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The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition Preorders Begin.

Posted 2013-03-07 20:20:00 by MarcoEsc - 8 comments - Link:

TPC3 Cover

As The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition (TPC3) gets closer to publication, online book sellers have begun taking preorders. While the publication date is up to the publisher and subject to change, preordering ensures you'll be among the first to dive into the new Companion.

To date the all volunteer, fan-run charity The Mockingbird Foundation, author of TPC3, has given grants totallng over $750,000 to support music education for children. And your support of projects like TPC3 means many more grants in the years to come. In order to best support the Foundation with your TPC3 purchase, please preorder using one of our links.

If you want TPC3 for the best price, preorder from an online bookseller using our affiliate link. This way you'll get the book as soon as it's released, and the Foundation gets a share of the sale, meaning more grants for kids! Use the following links to preorder:
    ...additional links coming as we join more affiliate programs.

If you want to buy TPC3 direct from us, and earn the most for the Foundation, preorder from the store. We'll get you the book as quickly as we can, and a generous chunk of your purchase price will go directly to funding new grants. store:

The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition is coming soon. Order early and order often!  

Mockingbird Print On-sale Tomorrow - No early orders!

Posted 2013-03-07 16:21:57 by MarcoEsc - 12 comments - Link:

Today we learned that some clever fans managed to guess the direct link for the AJ Masthay print for the Mockingbird Foundation, and placed orders while we were testing the site. While we applaud your ingenuity, fair is fair. Please note that any orders placed via any special methods prior to the official onsale (Friday, March 8th at noon PST / 3:00pm EST) will be cancelled and refunded to the purchaser. Please try again tomorrow so that all may have the same fair chance to buy.

To the clever folks who figured out the link: strong work! While it won't get you an early poster, we do appreciate your help in testing our site and letting us make it more secure. See you tomorrow and no hard feelings!

AJ Prints for Mockingbird

Posted 2013-03-06 04:20:00 by MarcoEsc - 8 comments - Link:

All of us at The Mockingbird Foundation eagerly await the upcoming release of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, our comprehensive reference guide to all things Phish. 

As excitement builds towards publication, we have commissioned popular printmaker AJ Masthay to create a limited edition art print celebrating the book's release. Limited to an edition of 150 copies on navy blue paper, this gorgeous six-color linoleum block print features the Famous Mockingbird clutching the just-liberated book of knowledge, while evil King Wilson's troops rally on the horizon. Here's a little teaser from the concept sketch:


While we won't have a final picture until the print is finished, those who are familiar with AJ's work know this is going to be spectacular! Follow the printing process on Masthay Studios' Facebook page.

The print will cost $40 (limit of two per person) and will go on sale exclusively at the store on Friday, March 8 at 12:00 noon PT. 

.net NYE meetup at Hudson Yards Cafe, Sun 12/30!

Posted 2012-12-21 10:05:00 by jackl - 1 comment - Link:

In what's becoming a holiday tradition, will be hosting its third annual New Years Run meetup at the Hudson Yards Cafe on the corner of 35th St. and 10th Ave. on Sunday, December 30th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Hudson Yards Cafe is only about a five minute walk from MSG but is outside of the crowded midtown area, so, as usual, we'll have the whole place to ourselves.

We've fine-tuned this event with the help of this classic bistro's owner, Jimmy Reardon (he likes us, he really likes us), and will have a bigger and better selection of craft beers and waitstaff on hand.  

Stop by the sign-in table on your way in where we'll have nametags for your @screenname so you can match a name to a face, as well as souvenir laminates and .net stickers.  Bring your iPod with your favorite Phish music which we can play on the house PA.  Forum Admin @JohnnyD will be your host.

More information on the .net forum thread here.




Phish HD NYE streaming now on iOS devices

Posted 2012-12-14 08:46:13 by jackl - 4 comments - Link:

Yesterday, Phish announced that their four day NYE run at MSG will be streamed by LivePhish in HQ not only on PC or Mac web browsers which can be connected to a HD TV with an HDMI cable (or wirelessly by Airplay on newer macs), but also wirelessly via Apple "Airplay" with iOS devices like iPhones, iPads and Apple TV, in apparent response to popular demand to view the streaming broadcasts more easily on HD TV sets without using laptops or cables.  

