Welcome to the 388th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the last and most difficult of September. 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 all 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!
Are you a huge Trey Anastasio Band fan or live in the Louisville, Kentucky area? If not, chances are you had no idea TAB played for an hour last night at the Bourbon & Beyond Festival. It’s possible it’s the most random date on Trey’s playing calendar this year. It was his first time performing in public in the three weeks since Dick’s, and his solo tour doesn’t begin for another three weeks either.
SET 1: Analog Delay, Real Underground Soul Sound, Where Did It Go, Electra Glide, CJ3, Phaidon, Checking Out , Where's Popeyes, Weepa, Who's Laughing Now?, If I Told You, Final Flight, Sheep, Most Events Aren't Planned
SET 1: Most Events Aren't Planned, CJ3, Where Did It Go , Real Underground Soul Sound, Phaidon, Analog Delay, Where's Popeyes, Dry Spell , Maybe, Who's Laughing Now?, Weepa, Sheep, Final Flight, If I Told You
While some nights of the Baker’s Dozen had unexpected twists and turns and surprising covers, there were probably two nights that had the most predictable songs performed for the theme of night: "Cinnamon Girl" on Cinnamon Night and a Jimi Hendrix song on Jimmies Night. You could definitely make an argument for “Powderfinger” on Powdered Night but let’s not digress....
Phish is no stranger to covering the Beatles. They famously covered The Beatles, (also known as “The White Album”) in 1994 to kick off their impressive Halloween history of having musical “costumes” and covering classic albums from the past, their own future, and even from the imaginary past of an obscure Scandinavian band. Subsequent to that fateful night in Glens Falls when the band performed all 30 songs off of the ninth studio album of the English rock band, several other Beatles covers have been performed....
Welcome to the 387th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of September. 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. 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!
The Phish.net Store is evolving a bit. We recently added a static-cling version of the Mockingbird sticker, and before that a charcoal version of the "Helping Kids Make Music" shirts. Just days ago, we added "donut pattern" watch straps, in three sizes, donated to the Foundation and now available as a fundraiser for music education.
Meanwhile, as we look ahead and plan some new items, more than half of the current offerings (7 of 13 items) are half-price, including two collectible pins, two versions of the "couch tour" shirt, and an engraved lighter cover priced to move.
More than 40 volunteers are currently reviewing nearly 700 funding inquires to the Mockingbird Foundation, which makes this a doubly great time to pick up some schwag, fly your .net flag, and support music education. We appreciate your support!
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. -- Proverbs 10:4
Note #1: “Idle Days” is the number of days from the last pre-Dick’s show to the first night of Dick’s. In 2019, it was 47 days from Alpine N3 to Dick’s N1.
Note #2: The average three-night rating for 2019 is based on about 425 reviewers for each show. The value used in this graph (3.967) is likely to change a bit as more people provide a rating.
Welcome to the 386th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam
Monday Tuesday, the first and easiest of September. 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 Thursday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!
*Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a blog comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree that I threw together for you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.
Answer: Congrats to @lysergic, who Looked Sharp Dominating this week's puzzle, taking home his very first MJM win in the process. I can't recall any other jamming in the section before the "pause" besides this week's jam - 8/17/93 "Divided Sky" - but I'm sure someone will jump in the comments to correct me on that one. MJM387 drops Monday.
After nine years in a row playing the same venue over the same weekend, we’ve all established our traditions and routines. All of that got upended this year due to a plague infestation. Prairie dogs that live there were potentially covered with infested fleas. With the traditional Shakedown lot closed, parking at a premium, and knowing that we couldn’t undersell the issue since The Black Death killed 60% of the population in Europe in the 15th century, we had to adjust. Europe saw the end of feudalism. We might have to take a shuttle from a remote lot to see our concerts.
By the end of the first night, it was clear that the logistical issues would not be a big deal. Phish had the shuttles running on a quick turnaround; I got back to my room earlier on Saturday than I normally would have with post-show lot traffic, only with no parking fee and with a free Nalgene handed to me for my inconvenience. This system was arguably better than the normal parking in the lot. The Shakedown lot quickly got replaced with a new Flea Market location. Vendors took advantage of this to make funny shirts and stickers and koozies referencing prairie dogs, fleas, and civilization-ending infestations. The plague warning signs were a popular selfie spot. During the first night, Phish made flea jokes and used a Pure Prairie League song ("Aimee") as walkout music. Another lyric was changed on Saturday. When Commerce City gave us plague, we made plagueonade. Yum!
With the cancellation of camping at Dick’s 2019, and an initial announcement that vending would not be allowed, there was uncertainty about whether the Dick’s lots would live up to their reputation as some of the finest in the land. While there was no official “Shakedown Alley,” there were plenty of people peddling their wares on the first night. Unsurprisingly, that meant there was a solid flea market popping off by night two.
We drove to the venue about 4 PM and entered the parking lots with zero delays. We parked the car and hit the pavement to sling some of my hand-painted sunglasses (shameless plug for Instagram @nice_shades). There was much more of a central Shakedown area, but still nothing like previous years, so we roamed around instead of posting up. We managed to stop by the phish.net “Official Meat-Up” hosted by @DaleCooper just in time to hug some friends and get in the group pic. My girlfriend Esther (who went to her first show Friday) was not going to be in the picture but at the last minute she was joyously invited to partake by a bunch of people she’d just met. We even said her name as we took the pic. Welcome to the family, babe.
