Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sweet Home Alabama with Phish

We had an extra day, because we skipped Orange beach. It was way past Pelham so we stopped in my parents house in Auburn, AL. It was really nice to sleep in my old room and relax for a day instead of the beach, which turned out to be no vending, so good choice. Got an awesome dinner and really good breakfast before Pelham.

We ended up taking a little too long to get the front spot on shakedown. We were fashionably late, most of the row was full. It was one long single sided row, we squeezed in with another vendor that needed shelter because it was raining. We ended up in a puddle, so we moved out and got mostly out of the mud, Did well, and grabbed tickets right before the show for $20 each.

Ended up being decent seats, but we didnt have 3 together and it was super crowded, so we went to the back and ran into Jeff on the stairs in the top corner. Plenty more space to dance.

Portsmouth VA Phish Shows

Portsmouth was fun, we had a day off after Merriweather, so we played some disc golf! We went to the Bayville Farms Park which has a pretty nice course. Got a pic of the sign for a map. The course has pro and am tees for each hole and baskets for each tee.

I did pretty well on the front nine, then couldnt hold it together. Ended up with a 7 over, which is not too bad. Dwight was under most of the game and finished at 2 over playing all pro holes. 

We got a hotel room near the venue and had a great Uno's pizza for dinner. Got to the venue at around 7 AM and we were the 3rd vendors on lot, barely beat Steely Dan to lot, he got there less than 5 minutes after us. 

It was $50 for a business license/ vending pass right at the city hall across the street from the venue. It was nice to be official vendors and not have to worry about hassles. We were able to sleep behind our booth between the two show nights, only able to get a short nap though.

The shows were fun, we watched from right outside the venue the first night, and got in the 2nd night. After a fun time I was headed for the gate before encore to setup the booth. I was about 10 feet from the exit when I heard the first few notes of Lizards! I turned around and ran back in. Only lizards of the summer, really good time. 

Friday, August 01, 2014

Merriweather Phish Finally

We went up to Merriweather Post Gazette Pavilion to see Phish play this last weekend. Dwight, Flowski and I made it into the show on both nights!

The shows were amazing. The first night i was planning on watching the webcast from the lot and continue to rage, but they had the cell phone blockers, so it took forever for the page to load, played 5 seconds and stopped. So we made a last minute move and snagged 3 tickets for less than face right before the show. Flow and Dwight went ahead in to enjoy the start of the show and Rob helped me break down to get in there.

This was the first time in a very long time that we were able to setup and vend at Merriweather! The fans were very excited that there was a shakedown at MPP. Before we could even finish setting up, we had 8 people shopping, almost a line to pick out cool hemp necklaces.

We were able to get the same spot both days, no blowout on lot, but everyone dragged their coolers to the bridge and did well.

The undercovers were still tackling people out of nowhere. Big mobile command center with a 100 foot tall camera watching everything and way too much excessive force. They were a bunch of Goons that didn't look like hippies. Way too many steroids.

But we had a great time because I have hand mined, non edible crystals, hemp necklaces and rings and things. Nothing they cared about.