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Link The Drop Caps, Saturday, 01/25/1997
Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Set 1: Something Is Forming, Monkey Wrench, Sunday Driver, Doin' My Time

Notes: This performance was as part of the 20th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival that also featured Nanci Griffith, Leon Redbone and David Bromberg among many others. This was the only gig performed under the billing "The Drop Caps." This setlist is incomplete and unconfirmed.

Musicians: Mike Gordon, Gordon Stone, Scott Murawski, Greg DeGuglielmo


Link The Allman Brothers Band, Wednesday, 03/26/1997
Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set 1: Don’t Want You No More > It's Not My Cross to Bear, Trouble No More, Ramblin' Man, Good Clean Fun, Hoochie Coochie Man, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Seven Turns, Stand Back, Jessica

Set 2: You Don't Love Me, I Know I Oughta Leave, Blue Sky, End of the Line, Stormy Monday, No One to Run With, Southbound, High Falls

Encore: One Way Out[1]

[1] With Page and Duane Betts.

Notes: Page and Duane Betts were guests on the encore “One Way Out,” with Page sharing Greg Allman’s keyboards.

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


Link Stash, Saturday, 04/12/1997
Hungry Charlie's, Syracuse, NY

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Suzy Greenberg, Their Song > Divided Sky > Their Song, Bathtub Gin, Frankenstein

Set 2: Their Song > Down with Disease, You Enjoy Myself > Their Song, Wilson[1], Funky Bitch[1], Rocky Top[1], NICU[1], Slave to the Traffic Light[1], Their Song, Poor Heart

Encore: Their Song[1]

[1] Fish on drums.

Notes: Fish sat in on drums with this Phish cover band for “Wilson” through “Slave to the Traffic Light” as well as the encore.

Musicians: Jon Fishman (Guest)


Link Max Creek, Wednesday, 04/30/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Set 1: She's Here > Six Days On The Road, When That Evening Sun Goes Down, Thoughts, Sadie, Devil's Heart > Jones > Calling Elvis > Signature

Set 2: Sailin' Shoes[1], Something Is Forming[1], Cecilia[1] > Wild Side[1] > Just a Rose[1] > Season of the Witch[1] > Just a Rose[1]

Encore: Ninety-Nine Years (and One Dark Day)

[1] With Mike.

Notes: Mike performed on a second bass for the entire second set.

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


Link Galactic, Sunday, 05/04/1997
Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans, LA

Set 1: Cissy Strut[1]

[1] Fish on drums.

Notes: Fish sat in on drums for The Meters’ classic, “Cissy Strut.”

Musicians: Jon Fishman (Guest)


Link Pork Tornado, Monday, 05/12/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Notes: The Drovers opened.

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


Link New York!, Wednesday, 05/21/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Never Too Late To Spend, Headache, Peter's Dad, Dirt[1], Big Bird, Only Shallow > The Noise of Carpet

Set 2: She's Not The One, Saw It Again[1], Timeless Melody, Stand! -> Izabella, 2000

Encore: Hello Violence, New York Groove[2]

[1] Debut.
[2] Page on keyboards.

Notes: This gig – the only public performance billed as 'New York!' – featured the debut of future Phish staples "Dirt" and "Saw It Again." Page sat in on keyboards for "New York Groove." 

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Pistol Stamen, Tom Lawson, Page McConnell (Guest)


Link Pork Tornado, Monday, 05/26/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Notes: One Step Beyond opened.

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


Link Blues for Breakfast, Saturday, 07/19/1997
Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT

Notes: Fish sat in for one song. This gig was part of the Vermont Brewer’s Fest. No setlist is known and recordings do not circulate.

Musicians: Jon Fishman (Guest)


Link Soulard Blues Band, Monday, 08/04/1997
Broadway Oyster Bar, St. Louis, MO

Notes: Mike and Trey sat in with the Soulard Blues Band performing jazz and blues standards. There is no known setlist or circulating recording.

