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 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival is a free, after-work concert series in the backyard of City Winery from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday evenings in the summers. The concert series brings in a wide range of performs throughout the summer, but the Marco Benevento show is the only one that caught my eye this summer. The stage for the venue is the loading dock behind City Winery. City Winery provided a nice selection of wine, beer, and sangria. The best part was that the lines to get drinks were short and moved quickly. The early start time of the show probably helped keep the crowd from getting too large for the space.