Posts Tagged ‘philly’

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally happened to me after all these years. That’s right, I finally went to my very first Phish show ever! Let’s just say this — I went on Tuesday night. It is now Friday and I can’t stop daydreaming about it, listening to my live Phish albums, and wanting to go back for more. This band has had a lot of time to perfect their shows…and they certainly have.

After releasing their first album in 1986 and touring for nearly twenty years, the band went on a haitus, a break that was much needed for certain members who had started overdoing the drugs (I won’t mention names here.) Nonetheless, that time gave them all a time out and a chance to think about what they wanted for the future of their music. Now they’re back, armed with a slick light show and some seriously funky beats.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The crowd in the Wachovia Center Tuesday night was ridiulously large. I never knew venues of that size existed until now. (I also never would have guessed I would end up with a club box seat complete with my own private bar, bathroom, and sitting area.) Everyone in the entire place seemed to be grooving simultaneously, with smiles and good vibes permeating the walls of the arena.

Here’s the setlist from the November 24 Philadelphia show:  

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture>Bathtub Gin>Cities>Camel Walk>The Curtain With>The Wedge>The Moma Dance>Reba>Golgi Apparatus>Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Set 2: Possum>Down With Disease>Twenty Years Later>Harry Hood>The Mango Song>Mike’s Song>Simple>Slave to the Traffic Light>Weekapaug Groove

Encore: A Day in the Life

From the very first note of Chalkdust, I knew I was in for something great. When they went into a real funky Moma Dance, I was in heaven. Everyone was singing along with Reba one minute then, jamming out to Possum, then going into a free fall whirlwind of musical pleasure when they heard A Day in the Life.

Phish’s sound has certainly gotten stronger over the years, and I don’t see this band disappearing any time soon. They are loved by too many fans, have too much talent, and have the drive to keep on keepin’ on. I don’t even know which song was my favorite…they were all wonderful, amazing, beautiful, great. Check out my videos from the show by clicking on the song names below:

The Moma Dance


Weekapaug Groove

A Day in the Life (Encore)

If anyone I work with happens to read this post, I’m sorry, but I just might have to quit my job and go on tour with Phish. 🙂

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Ah yes, another festival. Well, summer is the season for great festivals, you know. This time, I want to introduce you to a fest that lasts for over a month, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take part in the celebrations. It’s the Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival.

A break dancer performs at last year's Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe. Photo by R. Kennedy.

A break dancer performs at last year's Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe Festival. Photo by R. Kennedy.

This artsy fest was started 12 years ago, with efforts to suport Philly artists and help stimulate people’s interest in the art world. The entire festival is dedicated to the performing arts (that’s theater, dance, poetry, puppetry, visual arts, and music) and will run from September 4-19.

For a list of all shows and performers, please visit the Shows website. There are so many that I could not list them all here.

Not only are there performances throughout the month, but there are also workshops for aspiring artists to take part in. This aspect of the festival really livens the whole scene because it makes audiences become involved in the action.

An interesting feature of their website for 2009’s festival is the “fun stuff” category, in which you can see videos from some of past year’s performances. Check out their YouTube.

If you’re into the arts and live near Philadelphia, the fest organizers are also looking for volunteers to help out with the shindig. Find out more information on the volunteer portion of the website.

I think this is a great idea, especially for a city so full of art like Philly is. The artists there no no boundaries, which can certainly make for an exciting, interesting experience. Definitely go check out this entertainment. It lasts so long, you can easily squeeze it into your schedule.

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