Looking Into June

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

After an extensive run down the eastern seaboard, hitting up all the classic sheds, Phish will wind up the first leg of summer with their return to Atlanta. Visiting Encore Park in Alpharetta, for the first time, fans will find this venue setup perfectly for a tour-ending party. With an over-sized GA orchestra “pit,” there will actually be the ever-elusive dance floor right in front of the band! Seats don’t even come into play until the “100” section of the venue, behind the first moat of the pavilion. Only one of strip of seats will line the inner pavilion before an undersized lawn rounds out a rather intimate 12,00o person amphitheatre, 7,000 less than Phish’s usual stop in Lakewood.

Alpharetta Seating Chart

This medium-sized landing point for summer’s first leg seems to be an alteration of the classic cookie-cutter shed. While still bearing the Verizon Wireless brand, Atlanta’s design team had some foresight, putting removable chairs in the lower pavilion, creating the potential of a huge GA orchestra section, something that should be a staple at every venue built going forward. With open space to throw down, and a fully-oiled Phish, sixteen shows into tour, Atlanta has the makings of a tour ending gala.

The July 4th weekend is part of five two-night stands during leg one, as only six shows will float alone. Catering to less travel for everyone, Atlanta provides a final destination weekend for fans from all over the country. Coupled with SPAC, Alpharetta comprises the north-south highlights of the first leg, and, arguably, the four most-anticipated shows of June. But there are a few others.

nTelos Pavilion - Portsmouth, VA

What started as a down-low highlight has blown up into one of the most anticipated shows of tour at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia. With a tiny capacity of 6,500, and a first come, first-serve GA policy, one can be sure people will be lining up long before doors open for this gig. With rail spots at stake, there will be a mad dash to the front where people will sit for hours before showtime. With everyone able to go anywhere, dance space could materialize nicely at the smallest show of June. Located on the water in Southeastern Virginia, only a stones throw from Hampton, Portsmouth is one of only two sold-out shows of the first leg, the other being Great Woods, and looks to be a special Tuesday night.

Camden '09 Poster

Two weeks later, Phish will make their return to Canandaigua, New York for the first time since the infamous “Theme >Tweezer > Reprise” set during Summer ’95. An out of the way stop on a Tuesday night spells a recipe for free tickets, but, simailarly, CMAC looks like the quintessential show that many will skip in favor of continuing south from Merriweather to Raleigh. The combination of rural New York, a Tuesday night, and many heads moving south, creates a forecast for a standout show.

While the venue nor locale are anything special, everyone knows Camden will blow up – it always does. One of the other shows that looks like a gem-in-waiting is the band’s return to Walnut Creek in Raleigh, the site of so many momentous Phish shows dating  back to ’94. Coming in the last four-pack of tour, the band will be firing when they return to the familiar environs, and this could materialize as an indelible tour highlight. We can sit here and predict all night, however, sometimes that’s all there is to do when there’s only 58 days left before tour.

Tick, tock…tick, tock…tick, tock…


Jam of the Day:

Stash > I Didn’t Know” 6.15.95 I

A dip into darkness during the first set of Lakewood.




4.13.92 After The Gold Rush, Tempe,AZ SBD < Torrent

4.12.92 After The Gold Rush, Tempe, AZ SBD < Megaupload

Tempe, AZ

I: Golgi Apparatus, Uncle Pen, Stash, The Lizards, The Landlady, NICU, Fee, All Things Reconsidered, Foam, Take the ‘A’ Train, David Bowie

II: Llama, Fluffhead, Sparkle, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Magilla, Ya Mar, The Squirming Coil, Cold as Ice > Love You > Cold as Ice, Possum

E: Memories, Fire

Source: SBD


868 Responses to “Looking Into June”

  1. BingosBrother Says:

    Yes, punkmug, that was I. Hope to see you again.

  2. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @locust I hear you man. My brother, parents, myself all tried for Greeks, nada. Went to outlet for Greeks, got Thursday only. Got kind of lucky that a dormer co-worker won t-ride and sold then to me for a “fair price,” so I was able to parlay those into the Greeks I needed (thanks butter!). Otherwise I’d be looking at ridiculous eBay prices.

  3. Chalkdustin Says:

    Cal, good call on the Operation Adaptation show. Forgot about that band. That was good time. Went last year too, but the rain put a damper on things. Woke up to a leak in our tent and soggy clothes. My friend’s band The Shepheards played on the solar stage on that Friday.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    I really hope that co-worker gets an upper decker included in his “fair price.” If only for people like locust’s sake.

  5. punkmug Says:

    @Bingo. Ha. I don’t know why, but seeing your name tonight just brought me back to the lot that night. This 8/13/97 Gumbo has got me time traveling all over the place. Speaking of time travel, will you be in Chicago?

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    I already time traveled to Chicago and now I am here waiting for the rage that the Phish will be bringing in a few short days. Let me know if you’re coming. Mi casa et su casa.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    And I bid you goodnight…goodnight…goodnight…

  8. punkmug Says:

    Yes. I am going. I will be solo and then on to BTB fest and Blossom on Sat. You hitting that too?

  9. punkmug Says:

    Ha. Yeah. I’m out of here as well. Goodnight.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    strangers stopping strangers…

    love seeing that people from this board are going to be meeting up this summer. really has me stoked. will be great to put some faces to some names on my end as well.

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    anybody still up around here

    i am on the late late shift tonight it seems 😉

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    great epidode last night lycan..

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    I’m up, bud. Nothing happening here in the last two hours or so

  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    Yeh Miner I thought so too.

    We are on the last leg of this journey.. I don’t see it slowing down again.

  15. Lycanthropist Says:

    hey chef..

    i guess i am about to go to bed..

    see you and everyone else tomorrow..

  16. ChefBradford Says:


  17. garretc Says:

    Hmm, the only one left…?

    Anyways, started listening to some Perpetual Groove, 07/09/2005! I’m only two songs in (Crockett & Tubbs, and now in Scooter) but I really dig it! I like the spacey open-ness of it all so far…

  18. pixelart Says:

    No love for MPP. How could they not get this right with 2 nights? Last year could not ever live up post-hartford. I think MPP is due for a standout. But hey I’m happy just to go see phish. Never thought I’d say that again a few years ago. Anyhow phish is playing in my backyard for the weekend and I’m psyched!

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