And I've been seeing Phish for 20+ years. I've traveled to see them at The Gorge in Washington State, Las Vegas, Alpine Valley, Deer Creek, NYE 2000 in The Everglades and every Chicago show possible...UIC Pavilion, Northerly Island (back to the early days when they fit in Aragon Ballroom and even further back to the tiny Cubby Bear!)
My kids both heard Phish in utero (and jumped around, kickin' to Fishman's drums) and then saw a bunch of shows in jogging strollers and baby backpacks. Phish is a great, family friendly show with all ages appeal. In fact, we saw quite a few kids and babies in slings. There were numerous pregnant women on the VIP Deck.
The last time I caught them before this, my now 13 year old son went with me to Northerly Island for Phish's last tour. I've lost count of how many shows I've seen, but even my kids (11 & 13 have seen 17 & 27 Phish shows respectively). VIP is just 18+, though, so this time was a well deserved and much needed Mamas' Night Out.
Phish fans have somewhat of an undeserved reputation for being homeless hippie nomads. Phish attracts a wide range of ages and types of fans and many are intellectuals with advanced degrees and well paying jobs (despite fashion sense that includes renditions of drummer Fishman's infamous red doughnut dotted MuMu that he wears at EVERY show.)
They've always had that type of energy around the shows. It's the same magic way we walked right up and found a whole group of my friends (even some in from other states for the shows), in the lot outside, among thousands, without using cell phones or even looking for them!
Still, we're nothing but ecstatic at the opportunity, and thrilled to be chosen. It was a stellar experience. Want to find out more about the Illinois Lottery Anything’s Possible® Music Series? Click here for all the details. You too could have a lucky live show experience!
(highlights from our real time social media blitz during the show on FB, Twitter & Instagram)
Carini -- one of Phish' darker, heavier songs and a long time favorite of mine!
Cobalt blue nails, or as D'Arcy said, "Tardis blue". Goes great with a Kuroda light show!!
Section A... Row 1... Seat 1... Feeling #1 special thanks to The Illinois Lottery Anything’s Possible® Music Series!
Disclosure: Thanks to The Illinois Lottery Anything’s Possible® Music Series for providing me with 2 VIP tickets. As always, all opinions are my own.