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


633 Responses to “14 Years Ago…”

  1. gavinsdad Says:

    caravanserai followed by lotus.

    per Mr. C…my intro to Lotus was a great nite in Burlington, VT…hopped up on mushrooms…I rode this amazingly huge vert ramp in a field that nite too, just pumping back and forth…don’t even think i kickturned…Lotus was the inside the house soundtrack….good stuff…

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    “If Indio Halloween ‘10 does indeed happen, any chance you’d be there?”

    Probably not if it’s Halloween, that’s a big family deal. If the Columbus Day talk had panned out I had a good shot.

    @voopa, Hell is a funny album. When you think of it in terms of the original 4 sides it makes more sense. First side = great. Side 2 = not my thing. Side 3= not great either. Side 4 = killer.

    It’s no Payback but all it takes is a couple cuts like Papa Don’t and Coldblooded to make a worthy album, regardless of the random rhumba placement mid-album etc…

  3. Chuck D Says:


    On the bright side, its a lot worse to find out your current girlfriend is a stripper…

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    this JOTD hood is so pleasant…tough day at work and this one put a smile on my face…thx Miner.

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Yay Paug, Safe Travels!

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    “caravanserai followed by lotus.”

    I just burned out on Caravanserai after too many years as a go-to post-trip album. By objective criteria it’s probably the best Santana album.

    Something about the production quality and musical style of that album has led to it being firmly paired in my mind with Blues For Allah…

  7. mrfergie Says:

    Back home finally – SW when it happens pens caps is going to be an awesome series

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Bummer, Mr. C.

    I wont give up hope on a C-bus day rumor yet.

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    C your team has made it a series…

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    crazy shit @Pham

    proud of the boys for sure

    still 2:1 the Suns take it, I think

    but it’s far from a done deal

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Indeed Silly, I can’t bail on Halloween with the family again.

    Columbus Day would be a better fit with me this year and I know they and management are taking that into strong consideration.

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Is that a beer bet payable t the Greek? 🙂

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    mmmmm….blues for allah’s production style…that just put me right back in 1987.

    dinner and home bound…see yallz

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah I wouldn’t even try to go to Halloween, unless it was a single show driving distance from my house. Just not an OK holiday to miss with a 6 year old and not up for the effort/expense of bringing the family to a Phish festival this year.

  15. mrfergie Says:

    Normally don’t do this, but I think a good number of people on the board will enjoy this guy:


    He happens to be one of my oldest friends, transplanted himself from CT to Portland OR. I was lucky enough to catch him last night, and he continues to blow my mind…

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    well I don’t drink 2 beers in the course of the average month so that’s not a sharp bet for me…I gotta get back to what I’m doing here, too

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    wait, Tim Palmieri moved to Portland?


  18. garretc Says:

    It wasn’t my first psychedelic, but my first acid trip was Indio Halloween, and, I must say, it was pretty fucking awesome!

    Just my $0.02, in the parlance of our times…

  19. SillyWilly Says:


    first, hope you’re doing well! haven’t been online with you for awhile…

    second, yes, im sold on the idea that its a “must experience.”

    I just don’t know where to start or who to turn to…everyone says you need to get it from people you trust and to be around people you trust.

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    get it from people you trust and to be around people you trust.

    bingo, also i don’t think a concert is a good idea for a first time. Some friends a safe house or a park with a sober cab is the way to go.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    both of those things are true silly

    and, “don’t hurry”

    all good things in all good time

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    try 5 tablespoons of nutmeg a banana and some vanilla ice cream and milk blend until smooth

    Let us know when the letter B stops chasing you.


  23. SillyWilly Says:

    I want more Mounds in 2010.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    the right concert with the right companions could be fine, as long as the show experience itself isn’t new to you as well

    combining 2 brand new possibly overwhelming things = no

    but if you’re already at home at shows, and you have friend who have committed to stick with you, could be great

    really depends on your psychology, do you naturally embrace sensory overload or not

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks for the advice everyone!

    Im not one to rush into something anyway, so I think Ill just ride it out until it happens.

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