As the sun faded into the mountains in the West, there was something electric in the air. After a couple hours of sweating bullets, and tired of chasing shade, we decided to head into the venue about 6:30. It had been a hot day with highs in the triple digits by some accounts, and sometimes that is enough to drain the energy from the crowd, if not the band as well. This was not to be one of those nights.
[we'd like to thank Josh Cohron, @cohron1, for recapping last night's show - ed.]
A lot of Phish thinking these days seems to revolve around, “What’s next?”
Since the end of the final notes of the THANK YOU Encore at Dick’s in 2015, questions arose about how the band could possibly top 2015’s Summer Tour. Would, or even could, this era of Phish ever reach the heights of that almost-universally-loved tour? An up-and-down 2016, which probably relied too heavily on Big Boat material, was followed by the signature run of this era: The Baker’s Dozen.
The same, natural questions were had by fans of Phish after the Dozen ended: Where does the band go from here? The first thing they did was play a monster show Friday night at Dick’s.
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 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, August 30th and 31st and September 1st, the Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1500 to support music education through the Adams City High School Choral Program in Commerce City, CO. The program includes three choirs and guitar classes, plus a concert band, jazz band, drumline, chamber orchestra, concert orchestra, and mariachi.
This is Mockingbird's 15th grant in Colorado, and our 414th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $161,000 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.
[Take the Bait is spirited deliberation centered around the hyperbole of Phish’s music and fandom, passionately exuded via the written words of phish.net contributors @FunkyCFunkyDo and @n00b100. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of phish.net, The Mockingbird Foundation, or any fan… but we're pretty sure we’re right. Probably.]
Funky: We're back, baby! ::crickets chirping:: Er, uh... ::looks at keyboard:: ...is this thing on? Ahem. Dick's is just a day away and Alpine 3 is sitting atop Mt Icculus, basking in all of its own glory. Rightfully. Deservedly. Sexily. Wait wait wait… you mean to tell me that there was a whole summer tour this year (says, in unison, everyone in the Western Time Zone and those who’ve only heard the words “Alpine" and "Three” 500 times)? Like, multiple shows that didn't happen at Alpine on a Sunday in July?? I mean, were they good shows? Or...
[Thanks again to longtime blog contributor, @paulj - ed.]
Over its long career, Phish have played over 1,500 shows in hundreds of different venues, yet there is a relatively short list of venues that are on nearly every fan’s must visit list. Madison Square Garden, Hampton, and the Gorge have been special Phish venues since the 1.0 era. During 3.0, it’s pretty clear that the MGM and Dick’s offer experiences that are likely to reward any fan making the effort.
Most of these bucket list venues offer something much more than a Phish show: MSG and MGM are suffused with the craziness of NYC and Las Vegas, respectively, and the Gorge is home to…the GORGE.
But Dick’s Sporting Goods Park? Seriously? A soccer stadium located atop a Superfund site in an industrial area adjacent to an oil refinery—which is also a Superfund site? (They don’t call it Commerce City for nothing.)
Phish's 9th annual run at Dick's is shaping up to be a fan-filled weekend, with new events announced on a daily basis for the last week. (Most recently was the three-day PhanArt event at the Doubletree Denver Stapleton North.)
We're also glad to announce that Surrender to the Flow: Phish Yoga is on again - Saturday August 31st, under the outdoor pavillion at Wibby Brewing in Longmont from 1-2 p.m. Proceeds will be split between the Mockingbird Foundation and Living Yoga, and tickets are available now. As the yogi explains, this is "an all levels class set to the full sonic spectrum of a live Phish mix! Our practice will often mimic the musical ebb, flow, power & rejuvenation that only the spiritual practices of yoga & Phish can allow. Come as you are, mingle about the night before & what's to come, leave revamped for Saturday night's show!"
That's the same day as the sold-out Fourth Annual Runaway Open, as well as the Phish.net Forum meatup event in the parking lot at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Look for the pavillion between VIP-East parking and Lot 10.)
And while a mini-calendar for three almost overlapping events may seem a stretch, we're already envisioning a more complete list for next year... assuming there's a Tenth Dick's run.
In the beginning, there was “Tube.” Next came “First Tube” and “Last Tube.” There’s even a “Fresh Tube.” So you could be forgiven for thinking that every permutation of “Tube” songs from the members of Phish has been exhausted. But what if I told you that before there was a “Tube,” before there was even a Phish, the legendary Scandanavian prog rock outfit, Kasvot Växt, birthed the one and only “Wack Tube.” Well, W.A.C.T.O.O.B., anyway. Everything really is overlapping. ...
Phish has announced a seven-show Fall Tour, beginning with two shows in Providence, Rhode Island, right after turkey day, and continuing with shows in Uniondale, New York, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before concluding with three (3) shows in North Charleston, South Carolina. Phish ticketing for the shows is in progress and the Ticketmaster onsale begins at 10:00am on August 23. See here for more info.
March 27, 1993
25 years ago
Set 2: Buried Alive > Halley's Comet > It's Ice > Bouncing Around the Room, Chalk Dust Torture, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Poor Heart > Golgi Apparatus
 Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
 Fish on trombone.
 All Fall Down signal in intro.
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