Trey Tour 2011

Classic TAB - 2.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA (Nick Fazzini)

Following a similar schedule as last year, days ago, Trey announced a two-week tour Classic TAB tour over late-February and early-March with the well-loved lineup of ’09 featuring Tony Markelis (bass), Russ Lawton (drums), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards), Natalie Cressman (trombone), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet), and Russell Remington (tenor saxophone and flute). Though the timing of his tour is similar to last year’s, 2011’s circuit will bring his Classic TAB ensemble to the west coast for the first time since re-uniting the band in 2008, and will feature one solo, acoustic set and one electric set — the original set up of Trey’s power-trio tour in 1999.

2.19.10 (C.Smith)

Starting in Portland, Maine on February 18, and winding their way to Oakland, California on March 5, Trey’s band will play twelve shows primarily in the east while also hitting Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Denver is this year’s luck winner as the only city to host two Trey shows, as every other city will be one and done. Playing intimate clubs and theatres, Classic TAB will hit only one room with any Phish history in Albany’s Palace Theatre on February 19th. Otherwise, besides the recently refurbished Fox Theatre in Oakland, no venues jump out as particularly special or unique; but that never stopped Trey from tearing a room apart.

While 2010’s TAB tour provided stepping stone for Trey to hone his still-improving chops between Phish tours, this year, his skills won’t be in question. In fact, it was last year’s Trey tour that many fan’s pointed to as the time they really heard the Trey of old emerge. With more freedom in a band created as a personal showcase, Trey could liberally explore solos while also practicing rhythm textures when the horns took the lead. Always a breeding ground for new Phish material, we will likely see a couple up-and-comers for summer tour along the path of Classic TAB. If addition, we’ll likely hear “Liquid Time” resurface after a year of wondering when it might debut in Phish’s repertoire.

2.20.10 (M.Nast)

Having found a renewed stride with his solo band last year, Trey revamped many songs with lyrical horn arrangements written in collaboration with Don Hart of Orchestra Nashville. With the addition of now-20 year old, Natalie Cressman on trombone last year, and Russell Remington on tenor sax and flute, the powerful chops of TAB-mainstay, Jennifer Hartswick, gained some stellar brass accompaniment. And with the core of Tony, Russ, and Ray — who go it alone with Trey for portions of the show — Classic TAB has never been stronger. Ever since Trey downsized TAB, focusing less on conducting and more on playing guitar, the blazing solos and six-string drama displayed of his earlier tours came back to life. And with Red’s current state of shreddery, we are sure to see some fireworks next month.

Ticket presale for these shows begins today, January 14, at 10 AM Eastern, and public on-sales start a week later on January 21.


2/18 – State Theatre – Portland, ME

2/19 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY

2/20 – House of Blues – Boston, MA

2/22 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

2/23 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

2/25 – StageAE – Pittsburgh, PA

2/26 – Lifestyle Pavilion – Columbus, OH

2/27 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL

3/01 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

3/02 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

3/04 – The Music Box – Los Angeles, CA

3/05 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA


Jam of the Day:

Twist” 1.1.11




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412 Responses to “Trey Tour 2011”

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  1. dognamedwilson Says:

    No trey down here is a bummer.

    Plenty of fall to hold me over till summer tho.

    Jan 1 twist kills

  2. dognamedwilson Says:

    Nice piece of work by Mr. Miner

    Can’t wait to see what Trey brings this season!

  3. gratefulphisherman Says:

    Still no love for the northwest…

  4. Le Pheesh Says:

    The Ogden in Denver is a nice smallish room on Colfax Ave. Tix will be tougher than had the shows been scheduled for the Fillmore…but the shows will be much more intimate. Sure to be a good time!!!

  5. neemor Says:

    Trey Tour is the stink kind.

  6. neemor Says:

    I have little doubt that the Bay Area visit is a subtle nod to our fLegendary leader.

  7. neemor Says:

    It’s possible that with this tour, we might see the most fully-rounded, articulate and impressive (not to mention soulful and gorgeous) work of The Bad Lieutenant’s career.
    It stands to reason that now that he has his fingers back and two full years of stellar Phish work under his belt, now that he’s undoubtedly been practicing the TAB material with the Classic Lineup, and he’s happy and healthy, we should see the best Trey of any era.

    I’d like to hit Terminal 5 again this year. (R.I.P. Oakdale-surprisingly!)
    Who’s coming with me?

  8. BTB Says:

    Missed all of Fall Tour and Holiday run…get 2 TAB shows…Hopefully getting to catch Trey w/ some friends will be good times

  9. neemor Says:

    Hell’s yes it will be, BTB.
    I’d venture to say even that you might have “very” good times!

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Beginning Phish Cleanse Listening Regime Today

    Today’s Artist:

    Iron “Fucking” Maiden with THE Bruce Dickinson

  11. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Just as an addendum, I will be reviewing Trey tour wherever there are two or more sources available. Check out my blog later today to see my reviews of 1.1.11 sources, which will complete the New Years Run.

  12. Jtran Says:

    Morning BB

    I’ll be at Albany

  13. phoammhead Says:

    last year i was able to make 2 TAB shows – CLT and ATL – great shows and great times!

    this year i don’t think any of these shows are in the cards 🙁 we’ll see, though

    have a great day everyone! 🙂

  14. butterflyeffect Says:

    Mornin’ y’all

    Annual beer die (drinking game) tournament at my old social house (coed Greek life) this weekend. 100 30 racks for 60-70 people. Wish me luck!

    @Aqua from yesterday: ME certainly has its share of hicks, but Portland is a sweet town with lots of young artsy musical folk. Good food, pubs, good local music scene, and a gorgeous waterfront!

  15. MisterChristian Says:

    “Phish Cleanse Listening Regime”

    Like It!

    I think I’ll do the same, let me browse the old ipod….

    Faith No More – The Real Thing
    Megadeth – Rust In Peace.

    That should do it!

    After that I’ll dream of a New England Phish Fest..

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Just listened to The Real Thing yesterday. Iron maiden is awesome. As if that needed to be said.

  17. Little Buddy Says:

    I saw iron maiden last summer at cmac incanandaigua ny (same place phish played in 2010). Very loud and lots of fun.

  18. Mdawg Says:

    Happy Friday BB!

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Morning folks. Difficult dates for me on the TAB tour. Might have to save my fun vouchers.

  20. Mitch Says:

    neemsters, was gonna email you about a terminal 5 repeat. glad to see you’re swinging it.

    we should setup a email blast for terminal 5 goers. purp, dr p, ae, neem… who else we got?

    email me if you want in on this: mitch at phishthoughts dot com

  21. sumodie Says:

    grrr… presale for me as I’m not sure just yet if I’m free President’s Day weekend for those Boston & Albany TAB dates. No T5 for me this year either.

  22. sumodie Says:

    no Oakdale because it’s a huge venue (relative to the other ‘theaters’) and Trey won’t sell it out…

  23. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Would be sweet if they dropped another webcast on us.

  24. kenny powers Says:

    slow board this morning.

    Trying to decide whether to buy a ticket for TAB at the HOB in Boston…the solo Trey acoustic set I idea really doesn’t excite me, especially in a loud party club like the HOB.

    but it could be nice enough to meet up w/ some good peeps, and I have the next day off.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Nice avatar Mitch.

    “I know many rituals. Many secrets. And I have the strength to use them.”

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