Labor Day weekend is this weekend which has all of us finding ways to celebrate summer and an extra long weekend with family and friends. Grill outs, camping, beach trips are among them. For me, Labor Day has been marked with music for the past 6 years in a row. Three nights of music from a little rock band called, Phish, has been my holiday weekend tradition for so many years running that Labor Day weekend is one I look forward to all year. We have friends fly in and stay with us from the east coast and the west coast. My home town becomes my own staycation when for 4 days all we do is dance, celebrate, party and eat. This band has quite the community around it and it’s one I have been a part of for over twenty years. I went to my first Phish show twenty years ago this month, the Clifford Ball. I’ve been traveling to see them off and on ever since. The community of friends I have made through this band and our love for the music is truly unique. Sure Phish comes off as a jam band with hippie fans, but if you haven’t noticed by now I am kind of a big hippie, and I am totally cool with that. Hippies push up against the status quo, they are artists and musicians, they do what they love for a living, they find ways to connect with nature, and they are nice to each other in the process. It’s a community that I have felt connected to since I was a teenager and started following this band around the country. My best girlfriend and I would drive around the country right out of high school, no cell phones, no GPS. We had an actual Atlas to find out how to get to city from city. I sold art prints in the parking lots of the shows. And somehow without cell phones or wifi, we ended up right where we were suppose to be, each night, with all of our friends. Dancing and celebrating the music. It was a beautiful way to get out of my small hometown in North Carolina and see the world. I will always be grateful to Phish for that. And now our community has grown up, most of my friends are parents, successful business owners, musicians, or artists. And we still have this thing we have shared over the years, the music. And with the band’s continuous push to make new music and play each year, it’s something we seem to get to share for hopefully another twenty years.
One of my favorite things about the weekend is that I actually chill and don’t work at all. I treat my town of Denver as if I am one of my friends visiting from Brooklyn, Miami or Portland, and I frolic and explore Denver like the rest of them.
So what are my favorite things to do/recommend for a long weekend in Denver?
Eat and drink of course.
My favorite BRUNCH spot for this weekend is Old Major, I love their shaded patio and Bloody Mary’s. For HAPPY HOUR, I plan on going to Sushi Ronin and Mercantile. Mercantile’s charcuterie is my favorite in town. Hop Alley in RiNo is also my pre-show hit list. Their bone marrow fried rice is magic. For late night bites, I like to pre-order sandwiches from Masterpiece Deli. If you take in your own gluten-free bread, they will make your sandwich with it. My favorite is the Italian sandwich. It is legit. I also plan on getting some gluten free pizzas from Bar Dough to have on hand for when we have friends over late night after the shows. And to wind down the weekend, after the 3rd night of music, I am already drooling over the burger and fries at Williams and Graham.
Monday, I plan on relaxing and recovering from the weekend. I am going to make my Coconut Flour Fish Tacos with Mango Guacamole with Watermelon Margaritas and just soak in the final moments of summer.
Mural in this post by Denver artist, Jason Thielke.
Want to know what’s in my concert bag? Read the full details here.
Peace, Love and Rock n Roll,