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. Mitch Says:

    you can add chicago to the list. just follow the same format and insert a few rows where it fits in date order. prob at the top.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @ Marco- FWIW- there are gonna be a bunch of us BBers at camden friday nite rocking the lawn it looks like. Hope you make it.

  3. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Marco – best of luck buddy! Go forth and kick ass…

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    Good luck @marco…saw that you got laid off, tough times for everyone. Good thing is you’ve already got an interview set up. I let my last employee go back in January ’09 and he’s had 2 interviews since then…worst part for him is he’s been looking all over the country and southern Canada. Not sure that I’ll have the need to hire anyone for another year or so…hopefully I’ll still have a business then. Knock ’em dead!

  5. fat bastard Says:

    re TP tickets:
    has anyone gotten their tixs yet? i havent even gotten the email saying “your tickets have been printed” you?

  6. BTB Says:

    Good luck Marco

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    @fb…that’s why I was asking…I got confirm of tix printing for one of three shows I ordered thru TM.

  8. Mitch Says:

    didnt hear about you losing your job. sorry dude. good luck at the interview.

    i wanna work for leo and just get baned and draw all day.

  9. Robear Says:

    missing the Greek would be, abominable, Zzyzx!

    i’ll just plan on seeing you there, if not sooner, like ATL for the 4th!

  10. Wilson8or Says:

    @Mitch: Thanks! I’ll get on it

    @FB: I wish I knew what the hold up was, especially since it’s the earliest show. I got mine in the lotto, fwiw

  11. marcoesq Says:

    Thanks guys, I’m sending you an email Mitch

    I was wanting this to be marcoesq’s summer tour w/ no lawns but I realized that I shouldn’t be as picky

    Plus, Camden is the one place where the lawn is pretty suhweet

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    @leo and robear thanks again for the gardening tips again yesterday.

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    The BTB fest poster is really nice. I am hoping to make it, though it looks very iffy right now.

  14. zzyzx Says:

    I will NOT be in Atlanta… I sold the tickets that I got (for friends) already so that is not even a vague option. There’s a chance that I will be at Portsmouth but plane tickets are pricey.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    I’m looking at this job thing as a positive, already got some things lined up with more pay and not as hectic as a schedule

    And with summer tour looming, we all know what that means 🙂

  16. Josephish Says:

    Alpine or deer creek trades?

  17. marcoesq Says:


    If I’m not mistaken I think we are in the same industry

    Were you the one that owns the consulting firm?

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    I hope to meet some of you good folks at the Greek this year. Really looking forward to that, cutting loose, eating some good food in the area and chiiiiiiilllllliiiiinnnnnn. Where are people staying?

  19. verno329 Says:

    Good luck marco! Knock ’em dead…though killing someone at your interview might not be the best first impression, unless you’re applying to be Jack Bauer’s assistant of course

  20. Kaveh Says:

    @ Mr. Palmer – My Alpine tickets haven’t come yet. No worries, as we have plenty of time. Thanks!

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    I already received my ticket to CMAC. The one ticket I am not using.

  22. marcoesq Says:

    Oh, just reading back re: black/grey sleeves or softball shirts

    We should make up some Miner’s BB softball shirts to rock on tour! (I’m semi-serious on this)

    We have at least 99 semi-regulars on here, right? We could have our names and numbers on the back! I know this would be hard logistically but gotta admit that it would be pretty cool


    Great post, definitely some good things to have learned on here

  23. Josephish Says:

    good days everyone: beatiful day out in chicago finally

  24. nonoyolker Says:

    @ FB – i’ve gotten no word on any tix either. I’m a little worried because I bought all between a 15 min layover at O’hare on my Iphone. All my lazy, goldbricking friends were “too busy” to cop them. Got confirmations so, just waiting i guess.

    Gotta say, I killed the two min drill though. Scooped 5 shows, two tix each, all between a flight from LA to the Bean. When I boarded the plane, I gave the Capt a really hard high five. He looked confused, but i think he knew.

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    I’m probably the only one besides Leo W. who knows how to set up a transit and shoot grades and layouts and there’s not a whole hell of a lot work out there for anyone in the construction business.

    I would love to work for Leo W.

    Talk about a righteous/cool boss!

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