Capturing Phish fans through the years

Posted June 29, 2013, at 5:26 a.m.
Jesse Brown-Collins of Damariscotta and Christine Leonard of Boothbay Harbor seek a ride from Bangor to Limestone in August 1997.
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Jesse Brown-Collins of Damariscotta and Christine Leonard of Boothbay Harbor seek a ride from Bangor to Limestone in August 1997. Buy Photo
Ron Torri of Cape Cod, Mass., rubs the sleep from his eyes in August 2003 after spending the night atop a rented truck that he and his friends drove to the Phish concert in Limestone. Torri discarded his bed upon departure, adding to the mounting pile of rubbish left by Phish fans.
Ron Torri of Cape Cod, Mass., rubs the sleep from his eyes in August 2003 after spending the night atop a rented truck that he and his friends drove to the Phish concert in Limestone. Torri discarded his bed upon departure, adding to the mounting pile of rubbish left by Phish fans. Buy Photo
Nick McApline of Hingham, Mass., gets cooled down during a traffic jam by a lawn sprinkler set out by a local resident along Route 89 in Caribou in August 2003.
Nick McApline of Hingham, Mass., gets cooled down during a traffic jam by a lawn sprinkler set out by a local resident along Route 89 in Caribou in August 2003. Buy Photo
Phish fans (from left) Jeff Kearns, 20, of Ringwood, NJ, Mike Law, 19, of Ringwood, NJ, John Shushereba, 18, of Essex Junction, VT, Tom Angelone, 19, of Ringwood, NJ, Megan Clas, 19, of Rochester, NY and Jessica Dinaburg, 18, of Rochester, NY, kill time as traffic remains at a stand still on Route 1A through Maple Grove in southern Fort Fairfield in August 2003.
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Phish fans (from left) Jeff Kearns, 20, of Ringwood, NJ, Mike Law, 19, of Ringwood, NJ, John Shushereba, 18, of Essex Junction, VT, Tom Angelone, 19, of Ringwood, NJ, Megan Clas, 19, of Rochester, NY and Jessica Dinaburg, 18, of Rochester, NY, kill time as traffic remains at a stand still on Route 1A through Maple Grove in southern Fort Fairfield in August 2003. Buy Photo
Sean Rolfe holds his baby daughter Piper, as his wife, Danica, and son Myles, 4, sit in their van and wait for the bumper to bumper traffic along Route 89 in Caribou to let up in August 2003.
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Sean Rolfe holds his baby daughter Piper, as his wife, Danica, and son Myles, 4, sit in their van and wait for the bumper to bumper traffic along Route 89 in Caribou to let up in August 2003. Buy Photo
Fans relax on the way to the Phish concert in August 2003.
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Fans relax on the way to the Phish concert in August 2003. Buy Photo
Trip Scheer of Greensboro, N.C., sets up his tent in August 2003 after arriving to the site with some other fans. &quotI found a ride, found a way, now here I am," he said. Although he had not yet secured a way home from the concert, he felt confident he would.
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Trip Scheer of Greensboro, N.C., sets up his tent in August 2003 after arriving to the site with some other fans. "I found a ride, found a way, now here I am," he said. Although he had not yet secured a way home from the concert, he felt confident he would. Buy Photo
Phish fans go crazy as the band plays one of their many popular tunes during the first set of Saturday evening's in August 2003.
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Phish fans go crazy as the band plays one of their many popular tunes during the first set of Saturday evening's in August 2003. Buy Photo
Phish fans go crazy as the band plays one of their many popular tunes during the first set of Saturday evening's show in August 2003.
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Phish fans go crazy as the band plays one of their many popular tunes during the first set of Saturday evening's show in August 2003. Buy Photo
A Phish fan gyrates on the shoulders of a man during the opening song of Phish's It festival in Limestone in August 2003.
A Phish fan gyrates on the shoulders of a man during the opening song of Phish's It festival in Limestone in August 2003. Buy Photo
Exhausted Phish fans crash near the food vendors after Saturday night's third and final set by the band in August 2003.
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Exhausted Phish fans crash near the food vendors after Saturday night's third and final set by the band in August 2003. Buy Photo
Selena Hermkes (left), 19, and Rich Cummins, 18, enjoy the first set of Saturday's concert in August 2003. The couple traveled to Limestone from Long Island, N.Y.