Musicians: Trey Anastasio (Guest), Mike Gordon (Guest)


Link The Kind, Tuesday, 08/05/1997
Molly's, St. Louis, MO

Set 1: Whipping Post[1] > Stranglehold[1]

[1] Mike on bass.

Notes: Mike sat in on bass for a 25-minute “Whipping Post” > “Stranglehold.” The Kind are now known as The Schwag

Musicians: Mike Gordon (Guest)


Link Pork Tornado, Monday, 08/18/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Notes: This show occurred one day after The Great Went; as Fish noted, between the two gigs “the crowd went from 60,000 to 60.”

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


Link Gordon Stone Band, Saturday, 09/20/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Southwind[1], Monkey Wrench[1], Hubbleville[1], Touch & Go[1], Time Reel[1] > Crazy Creek[1] > Time Reel[1] > Abdul's[1], Blackberry Blossom[1], Dread Banjo[1], Well You Needn't[1], Hoggin' the Spotlight[1]

Encore: Happy Landings[1]

[1] With Fish.

Notes: Fish sat in for the entire show.

Musicians: Jon Fishman, Gordon Stone, Doug Perkins, Andy Cotton


Link Steve Winwood, Sunday, 10/19/1997
The Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Gimme Some Lovin'[1]

[1] Trey on guitar.

Notes: Trey sat in on guitar for the final encore, “Gimme Some Lovin'.”

Musicians: Steve Winwood, Trey Anastasio (Guest)


Link Pork Tornado, Sunday, 10/19/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Notes: Trey Anastasio and James Harvey sat in for portions of this gig.

Musicians: Jon Fishman, Dan Archer, Aaron Hersey, Joe Moore, Phil Abair, Trey Anastasio (Guest), James Harvey (Guest)


Link Max Creek, Friday, 11/07/1997
Club Toast, Burlington, VT

Set 1: You Let Me Down Again, Steady Rollin' Man, You’re The Only One, The Field > When It Comes To You > Blood Bed Roses > If You Ask Me

Set 2: Louisiana Sun > Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)[1] > Wild Side[1] > Outside of Home[1] > Just a Rose[1]

Encore: Lawyers, Guns and Money[1], What I Like About You[1]

[1] With Mike.

Notes: Mike joined the band on a second bass after “Louisiana Sun” and played through the end of the show.

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


Link Zambiland Orchestra, Monday, 12/22/1997
Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

Set 1: Drums, Old Joe Clark, East Virginia Blues, I Believe to My Soul, Fixin' to Die, Eat Some Worms, Christmas Carol Medley, A Love Supreme

Notes: This setlist is incomplete, likely out of order, and includes parts of the three sets performed that evening. Fish played for most of show, which featured upwards of two dozen musicians in rotating jams including: Derek Trucks on sarod, Kofi Burbridge on flute and keyboards, Jeff Mosier on banjo, Michael Kang on mandolin and fiddle, Gary “El Buho” Gazaway and Michael Ray on trumpet, Dr. Dan Matrazzo and T. Lavitz on keyboards, Bob Baglione and Jimmy Herring on guitars, Jeff Sipe, Todd Nance and Yonrico Scott on drums, Count M’Butu on percussion, Lincoln Metcalf as conductor and on French horn, Todd Smalley, Ed Nitty and John Cowan on bass, two female vocalists, and Fish, who played drums, tambourine, congas, and vacuum. Col. Bruce Hampton was crowned “King of Zambiland” and led “Fixin’ to Die.

Musicians: Jon Fishman, Col. Bruce Hampton, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, Michael Ray, Jeff Mosier, Gary "El Buho" Gazaway, Jeff Sipe, Michael Kang, Kofi Burbridge, Todd Nance


Link The Dude of Life Band, Tuesday, 12/30/1997
Downtime, New York, NY

Set 1: Self[1]

[1] With Fish.

Notes: Fish sat in on drums for three songs in the second set, including “Self.” Phish had performed earlier in the evening at Madison Square Garden.

Musicians: Steve Pollak ("The Dude of Life"), Dan Archer, Aaron Hersey, Phil Abair, Jon Fishman (Guest)

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