This past weekend was another one of those epic trips; great people, good times, and awesome music. In anticipation of such a great time, my buddy (and groomsman in my wedding) flew up from Florida, just to go see Phish in Charlotte with my wife and me.
Meeting at our hotel, we left for the parking lot of the Phish concert at 3pm with the doors not opening until 7. If you haven't been to a Phish concert, the parking lot is a mini-festival before the concert even starts. We met with a group of friends, around 12 people total who had a party bus, and listened to a local Asheville band play in the parking lot....what a great idea! I really kept everyone in the mood and got the party started early!
After enjoying some of the "festivities" of the Phish parking lot, we all got our minds right and made our way for the gates. What a trek from the parking lot, where you just follow the rest of the herd of people as you wonder wide-eyed and smiling into the venue. "Give the man at the doorway your ticket, don't make eye contact, and wait for your friends".....keeps this in mind. What seemed like an hour, probably only 10 minutes, we made our way to a hillside area where we would set up "home base".
Being tired from over 4 hours of partying already, i sat down for literally 2 seconds before the first notes were strummed on the guitar......these 2 seconds were the ONLY time I sat down for the entire show! The set list that was played was unheard of....the best of the best songs were played. I spoke with many people who have seen many more shows than myself and this was the best they had ever witnessed.....what a great vibe! They played for almost 4 hours with the following setlist:
AC/DC BAG >
A LETTER TO JIMMY PAIGE>
MY SWEET ONE>
CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS>
McGRUPP AND THE WATCHFUL HORSEMASTERS>
BOUNCING AROUND THE ROOM>
SILENT IN THE MORNING>
BIG BLACK FURRY CREATURE FROM MARS>
If you have never experienced a Phish concert, and you have an open mind, and don't judge people by what they look like or what they dance like, etc.....then you should try it out. You don't always have to be under the influence, but you will be in good company of those who do enjoy. If you keep an open mind and open eyes, you may have a life-changing experience like I did when I went to my first concert.