Thursday 03/23/2017 by johnnyd


JEMP Records and The WaterWheel Foundation will host a Preview Listening event on Sunday, March 26th (4pm-7pm) at Three Needs Tap Room in Burlington celebrating the release of Phish’s new archival boxed set, ST LOUIS ’93. The 6-CD Boxed Set pairs two standout shows (April 14th & August 16th) recorded during consecutive tours at St. Louis’ historic 1,750-seat American Theatre. ST LOUIS ‘93 will be released to stores and online via the band’s own JEMP Records on Friday, March 31st. A $5 suggested donation at the door will enter you to win a copy of ST LOUIS ’93. All attendees will receive a commemorative Three Needs pint glass as a thank you.

DJs from The Bunny will provide the soundtrack for the afternoon, which will feature exclusive preview cuts from the boxed set as well as a special blend of audio enticements.

WaterWheel will conduct a raffle of items including autographed concert posters, memorabilia and tickets to upcoming Phish concerts as well as items donated from local businesses. Proceeds from the raffle, the door donations and a percentage from the sale of beer and pizza will be donated to support the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington. Most specifically, proceeds will support an endowment for Mike – their newest staff member and a 6-month old Australian Labradoodle who’s main job is to bring a sense of calm and much needed stress relief to families with children being treated at the hospital who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House of Burlington, VT is the “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children seeking treatment at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. It is their aim to be a refuge for families experiencing the stress and anguish of their loved one’s illness. Whether for a short stay, or for weeks at a time, they provide families with the comforts of home as well as the support of their dedicated staff and volunteers.

Phish’s 1993 tour in support of their fourth studio album, RIFT, saw the band expanding into colleges and theaters as word spread about their extraordinary live performances. ST. LOUIS ‘93 begins with their first stop at the American Theatre that year, April 14th, famously dubbed the “Roger Proposal” show when Trey Anastasio’s old friend Roger Holloway kicked off Set II by proposing to his girlfriend onstage. Among the night’s other memorable moments are “AC/DC Bag” > “My Sweet One” for the newly-engaged couple, an especially creative “Stash” > “Kung” > “The Horse” mash-up, and a dreamy “Harpua” > “Runaway Jim.”

Phish returned to the American on August 16th during their legendary Summer ’93 tour, which found the band taking exponentially bigger risks while exploring the outer limits of their repertoire. Unique interstitial jams connected many of the songs, adding an extra element of mystery to the proceedings. Highlights include a non-stop opening sequence of “Axilla” > “Possum” > “Horn” > “Reba” > “Sparkle” and the only “Mike’s Song” > “Faht” > “Weekapaug Groove” combination ever played. The show finished with an unexpected quartet of classic Phish covers, including Duke Ellington’s “Take The ‘A’ Train,” Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times,” “Amazing Grace,” and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant’s country standard, “Rocky Top.”

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