucket list items for this summer. Amazingly, I haven’t ever seen them live before. Even though it was 100 degrees, I would 100% do it all over again.
I got into Phish my freshman year of high school when several of my concert band friends (the geeky-cool seniors) introduced me to some live albums.
Phish had this one concert in Brooklyn that they live broadcasted to selected movie theaters across the country. I drove up to Indianapolis from Terre Haute to watch the show. As it was my first Phish experience it was pretty surreal – watching these hippies dancing around in the aisles of a movie theater while watching a performance in the cool air-conditioning wasn’t exactly a typical concert, but it was worth it and continued my interest in the band.
Not everyone enjoys Phish. They jams can go on for a long, long time, and if you don’t have the patience to listen to music that isn’t ABABA or some variation of, then you and Phish might not get along. Those jams were exactly what I craved – all of that jazz and formal music education helped me appreciate the amazing riffs and impromptus that come out of Trey Anastasio’s fingertips.
This REAL concert experience (100 degrees, 8TH FREAKING ROW, dancing in the pavilion) was something I will never forget.
Video of Weekapaug Groove
Fishman singing “Bike” with Trey on drums
First set – these guys were definitely sweating like crazy, they played Cool It Down and Tweezer, two chilly-themed tunes, in hopes of maybe signing away the heat. It didn’t help that the air just didn’t circulate in the pavilion, and it never really got cool or comfortable the whole evening.
Lots of fun in the second set with Trey jumping on drums and Fishman pulling out the vacuum – and 12 minutes of David Bowie.