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Selena Hermkes (left), 19, and Rich Cummins, 18, enjoy the first set of Saturday's concert in August 2003. The couple traveled to Limestone from Long Island, N.Y. Buy Photo
Abby Levin (left) and Brian Sprengelmeyer (center) dance in a mud pit in the concert area in August 2003. The mud at the Loring Commerce Centre was unavoidable, but many fans found ways to enjoy it.
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Abby Levin (left) and Brian Sprengelmeyer (center) dance in a mud pit in the concert area in August 2003. The mud at the Loring Commerce Centre was unavoidable, but many fans found ways to enjoy it. Buy Photo
Bath residents (from right) Mike Evan, Dave Hallowell and Brandon Adams secure stays attached to a 20-foot-high flag pole made from driftwood from Popham Beach in August 2003. Flying atop the pole at the festival camping area was a Phish flag and a state of Maine flag. The trio was part of a larger group spending the weekend at the It concert in Limestone.
Bath residents (from right) Mike Evan, Dave Hallowell and Brandon Adams secure stays attached to a 20-foot-high flag pole made from driftwood from Popham Beach in August 2003. Flying atop the pole at the festival camping area was a Phish flag and a state of Maine flag. The trio was part of a larger group spending the weekend at the It concert in Limestone. Buy Photo
Poised along U.S. 1 in Monticello (from left), Bethany Targonski, Amanda Joslyn, and Alisha Targonski wave to Phish fans passing through town on their way to Loring in August 2003. Stopping midsentence to think, Alisha said, &quotThis is the biggest thing since - Lemonwheel."
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Poised along U.S. 1 in Monticello (from left), Bethany Targonski, Amanda Joslyn, and Alisha Targonski wave to Phish fans passing through town on their way to Loring in August 2003. Stopping midsentence to think, Alisha said, "This is the biggest thing since - Lemonwheel." Buy Photo
Mail carrier Nancy Theriault hands Norman Akerson of Caribou his mail in August 2003.  Theriault was stuck in traffic on Route 89 in Caribou, so locals came to her.
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Mail carrier Nancy Theriault hands Norman Akerson of Caribou his mail in August 2003. Theriault was stuck in traffic on Route 89 in Caribou, so locals came to her. Buy Photo
Ted LaBelle, of Milwaukee, takes a nap at the I-95N rest stop south of Medway as scores of Phish fans funnel through on their way to Loring in August 2003.
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Ted LaBelle, of Milwaukee, takes a nap at the I-95N rest stop south of Medway as scores of Phish fans funnel through on their way to Loring in August 2003. Buy Photo
It's wet and I'm having a blast," said Andy Watson of Wakefield, Vt., as he searches for a dry spot to set up camp at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone in August 2003. Rain Thursday night left standing water throughout the grounds.
It's wet and I'm having a blast," said Andy Watson of Wakefield, Vt., as he searches for a dry spot to set up camp at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone in August 2003. Rain Thursday night left standing water throughout the grounds. Buy Photo
&quotA lot of people drive by and wave but no one has stopped yet," said Tim Bayer of Anchorage, Alaska, as he walks between Presque Isle and Limestone to the It show in August 2003 wearing his tattered Phish hat he bought during the 1998 Lemonwheel concert at Loring Commerce Centre.
"A lot of people drive by and wave but no one has stopped yet," said Tim Bayer of Anchorage, Alaska, as he walks between Presque Isle and Limestone to the It show in August 2003 wearing his tattered Phish hat he bought during the 1998 Lemonwheel concert at Loring Commerce Centre. Buy Photo
Greg Rubin (from bottom) and Graham Masser of Boston and Sean Baumgold of California catch a nap under a tree close to the East Gate in August 2003.
Greg Rubin (from bottom) and Graham Masser of Boston and Sean Baumgold of California catch a nap under a tree close to the East Gate in August 2003. Buy Photo
A Phish fan plays Hackey Sack in a parking lot at Loring Commerce Centre in August 2003. Some of the earliest fans trickled into Limestone on Thursday, waiting for gates to open on Friday morning.
