Family Fun with Phish Tribute Band: Phoam
Phish fans with kids: this one is for you. On Saturday, June 8, a few weeks before the iconic Vermont band plays two shows at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the local Phish tribute act Phoam will take over Power Plant Live’s outdoor plaza for a two-set, family-friendly show designed with kids in mind.
This is the latest installment in the Saturday Morning Tunes series of concerts for kids; the series is sponsored by Towson University’s radio station, WTMD, and takes place one Saturday morning a month. Past shows have featured acts like Milkshake, Barry Louis Polisar and members of They Might Be Giants. They’re popular – and often sell out.
About the Show
WTMD is a non-profit organization, and ticket purchases are considered a donation to the station and will support children’s programming both on-air and around town. Tickets are $14-17, or $50 for a family four-pack. You can purchase them through the WTMD website.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m. The band will play two sets and the show will wrap by 12:30 p.m.
The outdoor space is covered, so the show will go on rain or shine.
Admission includes more than the music, too. Baltimore magazine will have a Reading Corner, where kids can take a book or leave a book (so consider bringing one or two along). Plus, there will be organic snacks and juice from Eddie’s of Roland Park, bicycle rides organized by Race Pace Bicycles, and coffee for adults sponsored by Garrison Forest School.
Who is Phoam?
Phoam is a Phish tribute band that plays shows in the Baltimore/D.C. area. The band’s four members are also part of other local acts, including Talking Heads tribute band Psycho Killers, Electric Love Machine (ELM) and Weekapaug Orchestra.
Combined, the members have seen more than 300 Phish shows and have a deep love and respect for the band.
What Else to Do
You might need to head straight home after the concert for a nap (for kids and adults) but if you don’t, why not tack another fun family activity onto your visit downtown?
The National Aquarium, just a short walk from Power Plant Live, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 8. That Saturday also happens to be World Oceans Day, which the Aquarium will be honoring with tons of interactive games, activities and educational opportunities that are included in admission.
You may also want to stop for a snack, to fuel up before the show or wind down afterward. Miss Shirley’s Inner Harbor location, which is right around the corner from the concert spot, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and has a menu full of great things that kids love, from fancy waffles to excellent grilled cheese. (It’s very allergy-friendly, too.)
There’s a lot for parents to love about Miss Shirley’s, too, from the savory grits to the terrific lineup of daytime cocktails.
Where to Park
Planning parking strategy is key to enjoying any concert, but that’s doubly true when there are kids involved. Fortunately, Harbor Park Garage has you and your family covered for the Phoam show.
The garage is located at 55 Market Place in downtown Baltimore – adjacent to Power Plant Live. The garage, which is easily accessible from I-83 and other routes in and out of the city, is a great bet.
It’s also safe and well-lit and it is staffed 24/7 by a crew of friendly and approachable employees. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about where to go and what to do and can point you in the right direction if you need help finding a downtown destination.