Perhaps Phish's best-known South American fan, Beatriz joined the band on stage in Barcelona, dancing with Trey and singing along during “Sleeping Monkey.” Beatriz first discovered Phish in 1995, when a visiting American fan (and her future husband) shared his collection of live tapes. A quick convert to Phish fandom, several songs became her fast favorites, including “Divided Sky” and “Sleeping Monkey.”
Beatriz moved to the United States in 1996, seeing as many Phish shows as time and budget would allow. And while she got her “Divided Sky,” the “Sleeping Monkeys” were few and far between in those years. When an upcoming summer vacation gave her the chance to see three Phish shows in Barcelona, Beatriz saw an opportunity and set a goal: find the band and ask them to play her favorite song.
The goal came into focus the night before the first Barcelona show. Beatriz was sitting at a sidewalk bar watching World Cup soccer, with a large standing crowd watching an intense tie-breaking shootout between Brazil and the Netherlands. As Brazil won, the discouraged Holland fans at the next table left, and a group from the crowd quickly sat down at the table. At the table were some familiar faces: Trey, Page, Mike, Brad, Chris and others. Greeting the band with hugs and smiles, Beatriz asked Trey to play her favorite song. Clearly stunned that an attractive Latin woman would request such an obscure and silly song, he promised to play it for her. And sure enough, the next night Trey brought Beatriz up on stage and introduced her to the crowd: “This is Beatriz. She came all the way from Chile just to hear Sleeping Monkey.” And living vicariously for every Phish fan that yearns for their favorite song, Beatriz finally got her monkey.
Beatriz currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she works as an RN and still sees as many Phish shows as possible. She can also often be found behind a camera filming for GrooveTV, a Santa Cruz-based live music television show.
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