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 datingย  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. lastwaltzer Says:

    @marco, baseball jeresys would be awesome llfa

  2. KWL Says:


    kwl + ms kwl


    oh, right, forgot about that… ^handle

    i make no claims that it is coherent or useful for anyone but me ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  3. verno329 Says:

    Any people on here from the Tuscaloosa area? If so, check out the Mantras tomorrow night at Mellow Mushroom. Tonight they’re at the Cafe Prytania in New Orleans. Give them a listen if you’re interested. Really high-energy in your face rawk!


  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    @mitch…come on down! I can’t pay you anything though. And if I were paying you, I’d have to be an ass. I’m an ass to all my employees.

    @marco…yeah, that’s right. I’m a landscape architect and planner…business partners are civil engineers. Slow times indeed for the industry. It’s gonna shake a lot of peeps out.

    @lw…no problem man. If you’ve got any other questions or just want to pick my brain some more, hit me up at cannondawg at gmail dot com. I’ll talk (type) about growing stuff all day…and night. When aintnotele and llamalee were at my house after the TAB show, I put headlamps on ’em and gave them the garden tour at 2 a.m…in February (so there wasn’t much to actually show them). Marshall and El Dude have been given the quick tour as well, whether they wanted it or not.

  5. KWL Says:

    When I boarded the plane, I gave the Capt a really hard high five. He looked confused, but i think he knew.


    also props to HH: smiley as original lurker = gold, jerry. gold.

  6. Mitch Says:

    agreed that the BTB fest poster is pretty dope. can we get someone with a screen print to knock those bad boys out?

  7. marcoesq Says:

    Yeah Leo I’m sure. Remember, I was the one who did marketing/advertising plans for architects and contractors across the US

    It’s a tough industry these days and we definitely got shook out

  8. nonoyolker Says:

    Page’s tingling notes on the end of a Squirming Coil – perfect way to end a raging set. One last Fire rocker and this joint is in the books.

    Nice listening with you TIII! ::trans-Boston air high five::

  9. Mitch Says:

    “When I boarded the plane, I gave the Capt a really hard high five. He looked confused, but i think he knew.”

    llfa: “that guy must have scored phish tix” yeah he knew.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    @kwl thanks for the link

  11. Mitch Says:

    if you were an ass to me as your employee i’d be all like “listen MAN, you’re like harshin’ my mellow brah. why dont you go bane and come back when you wanna be a nice guy. me no want to a-hole boss, aight?”

  12. Mitch Says:

    *me no want no a-hole boss

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    One of the biggest Condo/Apartment builders in North Carolina is probably going up for sale/under…Crosland Builders

    A friend of my special lady friends’ is an interior designer for them and she’s probably gonna loose her job soon.

    The Bankers on Wall-Street really screwed us all over. This is gonna take a long time to get to the other side IMHO.

    Which sucks for a lot of us.

    I haven’t worked since last August. ๐Ÿ™

  14. jdub Says:

    @Mitch, I don’t know what’s funnier, you’re response to an a-hole boss or the fact that their are people who would actually respond like that.

  15. Mitch Says:

    for those of you following along at home about my shitty chase bank situation last week. i did a quick google and found the executive relations number for chase and got that issue taken care of real quick.

    the dude called me later that day saying “i’m still working on it, i havent been able to get them to override it yet” so i tell him “no sweat, i took care of it.” he says “wow, good to hear, you’re better than i am” so im like “yup, click.”

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thought I recalled that was your gig @marco. I know we’ve cut all ad and marketing work. I’ve even let our website run with old photos and project info so I don’t have to pay the web guy to update.

  17. Mitch Says:

    i could only respond like that if it was leo. “what happened to your southern hospitality brah? your accent is a farse!”

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    @dude…Crosland has been on the brink for months now. They’ve been pulling project plugs and trying to sell land holdings like crazy. Unfortunately they’re a capital partner of one of my best clients ๐Ÿ™

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    @mitch…”here, smoke this on your way out the door, you f’in wook! Just save me a pav brah!”

  20. cal Says:

    lw–we haven’t set an exact departure time for Saturday yet. Hopefully adhere to BTB’s suggestion. I hope you can come!

  21. Mitch Says:

    llfa. “you cant fire me! work sucks, i’m going on tour!”

    i had that as a bumper sticker “work sucks, i’m going on tour” used to piss my dad off so bad cause he’d bust his ass at work so i had a privileged life and then i go goof off on tour.

  22. willowed Says:

    Hey Boys and girls,
    I like the meet up talk this a.m. Sorry I haven’t been on too much. Work is a little nuts.
    I posted something on the meet up page for Hartford.
    I am 25 minutes away (that may be too far for some people) but I will be more than willing to host a little BBQ for the crew (both days)
    I have horse shoes pits and a decent back yard. Big enough for throwing the disc around. I also have a pool for you dirty wooks who need to shower. Burgers dogs cold beers (I hope some sunshine). Again, It’s a straight shot up 91 north after we finish up oour BBQ. It will take 25 minutes from door to venue.
    If we get a solid number of BB’rs we will set this in stone. I have that entire week off since I am doing the Hartford>GW run.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Leo W.

    Be prepared!

    We hung out with that couple last weekend.

    It looks like it’s gonna happen. ๐Ÿ™

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    @willowed…gotta find a way to get me and cub to your place for pregame. We’re staying in Hartford Thurs and Fri nights.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @el dude

    I’ve worked with Crosland in the past on the retail side of things. can’t speak for their financial acumen or current issues, but the folks I worked with were good peeps. hate to hear they aren’t doing so hot these days.

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