14 Years Ago…

11.1.09 - Festival 8 (G.Lucas)


Remembering Jazzfest: Today is the 14-year anniversary of Phish’s lone performance at the fairgrounds of New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on April 26, 1996. Though not deeply improvisational, this memorable day carried a marked significance for the band. Here is the beginning of a short memoir I wrote last year.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the greatest traditions of this land. Uniting the best and brightest from all walks of improvisational music, combined with southern flavor and creole cuisine, Jazzfest becomes a multi-sensory indulgence. This past weekend, the ‘09 edition got underway, and yesterday, April 26th was the 13 year anniversary of Phish’s unique Jazzfest appearance in 1996.  Performing at the festival grounds under the blazing southern heat, and right before The Meters, the band played one long set that created a unique dynamic between Phish and their classic surroundings….Read on


Jam of the Day:

Harry Hood” 12.5.95 II

A brilliant and soulful rendition from UMASS ’95; a perfect piece to kick off the week.




4.20.94 Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA < Torrent

4.20.94 Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA < Megaupload

Katrina Benefit - Radio City (unk)

The Dave Matthews Band opened, and then joined Phish during “YEM.”

I: Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, Julius, Bouncing Around the Room, Rift, Axilla (Part II), Stash, Suzy Greenberg

II: Poor Heart, Run Like an Antelope, Magilla, Paul and Silas, Sample in a Jar, Big Ball Jam, Harry Hood, Fee, You Enjoy Myself* > Somewhere Over the Rainbow Jam

E: Highway to Hell

* w/ Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, and Steffan Lessard.

Source: (FOB) AKG 460/ck61s > Custom Pre=Amp


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  1. garretc Says:

    “Hey this doesn’t sound anything like… wait, actually, it DOES sound kinda like Dave Matthews Band!”

    Don’t use the DotD YEM as a Phish intro, lest the above sentance be uttered! (not uddered…)

    Consider yourself warned!

  2. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I think my first post was a year ago (page 1 on the memoir). At least, it is the oldest one I could find on a recent search. Voopa was prominent then too. Tela’smuff and Exree hip posted that day also.

    What ever happened to Mugician? Wasn’t he the kid who made it to F8 by volunteering and then got to work the stage?

    Anyway, the Jazzfest performance was my fifth show. It with the Meters, and the ABB the next day, proved to be one of the best musical experiences of my life.

  3. Chonz Says:

    Wow, I never make it to the first page of posts. Have a good week, BB. Excited for phish 3D this weekend!

  4. Eric Says:

    4/20/94 – my first phish show. Thanks for putting it up.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning, all!

    Was torn last night about whether to watch America: The History of Us on the History Channel, or The Universe with Stephen Hawking on the Discovery Channel.

    Ended up watching the History Channel, and was pretty disappointed in the presentation of American History. They shied away from the dirtier side of American history i.e. slavery, indentured servanthood, the utter mistreatment of the Native Americans.

    I find myself wondering if there is a generational issue surrounding the telling of history. Most young people are taught about the skeletons in our closet. We feel like we’re being tricked if the WHOLE story isn’t given too us.

    Anyway, Happy Monday!!!

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    Was lucky to be at this in ’96 and had such an amazing time went back the next year. Shrooms and Louisana heat (the little rain shower felt so good at the end) made for a very interesting show. While it was a bit short on the improve, this show was no slouch, at all. Wolfman’s, CTB’s, Yamar, and Stash stick out. the best thing out of this weekend for me was the late night Michael Ray & the Kosmic Krewe with Trey and Page. That was an epic sit-in.

    Went in ’97 and bumped into Fishman at the fairgrounds. Not sure if it’s still on this site PholkTales.com, but it’s the one about calling Fishman fat and short. Unintentional, of course. This time around I was able to party at the Funky Butt watching Medeski and Wood jam with Michael Ray and Krewe. Walked out that joint and the sun was up. Hell yeah.

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    wow. i just realized i posted the exact thing last year. oh well. everytime this comes up i love sharing the stories because it was indeed one of the best weekends.

  8. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ Silly – just presenting the opposite view here … for discussion purposes:

    Everyone knows about the skeletons in our closets. A 50-year-old has “known” about them for at least 35 years of his or her life. A 20 year-old has only “known” about them for about 5 years (generally speaking). I think that the generation who is in the educational phase of their lives, sometimes believes that no one else was ever taught the things they are learning. They fall into a sort of deluded-trap (that’s inevitable perhaps?) of thinking they are the first generation to hear the truth about something. They believe that “we’ve got it right, now, finally, after hundreds of generations got it wrong.” I laugh a lot of times because science presents things today as if they are certainties, yet we learn all the time that certain things we thought were true, turn out to be … different.

    Plus, a lot of the 50-year-olds actually fought for minorities’ rights in the late 60s.

    There is more to America’s story than slavery. And, yes, the Europeans “took” the land from the Native Americans. Yet, they weren’t truly native to the land, if you believe that they migrated over the Bering Strait thousands of years earlier. The question then becomes who has a right to the land? It seems to be the story of human existence that the person who can “keep it” has the right to it (right or wrong).

    Again, just presenting a different view for the sake of discussion. Happy Monday.

  9. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    ^ for the record, Silly, I watched the first 15 minutes of the show only because it was late. I recorded it and plan to watch the entire series.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    While your partially correct marshall I think we shy away from the countries past and we also don’t like to look our future straight in the eyes. That being said while kids are taught about native Americans, slavery , labor rights and civil rights struggles. They are extremely selective histories.

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    Out of curiosity what did fans think back in 94 when Phish and Dave shared bills?

  12. SillyWilly Says:


    You are right about many older people knowing about the atrocities that went into forging the United States. (I use the word “atrocity” on purpose.)

