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Fancy the Mummers
Cold noses are a small price to pay to witness glockenspiels, gowns, clowns, sequins, confetti and lots of men and women in dresses strutting down Broad Street! Enjoy Philadelphia’s Mummers as they welcome 2016 just as they have rung in just about every New Year for more than a century. New this year, look for the Philadelphia “Diversity” Division featuring the San Mateo Carnavaleros, the Second 2 None drill team from West Philadelphia, and an LGBT group.
Every year, for the past six years, I face the same conundrum in the run-up to New Year’s Eve: Spend this festive holiday without my husband or spend it with him at a five-hour Phish concert. In the interest of kissing him at midnight, I usually choose option B. Instead of watching the ball drop with loved ones, I have gazed up, in awe and confusion, as the members of Phish (a quartet of grown men) ride in on a giant hot dog high above the noodling masses of New York’s Madison Square Garden. While singing a song named “Meatstick.” Partially in Japanese.
The Disco Biscuits wasted no time getting to work at New York’s PlayStation Theater, jamming hard for some late night trancey fun. The group has a number of themes and events planned for their four night stand at the midtown venue, and opened up their run by playing fan-selected setlists from two fans, Sean “Beef” Gruchik and Rich Steele.
The band was more than up for the challenge, opening with a “Crickets -> Very Moon Funk > Crickets” segment and jamming relentlessly throughout the whole performance.
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Phish kicked off a four-show New Year’s Run at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday night. The performance marked the band’s 32nd show at the iconic venue. MSG has hosted all of the group’s New Year’s Eve runs since 2010 with the exception of last year’s four-night stand at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The foursome made their MSG debut on this date in 1994. 2015 has been a light year for Phish as they toured just once before this run, a 25-show Summer Tour.
Over the course of Phish history a handful of New Year’s Runs have started with a warmup show as the band shakes off the rust and settles into a groove.