PORTSMOUTH -- In Downtown Portsmouth, there will be a heavy police presence again Wednesday for the second of two Phish concerts.
The group is known for its creative music and at times attracting a lively crowd to their shows.
In October 2013, Phish played the Hampton Coliseum for three straight nights. During that time, police arrested 20 concert-goers for narcotics. In Hampton in March 2009, officers say they arrested almost 200 people and seized more than a million dollars worth of drugs.
About 150 vendors are set up at the nTelos Pavilion parking lot to hang out, party and sell their crafts. A nearby parking lot is filled with tailgaters and vendors, too.
Emily Bowles and her boyfriend follow the band from state to state selling snacks. She says the concerts help the local economy.
'We stay at a hotel every time we go. Phish fans -- they're supporting the hotels, the fast food, making a big difference,' she says.
Julie Chop ,who manages Baron's Pub and Restaurant, agrees.
'After the concert gets out we'll probably be swamped they're nice and friendly and they drink lots of beer so they're welcome to Baron's anytime.'
Police will be patrolling the area on the waterfront around the clock. Not only do they have several officers outside the venue, officers are inside as well.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Elizabeth River Ferry will be running every 15 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. and the last ferry will leave the docks at 1:15 a.m.