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. HarryHood Says:

    @ Chalk

    If he had the same idea yesterday, I apologize. I hadn’t caught the post and it was just a thought that I had last night. I’m certainly not trying to steal someone’s thunder

  2. fat bastard Says:

    BTB NICE! cant wait. im lookin forward to the fest as much as TP.

  3. BTB Says:

    Hood – where is this logo. Hurry up, I have TPS reports to commence!

  4. HarryHood Says:

    @ BTB

    Bottom of the page bro. Scroll all the way down and look closely. You’ll see him there!

  5. BTB Says:

    Also, he wont steal your thunder, but he’ll sure as hell wack you with a tennis racket 🙂

  6. kayatosh Says:

    BTB fest? where’s it being held?

  7. BTB Says:

    Mind = Blown

  8. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    on the back of the shirt –


  9. BTB Says:

    Kayatosh – Nelson / Garrettsville, OHIO . Click on my BTB Tab and scroll down for the poster. You’re welcome to come if you can make it. Free camping / beer etc.

  10. Chalkdustin Says:

    @HH I really can’t remember whose idea it was….either way, no harm no foul.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “I’ve heard some rumors with a pretty good pedigree about Radio City still being a possibility. Anyone else think these shows (2 or 3) are still on the radar?”


  12. HarryHood Says:

    @ BTB

    The only injury that I’ve gotten that was dumber than this one was in high school. We were playing football on the end of a soccer field and I caught a long bomb that I was running in for a TD. I was looking back at my buddy who was gaining quickly and just as I was about to cross the line, *Ding!* Light’s out. I ran full speed into the goal post for the soccer net with my head. Moved it about a foot or so. I hit is so hard that I split the paint with my face and ended up having to go to the hospital to get the paint removed from my eye.

  13. HarryHood Says:

    @ Chalk

    I see it this way. If we both had the same idea without knowing it, there must be something to it! 😉

  14. Mitch Says:

    how about front

    FMS + bane. = LLFA

    then at the belly button a little smiley.

    on the back we can put the quotes.

  15. Mitch Says:

    **does anyone have a pic of the view from the camden lawn? i’m trying to convince a friend to go and cant find a good pic.**

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^that’s funnier than the bird incident!

  17. Mitch Says:

    wow. that sounds painful.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    @BTB. wow BTB fest looks awesome. well done. and thanks for the invite, but over an 8 hour drive is probably not in the cards for this dude. peace.

    @HH: ouch. glad you lived.

  19. HarryHood Says:

    I don’t remember it hurting much when I did it, but it hurt like hell afterwards

  20. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Speaking of FMS – the second set Sparkle from night one of Deer Creek ’96 did actually melt my brain. Only one ever to do so. Combination of over-the-top hyperkinetic vocal fugue and psyechedelic visual chaos from CK5.

  21. HarryHood Says:

    Soccer goals aren’t very forgiving when you try to move them with your face

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    Brand New source to circulation from Charlie Miller Folks!!!


    Grateful Dead – June 28, 1985
    Hershey Park Stadium – Hershey, PA

    Recording Info:
    SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD

    Transfer Info:
    CD -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
    (2 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

    All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
    April 13, 2010

    — Disc change is seamless
    — Dozens of flaws cleaned up
    — There is some PA static in the 2nd set that I could not remove
    — Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction

    Set 1:
    d1t01 – Cold Rain And Snow ->
    d1t02 – Promised Land
    d1t03 – Ramble On Rose
    d1t04 – I Ain’t Superstitious -> Down In The Bottom
    d1t05 – Bird Song ->
    d1t06 – Comes A Time ->
    d1t07 – Deal

    Set 2:
    d1t08 – The Music Never Stopped ->
    d1t09 – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
    d2t01 – Estimated Prophet ->
    d2t02 – Terrapin Station ->
    d2t03 – Drums ->
    d2t04 – Space ->
    d2t05 – I Need A Miracle ->
    d2t06 – Morning Dew ->
    d2t07 – Throwing Stones ->
    d2t08 – Not Fade Away

    d2t09 – Keep Your Day Job

  23. BTB Says:

    Kayo – Gotcha. Show is on a saturday, if you change you mind, bring a tent! As of now we I have 12 BB’ers confirmed and 4-5 on the fence. Join us if you can.

    HH – OUCH

  24. HarryHood Says:

    Alright fellas, gotta go with my girl to her sonogram and see our kiddo. Catch up with you all later!

  25. kayatosh Says:

    went back to listen to yesterday’s JOTD wolfmans.sally.timber. loose and moving. love that sally. nice

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