Prices for individual webcasts, subscription packages and souvenir T shirts for couch tourists with a retro cassette tape design (like our "Blanks and Postage" Ts) are available on the LivePhish site here.  On that page, there's also a "test" HQ stream of the "Light" from the Dick's run on 9/1/12 to see whether your device will work with the NYE stream and what it will look like.  For those without wireless iOS or Android devices who want to use cables with laptops, see this FAQ on how to connect laptops to HDMI equipped TV sets.

The entire basic four day package (without the T shirts) is $58.99, the individual shows are either $14.99 or $19.99 (NYE).

As with all LivePhish purchases, a portion of Phish's proceeds goes to The Mockingbird Foundation, the Phish fan charity which operates and supports music education programs for underserved kids.



Trey To Play Benefit With Neil Young On Dec 6

Posted 2012-12-05 19:48:16 by Icculus - 4 comments - Link:

Trey will play with Neil Young & Crazy Horse TOMORROW, Thursday, December 6, at a special benefit concert at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ. Trey will also perform a set solo on acoustic! Event proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort. For more information, visit Tickets for the event are on sale now at or by phone at 866-900-4TIX (4849) and are priced at $75 and $150. All seating is general admission.

TAB Announces January Dates, Summer Camp

Posted 2012-12-04 16:09:58 by TheEmu - 7 comments - Link:

Trey Anastasio Band will return to the road in 2013, spotlighting material from his new solo album, Traveler. The run will kick off on January 18, 2013 with a show at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON. Tickets for all shows will be available through a real time presale beginning this Friday, December 7th at 10am EST at For complete ticketing information or public on sale dates, please visit

Fans holding tickets to Anastasio's October 28 show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, may use them at the January 23 show at the same venue. Those who cannot attend the rescheduled date may seek refunds at the point of purchase.

1/18 - Toronto, ONT - Danforth Music Hall
1/19 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
1/20 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
1/23 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
1/24 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
1/25 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
1/26 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
5/24-26 - Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Music Festival

Trey is also slated to perform at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL, which will take place May 24-26.

Phish Auctioning YEMSG Suite to benefit RFK Center!

Posted 2012-12-03 12:48:33 by TheEmu - 3 comments - Link:

Phish has teamed up with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to auction off a 12 person executive suite for the Sunday night 12/30 show!  As of this posting, the current bid is only $1350 for this suite, which is valued at $5000.  Proceeds will benefit the RFK Center, and bids will be taken until Tuesday, December 11th.  For full information or to make a bid, click here.

The RFK CENTER’s core programs focus on the power of the individual, working through alliances and organizations, to generate change. The RFK PARTNERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS bolster the efficacy of human rights defenders through sustained, strategic partnerships, extending their reach to legislators, diplomats, international institutions, and corporations. RFK SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER educates students and the public about human rights issues and provides the tools for creating change in their communities; RFK COMPASS convenes the financial community to advance a discussion of the connections among investment performance, fiduciary duty, and public interest issues to optimize risk-adjusted rates of returns and address current and future global challenges. Through its offices in Florence, Italy, RFK EUROPE extends its human rights education and advocacy programs across Europe, raising awareness and igniting change.

The RFK CENTER amplifies the work of activists, authors, journalists, and students to a global audience through five annual awards. The RFK HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD recognizes an individual who stands up to oppression at grave personal risk in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. The RFK BOOK AWARD honors the book that most forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s priorities: concern for the poor and the powerless, the struggle for even-handed justice, and a remedy for disparities of power and opportunity. The RFK JOURNALISM AWARDS celebrate excellence in investigative journalism on a wide spectrum of social justice issues. RFK EUROPE established the RFK HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY JOURNALISM AWARD to recognize the achievements of youth who investigate human rights issues and advocate for change. The RFK RIPPLE OF HOPE AWARD lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change.

