Thursday 10/20/2016 by phishnet


[Editor's Note: Please welcome professional musician Hunter Sholar, user @Guyute1976, who offers this recap of last night’s show. -CD]

I can’t start writing this blog post without giving a little background about myself and how I became a Phish fan. I’m a late bloomer with this band. I went to Northwestern University and was a Horn Performance Major, and I was surrounded by so many talented musicians with eclectic musical tastes. Some of my closest friends, including Drew Hitz (who many of you know), were diehard Phanatics, but during my undergrad years (1995-1999), I didn’t relate to them, somehow. Nope, I waited until the band had broken up, and then fell hook, line and sinker for them in the summer of 2005, and saw my first show on 3/8/2009 at the Hampton Coliseum. I missed the live pre-Phish 3.0 era, but thanks to their immense catalog of live shows, I’ve had plenty of time to do my research and play catch-up.

Wednesday 10/19/2016 marked my 29th show, and it was significant on so many levels – I’ll get to that in a minute. Since seeing my first show, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Trey. I’m a member of The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where I play the Horn, and I actually met him after one of my symphony concerts at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center a few years ago, just a few blocks away from Ascend Amphitheater. Our mutual friend, Don Hart (composer/arranger who arranged Trey’s orchestral music), brought him in while the band was in town recording Wingsuit. Why is this significant, you might ask? Don and his family were attending the Ascend shows, and this was perhaps part of the reason our guys really stepped it up both nights.

Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}


Wednesday 10/19/2016 by phishnet


[Editor's Note: We welcome Craig Hillwig back for this recap. –CD]

Phish returned to Nashville last night for the first of two shows at the still sparkling-new Ascend Amphitheater, a 6,800 capacity open air venue along the banks of the Cumberland River. That Phish is back in Nashville is wholly unsurprising, given that much of Phish’s 2016 release Big Boat was recorded in several local studios. It also seems to be a popular stop among fans with its combination of authentic southern cuisine and honky tonk night life. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect with ample sunshine, temperatures in the mid-80s, and a comfortable breeze. We settled in at Puckett’s to pre-game with some bourbon, brew and ‘que.

Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}


Monday 10/17/2016 by sethadam1


By all accounts, last night's show should have been the sleeper of tour. It was a Sunday show (Friday is for the fans, Saturday is for the bros, Sunday is for the band), it is early in the tour, Phish is touring new material, and it was Phish's first time playing Jacksonville. Not counting Miami, the last time Phish played in Florida was 1999 for Big Cypress. And the last "normal show" in Florida that wasn't in American Airlines Arena was in Fall 1996, in Gainesville. Twenty years later, Floridians were palpably excited: several of us trekked north and many east, joining untold hordes journeying down from Charleston, awaiting the magic of the one, two punch we were all sure would happen. We certainly had the feeling that you had a good chance of catching "It" or that "It" could happen at any moment.

Alas, Phish turned in a performance that, setting aside a few moments of brilliance, fell mostly between adequate and competent. There were, thankfully, several high points and between them, mostly tightropes, in that they were still highs, but they gained their stability from the peaks to which they were tied. For many, Jacksonville felt like it was just not the show they were hoping to see. Almost 20 years to the day after my first Phish show, filled to the brim with my jaded-vetted-ness, I walked into a crowd whose average age was probably 10 years below mine. But this show was very different for me, personally, in that it was another first: the first show for my daughter Jillian, on her 9th birthday no less. I could step you through the setlist with a few creative adjectives, but on the long drive home last night, I realized the real story was the juxtaposition of the show abutting my twenty year Phishiversary with her first show. Experiencing the show through her eyes was maybe the best thing that could’ve happened to me last night.

Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}


Monday 10/17/2016 by ucpete


Welcome to the 244th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the middle of five MJMs both in placement and in difficulty this month. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!


Answer: It was a wire job, but @experiencechuck managed to pull out his first win at the buzzer by figuring out that the picture of Mark Messier hoisting the cup was taken at Madison Square Garden, where Phish played the 12/30/98 Squirming Coil. For those that haven't heard that set (or if it's been a while), be sure to check it out – the full band ambient fog swallows "Coil" whole before moving into -> "Slave" to cap a five song second set. Stick around for the encore too, which features a pre-Undermind (and the only non-3.0) "Grind" and an epic "Possum" taboot. Stop by Monday, when the MJM steps up yet another notch in difficulty.

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Sunday 10/16/2016 by phishnet


[This recap, like last night's, is also courtesy of dot net user Zach Stearns (@StepIntoTheZeezer).]

Always nice on a second night of a run, having settled in and gained a little more familiarity with the the city, the venue, the lot, etc. Hope the band feels similarly.

I'm pretty sure I've gained 20 pounds since arriving Friday morning, as all I've done in the waking hours is eat and drink. Will night two of tour bring the heat and help me shed some of this newfound weight? This story and more to come.

Photo (c) {|Rene Huemer}


Saturday 10/15/2016 by phishnet


[This recap is courtesy of Zach Stearns (@StepIntoTheZeezer), a NYC area phan whose girlfriend thinks he would leave her for Trey. Zach loves "Tweezer" and has been told he has nice scruff and a great head of hair. -lbc]

Welcome to fall tour everyone! I'd like to start this off with a PSA to all the people who enjoy talking at shows-any shows: Please don't do that. Go outside. Thank you.

