The jam band Phish, notable for their long and meandering musical jams, is setting up house in MSG for what they are calling their baker’s dozen of shows which will extend from late July (21) to early August (6th).
Phish has been a popular band since their debut in 1083 and is renowned not only for their instrumental skills but also for their innovative and unique set lists which are never duplicated and always have some clever and unique elements to them. In other words, no two shows are exactly the same and many Phish fans may attend multiple, and potentially all, of these MSG shows.
These Baker’s Dozen shows are being promoted by Peter Shapiro who also promoted many of the shows by the Grateful Dead, another jam band that is commonly linked to Phish. Shapiro is estimating that there will be almost 100,000 tourists and visitors to New York City that will come in as a result of these Phish concerts which will be positive for the local economy, even though Phish fans are not known for their materialism.
Many Phish fans (or phans as they are commonly referred as) are now older and have families of their own. Many fans are likely to bring family members to the city and to the shows. The event promoter indicated that they worked to create some family and children friendly events such as children events with Phish music playing to help manage the fans time outside of the event. Further, he indicated that there is likely to be an uptick in attendance at local restaurants and at museums, of which New York City has some of the world’s leading examples of.
There is also likely to be an infusion of tie die shirts across NYC due to the Phish baker’s dozen concert, of course.