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”

  1. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Spasm

    Jarred or fresh?

  2. phoammhead Says:

    ^incubation stages

    doesn’t have to go like this, but it’s one way

  3. Aquaman Says:

    It’s a rough one two.

    MSG 12/31 Sand is soooooo good and then come the flubs at the beginning of NICU. Ah, well.

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    That’s probably a well used formula for most I’d assume.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    get ready for epic full set acoustic tte

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    just bustin @phoamm…i could give a shit about acoustic trey vs electric trey…if i’m in the show i listen with my heart, if i don’t make it into the show i dont. same thing applies to whatever music i see. doesn’t matter what type it is. i don’t have too much to say on the subject beyond that.

  7. She Divides Says:

    @ gavins: if you don’t make it into the show?

    ::does not compute::

  8. phoammhead Says:

    right on gd – i figured you were probably bustin’, as you say

    i’m sure listening with your heart serves you well

  9. phoammhead Says:

    if he doesn’t make it into the show he probably doesn’t listen with his ears either

    just bustin’ gd


  10. Guyute711 Says:

    on to the next market Spasm

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711

    Where did you dig up the CLT bus pic?

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    …never mind it’s WT’s pic

  13. Selector J Says:

    “get ready for epic full set acoustic tte”

    with sing-a-long!!

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    dont watch the band, don’t pay attention to ck5, dont buy posters or tees, have no idea about the vegas wolfmans, keep my eyes closed at shows, dance alot, stay behind the stage, dont write setlists, dont own the vida blue cd, only heard siket disc this year, and the list goes on…

    to each their own right?

  15. KfL Says:

    how could i forget: the whale & sand don’t mix (hartford)

    and i’m a whale guy

    the key sand was telluride, that’s when mike left the framework of past sands by varying the bass line tremendously, thus starting the process of full band improv

    sc and utica follow this pattern but are slightly more contained

    ac and msg are a step above in terms of improv & full band jamming

    /end sand report

  16. KfL Says:

    i would actually love to see trey play TTE in some of these acoustic sets

  17. Aquaman Says:

    what’s a vida blue?

    :haha: (jk)

  18. phoammhead Says:

    ^yes, for sure gd

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    Nice GDad!

    I don’t own a Vida Blue disk or ever heard one tune by them. Have never listened to the Siket Disc. I do know the Vegas WB. Never wrote set lists.

  20. KfL Says:

    one more sand note: trey hits some of the staccato notes to begin the jam in the sc sand (the band doesn’t follow obv)

  21. Jtran Says:


    That Hartford Sand doesn’t hold up? Maybe Trey just Horse’d it becuase he had a feeling the whale wasn’t working in that instance.

    Yes, that’s gotta be it.

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    I am guilty of calling 1-900-RUN-DEAD though

  23. Chuck SWE Says:

    grateful phone sex?

  24. voopa Says:

    The first Vida Blue disc is great.

  25. albert walker Says:

    Kinda like me GD

    I have no opinions on 99 sands

    Cuz I haven’t listened to one since 12/31/99

    Memory isn’t that good

    Never heard siket disk or island run

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