Following the great reception (and quick sellout) of AJ Masthay's Famous Mockingbird print, created to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition, we are excited to announce the release of two new Famous Mockingbird pins from Masthay Studios. The 1 1/2 inch hard enamel pins are available in both antique silver and antique gold colored metals, each individually numbered out of an edition of 200 and backstamped with the Masthay Studios logo.
The Famous Mockingbird pins will be available from the Phish.net Store and Masthay Studios on Tuesday, May 7th at 12 noon ET. Pins are $15 each including shipping, or a matching numbered set (one gold and one silver) for $25 shipped.
A generous portion of the proceeds go to The Mockingbird Foundation. Thank you AJ for your support and gorgeous artwork!
Summer in Saratoga: A Rock Art Exhibition, a poster show featuring Phish artists from around the country will be held on Saturday July 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. Developed and produced by a group of artists and fans known as The Mothership Art Collective, this poster show will be held in the middle of a weekend of Phish, who play three nights at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, July 5th-7th.
Phish poster shows have been held over the years with great success, as unique posters made for the Phish shows that weekend and stop on the tour feature some of the best concert art being produced today. ‘Summer in Saratoga’ is the second event produced by The Mothership Art Collective, a group within the Phish community, comprised of artists and organizations who promote the art inspired by the band Phish. Their initial poster show, ‘First Tube’, was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 16th, 2012 and was a success for all who participated in the event and raised $2000 to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. The eclectic artists featured at this poster show displays the broad scope of Phish related art and capture the inspiration of the band in their art. The creative fan base that Phish has makes for amazing art inspired by the band, the locales and the music. The collective works hard to bring an art show to the Phish touring public each year.
In keeping with the great tradition and success of past poster shows, Summer in Saratoga will offer free entry to all patrons, tubes available for purchase, charitable donations from the event made to The Mockingbird Foundation and a wide array of artists with posters to fit any budget. Artists will be announced in early May, as well as any special edition works that will only be available at the show, which will be posted on www.mothershipartcollective.org in early June.
The Saratoga Hilton is located at 534 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, about three miles from Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
"Hands on a Hardbody will close on Broadway April 13, its producers announced on April 8.
Previews for the populist show — inspired by the recently re-released 1997 film documentary of the same name — began Feb. 23 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. It opened March 21. The musical was commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, which produced its pre-Broadway premiere in 2012. Reviews were mixed-to-positive, but box office for the ensemble show was anemic in previews, hovering around $200,000 a week, with an average ticket price of about $32.
By closing, it will have played 28 previews and 28 regular performances.
Critics found the show appealingly small-scaled, human and likable, if modest to a fault.
"Although it's far from fully loaded in a conventional sense," said the New York Times
(3/21/13), "this scrappy, sincere new musical brings a fresh, handmade feeling to Broadway, which mostly traffics in the machine tooled. Burrowing into the troubled hearts of its characters, it draws a clear-eyed portrait of an America that's a far cry from the fantasyland of most commercial musicals. Hands on a Hardbody simply sings forth a story of endurance, hardship and the dimming American dream, which increasingly seems to hover on the distant horizon like some last-ditch motel whose neon lights are blinking out one by one."
The Brooks Atkinson is at 256 W. 47th Street. Tickets range from $55-$155, and are available at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office and at Ticketmaster.com or at (877) 250-2929.
For those American dreamers who might not be able to pay top price for the show, Hands On a Hardbody has a discount "rush ticket" policy: A limited number of $32 rush tickets (price includes $2 facility fee) are available for every performance. These rush tickets, which are available to all patrons, are cash only and can be purchased at the box office only, beginning at 10 AM the day of the performance. There is a limit of two tickets per person.
For more information, visit handsonahardbody.com.
On July 31 in Harvey's poker room in Lake Tahoe, organizers Kevin Young and Jamey Brill, with the assistance of other volunteers, will be running a poker tournament for the benefit of The Mockingbird Foundation.
"The Phamily Poker Classic 3" is a Texas Hold Em Event, as both of the prior "Classics" were in Tahoe in 2011 and in Atlantic City in 2010. Seats are very limited, because the tournament will only take place on the afternoon of July 31, beginning at 1:00pm. The chip stacks and blinds will be structured to ensure that no one misses a note of Phish (i.e., the tournament will end before showtime, as the previous tournaments did).
The entry fee will be $140 and at least half of that amount will go directly into the prize pool. Similar to past events, there will also be non-cash prizes that will be raffled off throughout the tournament. Part of the buy-in will be used to cover expenses/costs, and the remainder will be donated to The Mockingbird Foundation.
In addition, every player in the Phamily Poker Classic 3 will receive a limited edition, custom poster designed by AJ Masthay. The participants at the final table also will get a special signed/numbered edition different from the rest, and will receive a numbered poster based on the number that they're eliminated (e.g., second place will receive poster numbered "2").
