I can't stand Phish, and I wore a shirt last night that said, "You can take your Widespread Phish lips and suck the String Cheese out of my Grateful Dead dick!" I find it hilarious and got many compliments on it. I find the Phish fans are a great deal different than Dead Heads, IMHO. I think it matters where you really caught your great first experience. I enjoy other bands, but as for the sense of community, the general over all values, most comfortable vibe, I don't think any other band compares to the Boys and their projects. Maybe it's just me.. I mean, sure, there ARE hippies on both scenes, but when you see the dynamics of the entire groups of people at either scene, Phish and Furthur (or any GD incarnation) are so very different. When you see the age range, the attitudes, the difference in classes, etc, there is much more diversity on the GD scene. If you like trustafarians, frat boys, and wannabe hippies, Phish will provide a party atmosphere like any jam band will, but for a Family event, it has to be GD, IMO, anyways. No offense to Phish fans, it's just been my observation over the years. Needless to say, I'd never pay to see Phish, myself.