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Phish Thanksgiving @ The Cap - 11/24/1990

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

On this date in 1990, Phish played their first headlining show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.

  • The place was packed and radiating with Thanksgiving & homecoming energy from 1600 kids (plus Trey's parents)!

  • Trey expresses gratitude for the honor of playing on this big stage

  • the previous NYC area appearance was in front of 500 people at Wetlands just 2 months earlier

The Thanksgiving weekend tradition continued for 1991 and 1992, making for a total of 7 shows at the historic venue (including the 10/6/90 set opening for Blues Traveler).

Links to full show recordings:​​​

Just a few months later in Feb. 1993, they sold over 6400 tickets for a pair of sold out shows at Roseland in NYC, and by 12/30/1994 they had sold out Madison Square Garden with a capacity of ~20,000!

Yes, the band was talented, entertaining, and energized at these Capitol Theatre shows, but the miracle of compound fan growth happens when a concert experience is so joyous and impactful that one can't help but share it with ever more friends and family! Whether you were there for Phish @ The Cap or any other popular band as they achieved and then outgrew a magical venue, you know the feeling!!


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