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Link Bad Hat, Wednesday, 01/24/1996
Christ Church, Presbyterian, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Billie's Bounce, Magilla, Caravan, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Jump Monk, Air Mail Special, In a Sentimental Mood, So What, Parker's Mood, Take the 'A' Train

Notes: This gig marked the inauguration of a weekly series of musical performances at this venue named “Carmel’s Coffeehouse” in memory of Trey’s paternal grandmother, Carmel Musco Anastasio. 

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Stacy Starkweather, Jamie Masefield

 

Link Max Creek, Saturday, 02/24/1996
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Set 1: In Harmony > Mystery Train, Dark Water, Emotional Railroad, Late in the Evening > If You Ask Me

Set 2: Louisiana Sun[1] > Wild Side[1] > Jessica[1] > Season of the Witch[1], Just a Rose[1]

Encore: 99 Years and One Dark Day, Back Porch Boogie Blues

[1] With Mike on rhythm guitar.

Notes: Mike played rhythm guitar, as the only available bass was left-handed. He performed for the entire second set and was introduced as “Mike Jones” after “Just a Rose.” 

Musicians: Scott Murawski, Mark Mercier, Scott Allshouse, John Rider, Greg Vasso, Rob Fried, Mike Gordon (Guest)

 

Link The Allman Brothers Band, Friday, 03/01/1996
Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set 1: Jessica, You Don't Love Me, Ramblin' Man, Worried Down With The Blues, Tombstone Eyes, Stand Back, Statesboro Blues, Change My Way of Living

Set 2: Hoochie Coochie Man, Dreams, Back Where It All Begins, I Know I Oughta Leave, One Way Out[1], Southbound[1], True Gravity[1], Whipping Post[1]

[1] With Page; without Gregg Allman.

Notes: Page filled in for an ailing Gregg Allman, playing keyboards on “One Way Out” through the end of the show. Gregg Allman had been in a minor motorcycle accident the day before the beginning of the annual ABB run at the Beacon. Gregg toughed it out in the first set, but didn’t feel well enough to finish the show. Page was attending the show, and while backstage during the intermission he was invited to fill in for the rest of the gig.

Musicians: Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, Marc Quiñones, Dickey Betts, Allen Woody, Page McConnell (Guest)

 

Link Surrender to the Air, Monday, 04/01/1996
The Academy, New York, NY

Set 1: Jam

Set 2: Jam

Notes: Surrender to the Air was an effort of Trey Anastasio to bring contemporary musicians together to improvise in the free form style of the jazz musician Sun Ra and the Sun Ra Arkestra. This performance, and the following night were, in conjunction with the previous month’s release of the Surrender to the Air album. The two sets featured entirely improvisational music.

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Bob Gullotti, James Harvey, John Medeski, Michael Ray, Oteil Burbridge, Marshall Allen, Marc Ribot, Damon Choice, Kofi Burbridge

 

Link Surrender to the Air, Tuesday, 04/02/1996
The Academy, New York, NY

Set 1: Jam

Set 2: Jam[1]

[1] With Page.

Notes: Surrender to the Air was an effort of Trey Anastasio to bring contemporary musicians together to improvise in the free form style of the jazz musician Sun Ra and the Sun Ra Arkestra. This performance, and the previous night were, in conjunction with the previous month’s release of the Surrender to the Air album. The two sets featured entirely improvisational music. In addition to the performers listed, Page sat in keyboards for the second set. This was the final performance at The Academy.

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Bob Gullotti, James Harvey, John Medeski, Michael Ray, Oteil Burbridge, Marshall Allen, Marc Ribot, Damon Choice, Kofi Burbridge, Page McConnell (Guest)

 

Link Merl Saunders and The Rainforest Band, Thursday, 04/11/1996
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Expressway to Your Heart, The Harder They Come, Built for Comfort[1], It's in the Air (Konfusion)[1], Dark Star[2]

Set 2: We All Wanna Boogie[1], Caravan[1], Eduardo (Can You Hear Me Calling)[1], I Feel Like Dynamite[1], Let's Go Get Stoned[1], Fire on the Mountain[1]

Encore: Mystery Train[1]

[1] Trey on guitar.
[2] Trey on guitar; instrumental.

Notes: Trey joined Merl Saunders and The Rainforest Band on guitar from Howlin' Wolf's “Built for Comfort” through the end of the show. "It's in the Air (Konfusion)" included a "Dixie" tease from Trey. "Dark Star" was performed instrumental and included a "China Cat Sunflower" tease from Trey. "I Feel Like Dynamite" included a full-band "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" tease. The rendition of “We All Wanna Boogie” from this gig appears on the CD Merl Saunders With His Funky Friends: Live!

Musicians: Merl Saunders, Trey Anastasio (Guest)

     

Link Michael Ray and The Cosmic Krewe, Sunday, 04/28/1996
Jimmy's, New Orleans, LA

Set 1: Champions[1], Neverness[1], Saturn[1], Astro Nation (Of the United World in Outer Space)[1], Beans and Rice[1], Dancing Shadows[1], Pathology[1], Earthrite[1]

[1] Trey on guitar, Page on keyboards, and RJ Spangler on percussion.

