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. cal Says:

    BTB–I’ll be equipped with tent and air mattress (and ladyfriend, but I appreciate the selling point!). I just didn’t know if we were supposed register at a campground or if that was an every-man-for-himself thing. I’m sure SW’s email will make it all clear.

    Can’t frikkin wait.

  2. SillyWilly Says:



  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I actually love the new shirt idea. Black w. grey sleeves. Nice thought , Mr. Hood. Lil Smiley guy on the bottom and a quote on the back. simple yet perfect.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    LW, i gotta head to class but email me about what you’re thinking. I’ve got a seat left with Cal, his girl, me, and you.

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    @silly, word I’m leaning on 70-30. 70 being a yes.what time are you guys leaving chicago on sat?

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    I think i should drop the 6/16/85 Greek Theater and put the 6/28/85 Merriweather Post in the Miller spindle for Mr. Miner.

    Good Idea?

  7. nonoyolker Says:

    Ahhh, JUST got the black w grey sleeves idea – “Pardon my friend, he’s a little slow…” Nice idea!

  8. Mrmurph Says:

    Any one else doing Raleigh char and both atls? I would love to meet up with some cool people before and after and to camp with
    If u are. I live in Raleigh so I’m thrown down at my place after and
    My birthday on the 2nd! I can’t wait to share the groove

  9. nonoyolker Says:

    6/28 was hershey, 6/30 MP – both are (*)v(*)s.

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    How about grey with black sleeves?

    Like a softball team jersey?

    It would also give it a heavy metal t-shirt theme like a Sabbath or Ozzie feel too it.

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    @ yolker


  12. nonoyolker Says:

    @ dude – look at the BB – down the center (body of shirt) black, sides (sleeves) grey, smiley at the bottom.

    Greek vs Hershey – both are fine shows. I’d lean towards Hershey WITH MP Shakedown as filler. That jam is my favorite of the 80’s.

    I was listening to the Frost ’85 show (4/17 i think?) after Mr C praised it. Solid, tight show as well.

    Speaking of which, anyone know what happened to him? I was reading back after a busy day. Hope all is well

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    Mr. C said something yesterday about having to get real. Maybe he was reprimanded from his boss for spending too much time on the BB, but he also said something about having to get real at home too, so I’m not sure what he meant.

    Hope everything is cool.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so does anyone here know anyone who got to make the Audience Chess Move back in ’95? never been too interested in playing chess myself but always thought that was a cool thing that they did.

    also, I’m digging this 12.16.95 Reba.

  15. BTB Says:


    The layout is as follows:

    2 huge barns (so if it storms, we don’t get wet) also, will host the “Beer Garden” of Great Lakes Mini-kegs

    There is an “apartment” attached to 1 of the barns. This is the “indoor accomodations” I speak of…hoping to get air mattresses and sleep 8 people total. put up some ‘curtains’ for privacy or something.

    Plenty of tent space by the fire pit and additional camping in the woods by the ATV trails with private fires and no noise etc.

  16. Chalkdustin Says:

    BTB Fest – I want to go there.

  17. nonoyolker Says:

    Mid Reba jam now as well. Hot… Can’t beat ’95 precision

  18. Kaveh Says:

    @El Dude…10.31.95 YEM is a monster, indeed. They unloaded one on us that night. Great night, so glad I went.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    BTB Fest – I want to go there.

    I’m envisioning that spoken in a Tina Fey voice.

  20. neemor Says:

    If we decide on doing one of Wendy’s photos for the front, the shirts need to be white only…

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    BTB Fest ’10 is the #!1 stop of leg 1.

    I wish I was going.

    @ BTB

    You might want to start calling it the 1st. Annual BTB Fest.

    Because all of us who don’t make it this year are gonna want to come next year.

  22. Chalkdustin Says:

    ^^ exactly, TIII. 🙂

  23. bhizzle Says:

    tina fey is “I want to go to there”

    and yes, where is this sign up sheet for BTB Fest?

  24. verno329 Says:

    @T3PO You had to go to the Greenpeace table to make your move before setbreak. Also never really been a chess player but I thought it was incredibly cool that they played the crowd. My first shows were on this tour.

  25. Chalkdustin Says:

    You’re right, bhizzle. *zing*

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