Friday 07/20/2018 by Lemuria

Quincy Tour Grant Announced

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockinbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. To celebrate Phish's upcoming three shows at The Gorge in George, WA (which start tonight), we've sent a $1,500 check to the Quincy Jr. High School Music Department in nearby Quincy. Watch for news posts here at, or the evolving press release at, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched. (Or, maybe you golf?)

Wednesday 07/18/2018 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Summer Tour Grants Begin Again

The all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited "miracle" tour grants supporting a music program near each of the venues the band will play. To celebrate Phish's ongoing two shows at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV (which started last night), we've sent a $1,500 check to the George Whittell High School Band in Zephyr Cove. Watch for news posts here at, or the evolving press release at, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this summer. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched. (Or, maybe you golf?)

Monday 07/16/2018 by Lemuria

Register Now For The Third Runaway Open!

Registration is now open for the third annual charity golf tournament for Phish fans - the Mockingbird Foundation's Runaway Open. This year's event will be held Saturday, September 1st (the 2nd day of Phish's run at Dick's Sporting Goods in Denver, CO) at Applewood Golf Course, with a full-course shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Runaway Open golf ballLast year's event (9/2/17 at Buffalo Run) had more than double the players of the inaugural event (10/30/16 at Arroyo Golf Club in Vegas), and we're anticipating a doubling again, particularly with the communal vibe of a shotgun start. So, please, spread word widely and quickly, through all channels. We want to fill it up and meet players' needs (rentals, veggie, etc.) ASAP; but once it's full, we can't expand.

As before, we'll play a Modified Shamble : Everyone tees, then plays individually from the best first ball to the hole (rather than the best ball on each stroke, as in a typical Shamble, aka Texas Scramble or Captain's Choice). Then, each foursome records the best 2 scores per hole. That balances competitive play with a fun-focused day. But don't fret about format, skill, or handicap - this is all about fun, charity, Sand, Wedge... you get it.

To register, make a donation of $125 per player to the Mockingbird Foundation via Paypal or Dwolla. That covers tournament fees, cart fees, greens fees, practice balls, some pro shop credit, some refreshments TBA, a nominal charitable margin to support music education grants, and a small gift bag of thanks with limited edition event items available only to registered players. (The first year was a hat. The second year, 2 golf towels and 3 balls. What'll be next... 

Thursday 07/12/2018 by Icculus

Rock Bottom Chicago's "Sample" Beer Is Back

Even though Phish won't be playing in Chicago again until late October, the generous fans and musicians at Rock Bottom Chicago are once again brewing a beer to raise funds for The Mockingbird Foundation and the cause of music education.

They are having a roof top tapping party of their "Sample" ale this Sunday, July 15th, from 2-6pm. "Sample" is "a hoppy red ale brewed with copious amounts of Simcoe, Citra and Columbus hops for a pungent, heady hop aroma."  It will be sold for $7, and will be served in a jar that you can buy for $3 (while supplies last). The jars have been very popular at previous fundraisers for the Foundation. For every "Sample" consumed over the week, from July 15th until the glassware sells out, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll also donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. So, in other words, if you buy a "Sample AND a Jar," $1.50 of your $10 will go to Mockingbird, and support the funding of music education programs.

Jimmy "the Muscle" Beyer is opening the tapping party on Sunday at 2pm, and then for the rest of the day (on the roof) "Those Guys" will perform some Phish, Dead and other improv rock until 6pm ct. Rock Bottom Chicago has also decorated the brewery with Mockingbird, and Phish stickers to make the brewery look like a giant "Phish" bowl. Below is a pic of Raybird, the head Brewer, with Jimmy "the Muscle" Beyer, Brandon Stern and Kyle Calkins all brewing sample. Please support this Fundraiser if you can; the Foundation is grateful for Rock Bottom Chicago's continued support of its volunteer efforts!

Thursday 06/07/2018 by Lemuria

Baker's Dozen Released In 2 Sizes: 3 CDs And 36

ImageAs JambaseBillboard, and Rolling Stone have just reported, Phish will release 13 song selections from last summer's Baker's Dozen at MSG as a limited-edition 3-CD or 6-LP set, and the full run as a 36-CD set (single printing) in a special packaging with individual show boxes as well as lots of extras (miniprints, commemorative tickets, and more). Preorders have begun.

Thursday 05/24/2018 by Lemuria

New Mockingbird Foundation T-Shirts In Store!

Our new Mockingbird Logo T shirts are now in stock in the store in navy blue and charcoal in (almost) all sizes. Front has Mockingbird Foundation logo, back identifies you as one of many "PHISH FANS HELPING KIDS MAKE MUSIC SINCE 1996". More photos of front and back of shirt in both colors and other info just posted in this forum post here.

