, attached to 1993-07-27

Review by bigwnfan

bigwnfan Rating this higher than it probably deserves because it is a unique show in format. Also, this venue provided a flavor for the larger sized amphitheaters the band would come to fill with energy in the years ahead, so it was a nice tease. It was also nice to see so many people who might have been hearing Phish for the first time. That in itself is like a sociological study. Stash had signature moments, and YEM (for the previously curious attendee, yes, Trey and Mike did hit the trampolines) was a crowd pleaser, but the Popper thing took it from a concert to a comedy show...in a fun way.
One other factoid, that evening, Corin Capshaw who was a lesser known music producer who owned (or maybe just managed) the Flood Zone in downtown Richmond had flyers circulated in the parking lot re: a post show concert featuring The Dave Matthews Band. Mind you, this is when they hadn't released an album, when they still occasionally had a piano player in the band (Peter Griesar, who quit the band a few months later) and after hitching a ride to the venue, I there was amongst small attendance...probably 50-75 people. Among them was Mike Gordon who stayed upstairs in a area that was held for Corin and his friends/crew. Oteil Burbage from the Aquarium Rescue Unit joined DMB on stage, and played a memorable version of #42. While I've had little to no interest in the DMB since '95 when the music started to slide downhill, that song from that show is as good as I ever heard them improvise. As for Phish's performance, again, it was memorable because it was unique in it's format, not because of the song selection or performance.
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