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Glens Falls officials, restaurateurs plan culinary promotion for Phish concert

2013-08-12T14:15:00Z Glens Falls officials, restaurateurs plan culinary promotion for Phish concert Glens Falls Post-Star
August 12, 2013 2:15 pm

GLENS FALLS -- Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond hopes a healthy portion of culinary creativity will stir up rave reviews of downtown hospitality when the jam-band Phish performs at the Glens Falls Civic Center this fall.

Diamond said city officials are working with downtown Glens Falls restaurant owners to plan a promotion the week of the Oct. 23 concert featuring “Phish” specials.

About 7,500 tickets to the show have already sold out.

Chefs would come up with recipes that include fish as an ingredient — a play on the band’s name — or could be made from any other ingredients that would be popular with Phish fans.

The goal is to make the band’s fans feel welcome in Glens Falls, and hopefully generate publicity that would get back to members of the band, Diamond said.

“We certainly are going to put our best foot forward,” he said during an interview Monday at City Hall.

Phish last performed at the Civic Center in 1994, in a Halloween night concert that lasted more than five hours.

— Maury Thompson

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  1. Bingo
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    Bingo - August 14, 2013 1:38 pm
    Remember when their lead singer was arrested in Whitehall for drugs? This concert will be good for pumping drugs into the Glens Falls economy. All of the drug addicts coming here shouldn't worry though, McGregor and most every other prison are being shut down. We know your incense purchases will make up for those jobs at the prison.

    Businesses will like the business but they'll have to hold their noses doing it. Don't let the band play for five hours. We want all of the hippies out in and out as soon as possible.
  2. tarfu7
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    tarfu7 - August 14, 2013 11:01 am
    This is a great idea. Phish fans, by and large, are an older group than they were in the 90s, and those old stereotypes apply much less than they used to. Just like the band members themselves, Phish's core group of fans have evolved from suburban hippie kids into adults with jobs, families, and disposable incomes. I just attended some Phish shows in California two weeks ago, and I can testify that it's a different crowd than it used to be. Of course there are still some rowdy young kids, but they're no longer the majority.

    Unfortunately, with a single show on a midweek night, the fans will be here for such a short time that the economic impact will be relatively small. The typical attendee will stay one night in a hotel and probably consume two meals in town before leaving.

    I urge the local merchants to keep their themed dishes casual - burgers, sandwiches, etc. And definitely advertise your craft beers!
  3. eyemindopen
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    eyemindopen - August 13, 2013 9:45 pm
    Hippies won't pump money into the local economy! The only bit of money they have will be spent on crappy homemade jewelry, patchwork clothes, and drugs. I'm telling you, this is a bad idea. This is going to turn into a hippie jam fest the likes of which have never been seen before. It's going to spread like a virus at the rate of two hippies an hour until they consume our town in a haze of patchouli and drum circles. Don't say I didn't warn you.
  4. Gstewart
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    Gstewart - August 13, 2013 9:11 pm
    Mayor Jack Diamond is one of the greatest guys I've ever had a chance to get to know. It does not surprise me at all that he is working to making this as close to as epic as there first show in 94' Glens Falls is going to be one hoping place. It's just to bad I moved to Georgia two months before this epic show. To all my GF friends live it up its 30 yrs of phish in home town USA!!
  5. atwit'send
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    atwit'send - August 13, 2013 3:49 pm
    While we don't need it, we already have it! Looking at the bright side, it will be good for our city to have a SRO crowd and maybe more great concerts in the future. Our community needs this support within ourselves, and knowing our police force will be out in droves, it will probably cut down on some of the sordid activity. Besides, in October they won't have to be checking for open doors.
  6. gf rez
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    gf rez - August 13, 2013 2:56 pm
    I believe this is a great thing for our city! It is great of the mayor to show and to encourage support from the restaurateurs. This is a chance for the city to truly benefit financially by this coming event. For all the nay sayers, you shouldn't be so negative to something you do not understand. I personally am not a fan of the band, but I was very happy for our city when I heard they were coming here and even more thrilled to hear the tickets sold out in less than an hour! When was the last time the civic center was full?
    This is a very promising event and we should all be supportive!
  7. LiLSiS
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    LiLSiS - August 13, 2013 2:10 pm
    It's really sad to see the negativity toward this band, I mean the Civic Center has welcomed heavy metal & death metal bands year after year and these guys are far from it. Was it not months ago the Civic Center welcomed Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson after years of the media trying to pin school shootings and suicides on Mariln Manson's music!?!? It's a joke. The only reason people are upset is because the arrests and deaths happened at a concert but they need to open their eyes and see that these things happen in every day society. Did SPAC ever report what a littered mess Dave Matthews Band fans left after their show? And they're supposedly a "green" band. Look at the real issues in your society instead of trying to blame someone else for our/your problems.
  8. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - August 13, 2013 1:49 pm
    Mushrooms and fish? Hmmmmmmm........
  9. Parker Harrington
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    Parker Harrington - August 13, 2013 12:11 am
    very cool of the city to want to create a welcoming atmosphere.

    bobblee123 is too bitter and too much of a stick in the mud to realize that the crowd will appreciate it. And will eat in the restaurants, And use their credit cards and cash and pump tons of money into the economy.
  10. D1V1N1TY W1TH1N
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    D1V1N1TY W1TH1N - August 12, 2013 11:37 pm
    The show they did at spac had 300 something arrests 1 drug related death and confiscated everything from heroin to bath salts... That's exactly what we need in glens falls
  11. bobblee123
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    bobblee123 - August 12, 2013 6:55 pm
    There here for the mushrooms and beer. good idea but wrong crowd.
  12. lovethebeach
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    lovethebeach - August 12, 2013 4:26 pm
    I think this is "Great" the mayor is working with downtown businesses. This show will be great for all the restaurants and taverns. The city needs to do more of this.
  13. RickR
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    RickR - August 12, 2013 3:18 pm
    ROCK lobster salad sandwich at Davidson Bro's.
    or GOURMET PHISHING chowder at Gourmet Grille.


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