Five Reasons…

… why Festival 8 will be one of the greatest Phish experiences of all-time.


1. Holiday + Festival = Huge Phish

AJ Masthay Festival 8 Print (Unofficial)

AJ Mathsay Festival 8 Print

Combining one of the high-holy days of the Phish calendar, with their unparalleled festival tradition, the band has created an unparalleled atmosphere around Indio. The only other holiday festival was Big Cypress, and we all know how that turned out. The merging of two of Phish’s greatest rites has everyone on the edge of their seat, awaiting to see how the Halloween theme is infused throughout the vast playground of dreams. Phish festivals are among the greatest memories of all of our lives, and now, in 2009, we are about to create another weekend that will live with us eternally. No travelling or driving around necessary, no hassle or concern; all Phish, all the time, amidst a gargantuan psychedelic carnival. And the music – festival-sized Phish jams growling from speaker towers built to blow us away – all while having as much space as we’ve ever dreamt of for all of our friends to throw down; forget about it. There’s not a feeling in the world like it. And its about to happen again.


2. Three Days

festival8-caNever has a Phish event lasted so long; not Big Cypress, not The Clifford Ball, and not Amy’s Farm. Three days and eight sets equals an unprecedented event in the band’s history. Whereas every festival but Big Cypress has occurred within a tour, Phish and their organization have had months to prepare, rehearse, and conceive of every imaginable detail for this week’s stand-alone event. Each Phish weekend of lore seemed like a flash – a psychedelic dream that ended too soon. But this time, tack on another day – then add the day before the music where everyone sets up camp – and we’ve got ourselves a four-day Phish freak scene! The ability to be in one place with your crew and relax all together, instead of jumping in separate cars and chasing highways all night long is priceless. This laid-back scenario will certainly create endless sessions of carefree chillage, where the only concern will be when the next set starts. For four days we will live a dream.


3. The Weather

sunshineAnd for those four days, the weather will be divine. While every other festival took place in the unpredictable weather of the northeastern summer, southern California in October couldn’t be more opposite. With day after day of cloudless sunshine, the Palm Springs area is the place people go to guarantee themselves a sunny vacation. This blissful detail cannot be underestimated when reflecting on the camp-wrecking downpour at The Great Went and the 100-degree temperatures at Oswego. With temperatures predicted to range between 90 and 50, and no foreseeable precipitation, both the days and nights in the desert will be delectable.


4. The Album Mystery

Huey Lewis Is Dead - Or Is He?The band has hyped their Halloween mystery more than ever before, making everyone a musical detective over the past month with their own theories and reasoning. The mystery has drawn in the entire community, creating unparalleled excitement and anticipation, and a huge set-up for a prank if you ask me. Campground names have leaked, albums continue to be killed, and everyone is wrapped up in a guessing game – just how Phish wanted it. Known for toying with their fans in more ways than one, this time they have everyone, hook, line and sinker. It will be intriguing to discover how the answer unfolds; and to see if the band uses their first show as a platform for musical allusion and illusion. Instead of “Trick or Treat,” what ever happens in Indio will certainly be a “Trick and a Treat.” And I can’t freakin’ wait to get there!


5. The Acoustic Set

phish_hdrBreakfast with Phish; glazed eight-shaped donuts, coffee and a fresh California harvest will make this early affair one to remember. Whether up all night or arising for a morning serenade, Phish’s Sunday morning greeting promises to hold more than a few surprises. They have been working on and rehearsing the acoustic set, according to their own website, thus one can believe it will be more than a string of bluegrass songs. Having never done this before, this “full-length” acoustic set will represent new musical ground for the band. An intimate set on a grand scale; the juxtaposition should be interesting. If Phish is ever going to break out the Gamehendge saga again, this could be the time to do it.


Jam of the Day: Festival Week

Wolfman’s > Simple” 8.16.97 II


A classic segment from The Great Went.



12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Torrent

12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Megaup.

phish-power-95While crafting the upcoming audio archive, I found this to be the only show from Fall ’97 not posted on this site. A tremendous first set and an out of the ordinary second set kicked off a memorable midwestern run during the second half of tour. Highlights include “Ghost,” “Jim > My Friend,” Stash,” “Julius,” and “Slave.”

I: Ghost > Wilson, Funky Bitch, Black-Eyed Katy, Sparkle, Runaway Jim > My Friend, My Friend, Ginseng Sullivan, Limb By Limb, Character Zero

II: Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Julius*> Slave to the Traffic Light* > The Lizards, Loving Cup, Chalk Dust Torture

E: Bold As Love


Source: Schoeps cmc621 > Sonosax > sv255

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456 Responses to “Five Reasons…”

  1. voopa Says:

    I hope to be there around 4-5pm Thursday. It’s almost exactly 500 miles from my driveway to the site, so if the 210 cooperates, and we get our asses out the door by 8 or 9…should be possible.

  2. KWL Says:

    @HarryHood, right on! Glad we could work it out. Many thanks go to Miner for setting up this space where we can work out kind trades among good pholks.

    Speaking of, I’m in need of MSG Friday (1 or 2), have Thursday to trade (and/or cash)… anyone?

  3. KWL Says:

    I’m extending my trip down to Feight, leaving earlier (tomorrow) & stopping in Albuquerque, then Wednesday night in Flagstaff, then into Indio Thursday. Any suggestions on things to do in Albuquerque or Flagstaff? Anyone on the board from there? Only thing on our itinerary is stop at the local breweries/brewpubs, which is a must for me when visiting new locales.

