An Acoustic Set ?

festival8-caIn an unexpected twist, Phish announced yesterday that one of their Festival 8 sets will be an acoustic affair. At the “crack of noon” on Sunday, Phish will perform a their first “full length” acoustic set to a combined flock of early risers and those still reveling from the night before.  Following the darkness of Halloween night, Phish will balance things out with a light afternoon offering. With the virtually-guaranteed weather of Indio, this set should be a laid-back way to kick off the last day of the festival.  And yes, coffee and donuts will be served.

To be honest, my first reaction to the announcement was -“Wow, that sucks!”  And while I would still rather hear a straight up Phish set any day of the week, I’ve begun to think this may be something special.  First, off – it’s not gonna be Trey solo on a stool – the watered-down sing-along experience most of us are used to.  Second, I don’t think Phish would unplug just to unplug, they must have a concept of what form this set will take.  Third, I’ve seen over hundreds of electric Phish sets, and zero acoustic, so the pure novelty of the experience will make it worth the while. Sunday morning Phish – coffee and spliffs – sounds good to me.

Acoutsic Mini-Set '96 (J.M.Richter)

Acoutsic Mini-Set '96 (J.M.Richter)

One immediately wonders what music they will play during this set at high noon. The Bridge School Benefit shows in October 1998 – apparently not qualifying as “full-length sets”- saw the band play many of their standard tunes in the acoustic setting.  Their sets got rave reviews and were highlighted by a first-night “Harry Hood > Helpless” with Neil Young. And during Summer ’96,Phish used acoustic mini-sets to showcase some of “Billy Breathes” songs. This time, left to their own devices, Phish will craft an afternoon that will most likely be quite memorable. Much like the unexpected “Harry Hood” at Shoreline 11 years ago, I’m sure Phish will pull out more than a few surprises in their afternoon escapade. I can’t see them dedicating an entire set of their festival to something that won’t be great; they haven’t done that in their previous seven festivals, why start now? But it will have to be some pretty damn good acoustic playing to sit in for an “full-length”set of electric Phish; these guys aren’t the Grateful Dead after all.

But bring it on – the only rule is it begins after all. With seven other electric sets throughout the weekend, and many more to come, we can all chill for a bit with our favorite band on the outskirts of the California desert. If Phish is feeling it, everything should work out. And with so many other sets surrounding this afternoon oasis, I don’t think we’ll be leaving Indio lacking any improv.


The entire Festival 8 Schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY (10/30)
4:00PM Concert field opens
7:30PM Set I
10:00PM Set II

SATURDAY (10/31)
12:00PM Concert field opens
3:00PM Set I
7:30PM The Halloween Set
10:00PM Set III

SUNDAY (11/01)
10:00AM Concert field opens
12:00PM Acoustic Set
5:30PM Set II
8:30PM Set III

From With lush green fields and palm trees, and surrounded by vistas of California’s majestic Santa Rosa mountains, the festival site is simply breathtaking. The band will play eight sets over the course of three days, and as with all past Phish festivals, fans will enjoy on-site camping, numerous attractions and art installations throughout the weekend.

Winged music note=====

Jams of the Day:

Harry Hood > Helpless” 10.17.98


The acoustic highlight from The Bridge School Benefit.

AC/DC Bag > Ghost” 11.7.98 II


This combo from UIC is one of the enduring highlights of Fall ’98. Did you really think I would leave you hanging with an acoustic Jam of the Day?



9.25.00 Sandstone Pavilion, Bonner Springs, KS < Torrent

9.25.00 Sandstone Pavilion, Bonner Springs, KS < Megaupload

Unofficial Poster

Unofficial Poster

Today is the nine year anniversary of one of the coldest outdoor shows in memory.  The end of September in Kansas- whew!  Steam rose from dancing bodies as Phish pumped through the piercing air.  Opening the show with “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” for the first time since Halloween of ’94, the show took off into a rather large first set with a “Disease” and a “Tweezer.”  The second set brought the anthems of “Mike’s Groove” and “Hood.”  All in all – a solid show.

I: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Down with Disease, Lizards, Tweezer, Back on The Train, Water in the Sky, Bug, Julius

II: Gotta Jibboo, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Axilla, Harry Hood, Funky Bitch

E: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Driver, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Neumann KM184’s


10.17 & 10.18.1998 – Bridge School Benefit < Torrent

10.17 & 10.18.1998 – Bridge School Benefit < Megaupload

DSC_0061-752349Some acoustic Phish to get prepared for the upcoming acoustic set.

Setlists are here.

