Trey.com reports that the lineup for this summer's Trey tour will be "Tony Hall (bass-New Orleans, LA), Les Hall (keys, guitar, synths - Cola, SC), Skeeto Valdez (drums - Detroit, MI), Ray Paczkowski (keys - Burlington, VT), Jennifer Hartswick (vocals - Burlington, VT) and Christina Durfee (vocals - Burlington, VT). ... made their public debut on April 1, 2005 at The Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT performing a sold-out benefit concert for the Vermont Land Trust."
Trey continues his remarkable support of charities with the Seven Below Fund.
Vermonthband RAQ (who have IT) will hold an Amy's Farm-like free festival -- a two-day party of camping and music in the spirit of a festival on a magnificent farm -- August 19-20 in New Woodstock, NY, including Jazz Mandolin Project (presumably with Fishman), DJ Logic, Arianna Claire and Friends, The Joint Chiefs, Trusty, and Optical Dillusion.
Martin & Co. guitars will soon offer the DC Trey Anastasio Signature Edition acoustic guitar, with a Dreadnought body, curved Venetian cutaway, solid tonewoods, rare Italian alpine spruce top, East Indian rosewood sides, and a three-piece back with "wings" of East Indian rosewood and a center wedge of beautifully flamed Hawaiian koa. Trey.com reports, "A 1-11/16" (at the nut) low profile genuine mahogany neck provides playing comfort. Distinctive appointments include a flamed Hawaiian koa headplate with eye-catching headstock and fingerboard inlays. It's a practical guitar that looks and plays as good as it sounds, and it is offered in two configurations: either with Fishman's acclaimed onboard Ellipse Blend System that delivers superb live and recorded sound, or for the more traditional player, without the onboard electronics package."
Phish drummer Jon Fishman will take part in an event billed as The Village -- with Kai Eckhardt on bass, Kit Walker on keyboards, Rosaki Aladokun on talking drum, Kaveri and Mansi (Kathak Temple Dance), Julia Butterfly Hill (spoken word and poetry), and others -- Friday, September 2nd, at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, in Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and doors open at 9pm. For more info, contact Brown-Eyed Woman.
An auction is currently underway by the Mimi Fishman Foundation to raise funds for the Delta Gamma Center, including a Vida Blue poster signed/numbered by Pollock, two 8x10 photos signed by Jon Fishman, Shakedown Festival packages with a face value of over $400 (one currently with no bids, the other currently bid at less than half of face value). Special thanks are due to John Langenstein (Director of Security - Phish) for his continued assistance in supplying auction items.
Billboard has a fascinating piece with lots of quotes from Mike, such as that Phish's band members "haven't discounted" collaborating, "[b]ut [that] on the other hand, there's a big feeling of avoiding the reunion tour... Maybe in a different format, like recording the music for a film or something."
Billboard reports that Mike and Leo Kottke will tour ""this fall in support of their second collaborative album, Sixty Six Steps, due Aug. 23 via RCA Victor...." The release includes "such covers as Aerosmith's 'Sweet Emotion,' Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well' and Pete Seeger's 'Living in the Country'" - and Phish's Yamar.