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.
Trey will perform September 3rd at the 35th annual Bumpershoot Festival in Seattle, a four-day festival with "more than 2,500 artists on over 20 stages and venues, representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, visual arts, theatre, performance arts, literary arts, and more.
The newest Mimi Fishman Foundation auction will benefit the Delta Gamma Center for the Visually Impaired. The auction began July 15 and runs through July 25. The auction features a healthy dose of Phish related items, various other jamband signed items and festival packages, as well as items unrelated to music, such as a War of the Worlds poster signed by Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Mimi Fishman had glaucoma and was a huge believer of helping out organizations that provided assistance to the visually impaired, especially charities those that focus on children. The Delta Gamma Center is committed to helping infants and young children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential by providing individualized education, therapy, and support services to them and their families.
Bonnaroo backstage reportedly included a high-stakes, single-table no limit Texas Hold'em (poker) tournament including Trey, Dave Matthews, Bo Bice (of American Idol), Robert Randolph, John Prine, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Chris Robinson (of the Black Crowes), Chris Kuroda, and Keller Williams. (Note that 11 at a table is unusually large, even for a tournament.) Keller knocked Trey out early, but he was allowed a buy-back. (As the game entered its third hour, no more buy-backs or re-buys were allowed.) Kuroda eventually won, raking in $400K.