Notes: This gig took place during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and was billed as "Jazz Funk of the Future." Trey, Page, and RJ Spangler sat in for the whole show. This setlist is incomplete; the listed songs were officially released in 2003 as Live at Jimmy's. Phish had performed earlier in the weekend on the main stage of JazzFest.

Musicians: Dave Grippo, Don Glasgo, Michael Ray, Stacy Starkweather, Steve Ferraris, Adam Klipple, Eddie Dejean, Michael Skinkus, Trey Anastasio (Guest), Page McConnell (Guest), Rj Spangler (Guest)

 

Link Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots, Sunday, 04/28/1996
New Orleans Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA

Set 1: Garbage Can Woman[1]

[1] With Trey.

Notes: Trey sat in for the entire set, playing along with Sunspots’ guitarist Jim Kebodeaux. “Garbage Can Woman” featured Sunpie (on harmonica), Jim, and Trey sitting on the edge of the stage after Sunpie said: “I don’t think they can hear us. Let’s get out on the porch.” This performance was part of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and took place on the Fais Do-Do Stage; Phish had performed earlier in the weekend on the Main Stage of JazzFest.

Musicians: Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Trey Anastasio (Guest)

 

Link Santana, Tuesday, 07/02/1996
Pista Speedway, Lonigo, Italy

Set 1: Exodus[1] > Get Up, Stand Up[1] > Exodus[1] > Maggot Brain[1]

[1] Trey, Jon, Page and Mike sitting in.

Notes: Phish's opening set was rained out. All the members of Phish sat in during Santana's set on the listed songs. This setlist is unconfirmed.

Musicians: Raul Rekow, Carlos Santana, Karl Perazzo, Billy Johnson, Myron Dove, Jorge Santana, Lawrence Rogers, Trey Anastasio (Guest), Page McConnell (Guest), Jon Fishman (Guest), Mike Gordon (Guest)

 

Link Santana, Friday, 07/19/1996
Les Arenes Romaines, Arles, France

Notes: After opening for them, all of the members of Phish sat in for the listed portion of Santana’s set, though the specific songs are not known.

Musicians: Raul Rekow, Carlos Santana, Karl Perazzo, Billy Johnson, Myron Dove, Jorge Santana, Lawrence Rogers, Trey Anastasio (Guest), Page McConnell (Guest), Jon Fishman (Guest), Mike Gordon (Guest)

 

Link Pork Tornado, Monday, 08/19/1996
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Notes: This smal club performance followed the weekend when Phish had performed before their largest audience to date, at The Clifford Ball.

Musicians: Jon Fishman, Dan Archer, Aaron Hersey, Joe Moore, Phil Abair

 

Link Gordon Stone Band, Tuesday, 10/01/1996
Slade Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Set 1: John Hardy, Slipped Disc, Hold to a Dream, Hubbleville, Midnight on the Highway, Touch & Go, Hard Hearted

Set 2: Abdul's, Weekly Time[1], Tiramisu > The Outdoor Type, Caravan > One Way Rider, Monkey Wrench, Same Old South, Sunday Driver, Up, Up and Away[2]

Encore: Last Child[2]

[1] Debut.
[2] Mike on lead vocals.

Notes: Mike sat in on bass for the whole show. This gig featured the debut of “Weekly Time” and the first known Mike Gordon vocal performances of The 5th Dimension classic "Up, Up and Away" and Aerosmith's "Last Child."

Musicians: Mike Gordon, Gordon Stone, Doug Perkins

 

Link Gordon Stone Band, Thursday, 10/03/1996
Last Elm Cafe, Burlington, VT

Set 1: John Hardy[1], Slipped Disc[1], Hold to a Dream[1], Hubbleville[1], Backtrackin'[1], Foggy Mountain Breakdown[1], Midnight on the Highway[1], Touch & Go[1]

[1] With Mike.

Notes: Mike sat in on bass for the whole show. Fish sat in on washboard during the second set; the second set list is unknown.

Musicians: Gordon Stone, Jon Fishman (Guest), Mike Gordon (Guest)

 

Link The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Wednesday, 10/30/1996
Chameleon Club, Atlanta, GA

Notes: Mike and Page, in town for Phish’s performance of Talking HeadsRemain in Light the following evening, sat in for a portion of this late-night set.

Musicians: Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Page McConnell (Guest), Mike Gordon (Guest)

 

Link FreeWorld, Sunday, 11/17/1996
Blues City Cafe, Memphis, TN

Notes: After attending a ZZ Top gig earlier in the evening at the Memphis Orpheum, Fish sat in with FreeWorld on drums for a portion of the second set of this late-night gig. Phish was in town for a performance at Memphis’ Mid-South Coliseum the following night. There is no known setlist or circulating recording.

Musicians: Jon Fishman (Guest)

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