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January: 25
April: 30
May: 21
August: 04 | 05
November: 07

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 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 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 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 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)

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