Summer In The Rockies?

Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

The rumor mill has been notably quiet as everyone awaits the announcement of summer tour. But despite the lack of rumors, one has grabbed the imagination of the entire community – Phish in Telluride, Colorado. Tentatively slated for August 9-10, some townspeople are talking like the concerts are but a forgone conclusion. No official word has come from the quaint ski town thus far, as the decision now awaits the approval of the community and town councils. Nonetheless, houses, condos, and hotels are already booking up for the potential highlight of summer tour.

Throughout their early history, Phish visited Telluride three times for a total of eleven shows. Six of these shows (plus one in Aspen) comprised their first western road trip, captured on the official release Colorado ’88. At that time, the band played at The Roma and Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, two bars along the town’s scenic main strip. If this dream materializes this summer, the band will shift over to the eastern side of Telluride to Town Park, the site of the famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the town’s annual Blues and Brews Festival. The overwhelming concern of the town is the footprint the Phish scene could leave on the gorgeous mountain destination. Nonetheless, the economic boost the two-days might be just enough of an incentive to reel the Phish into the tucked away hamlet.

Downtown Telluride

When talking with a rental agent in town on Tuesday, he indicated that the town expected to hear something more later this week. If that will materialize is yet to be seen, but as the Telluride agent confirmed, once an announcement drops, it will be a fiasco as everyone races to rent the town’s plethora of vacation homes. If this all comes together, however, it could make for an incredibly special weekend that would certainly go down in the lore of summertime Phish. It would also continue the 3.0 trend of unique locales that buck conventional logic, following the path forged by Fenway Park, The Fox Theatre, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, and Festival 8, while bringing Phish deep into the Rocky Mountains without the lights of Denver shimmering in the distance.

One of the other main issues causing debate is that the dates for the shows would be directly following the Telluride Jazz Celebration, thus putting the two events at conflict for lodging. There has also been fear that the magnitude of Phish scene might overrun the jazz fest altogether. How this all shakes out remains to be seen, but what seemed unlikely at first, might just happen. And if that weren’t enough buzz for Colorado, to go with these rumors, a return to Red Rocks has been said to be settling into the very same dates at the end of July and beginning of August. One way the or the other, the second half of summer seems like it will be passing through the Rockies, and plotting Phish on a two-leg summer course. Official announcements? According to the Denver Post, not for  a couple weeks.

–> Here is an updated Telluride Article – only two more hurdles to clear!


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10.27.91 Elk Ballroom, Telluride, CO < Torrent

10.27.91 Elk Ballroom, Telluride, CO < Megaupload

Circa 1991 - Madison, WI

Circa 1991 - Madison, WI

Here is one of the last couple shows the band played in Telluride back in 1991. With a rumored return, what better time to bust out this relic. Enjoy! (Torrent will be up at some point today)

I: My Sweet One, Chalk Dust Torture, The Mango Song, Buried Alive, Guelah Papyrus, Fluffhead, Brother, Bouncing Around the Room, Harry Hood, Golgi Apparatus

II: Llama, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Sparkle, It’s Ice, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Tela, The Landlady > Destiny Unbound, Take the ‘A’ Train, Run Like an Antelope

E: Glide, Possum

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844 Responses to “Summer In The Rockies?”

  1. Mr.Miner Says:

    word. i’m planning on it. anyone got two extras? 😉

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    when i listened to the further they bradcasted on sirius…(forget when it was)…it was awful….dont think it was fake jer though, was it?

  3. butter Says:

    ^was that the one from the Gorge last summer? if so that was Warren Haynes

  4. BigNasty Says:

    RT @nashvillekate: Some del mccoury band members….banjo, mandolin….#trey #phish #ryman #welcometonashville
    5 minutes ago

    ^this from twitter, @OhKeePah
    Listening to the stream from nashville …The stream is all bluegrass…thought hoodstream had some replay instead of the show – but sure as shit, Trey’s got a bluegrass show going apparently. The streamer just said into the mic “there’s about 27 people on stage”

    Nat’s on the trombone right now

  5. BigNasty Says:

    Crowd is going nuts!

  6. BigNasty Says:


  7. halcyon Says:


    The stream isn’t working from where I am at. Do you know another link?

  8. voopa Says:

    connected just in time for set break…

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    one of the people who live in Telluride who I was holding another house with just emailed me saying that she heard on the news that the concerts are on!

  10. BigNasty Says:

    I’m at hoodstream – two streams were available for first set, one was way better than the other.

  11. halcyon Says:

    Those from the Blackboard going should have a collective ticket purchasing effort so that all can ensure access to the show!

  12. BigNasty Says:

    Super slow mo HD Olympic replays kick ass.

    Olympics should be every year.

  13. BigNasty Says:

    Anyone hear this: Trey is inducting Genesis to the RnR Hall of Fame?

  14. flarrdogg Says:


  15. flarrdogg Says:

    where is oprah/cage?

  16. flarrdogg Says:

    hows about now?!

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    i see it man

    nice one

  18. flarrdogg Says:

    thanks buddy- this place rules

  19. leebs Says:

    does anyone know where to get the original file/larger version of trey and mike crossing the street in telluride, in 88? my phriends bday is coming up and she is a huge phan!

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