What About Austin?

6.25.10 (G. Lucas)

With all of the recent hubbub duly centered on Phish’s retro-sized fall tour – their most anticipated of this era – everyone has forgotten about the band’s first appearance of the season at Austin, City Limits Music Festival. Headlining the opening night of the indie based event with a two-hour set, Phish will close out the evening at one of the nation’s premiere musical gatherings. But the question remains, “What will they do in Austin?”

ACL 2010

Taking part in their second mega-fest in as many years, will Phish actually play a significant set of music in Texas? Over their two shows at Bonnaroo in 2009, Phish threw down out two of their most creative jams of a rather tame June in “Kill Devil Falls” and “Light.” Otherwise, the band played it fairly straight up. But that was their first month back on the road and Austin presents a completely different situation than America’s McFestival.

6.18.10 (K.Lindner)

Because Austin will be the first set of tour, Phish will have something planned in advance. If they were to come out and play off the cuff and wound up with a typical first set of tour, their slot would be a disaster. One might imagine a set featuring “Stash,  “Number Line,” “Bowie,” “Hood” and  “YEM,” with a significant “Light” placed somewhere within. And depending on the course those pieces take, they could form a stellar or average set. Since Phish is only now beginning to jam consistently in their own shows, and have Broomfield looming, the possibility of an innocuous festi set hangs over the band’s Austin appearance.

The Strokes

Playing overlapping sets with The Strokes, the hipsters may evacuate the Phish stage in favor of New York’s neo-garage rockers. When the lights drop for Phish, the scene may not be so unfamiliar, as Phish fans are sure to flood the festival grounds on Friday night. Given a large stage and two hours, a lot can happen in Austin if Phish wants to go that route. But perhaps more of a payday than an intent to make any statement at all, the band may fill their time with palatable music and move onto their own 3-night bash to kick off fall for real. With  rumors of a club show silenced and squashed, Phish could be in Austin for less time than their fans en route to Colorado. But could that time be spent playing a ballistic set of music? That is the question at hand.


Jam of the Day

Kill Devil Falls” 6.12.09 II

This was the first jam of ’09 to really jump outside the box, and it happened at Bonnaroo.




4.8.1994 Recreation Hall. Penn State, University Park, PA < Torrent

4.8.1994 Recreation Hall. Penn State, University Park, PA < Mega

Only the fourth show of 1994, this month saw Phish gearing up for a long road ahead.

I: Maze, Glide > Foam, I Didn’t Know^, Punch You In the Eye, The Horse*> Silent in the Morning, Down with Disease, If I Could, Lawn Boy, Llama

II. Split Open and Melt, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, It’s Ice > Digital Delay Loop Jam**It’s Ice, Sparkle, Harry Hood, Bouncing Around the Room, Big Ball Jam, David Bowie, Suzy Greenberg

E: Contact, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

^ w/ Mimi Fishman on cymbals, *w/ Trey on acoustic, ** first digital delay loop jam

Source: Neumann RSM 190i> neumann m/s preamp> Teac DA-p20> Oade Active > Sony D-7 @ 48k

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594 Responses to “What About Austin?”

  1. halcyon Says:


    what shows are you hitting / if any this fall

  2. jdub Says:

    Sumo, are you going to CO or just looking for people?

  3. sneven Says:

    Good Hump Day to all you BB’ers!

    I found two things to brighten up your mid-week!


    ^ don’t miss the ganja toasters… on my Christmas list 😉


    ^ Roseanne episode where they all get high in the bathroom 🙂

    carry on!

  4. phoammhead Says:

    damned, that sucks! they’ll probably go up now that i’ve quit trying! 😉

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    just spoke with the horse…they are in the process of canceling duplicate orders et al..but nothing has been thrown back yet…keep checking he told me…best way to score now

  6. phoammhead Says:

    ^thanks, miner!

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the only shows I’m hitting this fall are the ones that go on in my head while hiking in the Canyonlands. Made the decision to take the trip with my brothers at the expense of my phishdiction. Trip happens to be at the same time the phish is in my home turf (would have hit Providence>Amherst>Manchester at least).

    Opportunities to take such a trip will become less and less once Baby Disorder comes along in March. Plus it has been almost ten years since I’ve been back to this particular part of the park, so I’m excited for that.

    there’s an infinitesimal chance of me rallying for AC, but that would be a one in a million shot. so you’re telling me there’s a chance!

  8. kenny powers Says:

    “Baby Disorder”, llfa

  9. halcyon Says:


    Of Course there’s a chance :razz;

    Seriously, Have a great time out there. Amazing country. Haven’t been there in a few years. There is a great drive from Moab to the park that takes you through some great terrain.

    Amazing country there.

  10. sumodie Says:

    @jdub: I’m trying to return the generosity of my Telluride buddy (he made my Telly experience unbelievably good) by hooking him up with Broomfield

    Through a good comedy of errors I ended up with 4 Tuesday Broomfields, so now I need to trade 2 for 2 Mondays

  11. sumodie Says:

    just spoke with the horse…they are in the process of canceling duplicate orders et al..but nothing has been thrown back yet…keep checking he told me…best way to score now

    As in check back today or just keep checking back in general?

  12. Robear Says:

    Silly, sit back and relax 4 the ‘Gin’ in the second set of that 12/7/99 show, too.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I made a number of trips over when I lived in CO. My one brother lives in Crested Butte so he is picking me and my other brother up in Montrose and we are heading up to the park. As of now, we are the only pulled permit (of two possible) for the time we are there in this part of the park (Five Fingers) so it’ll be nice to have some time where it is just us, the ancients, and that wonderful colorado medicinal. Magical place. Can’t believe it has been as long as it has been for me to get back there.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    This should be interesting as well.

  15. sumodie Says:

    @T3: Your bro lives in Montrose? That’s where my good buddy Dave Holubetz lives

  16. sumodie Says:

    @T3: wait, you both are flying into Montrose I bet

    Either way, sounds like an awesome trip -my buddy Dave from Montrose keeps telling me to come out for a camping trip in Canyonlands (I’ve never been)

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my brother lives at the other end of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Crested Butte. about 90 miles northeast.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    DC jibboo = loverly

    Roo KDF = who knew?

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    realized that might still be confusing. one brother lives in Crested Butte and the other is in Truckee, CA. he and I are both flying into Montrose.

    from what I know of you, you need to schedule that trip post haste. there’s a magic in the canyon country. it’s unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. I know it will get me flamed, but the SCI song Little Hands captures a little bit of it (lyrics speak of Cathedral Butte and other landmarks in the area).

  20. albert walker Says:

    Only good thing about ACL is its not Bonaroo

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    Sumo. I need 2 tuesdays.will try to locate 2 mondays

  22. halcyon Says:


    Almost as if you are going to have the park to yourself… have a blast

    Have you been to Goblin Valley? I think we are going to go there the weekend after Broomfield

  23. sumodie Says:

    @T3: no worries -I typed a little hastily only cause I was just emailing Dave about the rumored 3pm release

    Lol about SCI flaming -my buddy is friends with the SCI guys. As for Canyonlands, maybe someday I’ll fly west again for something besides Phish

  24. sumodie Says:

    @Miner: 8)

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Roo KDF = who knew?”

    I mentioned it last night, coincidentally. most randomly placed jam of 3.0

    @pham, that burroughs thing is crazy looking

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