Tickets will go on sale at 10am pt (1:00pm et) on Wednesday, April 10th, at http://www.phamilypokerclassic.com/.
We hope that you will join us again and make this event as special as the previous Phamily Poker Classic tournaments, which raised over $10,000 for The Mockingbird Foundation. With your continued support, we can keep these events happening and support a great cause.
Thanks so much for your support!
The Mockingbird Foundation - that all-volunteer nonprofit of Phish fans that runs Phish.net, The Phish Companion, et al. - has announced five new "emergency" grants to support restoration of music programs impacted by Hurricane Sandy last October.
We are excited to announce that AJ Masthay's recent print celebrating the upcoming release of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition will go on sale this Friday, March 15 at noon EDT (9am PDT) on the artist's website (http://masthaystudios.bigcartel.com/). This limited edition of 150 prints on navy blue paper is a six-color linoleum block print, and costs $40. There is a limit of one print per customer.
In addition, a number of Artist's Proofs, special variants, and AJ's original color sketch and printing plates will be for sale, with a generous portion of the proceeds to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation. These also go on sale this Friday, March 15 at noon EDT (9am PDT) on the artist's website.
In addition to the majority of the 150 prints, the following print variants and original art will also be available on Friday.
We apologize for the frustration caused by our attempted sale last week, and expect that by selling via the artist's site these problems will be avoided. All prints will be sold this Friday, March 15 at noon EDT (9am PDT) on the artist's website. Thank you for supporting The Mockingbird Foundation.
Phish has announced their Summer 2013 tour. Starting on July 3rd in Bangor, Maine, the 25-show tour will cross the country before wrapping up with a three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The Phish Tickets ticket request period has begun, and ends on Sunday, March 24th at 11:59pm EDT. For more information, visit http://www.phish.com/summer2013/. To request tickets, visit http://tickets.phish.com/.
In an interview airing tomorrow, Sunday, March 10, on the long-running CBS "Sunday Morning" talk show, Trey tells host Anthony Mason that "we always felt like lepers", but that "I was at the concerts and people were having a great time". A very short clip of that interview can be seen on the CBS Sunday Morning website here.
The "Sunday Morning" show runs from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. EST (check your local listings). As we all know,Trey is rarely interviewed, so this is worth watching, or setting your DVR to record.
UPDATE (3/10/13 1:40 p.m.): For those of you who missed it, the entire interview is now up on the CBS "Sunday Morning" show website here.
Today (March 8), as announced, we attempted to put on sale a limited edition poster. While we at Phish.net worked closely with our e-commerce partner to be ready for the sale, we did not anticipate the exceptionally high demand for this print. About five minutes before the sale time, the volume of web traffic overwhelmed our store’s web, database and e-mail servers, and to many customers the store appeared unavailable.
About 30 minutes after the planned sale time, seeing that there was no quick fix for the server problems and believing no posters had been sold, Mockingbird Foundation Board President Marco Walsh made the decision to postpone the sale. We later learned that a small number of customers had been able to successfully complete an order.
Who knew selling a few posters could be so difficult? Here’s what we’re going to do:
On Friday, March 15, at noon EST (9am PST), the majority of prints will be sold to customers directly from artist AJ Masthay’s website at www.masthaystudios.com. Purchases will be limited to one poster per person.
In addition, a very small number of print variants and artists proofs will go on sale at the same time.
Any orders for a single print that were successfully completed (with order confirmation e-mail) on 3/8 will be honored.
Any orders for two prints that were successfully completed on 3/8 will be reduced to one print, and a partial refund will be given.
Any duplicate orders by the same person will be canceled and your money refunded. We will fulfill one order for a single print.
We sincerely apologize for any frustration that this experience has caused. We will be the first to admit that, as an all-volunteer charity, selling posters is not our strong suit. While we understand that all may not be satisfied, we think the fairest solution is to limit print sales to one per person, try again to sell prints next week using a different web store, and partially honor (one print only) those few orders that were completed on 3/8.
While we trusted that adequate resources were in place for a successful sale, we were embarrassed to learn the hard way that this was not the case. Masthay Design has recently upgraded their servers specifically to support sales to highly dedicated, Internet-savvy Phish fans. Having seen him successfully hold several popular poster sales, we are fairly confident that we can sell the rest of the posters without a hitch.
Again, we sincerely apologize for any frustrations caused by today’s botched attempt to sell a poster, and hope you’ll bear with us as we do all we can to get this right for next week. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding, and for supporting The Mockingbird Foundation.
It looks like, despite our best efforts, the Phish.net store has melted down. No prints have been sold today.
In order to give everyone a fair shot, we are postponing the onsale for the Mockingbird Foundation print by AJ Masthay. A new onsale date (no earlier than next week) and method will be announced shortly.
As Board President of the Mockingbird Foundation and a fellow fan and poster collector, I apologize for any and all frustration that this has caused. We want to get this right, and will let you know updated sale plans shortly.