a Project of the Mockingbird Foundation

There's Going To Be A New Album!

Posted 2013-06-04 16:25:33 by Icculus - 22 comments - Link:

The producer of PBS Newshour, Mike Melia, tweeted a tease on June 3 of an interview that PBS Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown conducted of Trey a few weeks ago, before Trey's performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. Trey apparently said in the interview that Phish is working on a new album, and that some of the new songs' lyrics are being written collectively. The interview will purportedly air in early July before the Summer Tour begins in Bangor.

Trey apparently also said in the interview that "A lot of the people that come see us have been coming for 20, 30 years . . . And I know them. A lot I don’t know by name, but there are people that I look out and see that I really genuinely feel a connection to . . . people who stand like 10 rows back and dance that I recognize.” If you know anyone other than Tom Marshall who has been seeing Phish for thirty years, please ask them to be in touch, as we would like to interview them for this site's blog.

Wilson plays his hand! AJ Masthay's new print revealed for Phamily Poker Classic 3.

Posted 2013-05-18 16:20:00 by MarcoEsc - 7 comments - Link:

PPC3 PrintLake Tahoe is looking an awful lot like Gamehendge as Evil King Wilson plays his winning hand on this gorgeous new print created by master printmaker AJ Masthay for the upcoming Phamily Poker Classic 3 charity poker tournament. This 5-color linoleum block print was hand-crafted in an edition of 150, and the only way to get one is by joining the tournament at Harveys Lake Tahoe on July 31st. Held to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation, the Phamily Poker Classic 3 features a generous cash prize pool, great bonus prizes, and one of these stunning prints for each player.

Our plan is to give each player the print number that corresponds to their final position in the tourney. So, for example, if you bust out in 100th place, your print will be #100. But for those with the luck and skill to make the final table, we have something special. AJ has created a unique Final Table Variant of the print ... an edition of only 10 ... on a special wavy metallic paper that really pops. Check it out here! The only way you're going to get one of these beauties is by making the final table, so get practicing your cards!

Seats are filling quickly for the Phamily Poker Classic 3, and once people feast their eyes on this print, we anticipate a quick sellout. Sign up today to reserve your print and seat in the Phamily Poker Classic 3, and we'll see you in Tahoe! 

Famous Mockingbird Pins by AJ Masthay Released Today

Posted 2013-05-07 00:00:01 by MarcoEsc - 2 comments - Link:

Famous Mockingbird pinFollowing 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 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!

Mothership Art Collective print show announced Saturday 7/6 during SPAC run

Posted 2013-04-09 23:40:00 by jackl - 1 comment - Link:


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 in early June.

The Saratoga Hilton is located at 534 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, about three miles from Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).


Summer in Saratoga logo




HOAHB to close April 13th

Posted 2013-04-08 22:15:30 by jackl - 6 comments - Link:


"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 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


Phamily Poker Classic 3: Harvey's Lake Tahoe, July 31

Posted 2013-04-08 00:00:00 by Icculus - 3 comments - Link:

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

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!

AJ Masthay Print for Mbird - On Sale Friday. Rare Variants and Original Art, Too!

Posted 2013-03-13 04:20:00 by MarcoEsc - 0 comments - Link:

Fly Fly Fly!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 ( 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. 

Silver and Gold Leaf Variant
Edition size: 6
Price: $150
Silver and Gold Leaf Variant Paisley Variant
Edition size: 3
Price: $200
Paisley Variant
"Distressed Leather" Variant
(not real leather)
Edition size: 3
Price: $200
Distressed Leather Variant Purple Haze Variant
Edition size: 4
Price: $200
Purple Haze Variant
WC Variant
Edition size: 1
Price: $300
WC Variant

OG Sketch by AJ Masthay
Original drawing used for print
Only one!
Price: $1000

Original sketch

OG Plate by AJ Masthay
Original hand carved linoleum
printing plate
Only one!
Price: $500

OG printing plate

Artist's Proofs

AP - Navy blue edition

15 available
Price: $60

AP - Grey edition
5 available
Price: $100

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 Announces 25-Show Summer Tour

Posted 2013-03-13 00:31:45 by MarcoEsc - 12 comments - Link:

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 To request tickets, visit

Trey interview to appear on CBS "Sunday Morning" tomorrow, 3/10

Posted 2013-03-09 08:57:00 by jackl - 11 comments - Link:

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.


Trey being interviewed for CBS


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.

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