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A Phish fan plays Hackey Sack in a parking lot at Loring Commerce Centre in August 2003. Some of the earliest fans trickled into Limestone on Thursday, waiting for gates to open on Friday morning. Buy Photo
Keith Lohouse (left) hands off drumming duties to Dan Williams (second from right) as the duo join other traveling companions from Rochester, N.Y. for music and body painting at East Gate Trailer Park in Limestone in August 2003. The park served as a makeshift campground for Phish fans wanting to be first through the gates to Loring Commerce Centre.
Keith Lohouse (left) hands off drumming duties to Dan Williams (second from right) as the duo join other traveling companions from Rochester, N.Y. for music and body painting at East Gate Trailer Park in Limestone in August 2003. The park served as a makeshift campground for Phish fans wanting to be first through the gates to Loring Commerce Centre. Buy Photo
Tim Peterson-Goad of Portland plays with his 18 month-old daughter, TigerLily, at the East Gate Trailer Park in August 2003. This was TigerLily's 10th show, but her first Phish festival.
Tim Peterson-Goad of Portland plays with his 18 month-old daughter, TigerLily, at the East Gate Trailer Park in August 2003. This was TigerLily's 10th show, but her first Phish festival. Buy Photo
Jarvis Fosdick (left) of Colorado cooks hot dogs for lunch in the rain in August 1997 as he and friend Moe Lafreniere awaited the opening of the east gate at the former Loring Air Force Base for the weekend's Phish concert.
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Jarvis Fosdick (left) of Colorado cooks hot dogs for lunch in the rain in August 1997 as he and friend Moe Lafreniere awaited the opening of the east gate at the former Loring Air Force Base for the weekend's Phish concert. Buy Photo
Matt Merlin, Beene Hendricks and Colin Brown create chalk art on the pavement of Corrow Road Thursday as they waited for the east gate of Loring Commerce Centre to open that morning for Phish's Lemonwheel concert in August 1998.
Matt Merlin, Beene Hendricks and Colin Brown create chalk art on the pavement of Corrow Road Thursday as they waited for the east gate of Loring Commerce Centre to open that morning for Phish's Lemonwheel concert in August 1998. Buy Photo
A Phish fan, also known as a member of the tribe — followers of Phish — dances to the band's music while sitting on a friend's shoulders during an opening set in August 1998.
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A Phish fan, also known as a member of the tribe — followers of Phish — dances to the band's music while sitting on a friend's shoulders during an opening set in August 1998. Buy Photo
Julia Walsh (right), of South Amboy, N.J., is hugged by Stephen Fountaine and Courtney Meehan, both of Haverhill, Mass., as they say goodbye to each other in the camping area at Loring Commerce Centre the morning after the Phish concert in August 1998.
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Julia Walsh (right), of South Amboy, N.J., is hugged by Stephen Fountaine and Courtney Meehan, both of Haverhill, Mass., as they say goodbye to each other in the camping area at Loring Commerce Centre the morning after the Phish concert in August 1998. Buy Photo
Farmer, 20, of Drexel Hill, Pa., said he worked at Today's Man clothing store selling men's clothing in August 1998.
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Farmer, 20, of Drexel Hill, Pa., said he worked at Today's Man clothing store selling men's clothing in August 1998. Buy Photo
Joseph Lilley, 23, of South Portland said in August 1998 he was &quotdoing all kinds of stuff" like driving limos and moonlighting as a model (he tried out for it on a dare), and hoped to get a job with Outward Bound.
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Joseph Lilley, 23, of South Portland said in August 1998 he was "doing all kinds of stuff" like driving limos and moonlighting as a model (he tried out for it on a dare), and hoped to get a job with Outward Bound. Buy Photo
Jennifer Drew (left), 18, of Limington is a musician. She said in August 1998 she doesn't usually have pink hair, and in a couple of days it will wash out. Christiana Silvestri (right), 18, also of Limington had been working as a horse trainer at Lindon Farms in Hollis for the past year. She trained standard-bred racehorses.
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Jennifer Drew (left), 18, of Limington is a musician. She said in August 1998 she doesn't usually have pink hair, and in a couple of days it will wash out. Christiana Silvestri (right), 18, also of Limington had been working as a horse trainer at Lindon Farms in Hollis for the past year. She trained standard-bred racehorses. Buy Photo
Damien Brown (left), 22, of Drexel Hill, Pa., worked for Bell Atlantic answering phones in August 1998. Drew Lowry (right), 20, of Bromall, Pa., delivered televisions for Hi Fi House.
