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. Neemor Says:

    I love Sharon Stone!
    She was really great in Basic Instinct.
    Boy, that’s just gonna add to the festivities.
    So, assuming this bares fruit, which of the eight albums leaked as sites have female vocalists?

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    not just female vocalists IMO – any high/wide vocal range stuff. could be Prince.

  3. BTB Says:

    ^ also agreed Mitch and KP

    I gave up on the Green Board. I was trying to talk about the show and everyone else wanted to talk about Porno. I think all of the people on this board are the people who get IT and aren’t total retards. I can only imagine the impression people get when they read the green board – serious negativity which is the complete opposite of how I live my life.

    To be honest, I think there’s a lot of people who read this board but don’t post. Just a hunch

  4. albert walker Says:

    I’ve been calling if it is Exile there will be another guitar player sit in

    I’m also not throwing out Trey has been learning a little slide himself

    Trey has amazed me before but playing the guitar heavy Exile, with just one guitar player and no slide playing, would the the most difficult feat yet

    The Dap Kings Horn section and Sharon Jones would be perfect for Exile
    I’ve only seen them play the retro soul thing but maybe that tele player in the band has a slide, blues background also

  5. Neemor Says:

    Good point.
    Damn I’m sexist.
    Sausage tomfoolery is at the top of my list.
    mOOnshake here yet?

  6. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    @ KWL

    Where are you finding these tickets for cincy below face? Have uppers want lowers for Sat night. Any help would be much appreciated.

  7. llamalee Says:

    mr. miner your last comment from today’s post is pretty interesting and i’ve been contempating the plausability of acoustic gamehenge set. songs like lizards, tela, wilson, ac/dc, and mcgrupp would make good acoustic songs but i dont know about llama, col. > famous, sloth. what made you think that as a possibility

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Ocelot, yeah it’s the whole show. not sure why it is so small but it plays just fine.

  9. albert walker Says:

    If they rock Exile will Fishman sing Happy
    Seems like a perfect fit
    Fishman and Keith have similar vocal talents

  10. Litteringand Says:

    MINER!!! as I shake my fist and do my best Captain Kirk impression. I’ve done everything in my power to dull the fact that I can make it out for F8, but now I am in full clinical depression. The only thing helping me hang on is cincy lottery tix win. This is going to be a game/life changer. Much love and safe travels for all who head to the dessert next week

  11. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    What is wrong with me? Why aren’t the 17 shows I have seen this year enough? Why can’t I just suck it up and wait till next year to see Phish again? Why do I have to keep chasing the sound so incessantly? Why can’t I get over the fact that this is it for me till next year?

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    I actually don’t feel the same way about phantasy as I used to once I realized it is the 4chan or Something Awful of the jamband world. those sites serve a useful function, and a bunch of funny shit and awesome download links come out of there…

    basically if you go on there, you should know what you’re getting into and have no excuse of complaint

    and very much like Anon of the /chans or the Goonswarm from SA, it’s very important not to piss them off en masse, as recently learned – that was a thing of beauty

    Now I love the fact that this is a smart and relatively non offensive discussion most of the time. The fact that there are female fans here is a great sign since they typically have less tolerance for nonsense, they are the canaries in the great internet coalmine as it were, offensive bullshit wise.

    However I love the anarchic and frankly offensive nature of sites like SA or Phantasy. If you don’t like it, don’t go. I rarely do. But I’m glad it exists. As Phish gets more prominent in the public eye, there are going to be more idiots out there talking shit about the band and their fans, and when they cross the line, who is going to crush them? The green board crowd, that’s who. To the poetic refrain, and sing along if you know it:


    I’m just sayin’ – assholery in the right context is not really the worst thing in the world.

    @BTB usually about 90% of the readership of any site are non-posting “lurkers” and I assume the same is true here – most of them prob. do not read the comments or at least not every day.

  13. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    I think BTB was saying there are a lot of lurkers here who read the comments but don’t post which I tend to agree.

  14. Mugician Says:

    Woohoo! Leaving in 10 hours… Miner, great post today, I’m so excited.

    Mr. Completely, I was wondering if there was an easier way to download your Bluegrass playlist. I’d rather download the whole thing in one little package. Possible?

    How is everybody doing today?

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    I mean, these are some seriously offensive people, and this link is as NSFW as any I have every posted, but this shit is FUNNY AS HELL

    just kinda reminds me of the whole phantasy attidude

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I have at least one friend who is a definite lurker here. I’ve tried to get him to come out into the light (you there?) but, alas, he has yet to do it. Posting’s not for everyone. I know it took me a while to post here. I’m glad I eventually did…

  17. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    Love this site, why not Post here, everyone is so friendly.

  18. Selector J Says:

    I’ll be somewhat disappointed if it’s something from that gallery. I’m hoping for another wrinkle in the plot. After the Cali-removing map shenanigans I would hope they don’t play this straight.

    I want some real long odds on that ELP album. I’ll play 50 to 1 on that.

  19. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    lurkers Lament – good song.

  20. fat bastard Says:

    i want it to be ziggy

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Mugician – mediafire limits file size to 100MB so I couldn’t put it all in one zip. I guess teh intertubes get clogged if you go bigger. Plus, 100 songs is a lot and I figure a lot of folks will want to start smaller. So 7 zip files at about 14 songs each was the best I could do.

    when I was a whippersnapper we had to walk uphill both ways in the snow to hear bluegrass recorded on a gramophone cylinder…you crazy kids with your internets

  22. KWL Says:

    @Ladle, I took a glance at stub hub. I would guess just uppers for face & below at this point.

  23. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    uphill backwards in bare feet.

  24. Ocelot42 Says:

    I’ll tell you, it’s harder to post at a place like this than the green board. It took me a while because, frankly, most everybody seemed to have something interesting to say. If you try to hold yourself to the standards of the top posters here, it can be intimidating. Then I figured, eff it, I’m just gonna wade in. Now I’m just he guy who chimes in now and then and tries to be a wiseass. Good times.

  25. KWL Says:

    I would think Miner deserves huge credit for the positivity and respectfulness of this board–I assume he moderates out most negative crap. So once again, a thank you Mr Miner.

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