Phish makes a splash at Bader Field

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Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish break down a jam during
ATLANTIC CITY - The jam band Phish drew 20,000 happy concert-goers to Bader Field Friday, June 15 for the first of a three-night stay during the band's summer tour. Known for its eclectic parking lot scene created by a devoted fan base - the crowd soaked up every minute of the three hours of music spread across two sets. 

Outside the gates was an outdoor food court of food stands including the Mustache Mobile from Atlantic City's own Tony Baloney's. With two gates on the east and west sides of the concert venue on Albany Avenue opening at 5 p.m. - there was plenty to see and taste prior to the band taking the state. Food offerings from local and traveling vendors were plentiful which kept the lines short throughout the show. A steady crowd of hungry fans walked away happy from a stand run by the Spot, a Northfield restaurant that was offering a menu of healthy items. Falafel, chicken pita and fresh fruit on a recycled tray were among the most popular items. 

The newly planted grass was a much needed improvement from the dust cloud that hovered over the Dave Matthews Band Caravan last summer and there were plenty of picnic tables for lounging. 

Bathroom facilities were also well placed and a "Beers of the World" tent and a "Bader Cocktails" tent faced each other on either side of the concert grounds were well placed for essential concert enjoyment. The best selling beer was Foam Pilsner by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and offered exclusively during Phish's summer tour. Another limited edition item for sale was the event poster for $50. Each night a different poser will be sold and according to the vendor, the three will combine to make one image. 

Phish took the stage at 7:45 p.m. Friday night, which one concert-goer said was at least half an hour early for a scheduled 7 p.m. show. The Monmouth County native backed up his credentials saying he had seen the band over 80 times. 

The band put on a tight set of favorites to start the show. Beginning with "The Sloth" lead guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio showed his chops early on "My Sweet One" and let loose with the crowd favorite "46 Days."

The blues romp "My Soul" kicked off the second set featuring extended versions of "Birds of a Feather" and "Twist." The band finished up the encore, "First Tube" at about 11:30 p.m. 

The band will perform Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $70 at the door. For information visit Printed on the ticket is a code for a free download of Mp3s of that evening's performance from 


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Set 1: 

1. The Sloth 

2. My Sweet One

3. 46 Days

4. Camel Walk 

5. Tube


7. It's Ice 

8. Ginseng Sullivan 

9. Stash 

10. Simple 

11. The Wedge 

12. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan 

13. The Squirming Coil


Set 2: 

1. My Soul

2. Birds of a Feather

3. Back on the Train

4. Heavy Things

5. Twist

6. Piper

7.  Billy Breathes

8. Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley

9. David Bowie 


First Tube

Photos by Shaun Smith

An estimated 20,000 people attended the first of three nights of concerts by Phish, Friday, June 15 at Bader Field.   Serving hordes of fans hungry for healthy treats at Bader Field are the crew from the Spot, located on Tilton Road in Northfield. Pictured from left are Julie Corliss of Springfield, Pa., Ryan Kennedy of Northfield, owner Jonathan Sands of Hammonton, Andrew McGahen, of Waynesboro, Pa., owner Erin McGee of Hammonton and Shanna Taub of Egg Harbor Township.   Mike

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