Memorial Day weekend is a time when families come together to celebrate the unofficial start of Summer. There are beaches, fun and games, and plenty of BBQ’s to go around. Most importantly this is a time when we honor, remember, and celebrate our brave men and women in uniform, who gave everything for our freedom. Where else can you find more patriotism than the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia!
It was a literal taste of Philly at the 2nd Annual, Hoagie Nation featuring home town heroes, Hall & Oates and PA natives, Train. People from near and far gathered at Festival Pier for delicious hoagies, beer and savory music through the day on multiple stages. Other featured bands were Marty Stuart, Fitz and The Tantrums and another Philly boy, Tommy Conwell and The Young Rumblers! He’s bringing the 80’s back!
The weather wasn’t entirely cooperative through the day with pop up rain showers. Unfortunately it played havoc on the set times and length of some of the bands performances. One notable lightning delay occurred about 4 songs into Train’s set and lasted about 30 minutes. The band returned to the stage to finish an abbreviated set. Singer, Patrick Monahan apologized for the short set but offered a few verses of “Mary Me” for anyone who was there planning to propose to their significant other during that song. Apparently this happens a lot at their shows during that song? The crowd laughed and cheered in appreciation of his efforts.
After a quick stage turnaround, it was time for the headliners, Hall & Oates! It was one huge, classic hit after another with that familiar, sweet Philadelphia sound. About halfway through their set, the crowd was delighted to see Patrick Monahan return to the stage to join Hall & Oates for a few songs. One of the songs was a brand new collaboration they worked on together called “Philly forget Me Not”. Video of Philly landmarks and street life played behind them as they sang the tribute to their home town. It was a great moment as in the near distance, fireworks were sparkling over the riverfront and the music played! The day concluded successfully and everyone left the show humming their favorite songs, already thinking ahead to plans for Hoagie Nation 2019!!!
Hoagie Nation 2018 Gallery