Source: Schoeps CCM4

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278 Responses to “An Acoustic Set ?”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    let’s just say I’m glad to have found a recording ’cause my memories of that night do not really focus on the music

    @wt – nice!!!

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ pence –

    yeah my friend, Jeff, is hilarious. He is a word genius, yet all of his word games are usually extremely dirty in nature. Very very clever, but very very dirty. He lives in Oregon now, so I haven’t seen him in a while, but he would have me in stitches regularly when we lived together.

    another example, see if you can figure this one out (he texted it to me, and I had to say it out loud to get it):

    C : Enter : ##

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    (real answer – it’s a lot like a DMT trip that doesn’t stop, or about equal in intensity to doing nitrous while peaking on LSD – in and out of focus – but goes on for a really really long time)

    if you meet a shamanic type that knows what they’re doing to guide you, I recommend it highly for experienced trippers. At a show? not so much

  4. beepaphone Says:

    @ Mr. C
    Thats what I always figured….funny description. I’m pretty introverted as is in similar situations so I have never had the desire to try that at a show or any anything, but it would be cool to try under the right circumstances.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    @lycan – it’s what might happen if someone took that offer mentioned here the other day – “my extra for your Hershey”

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    @beep – I was just young and dumb – the guy said “you like tripping real hard right? drink this.”

    I had no idea, didn’t know anything about it except very vague rumors

  7. beepaphone Says:

    a “drug sherpa” so to speak

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Mr. C –

    Yep! Lol.

  9. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ mitch,

    doesn’t sound lazy at all man. with the redonk music collection and the intense computer job, i would also go for max convenience.

    i have to say i do miss using iTunes now that I’ve been using the archaic file folder organization route on my 1TB external. Pretty much the only software I use with my shows in FLAC is mp3Tag (for the shows that haven’t been tagged already). Also Nero for burning shows to CD (yes i still do that for when i’m jonesing to hear gapless segues).


  10. El Duderino Says:

    I hate Nellie Furtado too. But Tony Furtado that’s another story.

  11. El Duderino Says:

    Sitting here at the genius bar @ the apple store trying to get my mac fixed

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    “I was in cartoon land – it was a lot like Roger Rabbit, really – people kept turning into giant animated versions of their spirit animals”

    ^^ sounds like the “cartoon stage” of DMT. I’d only do ayhuasca with a shaman. In South America. Someday. Once I start researching my next book- “From Shamans to Phishheads: The History of Music in the Psychedelic Ritual” (or something like that….)

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    “Sitting here at the genius bar @ the apple store trying to get my mac fixed”

    ^ u need Mitch!

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    “I had no idea, didn’t know anything about it except very vague rumors”

    ^^ wow! just wow…..

  15. El Duderino Says:

    major directory issues and invalid sibling links screwed up my software. Got a free snow leppard out of the deal

  16. beepaphone Says:

    @ Miner
    Ha. Nice. Let me know if you need a research aide. I love looking up that kind of stuff.

  17. Mitch Says:

    Read miners comment and you will see my loyalty to my mp3 players. 🙂

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ beeo and all – on that note, if anyone is getting bassed and wants to write up a little summary for the site, I may start including contributions/ reviews form shows i can’t make it to sometimes….send me a writing sample to my email if u are interested.

  19. Mitch Says:

    Damn Miner, I was thinking how cool it would have been to submit a Mitch’s Thoughts. I’ll keep you posted next time that happens.

    Lets go see the McLovins tomorrow!!

    Also Further tour is coming to Hammerstein Dec 8 and 9!

  20. albert walker Says:

    still on the fence about tonight
    leaning towards going

    live a block away
    got some fresh chocolates
    I guess it is why wouldn’t I at this point?

  21. Mitch Says:

    El Dude,
    Why didn’t you and Robyn come see me? Are you in right now??

  22. beepaphone Says:

    ^ Neat idea.

    I’m out. Everyone have a nice weekend. Git yew sum BASS, Chicago folks. Time to take the walk of shame back into the Vogue and get my debit card back.

  23. Chuck D Says:

    I like my acoustic Phish without Sarah McGloughlin.

  24. voopa Says:

    @ Kenny

    Foobar 2000 (free software) plays FLACs gapless. I use it almost exclusively for listening to shows, except when I really really want to hear something in the car.

  25. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ voopa,

    no frikking way. wiat, so is this a media player for listening to on your PC? hell it’s better than nothing, but the real “no frikking way” would be to have gapless FLAC on a portable, since i use that on the road, in the car, hooked up to my stereo…in other words 90% of the time.

    but thanks no less, i’ll get that Foobar action!

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