Episode 1: The Plan

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(c) 1999 Dave Vann


Why did 75,000 Phish fans endure an 18-hour traffic jam to see Phish? Why did Phish make 75,000 fans endure a massive traffic jam to see them? What were Phish doing in Florida in the first place?

In episode one, we explore answers to these questions and more. We talk to Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio drummer Jon Fishman, former manager John Paluska, Seminole liaison Pete Gallagher, and many others involved in making Big Cypress happen.

After Midnight is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and Fiddlehead Brewing Company.

Produced by Osiris Media. Executive Producers are RJ Bee and Tom Marshall. After Midnight was Produced, Edited and Mixed by Matt Dwyer. Written and narrated by Jesse Jarnow. Produced by Jefferson Waful. Music by Amar Sastry. Production assistance from Christina Collins. Art by Mark Dowd. Thanks to Phish, Red Light Management, and to all interviewees. And a special thanks to all the fans who sent us your stories, photos, and memories. We appreciate it. Until next time…


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