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. BTB Says:

    Kaveh – watch out! you just said punkmug’s favorite phrase in the universe, “ride the mountain bike trails”

    You have a new BFF, lol.

  2. gratefulcub Says:


  3. BTB Says:

    Willowed – Any word on Kegs of Bud Ice at the Ghetto Fab BBQ?

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    @marco…remodeling and renovations are about the only thing going for us (keep in mind I’m working mostly with commercial clients, and on the site end of things). We’re doing a few upfits, etc. but hardly anything new. Here in Charlotte, the national home builders are starting to ramp up again, but they’re just taking down existing lots rather than starting up new projects. I think you might be onto something there…good luck!

  5. jdub Says:

    Capitalists are hard workers too 🙂

    Nothing like a good ghetto block party.

  6. willowed Says:

    I was thinking Milwaukee’s Best Ice on tap for Hartford!

  7. BTB Says:

    In Ohio we call Milwaukee’s Best “BEAST” . Not sure if that’s used elsewhere.

  8. BTB Says:

    Worst Beer Ever.

  9. Chalkdustin Says:

    We do that in Milwaukee, too.

  10. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yeah, it’s the “BEAST” down south too. We used to drive an hour into Florida to buy it for $7.99/case. My god I had low standards.

  11. punkmug Says:

    @ BTB HA! You’re right. I dropped my jaw.

    @Kevah. I live about a block from North Memorial Hospital. Do you ride the Theo Trails? I ride that shit as much as humanly possible. Sounds like we not only need to arrange a beer outing, but a mtn biking outing. Next thing you’re gonna say is you home brew right? 🙂

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I pretty sure they use “Beast” in their national advertising, or at least they used to. Why fight it, right?

  13. bhizzle Says:

    It’s BEAST in NY too

  14. willowed Says:

    Your avatar looks like a Pig Snout

  15. jdub Says:

    In college we would go for the distressed cases of the Beast. Super cheap and became a badge of honor.

  16. willowed Says:

    The Beast on tap
    Blunts laced with turpentine
    Ice Cube on IPod
    Today is a good day!

  17. punkmug Says:

    Mpls calls it “The Beast” as well. ..well, the people I know call it the Beast.

  18. bhizzle Says:

    So I picked up a sample 12 pack of Great Lakes Brew and found myself liking the Fitzgerald & if really cold the Elliot Ness. Surprisingly I wasn’t all that fond of the Burning River and I love pale ales. maybe it wasnt hoppy enough for me?

  19. BTB Says:

    BEAST should come with a tongue scrapper to get that nasty coating out of your mouth.

  20. bhizzle Says:

    or I had my skirt on for that moment in time…idk

  21. willowed Says:

    Put down the Great Lakes and pick yourself up a BEAST!!

  22. Chalkdustin Says:

    LLFA It’s an 8-shaped donut from Fest 8.

    I like donuts.

  23. BTB Says:

    Bhiz – They make a Hoppier version of the Burning River, Commodore Perry IPA. The Burning River is sweeter than most IPA’s like Sierra etc.

    FWIW, most Great Lakes Beers are sweet b/c they use sugar. Gives a great buzz!

  24. jdub Says:

    “Blunts with turpentine” funny shit, anything to enhance the buzz.

  25. willowed Says:

    I know it is, but it looks like a pig snout. Oink Oink
    It’s making me laugh so don’t get rid of it!!

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