  4. KWL Says:

    and thanks, Mr C, for the bluegrass mix!!

  5. Neemor Says:

    mOOnshake is holding two for MSG Fri (at last check) for me
    If I only need one, you can have the second.
    Let me know.
    I think they’re section 400 (not great, but get you in the venue)
    I can keep you up to date or you can contact him about poss taking one if it’s ok with him

  6. Chalkdustin Says:

    @Robear, appreciate the updates re: traffic, etc.

    Wow Mr. C, I cannot wait to give your mix a listen. Many thanks!

  7. KWL Says:

    Neemor, that would be awesome. Don’t care where it is, just want in the door!

    email is keith dot lindner at gmail

    This board is great.

  8. albert walker Says:

    Cross country flight to California checklist

    Irie breakfast brownie
    New James Ellroy novel
    Mr. C’s bluesgrass mix

    Nice relaxing afternoon on the way in, can’t beat it

  9. Neemor Says:

    Type III,
    I’ve posted pt discussion setlists in the past,
    not going to 8. I’ll take the reigns if no one wants it….
    not sure if I’ll do it justice.

  10. wvbrdr Says:

    wow. i want to go to 8. tried to convince the wife to just go ahead and have the baby without me… she wasn’t amused.

    that Julius from the DOTD is awesome. I haven’t listened to it since i was there, and it’s better than i remember. thanks Miner

  11. sumodie Says:

    RE: King Crimson (and Yes)

    Can’t believe I never listened to this band before ‘The Last Record Left Alive’. After being blown away (and confused) by ‘Larks Tongue’, I picked up ‘Lizard’ and ‘In the Wake of Poseidon’. And I still don’t understand ‘Larks Tongue’! But so far all 3 albums have me hooked, even if I can’t explain why.

    I’ve also gone on from ‘The Yes Album’ to ‘Close to the Edge’, which is not immediately to my liking, but I suspect it’ll sink in.

    I’m surprised at how much phish I hear in these bands. Crimson and Yes seem to be much stronger influences on Phish than Zappa, though it may be that their music is so fresh to my ears that it is more apparent.

  12. wvbrdr Says:

    @ Me. C – No one in their right mind, or me either, listens to this much bluegrass in one go.


  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Neemor, I think it was you who inspired the setlists anyway, so I’d say you are as good a candidate as anyone! Hit me up at my email if you want to chat about getting it on the FB page or anything. Thanks for the help!

    b_crossen at hotmail dot com

  14. sumodie Says:

    Palm Springs Desert Sun has a couple articles about phish fans and the phish phenomenon. Not sure I’ve heard us compared with Fanilows before (Barry Manilow fans).

    The Desert Sun also published an article about traffic routes, along with a map:

  15. Ocelot42 Says:

    @Sumodie – Check out King Crimson’s “Red” if you liked Lizard. I found Red to be my favourite KC album. And, for the record, I understand what they were going for with Lark’s Tongue, but it’s definitely not my thing. Red is all kinds of awesome, though.

  16. beepaphone Says:

    I fell asleep listening to bluegrass one time…woke up in overalls

    Safe travels everyone…I imagine I’ll be on here and hoodstream trying to make the most of the weekend. 8 is going to be huuuuge.

  17. Ocelot42 Says:

    For your next steps into Yes, I would recommend Close to the Edge and the live album Yessongs.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I mentioned it over the weekend, but “In the Court of the Crimson King” (their 1st album) is pretty fundamental in terms of the prog world. definitely has the 1969 psychedelic edge to it along with the roots of their eventual sound.

  19. Marshall Says:

    OK folks – here’s my updated travel plans. I’m one of the one’s flying this trip SOLO (with kind help from Robear for camping setup outside his RV).

    My flight into LAX arrives Thursday at 4:36 pm. From there I’m heading straight to F8 to hook up with Robear. IF ANYONE WANTS TO SHARE A RENTAL CAR AND WILL BE AT LAX AROUND THIS TIME LET ME KNOW.

    My flight outbound from LAX departs Monday morning at 11:37 am.

    Halcyon – where are you flying into?

    Robear – thanks for the phone numbers – keep in touch so I’ll be able to find you. BIG BIG THANKS MAN!

  20. beepaphone Says:

    Re: King Crimson
    even their “new” album, released in ’03, “The Power to Believe” is worth a spin

  21. HarryHood Says:

    “i want to go to 8. tried to convince the wife to just go ahead and have the baby without me… she wasn’t amused.”

    ^ LOL Priceless!

  22. Neemor Says:

    “I fell asleep listening to bluegrass one time…woke up in overalls
    Mike would be pissed at you.
    Wave: “Honey, go ahead. It’s not like I can help PUSH or anything. Jesus you’re co-dependent.”
    Wave’s wife: “I fuckin hate you. And Phish sucks. Face it.”
    LOL again.
    TypeIII: I think we friended on FB, so we’ll be in touch. Might be fun. You do today’s?

  23. Ocelot42 Says:

    It’s funny to me how King Crimson always seemed to swing from DEEP experimental prog to a more mainstream (for the day) prog and then keep swinging back and forth. I didn’t really care for ITCOTCK either.

    It also looks dirty when you shorten it to an anagram.

  24. Neemor Says:

    You guys with your meeting up at Eight,
    helping me get tickets to Fall Tour…..
    I love this board.

  25. Neemor Says:

    Crimson is constantly swinging their itcotck back and forth.
    It’s why I never got into them.
    LOL again.

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