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 datingĀ  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. Kaveh Says:

    Sorry to repost this: I have two pit tickets for July 4th for trade. Any extra Greek tickets out there, need Friday and Saturday (have Thursday). Let me know. Thanks!

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    @btb do you know who from here is coming?

  3. Wilson8or Says:

    @Leo: No word on my tix. It sure would be nice if my Toyota’s showed up, but they probably got their gas pedal stuck…

  4. halcyon Says:


    I got your email, thank you for the information. Just haven’t had time to read/respond. I plan on doing so later this week.


    Blossom lawn is ginormous. You should have no problem getting tix there.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:


  6. Jahvolunteer Says:


    Fellow Mpls black boarder. Nice

  7. Robear Says:

    zzyzx, come on now, brotha’. thought you were set for the Greek???

    basically, we’ve got a rental house lined up near the venue. Wanted you to come hang, get baned, get quizzed, rapid fire style. Maybe play some music, throw some disc golf. ya’ know?

  8. BTB Says:

    Jah – Punkmug is from Mpls too

  9. Kaveh Says:

    @Jahvolunteer – NE Minneapolis. You?

  10. Wilson8or Says:

    Yeah, it’s a lot to take in, and I gave you the “elevator” version!

  11. Mitch Says:

    you can follow the BTB meetup list at tinyurl.com/msgmeet

    all my tm tix have arrived. now i gotta handle trades and extras from my ptbm.

    ive got a single lawn PTBM ticket for both camden for someone looking for a good deal.

  12. zzyzx Says:

    rob – I’m likely to be in, nothing’s sure until I have the tickets in my hand though, and I’m starting to consider blowing off the summer and hoping something comes closer in fall because it’s not a good year to spend money…

  13. KWL Says:

    everyone knows wookies can’t play chess

    what up y’all

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @kaveh- your alpine valley tm tix come yet? mine(yours) has not yet. we’ll be on look out and send your way promptly.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    @kwl, still planning on sharing those blog entries?

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Leo W

    I received an e-mail yesterday from TM saying that my Raleigh and Charlotte Pavs were being printed.

  17. BTB Says:

    Lastwaltzer –

    Some people are on the fence or have other accomodations, but in no particular order:

    Fat bastard
    Silly Willy
    BTB (+10)
    Cal (+1)
    Swampy Fool (cleveland dude, +3)
    Mitch and Ms. Mango
    Luther Justic (+1)
    Little Buddy (not sure if he’s getting a hotel or what)
    Guitarpicker 420

    These are the names I have written down as at least trying or showing interests in attending.

  18. zzyzx Says:

    Ok Phish3dmovie website, you say that Phish is playing Seattle, well where’s the listing!??!

  19. Mitch Says:

    so i wanna make that shirt if its not used for the black board v2 for the btb fest.

    FMS + bane. = LLFA

    1st Annual BTB Fest

  20. BTB Says:

    KWL too I think.

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    @btb, you can add me to that list, there is a good chance i’ll be coming with SW and Cal

  22. voopa Says:

    DOTD is hot! One of the reasons I had to go see a show in AZ. Glad I did (7-21-98)…

  23. marcoesq Says:

    morning all, just checking in before I set out to my first interview of the day!

    Getting so pumped for summer tour! Only have tix for Sat night MPP so far but hope to work on some more throughout the week!

  24. Mitch Says:

    i got your camden for each night. i’m thinking 110 for the pair. face was 130. sound fair? let me know.

  25. Wilson8or Says:

    @all: Can anyone add Chicago to the meetup spreadsheet you just referenced, or is it already in the works? I’d like to meet everyone, but my 96 Acura lacks adequate tailgate space to “host”. The lot should be where it’s at, since TP is in an industrial area, and the lot itself is bad-ass for tailgating

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