In the tradition of Robert Kennedy, the RFK CENTER has forged effective collaborations with NGOs, universities, legal clinics, and the media on behalf of oppressed communities.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization, CFC#: 54276. They depend on tax-deductible donations to make their mission possible.  To make a donation to the Center, please click here.

Help Mockingbird with our emergency Hurricane Sandy relief efforts!

Posted 2012-11-14 11:50:00 by jackl - 6 comments - Link:

In 2004, our Phish fan volunteer charity, The Mockingbird Foundation, established a special emergency grant fund of 3% of our revenues to make emergency grants to public schools and youth music programs which lost instruments to vandalism and storm damage.  We have since donated over $15,000 in $1,000 emergency grants after several acts of vandalism and natural disasters.  

It appears that that there will be a similar need for emergency storm damage grants as schools and community youth music programs begin to dig out from the effects of last week's Hurricane Sandy and assess damage to musical instruments in their band and orchestra rooms.

We received this letter yesterday from a public school teacher, Elizabeth Altbacker, of the Long Beach public schools on Long Island by email and want to share it with you so that you can get a sense of how devestating these natural disasters are to already cash-strapped youth music programs, and how you can help:

To:  Ellis Godard (


A fellow teacher directed me to your site.  I teach in the Long Beach City Schools on Long Island.  I am the Middle School Band teacher, more than that, I am an alumni of Long Beach City Schools.  Our Middle School sits on a half mile stretch of land surrounded by the ocean and the bay.  During Hurricane Sandy water destroyed the town I grew up in but it did not break the spirit of the students and their families.  On our first day back to school we had about 80% attendance!

Right now I am dealing with the unknown.  Although our district opened, our building did not.  I was able to peak into my band room but could not assess the damage.  There was water in the room I can tell by the silt and sand on the floor but it was too dark to see very far.  My concern is of course the mold that is growing the longer the instruments sit in a damp room.

This band room was my band room as a child.  I remember in 1986 when my band director ordered the drum set my student continue to play on.  Like so many instruments, I remember their history, which of my friends played them.  When I assign kids instruments, I often tell them how old they are and how I took such pride in inheriting them from my teacher.  For the past 18 years, I have carefully maintained the instruments I've inherited and built the inventory to a point that every child who needs an instrument gets one.  This is very important in a city where there is a high rate of free lunches given.

I hope I will get into my room and see that everything is fine, however I know that not to be case, if it was on the floor it was ruined, and maybe those in lockers are ruined if the mold is bad.  On top of that the instruments that were home with children may or may not have gotten washed away or thrown away if they were damaged.  I hope to keep an open line of communication with your organization in hopes that you can help rebuild the program that raised me so that I can continue to give my students what my teacher gave me.


Liz Altbacker

Here's how you can help:  Go to the "donate" link on the or Mockingbird Foundation ( homepages and donate $5, $10 or as much as you can through PayPal.  You can also go directly to PayPal ( and use our PayPal donations address, "".  If you donate through PayPal, put "Sandy Relief" or "Emergency Relief" in the comment box.

Or you can mail a check to the Mockingbird Foundation Emergency Fund c/o Treasurer Ellis Godard, 12407 Willow Grove Court, Moorpark, CA 93021-2758

As always, donations to Mockingbird are fully tax-deductable.  Many corporate employers and the federal government may also "match" your donation. If your company has such a charities "matching grants" program, contact your HR department.  (We have been the beneficiary of several large donations this year through Phish fans who work for such generous companies).

If you're in a band, you can host a disaster relief benefit event for Mockingbird like The Lawn Boys' successful event last week at The Canal Room in New York City.  We can help with publicity, street team materials and tabling volunteers through  Contact Jack Lebowitz ( if you can possibly help stage a benefit, for further information.

If you are a teacher or youth music program leader who knows of any candidates for emergency relief grants, please contact us by email at "" or Ellis Godard's mailing address above.

Thanks for all you can do to help!!  Phish fans' donations to The Mockingbird Foundation for music education for kids is one of the best things you can do to pay the incredible gift of music forward to the next generation, and helps us all leave a positive legacy!

The Mockingbird Foundation: Phish fans' charity helping music education for kids

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