Author's Note: I usually write these reviews with the aid of extensive notes taken during the show. The Caribbean damaged my phone, temporarily broke my smart watch (messing up my timings), and destroyed a lot of my paper to take notes. We will soldier on anyway!
While Phish have played in Mexico before, this was my first year attending instead of watching on the couch. The one thing that most fascinated me as a spectator were the people dancing in the Caribbean Sea. The waves might have pummeled them, but they were having an amazing time splashing and cavorting. It was a beautiful, warm night in Cancun, and we decided that we would do the splashing ourselves, posting-up not far from the stage but surprisingly far from land... ok, about 20 feet from dry land, but that still is a somewhat abnormal perspective to see the band.
As Phish fans, we are creatures of habit. We’ve got our pre-show routines, our standard spots on the floor, our myriad of ways we choose to gamble on the setlist. Despite the mystery of every night being different, we’ve become accustomed to certain elements of a Phish show that give it familiarity. But while we appreciate that familiarity, it is the rare and unique that we truly seek.
Aside from weather fiascos (Northerly 2013, Fenway 2019), Phish has only played one-set shows at special performances (Sessions At West 54th), festivals (Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, HORDE Tour, Doctor) and as an opening act for Santana (’92, ’96). That means this is the first “regular” planned one-set Phish show. But there’s nothing regular about seeing Phish on the beach next to the Caribbean in the heart of winter.
With the late start time, folks had ample time to take advantage of the endless free drinks. And by the time we started heading for the venue, it showed. General sloppiness aside, spirits were high and the energy was palpable. We ran into fellow .netters @slinky and @slambomartinez and shared some speculation. What unexpected treats were we in for tonight? A 90 minute “Party Time”? A sit-in from a local mariachi band? Or would it just be a standard set of Phish?
SET 1: Torn and Frayed > Ghost > Free > Shipwreck -> Free, Shake Your Coconuts, Victim, The Moma Dance > Gotta Jibboo, Shade, The Landlady > Destiny Unbound, Steam > Crosseyed and Painless > Run Like an Antelope > Cavern > Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1 > Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.
ENCORE: You Enjoy Myself
Welcome to the 404th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third contest of February. The winner will receive two 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 both mystery clips. 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!
SET 1: Warehouse, Where Are You Going, Too Much, Pay for What You Get, Fool to Think, #27, Jimi Thing, The Song That Jane Likes, Rooftop, The Dreaming Tree, So Much to Say, Squirm, Little Thing, Say Goodbye, Stay (Wasting Time), Kashmir, Waste, Bathtub Gin, Typical Situation, Why I Am, Dancing Nancies
ENCORE: Here On Out, Some Devil, All Along the Watchtower
ENCORE 2: Crash into Me
Please join The Mockingbird Foundation on Friday February 21st at The Silks & Neighbor show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston (Allston, MA), where we will be raising money for music education for kids and young adults.
Tired of waiting for security to go through your bag on the way into a show? Toss your stuff in a clear backpack with two compartments, elastic mesh side pockets, zipper closures, adjustable shoulder straps… and the Mockingbird Foundation logo. Ideal for the growing number of events and venues that are only allowing clear bags, and may help speed entry everywhere. Plus, a great conversation starter: Proceeds benefit music education for children, through an all-volunteer organization run entirely by fans of the band.
Welcome to the 403rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second contest of February. This week's puzzle comes courtesy of MJM Hall-of-Famer @justino - thanks for the great clips! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips. 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!
A good night of sleep is one of the finer things in life, something we do daily/nightly, and in most cases, without much planning or thought. Sleep doctors, or somnologists, tell us there are five stages of sleep that follow each other in a cyclical fashion when our heads hit the pillow each night. Those stages are as follows: 1) Wake 2) Relaxed wakefulness 3) Light sleep 4) Deep sleep -- and the big kahuna -- 5) Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep....
Welcome to the 402nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of February. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. 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!
Last May, Oregon State University hosted the first-ever scholarly conference devoted to Phish’s music, fans, and culture. The three-day event showcased research from over fifty presenters, representing numerous academic disciplines ranging from sociology to philosophy to musicology. Recordings of conference presentations are now available via a free online archive.
The Mockingbird Foundation (whose volunteers operate this site) will have a table on Friday night, January 31, 2020, at Great Scott in Allston, MA, where Garcia Peoples will perform (after an opening set by Owsley's Owls). Tickets for the gig are available here. Please stop by and say "hi" and consider making a donation to the cause of music education for children and young adults.
Welcome to the 401st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and easiest of January. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip, selected by MJM Hall of Famer @schvice. 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!
PHISH will perform a 27-date summer tour, beginning with two dates in Eugene, Oregon (July 14-15), and then three Gorge shows (July 17-18-19), to the great relief of northwestern fans starving for local shows. The tour then proceeds through Lake Tahoe (July 21-22), LA (Inglewood's Forum (July 24)), and San Francisco (two Chase Center shows (July 25-26)), before swinging through the South (with stops in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee (July 29 - Aug. 5)) and midwest (three Deer Creek dates (Aug. 7-8-9)) and then --surprise-- the east coast (two Hershey (Aug. 11-12) and three AC shows (Aug. 14-15-16)), before concluding with three Dick's shows (Sep. 4-5-6). The Phish Tickets By Mail ticket request presale period has begun for all shows, and closes Monday Feb. 3, 2020, at noon e.t.
Synchronicity is when no observable cause connects two events, yet a meaning exists between them. In other words, these are your cases of real-life magic. They’re the moments that likely won’t rearrange the course of your life, but remind you that the cosmos are capable of playing little tricks to help you remember the mundane, in fact, does not always have to be so mundane.
We're bumping this news, because you may have missed it over the holidays: Less than five days left in an auction, benefitting the Mockingbird Foundation, of three gorgeous prints graciously donated by Jason Kaczorowski - one of Fishman during the Festival 8 "musical costume", and two of Page at UIC 8/15/11.
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 special series of Tour Grants includes separate, unsolicited $1000 grants to four different programs in and around New York City, where Phish began its annual four-show New Year's Eve run on December 28.
In honor of Phish's upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, December 31st, The Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1000 to support music education through the City School of the Arts Music Program in New York, NY. City School of the Arts partners with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence.
This is Mockingbird's 47th grant in New York and 425th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $172,500 in Tour Grants, 12% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net or press releases on mbird.org for news about other grants. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.
Phish.net is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.
This project serves to compile, preserve, and protect encyclopedic information about Phish and their music.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.
And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! So far, we've distributed just about $1,500,000 to support music education for children – hundreds of grants in all 50 states, with more on the way.