Wednesday 06/26/2019 by phishnet

BANGOR1 RECAP: "BACK ON THE TRAIN"

[Thank you Ben Harder user @BennyHa_Ha_Ha for recapping last night's show in Bangor, Maine. -Ed.]

Well it’s been a minute for me, and it’s been even longer than that for ME. My first show, at 15, was 12/11/95 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, and since that barn burner---which included Warren Haynes on both “Funky Bitch” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and even some Elvis homage (for the last venue he was set to play) in the form of a “Suspicious Minds”---I’ve attended a number of shows each year that the band has toured. My run came to an end on 12/31/17, after which I went zero (0) for 2018. Wudn’t pretty, wudn’t preferable, but I suspect that a number of you in the Old Guard know what it means to have to sit out a tour or more to give a child your undivided love and attention. But boy does the passion abide. Perhaps even more so than when I was taking multiple night runs for granted. I listened to every note of 2018 during my hiatus, and once I got beyond the butthurt and the self-pity (and believe me, I delved deep), I just had to marvel at a show like 10/26/18. Dick’s, the New Year’s run, Mexico, they were all gravy.

© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)

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Tuesday 06/25/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Bangor Music

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, June 25th and 26th, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education through the Bangor Public Schools Music Dept. in Bangor, ME.

This is Mockingbird's 4th grant in Maine, and our 407th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $150,500 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Tuesday 06/25/2019 by phishnet

MEET AMAR SASTRY OF "ANATOMY OF A JAM" FAME

[In case you’re unfamiliar with his work, Amar Sastry is part of the Osiris podcast network, and Amar’s “Anatomy of a Jam” videos can be found here. -charlie]

CD: Thank you so much for the 11/22/97 "Halley's Comet" "Anatomy of a Jam" film, it was very inspiring to watch, not just for many volunteers of phish.net but even for Jon Fishman, as you've seen from his post on Facebook about it. When did you begin writing and composing "Anatomy of a Jam" pieces and what inspired you to create them?

A: Thank you for the kind words! I’m truly blown away by the positive response and support from the Phish community.

© 2018 Mark DeLorenzo (Amar on guitar)
© 2018 Mark DeLorenzo (Amar on guitar)

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Monday 06/24/2019 by phishnet

MPP2 RECAP: CROSSEYED AND NOT SO PAINLESS

[We would like to thank Cotter, the youngest fan ever to recap a show for this blog, for recapping last night's MPP2 show. -Ed.]

Phish means more to me than nearly any other aspect of my life, so the months leading up to any given show are filled with anticipation. I imagine I’m not alone in this sentiment, but my point of view may be different. Being a diehard Phish fan in high school is one hell of an experience. Be it the incessant checking of this very site in class, or even explaining to people that "no, I’m not in love with a water-dwelling animal, but instead with the magic four middle-aged rock stars produce." This leads to some pretty obnoxious scorns, but shows like last night make it worth it. The 40-minute drive north was chalk full of questions by my family on setlist predictions and song meanings, but that’s really not a problem, as I’ll proudly flaunt whatever knowledge such an obsession leads to. Now to the music.

© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)

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Monday 06/24/2019 by wforwumbo

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 381

Welcome to the 381st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the fourth and hardest of June. The winner will receive an MP3 download codes courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of the three mystery clips. The clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the correct answer. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congratulations to @The_Blob! In addition to identifying a jam quite literally hot-off-the-presses mere hours before this puzzle went live, he correctly identified three recent Crosseyed & Painless jams from 6/23/19, 7/22/18, and 7/25/17 aka Jam-Filled. For his reflexes faster than our jam construction skills, he earns himself a code.

Note from the MJM Crew: MJM will be taking a roughly one month hiatus - your hosts need some time for R&R - so enjoy tour, and we'll see you all in August!

Soundcheck: The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Halfway Home, Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, Winterqueen, It's Ice, Yarmouth Road (this soundcheck is possibly incomplete)

SET 1: Carini > My Soul > Rift, Gumbo, It's Ice > Winterqueen, Yarmouth Road, Shade, Halfway Home[1] > The Wedge > Run Like an Antelope

SET 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Everything's Right > Ruby Waves[2] > Twist > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Blaze On

ENCORE: Maze, Waste > Sanity > Wilson

Sunday 06/23/2019 by phishnet

MPP1 RECAP: SUMMER FINALLY ARRIVES IN COLUMBIA

[This recap is courtesy of Aaron Presuhn (@presuhn). Please note that the opinions expressed in blog posts like this one are not necessarily shared by any of the volunteers who work on Phish.net. -Ed.]

Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s kinda my home venue. I live closer to Star Lake in Burgettstown, but the Phish have ignored that shed for a while now (please come back!). Haven’t missed an MPP show since my first one there in 2000. Quite a few fun shows here!

I went in expecting a downpour because, you know, all it’s done for the past month in the northeast is rain. But we ended up having a beautiful, sunny day. It really felt like summer for the first time this year. Parking was weird, and the police presence was more than I remember from last year. There are assigned lots now, but everyone seems to ignore them. My lot was blocked off anyway, so we just drove around until finding something open.

© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)

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Saturday 06/22/2019 by phishnet

CHARLOTTE RECAP: HAVE MERCY!

[Recap is courtesy of user @jsauce, Josh Martin. Apologies to him and to you that this recap was belatedly posted. Once again, please note that the opinions offered in this recap are not necessarily shared by any of the volunteers on this site. -Ed.]

Greetings and salutations from Charlotte, North Carolina: Place of my birth, my first show (11/19/95), and of course, tonight’s show.

A word about PNC (neé Blockbuster) Pavilion: it’s about as generic a venue as you can imagine. Sprawling outdoor shed located way outside the city limits, convenient to absolutely no one, huge gravel parking lot, very interested police presence, broiling summer sun, etc. Imagine the late 90’s shed circuit: your Polarises, your Lakewoods, your Walnut Creeks. You get the point.

© 2019 Phish (Huemer)
© 2019 Phish (Huemer)

AND YET, for some reason known only to them, Phish have chosen this particular venue to unload the magic time and again over the years. For proof, and for sake of brevity, I offer Only one example: the massive, world shattering “Harry Hood”>”David Bowie” second set pairing from 7/25/03, which remains to me the quintessential 2.0 jam and one of the finest jams of their career. If you haven’t heard it, I strongly recommend taking a second to give it a spin.

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Saturday 06/22/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Columbia Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at Merriweather Park Pavilion, June 22nd and 23rd, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to the Atholton Music Boosters to support music programs barely three miles from the venue, at Atholton High School in Columbia, MD.

This is Mockingbird's 6th grant in Maryland, and our 406th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $149,000 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Friday 06/21/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Charlotte Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming show at PNC Music Pavilion, June 21st, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation to support the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Performing Arts Department in Charlotte, NC.

This is Mockingbird's 9th grant in North Carolina, and our 405th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $147,500 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Thursday 06/20/2019 by phishnet

BLOSSOM RECAP: "TORTURE OF CHALK DUST"

[Recap of last night's show courtesy of user TwiceBitten, Nick Williams. Note that the opinions expressed by a recapper of a show on this blog are not necessarily shared by any volunteer who works on Phish.net, and there is no "official" Phish.net "take" of a show. We rely on volunteer fans like you to recap shows. -Ed.]

Blossom is perhaps the most beautiful traditional “shed” in the country. “The venue is located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is administered by the Cleveland Orchestra’s non profit organization,” I told my wife as we exited the highway and made our way towards the T.A.Z. Driving through a beautiful river valley to see Phish is a far cry from your usual trek through suburban sprawl. We arrived at a back entrance to the venue only to find it blocked by a Police barricade. I got out to ask the cop directions and he informed me that I was in luck because he was about to “open this b*tch right up.” Score. We quickly found our way in and were waltzing through security before we knew it.

© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)
© 2019 Phish (Rene Huemer)

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Wednesday 06/19/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Cuyahoga Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming show at Blossom Music Center, June 19th, we are sending a check for $1500 to Cuyahoga Falls High School music program in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. 

This is Mockingbird's 8th grant in Ohio, and our 404th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $146,000 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Wednesday 06/19/2019 by phishnet

TORONTO RECAP: "OH HERE IT COMES LIKE A NATURAL DISASTER"

[We would like to thank Alaina Stamatis, user @farmhose (@fad_albert on twitter and instagram), for recapping last night's show. Please note that the opinions expressed by a recapper for a show on this blog are not necessarily those of any volunteer who works on Phish.net. We are all fans with varying opinions, just like you. -Ed.]

When the border agent asked us what our plans were for our trip into Canada, we probably should have just lied to him. It wouldn't have made a difference, however, because we have 57 stickers on our car, including but not limited to an oversized Stealie with two dancing bears on the hood. At the time of our border crossing, we were also, for lack of a better term, dressed like wooks.

"We're seeing a concert."

"Who are you here to see?" the border agent asked in the most serious tone one can conjure while still having a Canadian accent.

