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.
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: