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. EL Duderino Says:

    I thought the “Chess Game” was kinda stupid IMO.
    Just seemed a little cheesy too me.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nothing like following up a sick Reba jam with Mule. Keep it going… faster! faster!

    oh, I know. Just was curious if we had any “degrees of separation” from any of the peeps who actually got to journey up onto the stage. I still want to meet the wookie who attempted to make a move on 10.31.95. silly wookie. everyone knows wookies can’t play chess….

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    or chessy maybe?

  4. Stupendous Says:

    Who knows by the time BTB fest #5 comes around maybe the boys will play an
    ambient late night set!

  5. nonoyolker Says:

    Trey scat with Mule – Dang! *ding*

  6. Kaveh Says:

    I liked the chess game, as I like chess from time to time. But it is too bad the audience couldn’t play correctly, but oh well.

  7. BTB Says:

    More accurately, should be named…

    “In the Spirit of Robear’s Oasis, Great Lakes Brewing Company Proudly Presents the 1st Annual BTB Fest”

    *Golf Clap*

    Chalkdustin, well then show up!

    It’s really a culmination of a perfect storm: Saturday show w/ a bunch of out-of-towners coming in. Most people at Blossom will be DC / Alpine Valley / Star Lake regulars.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    what, you expected a bunch of spun hips to be able to come to a consensus on what move to make? and for that move to actually be strategically sound?

    pfft! I say. PFFFFT!

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    nice pics fro Fest. 8 here


  10. zzyzx Says:

    The band had a serious advantage in that they had all night to discuss their move and the fans had about 15 minutes, hard when you have groups of 50 debating.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I hereby submit that the most “allowable” audience clapping is during the russian jam in Mule. Who here seconds the motion?

    those are great. I believe many of those pictures were on the f’rom the road’ pages for the shows as well. sumodie’s avatar is in there!

  12. Kaveh Says:

    Excited…got my 3D tickets just now. It should be a good time. As I think our crew will be on the screen quite a bit. We were the Devil Horns next to the right edge (facing the stage) of the soundboard on Halloween night. Even if we aren’t, it is going to be fun to relive that magical weekend.

  13. Robear Says:

    miner said ‘skip show’ in today’s review 😉

    dizzyzx, did you read yesterday? you’re in the plans for the Greek ! Gotten sharpen your disc golf and stretch your lungs, mate.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Are tix available for the 4/30 showing yet? The theatre closest to me doesn’t mention anything about it yet.

  15. cal Says:

    BTB–Holy shit. Only now am I beginning to realize how awesome your fest is going to be. Plus, I heard there’s a concert or something?

  16. zzyzx Says:

    robear – no I didn’t read yesterday and I’m not 100% sure about the Greek so…

  17. lastwaltzer Says:

    @cal do you know what time silly was planning on leaving chicago before blossom?

  18. jdub Says:

    The chess games were rather short on moves for the obvious reasons. But, as with most things phish doesit was a unique idea.

    Do you think blossom lawns will be available last minute? My latest strategy is to pull a last minute plea and hit the road for Ohio early Saturday morning. I recently landed a solid job for the summer and by that time the wife should be satisfied with our financial situation. Nothing I love more (aside from my family) than chilling in a field with beer, bane, fires, and good people with a Phish show in the middle.

  19. Kaveh Says:

    Yep, I got tickets for the 30th showing here in Minneapolis. I went to the theatres website and then to Fandango for purchase.

  20. BTB Says:

    Cal – yeah, some band is playing a concert.

    If you’re leaving from Chicago, I’d say leave yourself 6 hours to get to my place. Try and leave at 8-9am.

    If we get a partybus or van, we’ll probably head to Blossom around 5:30 or 6pm. There won’t be too much of a lot scene at Blossom is my guess. I know the back roads in to the venue so we can save time on entry/exit.

  21. Wilson8or Says:

    Howdy, BB’ers! @Halcyon: did you get my long ass dissertation email yesterday?

    @Waltzer: Let me know if you’d like a long ass dissertation email, as well! Since it’s already composed, and it talks about what we discussed, it would save time!

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    So have any of you guys gotten any of your tix yet? My MPPs came in the mail Monday. And I got a notification from TM that my Charlottes had been printed…though nothing about my Hartfords or DCs which were also TM tix.

  23. BTB Says:

    Jdub- I didn’t buy tix to Blossom. I plan on getting in for free or $20. It won’t sell out. Several people on here have PAVS lined up, but I’ll probably just kick it in the lawn. Sound on the lawn is pretty solid.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    seriously though, what is a band without skyscrapers?

  25. lastwaltzer Says:

    @ wilson8or send me what you got m a t t m c 1 9 8 6 @ yahoo.com

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