Saturday 07/29/2017 by Icculus


In celebration of Phish's 13-show run at Madison Square Garden, the Mockingbird Foundation is announcing 13 unsolicited "miracle grants" supporting music programs across the country. Each board member identified their favorite Phish show, and we found a worthy music education program nearby, part of the Foundation's long-standing Tour Grants program. We're presenting these 13 special grants chronologically, based on the dates of those favorited shows.

I picked the 12/31/95 show in New York, NY, but not because it's my "favorite." The Mockingbird Foundation is sending a $1,500 grant check to nearby Education Through Music, and I hope they appreciate the funds.

Plenty has already been written about the 12/31/95 show, including by me (my old review from early '96 is here, on the site, along with my Phish Companion review as well). I don't actually have a "favorite" Phish show, even a favorite show seen, because I can't rank my most transcendent musical experiences above each other. I'm also THRILLED with Phish RIGHT NOW, ON THIS TOUR, and eager to hear what they'll do next, and just don't have the patience to revisit a show that's been legendary for decades already, when I believe we're in the midst of a legendary run, not only in Phish history, but possibly in rock and roll history as well, RIGHT NOW. $0.02.

If you liked this blog post, one way you could "like" it is to make a donation to The Mockingbird Foundation, the sponsor of Support music education for children, and you just might change the world.


, comment by sheerbedlam
sheerbedlam Hey Charlie - you sent me tapes of Europe '97 when I was in college in the late 90s (Northeastern, Boston) so just wanna say thanks! I can assure you those were well circulated around the Northeast and you may have sent me others but it's been a while to try and recall which. Also, I read your review of 12/31/95 (again) and we've always been on the same page as far as preference of fiery, straight-ahead, hose jams over the spacy, dissonant stuff. I think the band is really on fire right now dropping down some all time, epic HOSE in the past two weeks. I'll be there on 8/4 (my 40th birthday!) and 8/5 so I hope they can keep it up. Peace out.
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