When you are going to see Furthur these days you have a pretty good idea of what you are going to get. If you are a fan of the Dead, it is hard not to enjoy Bobby and Phil on stage with extremely talented musicians playing Grateful Dead tunes. It takes awhile to get to Coney Island from Manhattan; however, since Coney Island is the ending point for the D, F, N, and Q lines, all you have to pay to get out there is the cost of a subway ride. It would cost you at least $50 to get to and from almost every other large outdoor venue around the city. The parking lot outside of the MCU stadium was one of the most raging lots I’ve ever seen. It was a paradise for Deadheads with cash to burn. Some of my top purchases were my grateful dead door mat and coozies.
The Phish shows at Jones Beach Theater on 7/3 and 7/4 were my 46th and 47th Phish shows. I just learned my exact show count this afternoon after downloading The Helping Friendly App. I had been meaning to do this forever. The app is definitely worth the $1.99 purchase price. It is amazing that I still enjoy their shows as much as, if not more than, I ever have. It is a bit of a hassle to get out to Jones Beach from the city; however, we had perfect weather on both 7/3 and 7/4 so the trip out there was more than worth it. It also didn’t hurt that Phish threw down some spectacular set lists both nights. These shows are the only Phish shows I’m going to see this summer so there were a number of songs I was hoping to hear, particularly a Mike’s Song > I am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove. I got really lucky and Phish played almost all of the big songs I wanted to hear on the first night! There is something special about seeing Phish at an outdoor venue with great weather that really makes it feel like summer. Check out the set list from the first night: