Happy Fourth of July and welcome to the 229th edition of Mystery Jam Monday! This week, we continue with our Hall of Fame Series, where we hand the keys to the MJM command center over to one of the eight seven-time MJM winners. For week 3 of this Emeritus Series, we welcome an MJM savant and host emeritus, @bl002e, the third person forced into mandatory retirement after notching his seventh MJM victory.
To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the three mystery jam clips, and answer what they share in common. Each person gets one attempt per day, with the second “day” starting after the Blog posts the hint -- each answer should contain three songs / dates, along with the commonality between them. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive two MP3 codes good for free downloads of any two shows, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. Good luck, and thanks again to @bl002e for hosting this third week of the MJM Hall of Fame Series.
NOTE: @ucpete's MJM: Championship Edition from last week still hasn't been solved, despite a hint and a week since it was posted, and he has opened up the competition to all comers now. With no time-limit, surely someone will be able to solve it and take home yet another download code... right? Listen here, but leave your answer in the comments on the blog below.
Answer: Congratulations to @soul_shakedown who wins his first MJM and two download codes by identifying the Lemonwheel Soundcheck Jam, the Coventry Soundcheck Jam, and the Magnaball Soundcheck Jam and of course, the 1.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 Soundcheck Jams theme that connected the three. Thanks to former MJM host @bl002e for reprising his role. Next week's host, @ghostboogie, is not only busy picking clips that will stump you, but he's also closing in on the solution to the MJM: Championship Edition. No one wants to try to give him a run for his money?
By Craig Hillwig
Phish closed out their three-night run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with their 20th show at this historic outdoor venue. There are few places as lovely as downtown Saratoga Springs on a summer weekend, with its eclectic mix of boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and seedy looking motor lodges. And when Phish is in town, the hilarious intermingling of fans with the wedding parties, family reunions and church gatherings that typically frequent this tony Upstate New York vacation spot always makes me wonder why on earth they would ever invite us back.
Ample sunshine and comfortable breezes set the stage for a lazy Sunday, as we rallied for a New Orleans style brunch at Hattie’s with old friends and new. The perfect weather also made for a vibrant lot scene, with fans in high (and, unlike Friday, dry) spirits. We pulled with ease into the Gideon Putnam lot, where more old friends greeted us with open arms and open coolers. Tailgating under the shade of the tall trees, our anticipation grew as regaled each other with lore of legendary Sunday shows of yesteryear. And then came the show.
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