Reviews in 200 Words

Phish, Charlotte, NC, 6/17/11

In Concert, Music Festival, Uncategorized on June 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

This isn’t about punchlines.

We know: Endless songs. Noodly guitars. Spilled beers and dreadlocks and the idiots who took too much. No, not that.

Nor is it about people dropping whatever they’re doing (if only for a weekend), traveling miles to see a band they’ve seen 25, 50, 150 times – a band that’s been on the road for 30 years, accumulating as many detractors as they have fans.

It’s about novelty and the chase. It’s about logging dozens of shows, across dozens of years, hoping for one song. It’s about finally hearing that song on a muggy night in the most unlikely of places.

In a world of artificially shared experiences, it’s about standing in a field with twenty thousands people for one reason.


Many people could not care less about Phish. This isn’t about them. This is about the people who do care – the people who were there one night in North Carolina when all bets were off. This is about a brilliant show, satisfaction guaranteed.

It’s about holding on to something once meaningful and finding it’s still there. It’s about wondering “Can I still have fun?” and finding the answer is yes, yes – unequivocally, yes.

Phish – 6/17/11 “Jam > Ghost” from Phish on Vimeo.

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