Tuesday 05/15/2018 by Icculus

Fall Tour 2018 Announced

PHISH will be playing fourteen shows this Fall, including three in Hampton and four in Vegas. And two in Nashville and three in Chicago. And the tour begins on October 16 in Albany, where they'll be two shows at the "Times Union Center."

Although the general ticket onsale isn't until June 1, tickets are available through the Phish Tickets lottery (request period ends May 29 at 9am et). 

Friday 03/30/2018 by Lemuria

Mike Scholarship At Berklee

As reported by Jambase, Berklee School of Music has announced an endowed scholarship in the name of Mike Gordon, who gave a student-only seminar there yesterday in conjunction with the announcement.

Wednesday 03/07/2018 by Lemuria

Billy Breathes For Record Store Day

As Relix and others have reported, Phish has announced that it will be releasing a limited edition Billy Breathes vinyl for Record Store Day this year (April 21st).

Monday 02/26/2018 by ucpete

Phish Announces Curveball: A Three Day Festival (8/17 - 8/19)

Today, Phish continued their festival tradition that began at The Clifford Ball, and announced plans for their eleventh festival: Curveball. Curveball will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY, the site of 2011's Super Ball IX and 2015's Magnaball.

Tickets for Curveball go on sale Friday, March 2nd at Noon ET. Unlike past festivals, a show ticket is not sufficient for camping on-site; instead, every vehicle entering the festival site will require a separate camping vehicle pass. Visit for details on weekend passescampingon-site accommodations, travel packages, as well as the hilarious and informative FAQ.

Monday 01/29/2018 by Lemuria

Phish Tunes Back NJ Park Promos

As Jambase reports, Phish recordings (both live and studio) are used in eight promotional videos for New Jersey state parks, all now available via YouTube.

Tuesday 01/23/2018 by Icculus

Summer 2018 Tour Announced

PHISH will be returning to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's to begin their summer tour on July 17. After two shows in Tahoe, they head to the Gorge for three shows (July 20-21-22), followed-by four more shows on the west coast: two shows at the Bill Graham Civic in SF (July 24-25), and two shows at the Forum in Inglewood (July 27-28). The tour then continues for 12 additional shows, with stops in Austin, TX; Alpharetta, GA; Camden, NJ; Raleigh, NC; Columbia, MD; and, of course, three Dick's shows over Labor Day Weekend.

For more information, see Phish's website. The online ticket request window from Phish Tickets is open now, and runs until Monday, February 5, at 10 a.m. e.t.

Saturday 01/13/2018 by Lemuria

Fishman Helps With Ranked-Choice Drive

Phish drummer Jon Fishman is helping push ranked-choice voting in Vermont, helping with a signature drive to overturn a legislative delay and likely performing with others tomorrow night at the Bayside Bowl.

Monday 12/25/2017 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Milestones By MSG

Totals by YearWithin the next week, the all-volunteer Mockingbird Foundation will announce sixteen new grants in music education totalling more than $137,000. That will bring Mockingbird's total grants for 2017 alone to more than $250,000, and the Foundation's historical total to over $1.27M.

Totals by RoundThis will be the largest outlay of grants by Mockingbird in a single round, due largely to the tremendous and ongoing support of individual fan donations. Every donation helps, whether one dollar or a thousand. There's still time to make a tax-deductible contribution for 2017, or to setup a monthly "subscription" donation that builds over time, or perhaps even secure an employer match - and we're happy to help, if you need the Foundation's IRS letter or EIN.

Wherever you are today and for the rest of the year, we want you to know that we appreciate the support you've given us, on and for Mockingbird. We hope your days are filled with music, this week and always, and we look forward to doing even more - on this site, and for music education - in 2018. See you there!

Monday 11/27/2017 by ucpete

Cyber Monday: 50% Off All Shows On LivePhish.Com

Today only – visit for half off on all shows in the archive!

via @LivePhish

Wednesday 09/20/2017 by Lemuria


PHISH will perform four shows to close-out 2017 at Madison Square Garden, on Dec. 28-31, 2017. You may request tickets through Phish Tickets. The request period ends Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. e.t.

The public onsale begins at noon e.t. on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Thursday 08/24/2017 by Lemuria

Last Call For Dick's Golf

There are 32 players registered for the Second Annual Runaway Open, a charity golf tournament for Phish fans on Saturday September 2nd, the day of the second Dick's show. That's nearly twice as many players as we had in the first event, last fall, so we've successfully increased the cap this time to 60!

