Trey performed two sets at a recording studio in Roswell (north of Atlanta) to an audience of several hundred. backed by a five piece band including two keyboardists, Ray Paczkowski and Les Hall (Howie Day). He played two sets, each a bit over an hour, of upbeat material said to be akin to "1991 PHish" The first set ended with four solo acoustic songs, including "18 Steps" (which was also played as electric during the second set) and an emotional version of "Strange Design". Other new tunes included "Gloomy Skies," "Goodbye Head" and "Air Said To Me." [Paraphrased from news on Jambands.com]
Trey - as well as MMW keyboardist John Medeski, mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush and Vorcza keyboardist Ray Paczkowski - will appear as a guest with moe. on February 10 at New York's Roseland Ballroom in a concert to benefit Tsunami Relief. All proceeds from this event will be matched by Dave Matthews Band and will go to the Bama Works Village Recovery Fund. "The scope & breadth of this disaster are beyond comprehension," says moe. guitarist Al Schnier. "As musicians on the other side of the world, we can't help feeling a bit helpless. Our hope is to contribute in some small way to help reestablish the communities damaged in the wake of these recent storms." In the wake of one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern history, the Dave Matthews Band created the Bama Works Village Recovery Fund to identify an affected village on the east coast of Sri Lanka, partnering with them on a long-term basis to rebuild their community. The event is also endorsed by HeadCount, which reports it "will continue to support important causes and charity events featuring HeadCount artists" and that it "strongly encourages you to attend this very special event" - as do we!
A group of Phish fans is putting together a new book featuring Phish-related lot/phan art - t-shirts, bumperstickers, and more. The proceed will benefit the Mockingbird Foundation, and they need your help both in providing submissions and in suggestions for publishing and more. Give them a hand, help 'em make a great book, and help fundraise for music education!
Austin City Limits celebrates its 30th season on television this year with an appearance by Trey Anastasio and his nine piece band on January 15, 2005. The program features an hour of material culled from their performance at the ACL Festival this past September. For air times, please check your local PBS listings or visit the Austin City Limits website.
The Boston Globe has reported that, starting 01/15/05, Jon Fishman's "sonic rhythm dress" will be on display at the Fuller Museum in Brockton, MA, as part of an upcoming exhibit called, "Trashformation" that starts 1/15/05 through 05/01/05.
Mike TORE IT UP with the Benevento/Russo Duo on a four-run mini-tour from 12/28-31/04. The first show, at Philly's Theater of the Living Arts ("TLA") was a fan favorite, but the others were recorded with multi-track equipment (ie.. "multi-tracked") so one or two of those may be released. ... But find the TLA show (too) - it's worth it!!
The all Phish on-line auction organized by John Langenstein (former Director of Security for Phish) and David Shulman (Executive Director of the <A HREF="http://www.mimifishman.org">Mimi Fishman Foundation</A>) ended December 28. The auction raised over $7,100 for the Station Family Fund (SFF) and included items such as the Phish road wardrobe case, a signed Conventry unused ticket, Trey and Mike guitar strings, among many other Phish memorabilia pieces.
Scott Nybakken (firstname.lastname@example.org), the artist who created the video for "Esther" that was shown 7-19-91 at the Somerville show during the setbreak, and which circulates (lightly?) on VHS, has put together a website which includes artwork from the video, the history of its compilations and other information about it.