The Mimi Fishman Foundation has announced a new auction to raise funds for Conscious Alliance and Staying Connected. Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Jack Johnson, Margerie Minkin/Mike Gordon, Stanley Mouse, Umphrey’s McGee, Jackson Browne, and Les Claypool are among those who have signed items for the auction. The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, and the Gathering of the Vibes festival have donated concert packages, several of which include backstage credentials and/or VIP passes. To date, the Foundation has been responsible for the distribution of nearly $200,000 to the charities it supports.
On the 6/3/06 airing of Ultimate Poker Challenge (episode 15 from season two; originally aired c.12/31/05), third-place finisher Jesse Martin wore a Phish Local Crew shirt and an orange Mockingbird Foundation sweatband on his forearm. :)
As hinted on Mike's hotline message from earlier in the week (given as an example of a leak that "would be inappropriate" content for the hotline, heh), Trey showed up at the Ramble Dove show last night @ Irving Plaza, NYC. Trey came on for Los Lobos' "I Got Loaded" at 11:20, about 35 minutes into the hour-long set one (of 2; second lasted about 1:15) and stayed until most of the second set (through "Possum").
Page, Mike and Fishman were on stage together along with Ramble Dove at the Honky Tonk the Vote benefit for Bernie Sanders last night at Higher Grounds ... thats 75% of Phish playing music together, the second time since the breakup.
KFOG reported today that Stu Copeland was in the Bay Area supposedly this weekend practicing with Les and Trey.
Trey and Mike will perform at the 10th annual Allgood Music Festival in Masontown, WV - which, more generally, happens to have a smokin' lineup this year!!
In an interview on an Atlanta radio station today, Trey (likely in Atlanta for studio work with a producer he's teamed up with before) confirmed rumos that he, Mike, and the Benevento/Russo duo will tour together this summer. Though tickets and billing will likely portray some hierarchy among the bill's acts, rumors (based on previous things Mike and Trey have said) describe the tour as some sort of interactive meld, with each of the 3 doing their own stuff, as well as some interaction among them. Trey also mentioned that he "hopes to get Phish back together in a few years", dispelling rumors of an October 2006 reunion but confirming common suspicions that this "breakup" is really a second hiatus.
The folks at the OhKeePa message board have scheduled a game of chess with Mike Gordon at www.pogo.com, starting at 9pm EST on Monday April 17th. There will be a discussion and voting of moves in the OKP chat room inbetween moves, so that everyone can participate.
Today marks 666 days since Phish's last show (8/15/04), a sinfully long respite.