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. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Took some talking to get my wife to the Gorge, thought Indio might be a stretch. About 1 minute into DWD she was in heaven, all smiles. At setbreak she turned to me and said, “we are totally going to Indio.” Yes!

    Now Greeks are a go. Conversion complete. For a run or two a year.

  2. gus Says:

    just found out my good friend’s cousin is the babysitter for phish’s kids this summer during tour! i’m so jealous. i wonder what the chances of me scoring tickets through my friend are…

  3. garretc Says:

    About the usual for me… Class taking up an annoyingly sized portion of my day (not long enough to be worth leaving the room for, not short enough to go by quickly…), and all that. Got some awesome music recommendations earlier today though, so I’ve added a ton of new shows to the collection!

  4. Angryjoggerz Says:

    who’s ready for some heddy 3d fishman man boobs?

  5. sneven Says:


    RE: pgroove

    I lied. I do have a favorie show – 12-29-05, Georgia Theater, Athens GA

    Available on the Archive.

    Free Ride to te Show…

  6. sneven Says:

    @garretc (again)

    jeezus, I left out some other stuff to check out… I’m gonna piss you off before you get to listen to anything from Perpetual Groove..

    Tu Sevun
    Robot Waltz
    Green Tea
    Teakwood Betz
    Crockett & Tubbs
    Green Tea

    You got me started on a non-phish spree… so much for a good day at work in the morning…


  7. sneven Says:

    crap…crowded Tub…

  8. butter Says:

    Tzara’s – my wife downplays the excitement of going for sure

    although she has seen them for years before my influence

    when she gets there has the time of her life and knows more people than me in a lot of the cities

  9. Gratefulcub Says:

    help anyone?

    iTunes disaster. Every track I try to play, I get the message: “Cannot be played because the original file cannot be found. Would you like to locate?”

    I can click yes, and locate the file, and all is well. But, I have tens of thousands of tracks, so that is not a feasible solution. I have no idea what has gone haywire, anyone experience this before?

  10. Chalkdustin Says:

    Cub, did you move your files at all? I get that message when, for example, I added the tracks when they were on my desktop but later moved them to my hard drive. When I go to play them, iTunes looks for them on my desktop but can’t find them.

    That’s all I got.

  11. sneven Says:

    @grateful cub
    Start with a shoutdown/restart…

    That never hurts…

  12. Gratefulcub Says:

    Didn’t move anything!!

  13. halcyon Says:


    1. Try a shutdown/restart and see what happens

    2. Make sure nothing changed regarding where you want Itunes to look for your files.

    3. If all is well with #2, and are still having issues after trying #1 select so that all your files are highlighted, then add folder to library and add all of your files to itunes. It will bring all your music/video/podcast files back in. Then you will notice duplicates (the files you just reimported, and the ones you highlighted). You can then delete the highlighted ones, and all of your files should be back in to Itunes.

    4. I had to do this not so long ago (over 18000 files, and this is what worked for me)

  14. Chuck D Says:

    Cub, this is what I do: drag you entire music library into itunes. this will create a working duplicate of every file. then sort by “date added” and delete everything you put on there before today. it will erase your playcounts and stuff, but everything else will be there.

  15. sneven Says:

    Stanley Stanley Cup y’all! Let’s go Red Wings!

  16. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Butter totally. I hope we meet you both in August. Are you staying locally? You probably have bay area friends down there.

  17. HarryHood Says:

    @ Cub

    That usually happens when you move files. I-tunes looks for them in the same location that they were in when you added them to your playlist. If you’ve organized folders or copied and pasted your files to another location, you will get that error. You have to delete whatever songs are giving you that error from I-tunes and add them again. Just my 2 pennies.

  18. cal Says:

    Hey Chalkdustin, thanks for checking out my site–much appreciated!

    garretc–I know you got a lot of suggestions already, but I thought I’d toss out a couple more ideas…Groovatron is a great Midwestern band, used to be really Dead-ish but nowadays heavier/funkier. Here’s a show I know is really good: http://bit.ly/bjYDhE

    Haven’t seen Primus mentioned, but those guys effin JAM. For a real mind-blower, I would go straight to the Rothbury set:


    Finally, not really a jamband, but they get thrown in that pot because they’re so amazing live: Lake Trout. They’ve gone from jazz to electronic/ambient to indie rock over the years. Here’s an amazing show from the early days:


    …and another awesome one from a couple years later:


    …now, if only they’d TOUR again one of these days.

  19. ChefBradford Says:


    good call

  20. voidboy Says:


    Sounds like you’ll be filling us in on all your “new” (jam) bands…. the BB will expect a full report…1000 words (or more). Please compare and contrast… using your subjective analysis to determine whether you have found a satisfactory solution to the mundane AOR that has plagued your listening world. Two weeks should be sufficient time to draw some conclusions… 😉

  21. locust the lurker Says:

    @ Tzara,

    I’m in western Montana, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be catching any shows anytime soon. Put in for Greek and Telluride but no luck, and I can’t afford jacked-up prices. Hoping for Gorge in the Fall but we shall see.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Thats bogus locust. Don’t give up hope brother.

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    locust, sorry to hear that. I wasn’t able to make any shows last year because of proximity; rather, a lack thereof (Miami was closest, but December is our busy season)

    hope you get some love in the fall buddy

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    i’ve never heard of Groovatron

    fun stuff

  25. punkmug Says:

    @Bingo. Did I meet you at Cobo in the (mini) lot?

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