Outside the Phish Show, Weed Is for Sharing, the Pipes Are Art, and the Cops Are Friendly

Categories: Phish

Eric Gruneisen
It didn't take long to run into weed at the Phish show. Within thirty minutes of going into Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, we saw concert-goers generously sharing hits on their pipes and puffs on their joints and vape pens. THC wax and shatter were also being passed around. The smell of marijuana throughout the venue was strong and constant.

Phish's infamous Shakedown, which was in the parking lot next to the show, is known for its tents of food, tie-dye shirts, Phish paraphernalia and drug paraphernalia. We spent a lot of time there Sunday to see just how many marijuana products we could find.

See also: Why Phish Shows Are Perfect for Recovering Addicts

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Why Phish Shows Are Perfect for Recovering Addicts

Categories: Phish

Eric Gruneisen
Editor's note: A writer sent us this essay on her experience at one of this weekend's Phish shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- the first with recovering addict support she's seen since she stopped drinking six months ago. We're publishing it anonymously to protect her privacy.

When I tell people I don't drink, the normal response is "wait, never?" For the last six months, I have chosen not to drink, and I hope I can choose not to drink for the next six months, and the next six months after that, and the next six after that, for the rest of my life. The first question many acquaintances have is, "How do I go to so many concerts then?"

Being stone-cold-sober at a concert makes me a minority (for most concerts I go to). But this weekend at the Phish concert, I didn't feel so alone because there was a community of also stone-cold-sober people at a bright yellow table, ready to give support to others like me. Phellowship, "a community of Phish Heads who choose to remain drug and alcohol free" were set up in the very center of the arena, parallel to the stage.

See also: A Guide to Phish's On-Stage Hand Signals, From Drunken Bar Swing to Pork Tornado

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There Was an '80s Glam Metal Revival at a Casino in the Mountains

Categories: Last Night

Tom Murphy
L.A. Guns at Lava Room at Reserve Hotel and Casino
For the last handful of years, some rock bands of an older vintage have been brought in to Lava Room inside the Reserve Hotel and Casino. Over the weekend, it was L.A. Guns, the band that helped spawn Guns N' Roses.

When you're thinking of going to a rock show, Central City is not the first place that comes to mind, especially considering all the options available in Denver. For the unacquainted, Central City is a quaint touristy town with a strange graveyard and Herndon Davis' well-known Face on the Barroom Floor painting in the Teller House Bar. It takes seemingly endlessly winding roads to get to the town, a slice of Las Vegas with bright lights on small-town tall buildings, nestled into a crack between mountains

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Fucked Up and the Futility of Defining Bands

Categories: Music News, Punk!

Dustin Rabin
A lot can happen over the course of a decade. Even the punkest of punk bands aren't immune to the curve balls life can throw.

Toronto's Fucked Up definitely falls into the category of "punkest of punk." Since its inception in 2001 Fucked Up has done just about everything possible to build a wall between itself and the mainstream. The band's members go by fake names like 10,000 Marbles, Pink Eyes and Mustard Gas. They've made sometimes outrageous, sometimes just silly claims in interviews that no one in their right mind would believe.

And of course there's the issue of the band's name. But even a band with a moniker a lot of publications won't print has to grow up sometime. For Fucked Up, that evolution has made for some very interesting music.

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Photos: Fans at the First Phish Show With Legal Weed

Categories: Photos

Eric Gruneisen
Hey, weed is legal in Colorado for all fun-loving adults! Phish is a band best understood while the listener is in a state of mind unlike the one required to do things like pay taxes and wear slacks. This year's three-night stand by the Vermont band at Dick's Sporting Goods Park represents the confluence of those two facts, and the crowds were in a celebratory mood. Photographer Eric Gruneisen was on hand to capture a few people who had a better weekend than we did, whether they were high on our state's newest recreational activity or just thanks to the music. Here are some of the people we admire most.

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A First Look at Nocturne, the Jazz Club Opening in RiNo Later This Year

Entrance rendering of Nocturne
The building at 1330 27th Street has been a number of different thing over the last eight decades or so: it was a manufacturing space for dozens of years, a warehouse, an artist loft, a rave spot. A drummer lived there for awhile and it's the former home of NoDo Urban Garden Supply. But in the next few months, the space will be transformed into Nocturne, a modern take on the 1940s jazz supper club.

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Photos: When the Apocalypse Comes, Phish Fans Will Outlive Us All

Categories: Phish

Eric Gruneisen
Phish returns to Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend for its 84th, 85th and 86th shows in Colorado. I know that thanks to the meticulous documentation available at phish.net. Also thanks to phish.net, I can tell you when the band first played in Colorado (July 28, 1988 at the Roma in Telluride), the number of Colorado bands Phish has covered (two) and the number of times it says "Colorado" in its lyrics (one).

But that relentless attention to detail is not why Phish fans will survive the apocalypse. It is why they'll rebuild a new society, a place where your fate will be decided in a drum circle and the thousands of annotated set lists will offer logic and truth in a world of deceit. They will survive because they are nothing if not resourceful. What follows are some highlights of our previous coverage of the campground and tailgating scene at Phish shows in years' past, and they tell the story of a people ready to lounge together and withstand any horror.

See also: Phish's Twenty Most Interesting Covers

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The Fourteen Best Shows in Colorado This Weekend

Categories: Best Concerts

Taylor Hamby for OC Weekly. More here.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals were a last-minute addition to the JAS Aspen Snowmass lineup.
It's Phish weekend in Denver, but there are plenty of options for those of you who practice different musical religions as well. Delightful weirdo Bob Log III plays Larimer Lounge, Ramblin' Jack Elliott hits town and the Labor Day Experience comes to Snowmass. Our full list of picks for the weekend follows.

See also: The JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Shows Are Now an "Experience," Not a Festival

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Here's How Long Your Set Should Be

Categories: Commentary

Brandon Marshall
Jenny Lewis can pretty much play as long as she wants, as far as we're concerned.
When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can feasibly control is the length of his or her setlist, but do bands like Interpol even have to give their audience more than an hour of their time?

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Future Islands' Sam Herring Is the New Freddie Mercury

Categories: Last Night

Aaron Thackeray
The way Sam Herring moves on stage can be frightening: One moment he's slashing at the air with a balled-up fist, the next he's pounding that fist into his chest with brute force. He crawls across the stage on his knees, sweating and wailing in frustration, but will look up and into your eyes momentarily, and suddenly, he becomes a person you want to know. Last night's Future Islands show at the Gothic Theatre may have been the band's best-ever performance in Colorado to date, led by Herring's ability to express the most real and raw emotions one human can pass along to a room full of hundreds of strangers.

See also: Our Review of Future Islands' 2008 Show at Rhinoceropolis

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