, attached to 2016-07-09

Review by ForgeTheCoin

ForgeTheCoin This was the caliber of show I had been hoping to see in Portland a few nights previous - so glad I made the drive down to Hartford for this one.

Music aside, I think what I will take away most from this show was the mellow, happy, lovey vibe of everyone I encountered that night - I didn't run into a drop of negativity. Went to the show alone and met a bunch of new friends. One of the best vibes of any Phish show I've ever attended.

A highly enjoyable first set, especially with the inclusion of Meat, Vultures, BOAF - all of which I've been hoping to hear again for some time. The YEM was fantastic and a surprise as a set 1 closer...

The DWD>Sand is probably the highlight of the show for me... Just phenomenal and I had a grin plastered on my face throughout. To hear Tela again brought me back to the mid/late 90's and some of my first experiences hearing and seeing the band. The misty rain began to fall during Antelope and heightened the climax of the tune...

Lizards again brought me back - to my first show at the Cliff Ball. Another unexpected rarity and it was played cleanly and beautifully. Loving Cup is an expected encore but I enjoyed this one more than probably any I've seen - it was pure bliss - super high energy, and a perfect cap to the night. I'm not a new-agey type but I was struck by a feeling of love for all the people around me and gratefulness for such a fantastic experience. I turned around for a while and just watched the bobbing sea of people on that massive lawn.

All in all, one of my most enjoyable Phish shows. I really couldn't have asked for a better time.
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