Runaway Open logo We're unlikely to get that many, which means there's still plenty of space for anyone interested in swinging sticks with fellow fans for the benefit of music education - but we need a final count in about 24 hours, so register pronto and please share this widely!

To register, make a contribution of $125 or more per player (to via PayPal, or to via Dwolla). This donation covers:

  • 18-hole green fees, range balls, golf carts, and $15 in golf shop merchandise credit,
  • a small goody bag of gifts and thank yous from the Mockingbird Foundation, including a few limited edition event items available only to participants,
  • a boxed lunch (choice of Italian trio, chicken salad, or shaved buffalo sandwich, served with Boulder Chips, fresh fruit, granola bar & fresh baked cookie),
  • two drink tickets (soda, tea, Gatorade, beer, wine, or rail spirits) and a 24-oz bottle of water in your cart, plus
  • a nominal residual donation to the Foundation, though the more players we have, the more we raise for grants!

The event will take place at Buffalo Run Golf Course - in a nook between E 470, 76, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Chosen for its proximity, ratings, and availability, and opened in 1996, Buffalo Run is a nationally recognized and award-winning, 18-hole championship course with lush rolling greens, expansive fairways, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday 07/14/2017 by Lemuria

Phish.Net Forum Identifies $12k In Grantees

The Mockingbird Foundation has announced unsolicited grants totaling $12,000 to support music education programs in cities where Phish will perform this summer. They were selected by members of the forum community, led by board member Johnny Demeter, recently identified as Director of Outreach.

The eight $1,500 "miracle grants" - supporting two music programs in each of four cities - are part of a long-standing Mockingbird effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local community, and are one of many ways fans contribute to the areas in which the band performs. The eight recipients include a wide array of settings, genres, and populations served - and are listed here in order of Phish's tour dates (provided parenthetically):

Wednesday 07/12/2017 by Icculus

Update: Mockingbird Fundraiser In Chicago

Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave.) is celebrating Phish's tour-opening shows in Chicago this weekend with a fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation. On Thursday, July 13th, they are tapping a keg of an ale that they brewed for the weekend, called "Sample." It is being sold in jars, which will be available for purchase. For every "Sample" in a jar consumed over the weekend, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll also donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. There will be music at the tapping party, from 6-8 p.m., specifically, Jon Sabal and Mark Hague from Helping Phriendly Orchestra (and other bands, inc. Hack and Wheeze and Mr. Blotto). Please support this fundraiser if you can. For more information, see the June 22 announcement.

Thursday 07/06/2017 by Icculus

FYI: 2017 Phish Ticket Code Redemption

Phish changed its ticket code download policy. Codes on tickets are now redeemable for a free stream of the show using the LivePhish mobile app, as well as a discounted MP3 or other format copy of the show (available from the website), whereas previously, the code entitled you to a free MP3 download of the show from LivePhish. (Free MP3 downloads are still available using any pre-2017 ticket codes.) 

A portion of LivePhish revenue supports The Mockingbird Foundation, and has since the beginning of LivePhish. Mockingbird volunteers operate and manage this site. Your support of the band and LivePhish therefore indirectly supports, and we are very grateful for it.

LivePhish deserves our continued support. Thank you.

Thursday 06/22/2017 by Icculus

Chicago's Rock Bottom Brewery To Fundraise For Mockingbird

Since Phish will begin the Summer tour at Chicago's Northerly Island Pavilion the weekend of July 14 with three shows, Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave.) is celebrating with a fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation.

They are brewing a special ale for the weekend, called "Sample," which will be sold :::wait for it:::  in a jar.  "Sample" is "a hoppy red ale brewed with copious amounts of Simcoe, Citra and Columbus hops for that pungent, heady hop aroma." It should therefore taste very good both before, and after, you hear "Sample in a Jar" at a show. It will be sold for $7, and will be served in a jar that you can buy for $3 (while supplies last). The jars were very popular at the previous fundraisers years ago (also held when Phish played Northerly), so we expect they'll sell out. 

