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 β€˜09 edition got underway, and yesterday, April 26th was the 13 year anniversary of Phish’s unique Jazzfest appearance in 1996.Β  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


633 Responses to “14 Years Ago…”

  1. lastwaltzer Says:

    @silly, looks like a great book, I’ll have to grab it,. I highly recommend’ you look into Zinn’s book.

    @stup, could be, I liked a few dave tunes growing up but most of it never grabbed, so I don’t know what his “good years” were like compared to he DMB of today.

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    @mr. p I was gonna spin day two of the great went a little later.

  3. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Off to “deal with the GD customers.” πŸ™‚

    Have a great Monday. Later.

  4. Robear Says:

    dang, so busy watching NBA playoffs, I missed the Stephen Hawking show?

    And ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape, a history of US’ ?

    silly kids. those skeletons you’re talking about? the ones in our closet? guess what, those dispicable events in our history? they’re going on today, right now. just not right in front of our faces. now it’s called growth, or globalism, or whatever sounds good to those that benefit.


  5. Robear Says:

    and 14 years ago, I too was at the New Orleans Jazzfest. Must have been following Marshall around.

    I wished Phish could play all day, that day. Just keep marching up guest horn players.

    My last hurrah before dropping out of the scene and moving to Nor Cal.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phish or no Phish, every music fan should make it to Jazzfest at least once.

  7. Sneakin Allie Through the Alley Says:

    Good Morning BB!

    Just dropping in to say hello before getting back to studying for finals. This time of year always makes me question my motives to become an aerospace engineer.

  8. Stupendous Says:

    LW well I basically first heard it in highschool around the time crash came out,
    I guess they were fairly popular and mainstream by that point but musically
    it had a slight headie quality to it, or better put, It was good music compared to what was going on in the mainstream world… I would say the first three
    albums are listenable… granted I was 17 in highschool but I was listening to phish as well as Yes and Zeppelin etc. After DMB released Before these
    crowded streets it all went down hill, commercial success seemed to be at the forefront and every abercrombie & fitch (?) wearing girl wanted to go see dave in concert. After that I couldnt stand it musically and it continued to generrate that mass apeal….

  9. Robear Says:

    allie, stick wid it.

    our only hope may be good people that develop new technologies to BEnEFit the world.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    globalization = sneaky imperialists.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    word, Robear.

    Dont you have tests today, Sneakin’?

  12. HarryHood Says:


    What on earth are you doing up this early? llfa

  13. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    The more I think about it, the Meters are the perfect post-show band. The should play after every Phish show beginning at midnight.

  14. JimmyC Says:

    Regarding the 95 UMASS Hood. I remember watching a UMASS game that next night on ESPN and Dickie V remarked on how the room still smelled smoky from the night before.

    rec.music.phish was all giddy over that one. πŸ˜‰

  15. Sneakin Allie Through the Alley Says:

    Robear, thanks! I’m doing my best. I have too much of a passion for it to ever give it up.

    Silly, yeah I do, I have 2 tests today, one right after the other. The to a paper on the Just War Theory and the development of new weapons by engineers.

  16. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    DMB played my fraternity house Feb ’93. Good for that venue. 2 years later 14 yr old girls were scalping tix at Lakewood fir $75. My last time.

  17. Robear Says:

    hh, little man has a nasty case of chicken pox. and a 103 fever.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    NTMarsh: what made you think of the meters? they are grea,e specially with ian neville on guitar. art’s gettin old, but still plays the keys with aplomb.

    anyone curious about modern day meters, check this one (i posted it before. yes, it’s that good ). the banter, the groove is unmistakably NO funk.


  19. jay Says:

    mad props to Howard Zinn who died recently πŸ™ He is a fascinating man. His People’s History book is a classic. A must read for those who refuse to take what is handed out in our public schools with regards to history.

  20. SillyWilly Says:


    Let me know if you need some help with the paper…I could just edit it for you if you need someone to look over it.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    sorry to hear it, robear. nurse him back to health. blessed are the little ones.

  22. verno329 Says:

    Also went to Jazzfest. Remember the Meter’s set following Phish and the ABB the next day as well. What a great time!

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    Chicken Pox: Remind him not to scratch, Robear. I got some infected when I was little and it made it so much worse.

    At least thats what my mom always tells me.

  24. HarryHood Says:

    @ Robear

    Sorry to hear that bud. Hopefully the little guy gets better soon! At least once it’s over he won’t have to worry about getting it again……

  25. neemor Says:

    RoBear: sending health and love to the little guy.

    Allie: Aerospace engineering, huh?
    Instead of developing weapons, develop a new type of astronaut ice cream that tastes like walnuts.
    Everyone likes walnuts.
    Especially space men.

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