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. Mitch Says:

    well shit. i’m going to willowed’s house even without a concert. if you find me in your pool with a pina coloda floating on a raft when you get home, dont freak out. ms willowed can bring the box wine.

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    @T3PO…they’re good folks over there for sure, just got overextended like everyone else when things were good. All these developers had $$ and gold in their eyes back in 2007…nothing could go wrong!

    I say “Pfftt…”

  3. jdub Says:

    The construction industry has no doubt been hit real hard. A cabinetmakers association I belong to has had 35% of our member shops go out of business in the last two years. Many of the shops I know in the area are laying off people left and right or closing their doors. And the jobs we get have no profit margins due to stiff competition. The industry affects just about everything in our economy.
    I wouldn’t blame the banks though. We overbuilt for so many years and people overpayed for housing, so there is no money or need for construction right now. The good news is that the houses built in the last 20 years were so poorly constructed that there is going to be a need for some serious remodeling in the next 5 to 10 years as these homes fall apart. Good news for some, bad for the foolish who bought those homes.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    “i look into the finance box to check my status,” it was empty.

  5. gratefulcub Says:

    Softball shirts with the original lurker, the smiley face? That’s perfect people. Perfect.

    WillowFest sounds great. You’re picking me and Leo up from our hotel, right?

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    I’d find a nearby pond for the wook washings. it’ll save you some ‘splaining
    your pool guy will be like “what the hell did you do to your pool last weekend? it looks like the valdez collided with a manure freighter in here!”

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    @ T3PO

    RBC has been pulling the financing on a lot of proposals for Crosland. They can’t get financing for much of anything anymore. The bank doesn’t want to take the risk. It sucks for the workers mostly, the owner of the company will have cash when all this plays out.

    In the history of the world it’s always the hard working people that have to suffer the most.

  8. gratefulcub Says:

    Willowed: Has this been Ms. Willow stamp’d and approved?

  9. jdub Says:

    Damn you w a x b a n k s. I just posted a rant about the construction industry that won’t show up until Miner get’s up this morning cause I referred to b an ks.

    @Willowed, way to carry the BTB fest tourch.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    In the history of the world it’s always the hard working people that have to suffer the most.

    see: slavery, feudalism, indentured servitude, ptbm, etc.

  11. punkmug Says:

    @Kaveh. NE aye? Do you ever hit up Grumpy’s NE? I try to hit that place up at least 1 time every week or two after work. I’m from Robbinsdale so pass through NE everyday to and from work in St. Paul.

  12. willowed Says:

    Leo, Cub we will make it happen. I will come and get you boys if need be.
    Mrs. Willowed has not approved. She will though!

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ T3PO

    ptbm… LMFAO!!1

    That shit is funny

  14. butter Says:

    Miner – i always enjoy your “table setter” type of write up like today’s

    shows you can completely shift gears from yesterday’s dreamy translucent style of writing, to the veteran news reporter style that knows what he’s talking about

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    T3, you forgot capitalism

  16. willowed Says:

    That shit’s funny TIII.
    It’s only a small little above ground pool which will make it even worse.

  17. marcoesq Says:

    @Leo/El Dude

    So I have a big interview tomorrow with a mid-atlantic home remodeling company, whaddya think?

    Guy said that the remodeling industry “Hasn’t been affected” much by economy and is going to offer a generous base plus commissions to start

    Figured I’d get some input

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    @butter, (in computer voice) YOU’VE GOT MAIL!

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, but if I continued the list too far my joke might have gotten lost in the shuffle. it’s all about the punch line – not necessarily the accuracy :mrgreen:

  20. Kaveh Says:

    @punk – yep, I know that place. Haven’t been there in awhile. I also like Whitey’s across the street. Otherwise, we are you in Robbinsdale. I pass through there from time to time, mostly north Minneapolis to get over to Wirth to ride the mountain bike trails.

  21. willowed Says:

    Honestly, you guys let me know. We have plenty of time but you guys are more than welcome for a pregame BBQ (both days)
    I think we may even need to make this a themed BBQ.
    Willowed Gheto Fabulous BBQ
    40’s only
    No one is allowed to drink regular beers. Malt liquor only.
    ST. Ides, Haffenrafer (sp?) Colt 45 are highly recomnded.

  22. BTB Says:

    TIII – PTBM, lol

  23. willowed Says:

    I meant Willowed’s Ghetto Fabulous BBQ
    I will have Ice Cube and EZ-E queued up and ready to spin!
    Nothing better than some sunshine, 40’s and some old school gangsta rap for pre-show.

  24. Chuck D Says:

    fuck death row, here comes my left blow

  25. willowed Says:

    These are just fun little ideas though. Obviously you can throw down the Long Trails if needed.

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