For every "Sample" consumed over the weekend, Rock Bottom will donate fifty cents to Mockingbird, but they'll donate $1 to Mockingbird for every jar sold. So, in other words, if you buy a "Sample AND a Jar," $1.50 of your $10 will go to Mockingbird, and support the funding of music education programs. Rock Bottom will also have some "Phish-inspired" live music on their roof on Thursday, July 13, and will have the "Sample" tapping party that day as well. This promotion thus runs from Thursday through Sunday the 16th. The rooftop will be open (and serving food) until 10:30pm, and last call on the roof is at 11:30pm. But the restaurant will be open post-show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with full menu until midnight and a late night menu until 1am, with last call at 1:30am. [Editor's note: I was there years ago after 1am post-show, and the place was full of fans.]  The brewer, Raybird, and Kyle (an AGM) may be around if you show up at Rock Bottom, passing out Mockingbird information. PLEASE THANK THEM if you see them, as this is a very cool thing for them to do. (And you may see Kyle at a show as well, as he's a fan!) So, please, support this fundraiser if you can, and if you can't, at least tell your wook friends going to the shows to support it as well. 


Wednesday 05/24/2017 by Icculus

July And August WaterWheel Benefits Pre-Show At MSG

The WaterWheel Foundation has announced two benefit celebrations at MSG before the shows on Saturday, July 22, 2017, and Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Tickets for the shows go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, at noon eastern, HERE

The first benefit celebration on July 22 will raise funds for four charities, each one chosen by a band member. The second benefit celebration, on August 5, is in honor of the 20th anniversaries of both The WaterWheel Foundation and The Mockingbird Foundation. It will raise funds for Mockingbird, whose volunteers operate The Mockingbird Foundation is once again enormously grateful to The WaterWheel Foundation and Phish for this honor!

If you have never been to a WaterWheel pre-show benefit at Madison Square Garden, here's some of what you can expect for the price of admission:

(1) being surrounded pre-show by generous, friendly people in what is basically MSG's VIP lounge;

(2) food and a full bar;

(3) a Pollock poster (edition of 300), and it's particularly cool that he's doing a diptych, with one poster for each of the two benefit events;

(4) early entrance into the venue;

(5) raffle or auction of certain items, including autographed memorabilia from Phish's Archives;

(6) access to the lounge where the event takes place, and its clean, spacious bathrooms, during setbreak;

(7) a specialty chocolate bar, created and donated by Asher's Chocolates, that I guarantee to be delicious (or you can give me the part you do not eat).

Note that YOU MUST ALREADY BE A TICKET-HOLDER FOR THE PHISH CONCERT ON THE EVENING THAT YOU ATTEND THE BENEFIT PRE-SHOW EVENT in order to get in to the pre-show event. You must PRESENT THAT TICKET in order to get into the pre-show benefit event. 

Please support these events if you can! By supporting them, and also LivePhish, you support both Mockingbird and Thank you! 

Wednesday 03/22/2017 by Icculus

ICYMI: Phish Announces More Summer Shows

PHISH announced not only three shows at Dick's over Labor Day weekend (Sep. 1-2-3), but also five new shows in July 2017: three in Chicago (July 14-15-16), one in Dayton (July 18), and one in Pittsburgh (July 19), to be performed shortly before the "Baker's Dozen" shows begin at MSG on July 21. Visit here for more information and here to request tickets via the pre-sale Phish Tickets lottery, which closes Monday, April 3, at 12 noon e.t. There will be no more summer or fall shows announced.

Monday 02/13/2017 by ucpete

"Inspire MORE With ART" Art & Coloring Contest

Whether you are touched through music, visual art, dance or another medium, ART has the power to inspire you to BE MORE. And we’d like to see!

The Mockingbird Foundation has partnered with beMOREnow, PhanArt, and Cash or Trade to help you express what MORE means to you via an Art & Coloring Contest running through the end of February.

There are three ways to enter this all ages contest:

  1. COLOR Brian Bojo’s Mockingbird coloring page from The PhanArt Coloring Book and submit it here;
  2. TAKE a photo or video of what MORE means to you and post it to your public Twitter or Instagram account using #beMOREnow;
  3. CREATE an original piece of art and submit it here.

Submissions will be accepted through February 28th at 11:59 PM PT.

Three winners will be chosen based on YOUR VOTE! Visit the gallery of submissions and vote for your favorite now through March 19th at 11:59 PM PT. Winners will be notified by March 25th, 2017.

You can win:

Want to bring MORE to your classroom? We encourage student entries. Click here for more details or contact Ali Stone.

Wednesday 02/01/2017 by Icculus

ICYMI: Phish Announces "The Baker's Dozen" At MSG

(You probably haven't missed it...) PHISH will be playing thirteen (13) shows at Madison Square Garden in July and August this summer, and there will not be a fall tour. The shows will occur on July 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, and 30, and August 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. For more information, and to watch the hilarious announcement video, please visit or, naturally, visit to order tickets during the Phish Tickets window, which closes Sunday, February 12. And hey: if you're interested in trying to get a ticket to every show at once, there's an option for that (and even a "Payment Plan" option taboot taboot).

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