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Damien Brown (left), 22, of Drexel Hill, Pa., worked for Bell Atlantic answering phones in August 1998. Drew Lowry (right), 20, of Bromall, Pa., delivered televisions for Hi Fi House. Buy Photo
Katie Kennedy (left), 19, of Wakefield, Mass., said in August 1998 she spends a lot of time with her boyfriend Dan and works at a bakery at Shaw's in Stoneham, Mass. Erin Mullen (right), 19, of Palm Harbor, Fla., is unemployed and spends her time &quotphishing."
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Katie Kennedy (left), 19, of Wakefield, Mass., said in August 1998 she spends a lot of time with her boyfriend Dan and works at a bakery at Shaw's in Stoneham, Mass. Erin Mullen (right), 19, of Palm Harbor, Fla., is unemployed and spends her time "phishing." Buy Photo
Josh Ferguson, 19, of Wakefield, Mass., said in August 1998 he lives at home and works as a roofer.
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Josh Ferguson, 19, of Wakefield, Mass., said in August 1998 he lives at home and works as a roofer. Buy Photo
Sara Greenfield, 17, attends Moltonboro Academy, and her boyfriend Dave Oliver, 19, plans to go to art school. The pair are from Moltonboro, N.H., and are going to the Phish show with seven others, including Sara's parents.
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Sara Greenfield, 17, attends Moltonboro Academy, and her boyfriend Dave Oliver, 19, plans to go to art school. The pair are from Moltonboro, N.H., and are going to the Phish show with seven others, including Sara's parents. Buy Photo
Mike Orszulak of Eugene, Ore., skateboards past shoppers loading their cars with supplies in the Shaw's supermarket parking lot on Main Street in Bangor in August 1998.
Karen Pominville | BDN
Mike Orszulak of Eugene, Ore., skateboards past shoppers loading their cars with supplies in the Shaw's supermarket parking lot on Main Street in Bangor in August 1998. Buy Photo
Dan Dumas of Cape Cod cools off under a portable water faucet being supplied in the campgrounds at Loring Commerce Centre in August 1998.
Dan Dumas of Cape Cod cools off under a portable water faucet being supplied in the campgrounds at Loring Commerce Centre in August 1998. Buy Photo
Longtime fan and Phish employee Amy Skelton said in August 1998 that despite the band's success, her life hasn't changed much. She divides her time between raising horses, working with the band, and her garden at home.
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Longtime fan and Phish employee Amy Skelton said in August 1998 that despite the band's success, her life hasn't changed much. She divides her time between raising horses, working with the band, and her garden at home. Buy Photo
Alison Ramadei (left) of Evergreen, Colo., and Julia Armstrong of Conifer, Colo., eat breakfast in Armstrong's van at Shaw's supermarket on Springer Drive off Interstate 95 in Bangor in August 1998. They had been traveling for three weeks. &quotThis is the way to live," Armstrong said.
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Alison Ramadei (left) of Evergreen, Colo., and Julia Armstrong of Conifer, Colo., eat breakfast in Armstrong's van at Shaw's supermarket on Springer Drive off Interstate 95 in Bangor in August 1998. They had been traveling for three weeks. "This is the way to live," Armstrong said. Buy Photo
Bridget Cummings and Kevin McCarthy of Madison, Wis., prepare breakfast in August 1998 at the Lemonwheel camping area in Limestone.
Bridget Cummings and Kevin McCarthy of Madison, Wis., prepare breakfast in August 1998 at the Lemonwheel camping area in Limestone. Buy Photo
Erin Stanton (left) and Brenna Sharp tape a Phish Tank sign to the back of a rental vehicle in August 1998 at Dysart's parking lot in Hermon. The fans from Ellenville, N.Y., spent the previous night in Bangor after their minibus broke down.
Karen Pominville | BDN
Erin Stanton (left) and Brenna Sharp tape a Phish Tank sign to the back of a rental vehicle in August 1998 at Dysart's parking lot in Hermon. The fans from Ellenville, N.Y., spent the previous night in Bangor after their minibus broke down. Buy Photo
Phish phans without a tent or sleeping bag slept in their cars at the rest area in Houlton in August 1997.
