The journey and stack of unexpected events/ feels that poured in like the unrelenting rain we faced, made a weekend in Maryland unforgettable on numerous counts. Traffic through rain, hotels not honoring reservations, more rain, goofy folk lacking on responsibilities, friends in pain, and successfully calling 4 songs in a single show. Most details about the above sentence aren’t worth diving into but I can say it was a memorable trip in countless respects and not just for me. This was posted on Reddit the next day:
I work at MPP and just heard Phish for the first time these past two days
As the title says, I’d never listened to them before this weekend.
First, this is one of the most fun crowds all summer — some of the most friendly people. The atmosphere was infectious.
Second, my life is literally changed. The moment they started playing on Saturday, I knew that these two days were gonna be the first of hopefully many Phish shows for me. I’ve been in a bit of a rut the past two months, and even though I was working and unable to dance, my whole outlook on things just kinda changed. It just felt so good to be there. Might be one of the highlights of my life so far. I’m really thankful to the band and the fans for such an incredible experience.
Now I’ve gotta dive into the discography. Looks overwhelming, but I couldn’t be more excited.
This summer was plagued by complaints about fans on the west coast both for interpersonal and environmental reasons. What a refreshing comment to find online. Happy fans despite rain?! Often the case with this tribe. One benefit to Merriweather is the parking. I mentioned that I traded a parking pass for this show at Camden for a piece of pizza (it was good). Those passes are key for vendors looking to get close to the scene. The first night we were parked on the 7th floor of a garage and I immediately flashed back to Hartford in 1997. Parked on top of a similar garage, still excited from a funky 2001 till I realized we had been descending to street level for over an hour. I mention that perhaps we should meet before encore to leave before the crowd. Little did we know it would be a four-song encore. The next day we got on lot way earlier and parked on the ground level. We also had time to browse shakedown.
The shows were incredible despite the hiccups friends faced and the stress induced by those slacking in their responsibilities. By the end, we were smiling and I got a Meat (which I didn’t necessarily want but called) and a BBFCFM. It was an extra lucky night for all who wanted a Tweezer Reprise… they got two.
SET 1: Blaze On > Party Time, Breath and Burning, Sugar Shack, Home, Joy, Stash, 46 Days
SET 2: Sand > Mercury -> Ghost > Fuego > Slave to the Traffic Light
ENCORE: Twenty Years Later > Martian Monster > Rocky Top > Golgi Apparatus
SET 1: Llama, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Meat, Alaska, Tweezer -> Bathtub Gin > The Curtain With > Chalk Dust Torture
SET 2: Tweezer Reprise > No Men In No Man’s Land > Twist > Prince Caspian > Piper > Backwards Down the Number Line > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Harry Hood
ENCORE: Heavy Things, Bug > Tweezer Reprise