Back to back nights of Phish during the week in the Summer is one of my favorite ways to use my Vacation Time. I work a half day the day of the first show – leaving my office at 1:00. That gives plenty of time to prepare for the 2 nights ahead. The day of the second show, I take off completely. Such was the case for these 2 nights in Camden. Since DanO and I drove back home after the Wednesday night show – we both were able to sleep late on this Thursday morning.
We got back down to Camden early and were ready to “rage the lot.” But something was different about this night. We were parked in the main lot, along a fence with some trees overhanging. Shade in the Summer can be a rarity in a hot and dusty Phish lot. Having the fence line and trees nearby also meant that we didn’t have to travel far to pee. The perfect setup for 2 dudes. We had all the conveniences that we needed, so we did not stray far from the car. We tossed a Frisbee around before the lot started to fill up, and sat back down in our camp chairs.
The excitement for the upcoming “IT” Festival was buzzing all around. I made one of my few lot purchases this day. As we were sitting in our camp chairs with our feet up on the cooler, a guy came by selling stickers. I bought a round blue sticker for a dollar that just said “IT.” I still have it somewhere since I never stuck it on anything. Reminder – FIND THAT STICKER.
The most surprising note from this night was that because we were so comfortable where we had parked, we never found Shakedown. What is Shakedown you ask? Shakedown – or Shakedown Street is the place in the lot where everyone gathers to sell all of their stuff. “Stuff” can be everything from food, clothing, artwork, beer, liquor and jewelery. Tables are setup under EZ Up tents and it is a wonderful, if not sketchy place to be because you can also find any type of illegal anything you can possible imagine.
This night turned out to be an unusually low-key night for the 2 of us. We had actual seats again for this night so we didn’t have to worry about getting in early to secure a decent spot on the lawn. We made our way to our seats a few minutes before showtime and did some people watching. Normally we would have used our ticket stubs from the night before to get back down to the 7th row again. This night we decided to stay in our actual seats and enjoy the show.
The show itself was a typical Summer show. The first set contained a lot of songs that were well played, but nothing really sticks out in my mind other than the Moma Dance. It featured a dark jam that sounds like the precursor to the “Death March” Moma Dance that they would play a year later in Brooklyn. If I remember correctly it was raining during the first set – a huge benefit of not being stuck out on the lawn. The second set brought the jams. A 22 minute Piper kicked off the 2nd set and again featured some more dark jamming. The show closed out with a Frankenstein (Edgar Winter Band) encore.
Everyone was ready for the long drive up to Limestone, Maine for the IT Festival. In retrospect it was probably the fact that I knew I had this long journey ahead of me that we decided to have such a calm night in Camden..
Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease.
Notes: Weekapaug included an In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease. The tease may have been homage to Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn, who passed away two days before.