    I didn’t mean to sound like the youth have it right. I think in our post-modern condition we simply have a feeling that everything is more ambiguous than the rhetoric that is being advanced to us. This is simply a cultural condition – a product of time. This doesn’t mean the last few generations have it right and the ones before didn’t. It simply means that older systems of rhetoric like the Romanticism of Ralph Waldo Emerson or the Enlightenment Ideals of Thomas Jefferson simply dont make sense anymore.

    The show spoke of the industriousness of the pilgrims at Plymouth, and how they forged alliances with Native American tribes. It forgot to mention that part of these alliances involved massacres of whole populations of enemy tribes. While doing this the Pilgrims justified their actions through interpretations of the Bible. This “industriousness” is more like the industriousness of an Adolph Hitler than the traditional model of a Yankee business man.

    The movie made a big scene of the Declaration of Independence and the genius behind Thomas Jefferson’s “all men are created equal…” They forgot to mention that Thomas Jefferson willingly owned and sold his own children into slavery. He did, of course, have more African children than white children. All men are created equal…except for my children….and women….and the poor…

    Thomas Jefferson NEVER envisioned an America where people who did not own property could vote.

    My point is: Yes, we all know this happened. So, why didn’t the show mention this? Their credibility suffers when they fail to address uncomfortable aspects of our nation’s history while glorifying other aspects.

    The reason I think this is all so important is that it re-inforces conservative (not so much in a political way, but in a social change kind of way…conservative meaning holding on to the old ways of doing things) perspectives of history. People who believe Thomas Jefferson really believed all men are created equal do not understand that many people have had to fight to get the Constitution to be read like it says.

    I think you understand this Marshall. You’ve had to study the American legal framework in depth and studying the Constitution makes it apparent that the “inherent rights” of Americans are whatever we can convince a judge or jury that they should be. This is very important because knowledge of this is essential in order to protect rights in an ever changing world.

  13. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    ^ I must confess that my very first Phish show in October of 1994 was a double-bill of DMB followed by Phish (double-bill may be generous to DMB). I went for both of them equally. But that was 1994 and I was 22.

  14. lastwaltzer Says:

    Excellent post silly, I assume you’ve read “A People’s History Of The United States” By Howard Zinn? That book changed my life.

  15. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ Silly – the most knowledgeable thing I can say about myself, is that I am small and ignorant of 99.9% of history (not talking about the few things that are “taught” but “everything” that “happened”). I consider this to be an educated view of myself. Within this framework, I’m aware that some people are more knowledgeable about certain things than I am (which is really an opinion of mine when you get down to it) and others are less. The idea that everything should be questioned is valid. I also believe that we build upon the knowledge that is passed down.

    All your points have merit.

  16. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    And as to the idea that “we all know this happened so why didn’t they address it more” … this is where I allow the creators of such things the license to “know” more than I do.

    I don’t buy into “fair and balanced” – I think that’s another form of political correctness. I buy into accuracy – but that in itself is always subject to debate.

    It’s because humans rarely agree on anything.

    I call it “the human condition.”

  17. BTB Says:

    “Pure boredom, time to get out,
    46 days for the tour to start…”

  18. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I think this delves into the concept of what is real? What is reality? In a way, it’s nothing more than perspective, because of the human condition.

    Two people witness an accident on the street first-hand will often have two different accounts … yet somewhere in there is truth.

    Truth is invisible most of the time, it seems.

  19. lastwaltzer Says:


    “I don’t buy into “fair and balanced” – I think that’s another form of political correctness. I buy into accuracy – but that in itself is always subject to debate.”

    You can’t ever be “balanced” when telling history, its all just a perspective on past events. That being said our federal government/education system and the media have pushed one story down our throats and don’t really want the other end to be told. Which leads to many youths being disillusioned as silly said.

  20. Icculus420 Says:

    “Went in ‘97 and bumped into Fishman at the fairgrounds. Not sure if it’s still on this site PholkTales.com, but it’s the one about calling Fishman fat and short. Unintentional, of course. This time around I was able to party at the Funky Butt watching Medeski and Wood jam with Michael Ray and Krewe. Walked out that joint and the sun was up. Hell yeah.”

    hahah i remember reading about this on pholktales.com

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Two people witness an accident on the street first-hand will often have two different accounts … yet somewhere in there is truth.”

    True but like I was saying above, if you don’t even addresses on of the persons accounts how can you get any closer to the truth. Our “standard history” not only twists events and figures but goes out of its way to leave out certain individuals and events.

  22. Stupendous Says:

    MOrning Folks!

    I see were already diving deep…

    FWIW DMB didnt start sucking hard till 96… not that I am a fan but remember the quality of the music in his albums being far superior to the
    crap hes been putting out now a days

  23. SillyWilly Says:


    I have not read that. I have read A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki. It’s a wonderful account of American history giving weight to the experiences of minority groups in the US.

    @ Marshall

    I agree 100% with your ideas on truth and human perception. I would only add that we can place different values on different accounts.

    Deconstruction has gained a bad name. But, when viewed as simply a tool for unravelling rhetorical tricks, it is invaluable. I simply wish to deconstruct The History of Us to ask: Is this really the best picture of American History, or is this what you really want me to believe?

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Morning folks!

    Damn, you guys get deep on a Monday morning. I have trouble finding my shoes in the morning. ANybody want to spin something this am? Suggestions…

  25. ohhphee Says:

    Morning all,

    On a positive note – G. Washington advocated separating the male plants from the females, and even lamented when he didn’t do it in time!

    All historical discussion is skewed, to one degree or another, fwiw.

    But now, with you tube, we can accurately present our own factual account of our times to future generations. Thank god! 😀


    I would love to join you, but I am leaving for work in a little bit. Have fun, though. Maybe I can jump in later.

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