Phish Fans Are Friendly—Until the Tarps Come Out to Save Seats Tempers flare when concert-goers claim whole rows of choice space by throwing giant plastic covers over them. ‘I could not stop thinking—who are “we?”’

**reposted from the Wall Street Journal because I highly doubt I will ever be in the WSJ again**

Nathan Tobey went to a Phish concert hoping to enjoy the medley of song improvisations and laid-back vibes that have drawn followers to the band for more than three decades. Instead, he found himself in the middle of a vicious battle for real estate. Read More

The Ultimate Curveball

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As a Florida native growing up in the ‘90’s I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by all types of music. I spent my teenage years hopping from clubs, festivals, Lollapalooza, and music in the middle of fields I had seen it all, or so I thought. Enter December 1999 I was asked to go to festival down in the Everglades. I would of course go because it was live music, but I thought the idea of watching the same band for days straight seemed a little dumb, too be honest. Read More

The Wonder of the Wanee Music Festival

There’s something magical about the Wanee Music Festival. It always feels like the start of festival season, the official kickoff if you will.

Wanee began as a two-day festival with only 11 bands; it is now a three-day festival with as many as 44 performers. The lineup never disappoints, and you always end up with a few crossover sit-ins that are memorable and unique. The days are long; music typically begins around 11 a.m. and can go until close to 3 a.m. Then there’s the drum circle afterward. It’s only natural that the park’s motto is “Music Lives Here.” Read More

An Evening with Bella Anastasio: An Inside Look at Phish and Her Life

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Bella, the youngest of Trey and Sue Anastasio’s two children. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions and genuine beyond measure; our meeting turned into six hours of hanging out and a new friendship. For a band with a following as large and rabid as Phish, who have been together for 30+ years, they have managed to stay fairly off the public radar. As a collective whole, they have also managed to allow their children to live normal, peaceful lives out of the public eye. I wanted to get a glimpse of life behind the scenes.

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Festival 101 with Little Ragers

People love to debate on if children belong at festivals or not. Personally, I have taken both of my kids and never regretted it. I have however learned MANY handy things along the way. Below are a series of tips, some of which I utilize at all shows, not just festivals.

**Your children will not care about every song like you do, you cannot expect them to. Bring them things that THEY want to play with and make sure they are items that can be lost. I promise, something will be lost.**

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A Space in the Crowd: Tarping & Entitlement

 

“I feel the feeling I forgot.”
~ Phish

To tarp or not to tarp? Is that the question?

It is certainly a hot topic. My answer is a resounding no.

The real question is – who are we? Yes, the collective “we.” When I came on the scene there were high-five’s on lot all day and someone shouting “Free Hugs” could be heard with every step you took. After the show strangers telling strangers – travel safe, see you next run, much love. That was the community that we were all part and it was our safe haven. Tour was a place to be as free as you chose and feel safe while doing it, it was very communal. Read More

Self Care Confronting Narcissism

I am stepping a little outside of music box and sharing a personal blog I recently wrote. Remember, be kind. Life is short and full of wonder. Embrace the up’s and the down’s and face them head on…..
There are skeletons in my family closet. The kind that haunt you late at night when you can’t sleep. Emotionally, I have had walls up for as long as I can remember. People have always told me, you either know me well or you do not know me at all. I do not have traditional acquaintances per se, and I am certain this has deep roots in trust and abandonment issues that I have harbored my entire life. My mother, you see, is a master narcissist. Read More

Dead and Company Orlando, FL

Last night in Orlando, Dead and Company wrapped their originally planned December 7th show with a bang. To finish off what now became the last show of Dead & Company’s fall tour after John Mayer underwent emergency surgery in December 2017. They started the night off right and jumped in with a beautiful “St Stephen” out of the gate. With a start like that, you know you are in for a treat. That lead directly into Bob Weir going after “Hell in a Bucket.” Read More

Confessions Of A Music-Loving Special Needs Momma

I have a secret …
On the surface I am a wife, a mother of two, and a full-time professional in a fairly high-stress career. I am a college graduate and a home-owning, tax-paying citizen. I do all the “typical” mom things: shuttle kids to and fro, cook dinner, pay bills, clean the house — really exciting stuff, right? Then there are the not-so-typical things. I have been a mom since I gave birth to my first child at age 19. Having my daughter when I was still young made me grow up quickly. My second child, a son who is now age 5, has global apraxia and sensory processing disorder. I spend a good amount of time researching therapies, organizing our local apraxia walk, trying to build a support system for families, and even maintaining a website to help fellow special needs families.

My day-to-day life can be overwhelming. Having a child with special needs can make you feel as if you are always carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. There are doctor’s appointments, local and out-of-state therapies, Individualized Education Program meetings and learning strategies implemented at home. However, I am Type A in almost all aspects of my life. I try to give 100 percent to anything I do and refuse to do anything half-assed. Unfortunately, I tend to forget about myself while taking care of everyone else. That frequently leaves me feeling burnt out.
So about that secret. I am an addict.

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The Magic Of Bringing Your Kids To LOCKN’

Locknlove“Veteran” festival attendees still feel the magic surrounding festival season. The weeks leading up, the excitement, the planning—it doesn’t get old, you just learn a little more each year and hopefully pass that wisdom on to those coming up behind you. This year at LOCKN’, I decided to bring my six-year-old, Ryder. It was by no means his first show, but it was his first real festival and first time camping. For music-loving parents, bringing kids to their first festival is equivalent to others taking their child to Disney World for the first time. Parents experience the magic of the festival through their children’s eyes, sharing in the innocent and immense enthusiasm of a child.

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