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”

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  1. garretc Says:

    A clue in the crossword puzzle I completed this evening was “Cause of destruction”, which, for a four letter word could only mean one thing. The blackboard’s favorite word:


    Also, a repost from the graveyard shift on yesterday’s thread:
    I have an open request for the BB. I’m looking to get into some jam bands other than Phish and the Dead, and I was wondering if some of y’all could point me in the direction of some good shows by your favorite “other” jam bands? STS9, Umphrey’s, WSP, whatever, I’m open to any and all recommendations!
    Thanks in advance!

    You guys are the best!

    (If you give me a recommendation but don’t get any feedback for a while, don’t feel slighted! I just happen to be a late-rising westcoaster… I always catch up on the day’s posts, so I promise I’ll see your recommendations!)

    I’m excited for SUMMER!
    (Thanks Mr. Miner for upping my anticipation levels considerably with today’s post! [That statement is both sarcastic and not sarcastic])

  2. Billy Breathes Says:

    Anticipation. As Always, Thanks Miner.

  3. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Miner – I can’t tell if if you’ve got nTelos down. They also have removable seats for the orchestra section up front, which a staff member of the venue informed me will be removed for the show. So, there will be a dance pit there also. Only difference (as compared to Atlanta) is that all the other seats are GA as well (well that, and overall size).

  4. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    58 days until that tick,tock, tick, tick turns into “shuka shuka shuka shuka…” or maybe “tika tika tika tika tika …”

  5. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    “[] Portsmouth is one of only two sold-out shows of the first leg, the other being Great Woods ….”

    ^ I believe both Atlanta shows are sold out as well. Phish’s website doesn’t indicate this with a “sold out label,” or by removing the “tickets” button, ala Jones Beach, but if you try to buy a single ticket (to either show) you’ll get a “no match found” result.

  6. Willowed Says:

    I think my excitement level is rising!!!

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    Good morning BB

    Hope everyone enjoys their hump day!

  8. c0wfunk Says:

    yeah atlanta sold out right away and was one of the toughest onsales outside of greek and telluride.

  9. oh well Says:

    ^ I believe both Atlanta shows are sold out as well. Phish’s website doesn’t indicate this with a “sold out label,” or by removing the “tickets” button, ala Jones Beach, but if you try to buy a single ticket (to either show) you’ll get a “no match found” result.

    Yep. Called Ticketmaster yesterday and this is confirmed.

  10. jdub Says:

    Don’t sleep on the Hartford shows! They rarely dissappoint in CT.

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    just got camping passes for lawson hill in telluride from phish.com, the only official camping still available.. Anyone camped there before for bluegrass or anything? Anything I should know about rocky mountain camping?

  12. Luther Justice Says:

    Can we just skip the month of May?

  13. Stir it with a Ladle Says:


  14. Elihu Says:

    Stupid Atlanta pit tix! Been kickin myself since the onsale for trying for those instead of just going for best available. Who knew those shows would be that high demand?

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning, all!

    had a dream last night that Phish played in the Alamo in San Antonio. Literally in the Alamo.

    It was a weird dream, but made me think about the possibility of a few more dates?

  16. nonoyolker Says:

    excitement…building… Stupid May.

    Didn’t Ozzy piss on the Alamo? I think the boys would be more respectful.

  17. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    ^ they would just piss in our ears.

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    I don’t know how I feel about what the Alamo symbolizes, but Im sure the boys are a little classier than Ozzy.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think Ozzy also snorted a line of ants off the ground. Silly rockstars!

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    Well, played Marshall.

  21. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Marshal – ZING! Nice…

  22. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ SillyWilly – were they playing Mike’s “It’s Only a Dream” perhaps?

  23. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:



  24. BTB Says:

    “His blazer, is torn and frayed,
    It’s seen, much better days,
    Just as long as the guitar plays,
    Let us skip, the month, of May!”

  25. nonoyolker Says:

    Anyone interested in a A.M. east coast listening party? I was about to dust of this old gem from dec ’95. No meetings til noon – win!

    Saturday, 12/16/1995 Olympic Center, Lake Placid, NY

    Set 1: Buried Alive, AC/DC Bag, Taste That Surrounds, Ya Mar, The Sloth, The Divided Sky, Dog Faced Boy, Julius, Suzy Greenberg

    Set 2: Sample in a Jar, Reba, Scent of a Mule, Cavern, Mike’s Song -> Simple -> Weekapaug Groove, The Squirming Coil

    Encore: Fire

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