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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’ll take care of today and then pass the torch to you. thanks again!

  2. Ocelot42 Says:

    Crimson is constantly swinging their itcotck back and forth.
    Itโ€™s why I never got into them.

    LOL! Brilliant!

  3. beepaphone Says:

    lol @ neemor

    love the highbrow stuff

  4. sumodie Says:

    Thanks for the Crimson/Yes recs -I’ll probably be picking all the early stuff from both bands over time -making good use of the used CD bins in my area.

    As for Genesis’s ‘Lambs’, it’s the one new album courtesy of phish ween that I don’t like thus far. The vocals really grated on me the other night, causing me to shut it off. Admittedly, I’ve had a longstanding dislike for Genesis since high school -that might not be helping matters. Furthermore, I couldn’t find a copy of this in stores anywhere and ended up dling it from pirate bay, not my favorite means of acquiring new music.

  5. Robear Says:

    ^C U all there! marshall, I’ve got the sleeping set-up packed. Air mattress, tent and sleeping bag. I’m bringing extra’s as well.

  6. beepaphone Says:

    @ Sumodie…one more Yes MUST


    Thats like the 3rd time I’ve pimped that album on here. I’ll stop.

  7. Neemor Says:

    KWL, just sent you mail.
    tydyvision is me.

  8. Neemor Says:

    “Are they saying, cymbop and beebaphone, skyballs and sackscrapers?”
    I love answering, “Yes, that’s what they’re saying” to that question.
    Few things make me happier.
    Oh, and air mattresses are not camping.
    Just sayin’.

  9. bearito Says:

    Good morrow everyone. The Feight anticipation is overwhelming at this point and to those who can’t make it, I feel your pain and will do my very best to celebrate on your behalf. I know all to well the feeling of watching from afar and living vicariously through others, so my phishthoughts are with you all.

    Phishthoughts T-Shirt arrived. Looks/Fits great!

    @Mr.C – Thanks for the mix and the zip folders. I’m sure I’ll unwind to it one night in Indio ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ Robear – Will the Oasis be marked by a salmon colored flag or a flag with a salmon on it?

    Oh, and I gotta shout out a WHO DAT to my NOLA Saints! Great comeback yesterday!

  10. sumodie Says:

    Oh, and air mattresses are not camping.
    Just sayinโ€™.

    True, but ever since I upgraded I’ve never looked back.

    I’ve never thought car camping was camping anyway, though it’s about the only camping I’ve ever done.

    Actually, come to think of it, Coventry was a real camping experience for me: I hiked in ~13 miles carrying only a backpack with no sleeping bag or tent, just a tarp. I regretted leaving the sleeping bag behind though 8)

  11. beepaphone Says:

    @ Sumodie…

    13 miles, no tent no pillow, just sleeping bag ontop of a makeshift trashbag tarp.

    Coventry made us hard

  12. Neemor Says:

    There was something life-changing about that hike for me.
    It was 20+ miles with a backpack, a sleeping roll, a change of clothes, water and a granola bar or two.
    The lengths we went to!
    Didn’t miss a note that weekend.
    I counted Antelope stickers on the way in.
    Stopped at one hundred!
    People were never afraid to reach out a beer for a walker, ask where we came from, that sort of thing.
    And it was just one foot in front of the other. For all those miles through beautiful countryside.
    I knew then that if a goal were worthwhile, I could overcome anything to make it happen.
    To this point in my life, that has been complete bullshit, but it sounds nice!
    Oh, well.

  13. KWL Says:

    I was one of the lucky ones who actually got my car inside Coventry. Got about 14 feet off the main access road before my car was completely stuck in the mud. Took a few hours to get it towed to a relatively mud-free zone. This zone happened to be directly next to a stand of porta potties. We proceeded to set up camp. And then tried to stay as far away from it as possible throughout the weekend. Memories.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    BIG ALERT for those Camping/ RVing it. Right off the FAQ.


    “Here are some more details from the Fire Marshall: 1. All cooking appliances shall bear a certification or listing from a nationally recognized test or certification organization. 2. A minimum of 3 feet of clearance shall be maintained at all times while cooking appliance is in use. No combustible material shall be within 3 feet of the cooking appliance. 3. Cooking appliance that only utilizes propane as the fuel source shall be permitted. No wood, charcoal, flammable/combustible liquid cooking appliances permitted. 4. One cooking appliance per camp site shall be permitted 5. Maximum amount of propane per campsite shall not exceed 20 pounds or 48 pounds of water capacity. 6. Cooking appliances shall only be used during the hours of 7:00am to 2:00 am 7. Cooking appliances, when in use, shall not be left unattended. ”

    I am now taking Thursday off to leave earlier, or maybe I’ll just telecommute from I-10 ๐Ÿ˜‰


  15. halcyon Says:

    @ Marshall … my plane arrives at 9:30am. I leave monday am @ 6am.

    Mr C. ….. thanks for the bluegrass mix … Saw Steve Martin this past weekend. Awesome show. He jams the banjo. Pete Wernick joined him, the Steep Canyon Rangers are tight. He played King Tut as well!

    We also learned that Steve Martin could possibly be the originator of Orange Blossom Special (often heralded as the greatest bluegrass tune of all time). Who Knew???? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Ocelot42 Says:

    Bluegrass King Tut? Wow. You just got chocolate in my peanut butter.

  17. Neemor Says:

    “You just got chocolate in my peanut butter.”
    Possibly my favorite line ever.
    Thank you.
    Boy, we’re sharp this Monday!
    Not a bunch of discussions about crap and crap-related topics.
    I’m glad.
    Although KWL is pushing the line with his port-o-let memories.
    Let’s be careful….

  18. halcyon Says:

    King Tut was awesome! It was such a fun show, he was cracking jokes the whole time.

  19. sumodie Says:

    btw, that Desert Sun article (link on p. 3) estimates that ~60,000 fans will be descending on F8. If true, so much for all the rumormongering about low ticket sales.

    Not sure I should have read Miner’s blog today…I’m already too amped up…so hard to focus on real work….argh…

  20. voopa Says:

    Real work? What the…?

    Oh yeah, guess I better do some. I’ll try.

  21. fat bastard Says:

    no way 60K, im thinkin 38k

  22. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    you guys are sharp today. making me laugh in my cubicle. People are starting to talk…

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    what is this “work” of which you speak? ::does not compute::

  24. fat bastard Says:

    goodbye yellowbrick road RIP

  25. Chuck D Says:

    Work = the amount of energy transferred by a force acting through a distance. ie. pulling smoke through a tube of glass = work

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