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Phish phans without a tent or sleeping bag slept in their cars at the rest area in Houlton in August 1997. Buy Photo
Exhausted Phish fan Helen Miller of Asheville, N.C., sleeps soundly (above) in the back of a car parked in the Irving parking lot in August 1997 in Houlton.
Susan Latham | BDN
Exhausted Phish fan Helen Miller of Asheville, N.C., sleeps soundly (above) in the back of a car parked in the Irving parking lot in August 1997 in Houlton. Buy Photo
Phish phans Joe McGillicutti (left) and Jon Stein of Washington, D.C., hang out waiting for the concert to begin in August 1997.
Susan Latham | BDN
Phish phans Joe McGillicutti (left) and Jon Stein of Washington, D.C., hang out waiting for the concert to begin in August 1997. Buy Photo
Phish phans dance in the mud created by the morning's rain during a Saturday afternoon concert in August 1997.
Bridget Besaw | BDN
Phish phans dance in the mud created by the morning's rain during a Saturday afternoon concert in August 1997. Buy Photo
A Phish phan scans the crowd of more than 60,000 for a familiar face at a concert in Limestone in August 1997.
Bridget Besaw | BDN
A Phish phan scans the crowd of more than 60,000 for a familiar face at a concert in Limestone in August 1997. Buy Photo
Nicole Novello of New Jersey relaxes in the sunny weather after arriving at the former base in August 1997. The 19-year-old had been going to Phish shows since she was 16.
Susan Latham | BDN
Nicole Novello of New Jersey relaxes in the sunny weather after arriving at the former base in August 1997. The 19-year-old had been going to Phish shows since she was 16. Buy Photo
Carrying all their needs for the weekend, first-time Phish phans (from left) Jen Brown, 19, and Ellen Crowley, 20, both from the Boston area, make their way to the tenting area  in August 1997.
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Carrying all their needs for the weekend, first-time Phish phans (from left) Jen Brown, 19, and Ellen Crowley, 20, both from the Boston area, make their way to the tenting area in August 1997. Buy Photo
Kelley Somerville, Caroline Stoddart and Colleen Quinn, all of Rye, N.Y., anxiously await a call outside of the Old Town Western Union Office in August 1997. They had lost all their money when Kelley's wallet was left on top of the car at their last gas stop in southern Maine. She hoped her father would wire money so they could continue to Limestone.
Kelley Somerville, Caroline Stoddart and Colleen Quinn, all of Rye, N.Y., anxiously await a call outside of the Old Town Western Union Office in August 1997. They had lost all their money when Kelley's wallet was left on top of the car at their last gas stop in southern Maine. She hoped her father would wire money so they could continue to Limestone. Buy Photo
Limestone residents (from left) Noella Hafford, Cindy Beausoleil, Dorothy Alston and Ron Beausoleil greet Phish phans on the final mile in August 1997.
Susan Latham | BDN
Limestone residents (from left) Noella Hafford, Cindy Beausoleil, Dorothy Alston and Ron Beausoleil greet Phish phans on the final mile in August 1997. Buy Photo
Dan Martineau (left) and Tony Rossi, both of Chicopee, Mass., plan other modes of transportation to The Great Went after their truck blew its engine on I-95 in Bangor in August 1997. They hoped to rent a van to finish the trek.
Dan Martineau (left) and Tony Rossi, both of Chicopee, Mass., plan other modes of transportation to The Great Went after their truck blew its engine on I-95 in Bangor in August 1997. They hoped to rent a van to finish the trek. Buy Photo
A couple of Phish fans embrace while absorbing the atmosphere of the concert during the band's opening set in August 1998.
A couple of Phish fans embrace while absorbing the atmosphere of the concert during the band's opening set in August 1998. Buy Photo

If you’re a Phish fan and would like to be photographed by BDN Maine photographer Kevin Bennett on the day of the Bangor Phish show on July 3, 2013, we’d love to hear from you. Please provide an old Phish concert photo of yourself from back in the day as well as contact information for the day of the show and we’ll re-photograph you for a BDN MaineFrame portrait series in print and online. Also, if you’re located in any of our Phish photos shown in our slideshow, we’d also love to photograph you.

To send photos and contact information, email bfeulner@bangordailynews.com.

Thanks and enjoy the show.

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