This was my first time to Charleston and things seem pretty great so far. Beautiful scenery, amazing food, so far, and the venue doesn't seem to have a bad seat. Let's take a look at things phishy.

Everyone has lots of questions heading into this run. And by everyone, I mean me. Will there be horns? Will the band make any hints at the Halloween album? How will the new songs that haven't been played yet be received by the crowd? How will "Petrichor" translate live? Will Trey wear expensive clothing? Only one way to find out...


Friday 10/14/2016 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Announces $12k In Tour Grants

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced $12K in grants to music education programs in cities on Phish's fall tour, including matching grants from the band's own WaterWheel Foundation.

Thursday 10/13/2016 by MarcoEsc

Isadora Makes Art For Mockingbird - "Out Of Control" On Sale October 20

Out of ControlEsteemed printmaker Isadora Bullock has created a gorgeous art print for The Mockingbird Foundation to celebrate the recent publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition. "Out of Control" is a four-color linocut reduction print, in a signed and numbered edition of 150. Previously only available from the Foundation at PhanArt shows, the print will be released for sale online on Thursday, October 20th at noon ET (9am PT) via the Bottleneck Gallery web store. All proceeds benefit music education for kids. This is a small edition from a very popular artist, so run run run on Thursday and don't miss out!

Monday 10/10/2016 by ucpete


Your headphones don't deceive you – there is no audio in this clip.

Welcome to the 243rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Jeez you guys are much better at the video-no-audio format than I could have ever imagined. This week it took @obliviousfool17 a mere 25 minutes to identify the 11/2/96 Crosseyed and Painless from the Coral Sky DVD, collecting his second MJM win, both this year. Stay tuned for next week's MJM, where the difficult steps up yet another notch – and I mean it this time!

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Wednesday 10/05/2016 by johnnyd



Are you a Phish fan? Do you know your Phish facts? Do you know the band’s music so well that you can call a song on the first note? Come join us on October 15th at Nectar's in Burlington from 2p-5p. Lots of great prizes will be awarded to the winners including a chance to win a pair of tickets to the future Phish concert of your choice.

The WaterWheel Foundation and The Mockingbird Foundation are teaming up with Nectar’s for an afternoon of Phish trivia, Phish vinyl, and a Phish gameshow - “Subtle Sounds” - in the style of “Name That Tune”.


Monday 10/03/2016 by ucpete


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Welcome to the 242nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the easiest MJM of October. The MJM is pleased to introduce last week's and three-time MJM winner @FunkyCFunkyDo, who was so eager to try his hand at clip selection (despite not yet having achieved MJM Emeritus status), that he forewent his winning code from last week to pick this week's puzzle. Thus, the winner of MJM242 will receive two codes good for the MP3 downloads of any two shows, courtesy of our friends at / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the two mystery jam clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Answer: Congrats to @runlikecarini, who saw right through @FunkyCFunkyDo and his '03 addiction obsession (better word choice) to snag two codes in identifying the pair of Shoreline '03 masterpieces: 7/9/03 Bathtub Gin, and 7/10/03 DEGvided Sky. Though we hadn't yet met, Funky and I both attended these shows in our younger days (he was in high school; I had just graduated college) – in fact, I was at Funky's first four shows, and we've been at 20 of the same shows overall (and have met up at nearly every West Coast tour stop since Fall '14). Thanks to Funky for the fun but manageable MJM, and stay tuned on Monday when the MJM keeps it rolling and takes a small step up in difficulty.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016 by Lemuria

Charity Golf Tournament In Vegas

Runaway Open logo The Mockingbird Foundation is excited to announce the first golf tournament exclusively for Phish fans. The inaugural Runaway Open will be held Sunday, October 30th, at the beautiful Arroyo Golf Club in Las Vegas, NV. (The start time of 11:55 am should leave players at least several hours between tournament play and show time.)

To register, make a donation to the Mockingbird Foundation of $150 (which covers green fees, cart fees, practice balls, tournament administration, and a nominal contribution to the Foundation) via PayPal or Dwolla. We'll get in touch within a matter of hours, and keep you posted as Vegas approaches.

Registration is open now but will likely close soon, as our inaugural event is currently limited to only sixteen (16!) players. This post will be updated as soon as we reach that limit. Therefore, please act quickly, and tell anyone you know who's going to the Vegas shows and/or plays golf: It's time to hit some balls!

Update: We expanded from 16 to 20 players, and all spots are now filled.

Tuesday 09/27/2016 by Icculus

PHISH NYE 4-Show Run Announced: 12/28, 29, 30, 31

PHISH will perform four shows to close-out 2016 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets (including for the general admission floor) are onsale now through Monday, Oct. 10, at noon e.t., through Phish's online ticket portal. The public onsale via begins at noon e.t. on Friday, Oct. 14. Also, there are "travel packages" (which include hotel and tickets) being offered by Phish and CID Entertainment, and Phish is graciously donating their proceeds from sales of the packages to The WaterWheel Foundation. The packages will begin to be sold on Thursday, Oct. 13 at noon e.t. (details available here). is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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