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 datingΒ  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. BingosBrother Says:

    Fools. Phish is playing at my birthday party tonight. Sorry you can’t make it.
    : eats mushrooms, turns on 4/14/10 :

  2. sneven Says:

    @garretc – 1st post of the day…

    Have you checked out Perpetual Groove (pgroove) out of GA yet?

    I’m from NW Ohio, but I caught them a few times during the “breakup.” Excellent, good vibes, high energy.

    They’re on the archive, so you can stream some stuff, but there isn’t one show I can reccommend.

    I like TSMM, Space Paranoids, Three Weeks, and Mr. Transistor – face melting songs.

    Plenty of “PHiSH – like” humor in ther live shows. Also a great cover band, including “Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes,” “Praise You,” “Naive Melody,” “Kiss,” and “Thriller.” Too many to mention.

    I would check them out anywhere I can, given the opportunity πŸ™‚

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @Dude- which of the 4 downloading options do i want for that show? Still trying to figure this thing out. thanks

  4. Willowed Says:

    Happy birthday bingos!!

  5. Mitch Says:

    Just got home and read page 28. I’m actually going to Hawaii with the fam this summer. First time there. Fam wanted me to vaca with them since I used all my days off last year for Phish. This is going to be one hell of a year. Didn’t think I’d be able to top 2009 but 2010 is sure giving it a run for it’s money.

  6. voopa Says:

    Palmer (if I may, excuse me Dude)

    change the url


    to read “download” (no quotes) were “details” is, and you’ll get the open directory where you’ll find the FLAC files.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    Things I Learned On The Blackboard

    The Rock Test shall determine who drives home.

    It was sunny in Seattle this morning. SEATAC is a boring airport.

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thanks Voopa! that’s pretty amazing your wife’s playing carnegie hall. what is her instrument?

  9. Willowed Says:

    Can someone post the ink to the meet up page?


  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Always Flac Mr. Palmer or SHN

    Never the others.

    Live Music Archive is a little more work though. One track at a time, so you end up babysitting the torrents instead of click and done if you know what I mean!

  11. Chuck D Says:


  12. Willowed Says:

    Thank you sir!

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    Would someone be so kind as to put up a meet and greet for the whole tour?

    ie: each show

    I know that sounds like a lot, but our BB deserves to have meet-ups for all the shows of Summer ’10.

  14. voopa Says:

    Palmer, she plays Tenor Sax in one of the local Concert Bands (clarinet in another, and tenor in the local CC jazz band too). Carnegie has a series that features local community bands from around the country as openers for larger acts. Unfortunately, these bands don’t get any billing…they’re labeled on the Hall’s calendar as “Other Presenters” but whatever. I’m still proud of her.

    And yes, I used the MSG rumor to brag about her πŸ™‚

  15. Mitch Says:

    I want a wife that plays the skin flute. πŸ™‚

    is the rock test “paper rock scissors”?

  16. Mitch Says:

    Awesome voopa! You coming to the city? Maybe we should all go.

  17. sneven Says:

    @El Dude…

    download “Download Accelerator Plus.” Search for it on google. Free program. Then when you go to the Archive, you can right click, d/l all with DAP, and select the files you want to d/l. FLAC, SHN, MP3, etc.

    It is a user friendly program that lets you walk away, and come back to a completed download.


  18. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Mitch

    Don’t you live with your “Special Lady Friend”???

    She doesn’t play the skin flute???

    Sorry to hear that man. πŸ™

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    @ sneven

    Is the “Download Accelerator Plus” Mac compatible ???

  20. sneven Says:

    Should be… I’m audi for a while… “learning is fun!!!”

    peas and hair grease…

  21. sneven Says:

    @El Dude

    now that I think of it, there are links to DAP from the Archive… all the research s/b done for you…

    fingers crossed…

  22. Mitch Says:

    El dude,
    live with my girlfriend. I meant one day when I have a wife, I hope she’s a musician of sorts. Haha

    of all the days watch ms mango hop on today. Haha

  23. posternutbag Says:

    anyone seen an updated list of the 4.30 phish3d theaters? there appears to be something strange going on with the theater finder right now, as there are many major markets without any theaters showing it within in 50 miles (SF for example)

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Mitch

    Out of the 4 ABB ’09 Beacon Theater DVD’s I sent you…

    1) Have you watched them all yet???

    2) Which one do you like the best???

    I still think the E. Clapton nights are the best and wanted to know what you thought.

  25. voopa Says:

    Mitch, I can’t make it this time, but if we come out for Phish, a meetup is mandatory!

    She’s going to Letterman on Monday too. I’m jealous.

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