"Phish, man, greatest show on earth! If you have the night off you should-"

A couple SWAT-team-type bros in skin-tight black uniforms approached. This was not my bachelorette party and these were definitely not strippers. They dismantled the car. Luckily (intentionally) we brought nothing of interest. "Enjoy the concert, guys."

© 2019 Terry Evans (twitter Iamhydr0gen)
© 2019 Terry Evans (twitter Iamhydr0gen)

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Tuesday 06/18/2019 by andrewrose

TIME OF THE MEATSTICK: SUMMER '99 TWENTY YEARS LATER

Is it time, yet? Has it spent long enough fermenting in the ground that we can take it out and do something with it, again? For a bunch of humans who pride themselves on their ability to appreciate the present moment and all the ephemeral beauty it has to offer when the course is uncharted, we sure do enjoy swimming around in nostalgia, don’t we? As I get older this once indulgent tendency of mine has waned and I see the irony of hoping to relive the moments that were only so beautiful in the first place because of how fleeting they were. That perfectly placed note on the crest of a crescendo that just as quickly comes crashing down on the other side. How long can you stay surfing when you’re busy talking about the wave you caught last week? But you know, as I get older time starts to feel a bit more like an illusion, and sometimes we do find ourselves at these milestones and it feels appropriate to check in on what history has to tell us if we put our ear to the dirty, sticky ground. So if I can be permitted the indulgence, let me take you back to the Summer of ’99, and a string of shows I caught twenty years ago, from July 12th to July 21st, and see how a window into that moment in time might help us appreciate this one that much more.

© 1999 Ellis Godard for Phish.net
© 1999 Ellis Godard for Phish.net

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Monday 06/17/2019 by phishnet

ROO2 RECAP: NEVER MISS A BONNAROO CLOSING SHOW

[Recap/review of last night's Bonnaroo show is courtesy of Michael Ayers, user @yhgtbfkm. Note that there was no recap/review posted to the blog about Roo1's show, because no one attending the show volunteered to recap it, and there wasn't a webcast of it either, and we decided not to recap it based simply on the LivePhish recording. -Ed.]

Ahh, Bonnaroo. The perennial jam band festival that’s not really a jam band festival anymore.

I’ve had the pleasure of only attending Bonnaroo once, back in 2005. I saw a slew of amazing sets that weekend, including Benevento Russo Duo with Mike Gordon (a show you should definitely check out if you haven’t), Keller Williams, Jurassic 5 and Dave Matthews Band (laugh all you want, it was my first time seeing them and I really enjoyed it). That’s the nice part about festivals like this, it gives you the opportunity to see acts in the same place that you normally wouldn’t.

After the St Louis shows, I texted a good friend of mine who was on the fence about driving up to Camden to see them. I said, “Dude, I might be biased, but they are already playing lights out. You can’t miss seeing them in Camden.” I thought both nights in St Louis were spectacular. I will admit, the second night in particular will always be near and dear to my heart because of what transpired during the setbreak and how set two started out. I felt like there was little rust in the St. Louis shows (which you sometimes can’t say for tour openers), which made me both excited for the two nights at Bonnaroo and disappointed that I was not attending them.

So what will the boys have in store for us for Sunday down in Manchester? Will they bust out something they haven’t played in years (looking at you, "Free Bird")? Will Bo Bice and Trey share the stage again? (Spoiler alert: they did not, thank god.) Everyone is familiar with the old adage “Never Miss A Sunday Show,” would that apply to tonight as well? Let’s find out.

© 2019 Phish (courtesy of @AliveCoverage and @Phish_FTR)
© 2019 Phish (courtesy of @AliveCoverage and @Phish_FTR)

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Friday 06/14/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Manchester Music

WMSMP imageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's upcoming shows at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, June 14th and 16th, we are sending a check for $1500 to the Westwood Middle School's Music ProgramSix programs - beginning, intermediate, and advanced bands and choruses - will benefit from funds raised and donated by Phish fans, another instance of our music community helping bringing music to each community we touch.

This is Mockingbird's 8th grant in Tennessee, and our 403rd grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $144,500 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Wednesday 06/12/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund St. Louis Music

MFLA imageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This series of Tour Grants covers all of the U.S. locations Phish will play during the band's 2019 Summer Tour.

In honor of Phish's ongoing shows at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, June 11th and 12th, we are sending a check for $1500 to Music for Lifelong Achievement in St. Louis. Based at the Sheldon Concert Hall, MFLA seeks donations of used and new musical instruments, then donates the instruments to school and community music programs serving disadvantaged young people in the immedate area.

This is Mockingbird's 7th grant in Missouri, and it's 402nd grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $143,000 in Tour Grants, 10% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.



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