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. butter Says:

    Natalie is hot

  2. albert walker Says:

    But 3.0 I’m a yuppie loser custie

    Have heard it all

    And have many opinions on the matter

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Butterz

    Yes, Yes she is…

  4. Mitch Says:

    Just helped a woman who says to me “my first dead show was ’76” she was fun to chat up. Showed her gdads old pics in case she knew him. Shes from jerZ also.

  5. butter Says:

    my favorite thing of 3.0 is whenever AW’s about to lose himself completely in a jam the cape crusader comes running up and down the aisle

    you can’t script this shit

  6. Aquaman Says:

    What’s the general BB opinion of “The Diplomats of Sound”?

    Anyone been? Very curious just from what I have listening to in the last 30 min on YouTube.

    They are playing in Chicago tonight. Midnight show….may be too late for this guy.

  7. Aquaman Says:

    You mean AW didn’t stick our his foot?

  8. Aquaman Says:


  9. Aquaman Says:

    out his foot, typing fail.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    @voopa – did you see that i posted additional avatar images for you?

  11. butter Says:

    24 hour break from Phish

    first spin back MSG Sand, just keeps getting better….0h so siiiiiicckkk

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    when ZZ bumped up against AW on the floor in AC without either one knowing who the other it was one of the craziest byproducts of my phish involvement that i’ve ever witnessed. beyond nuts.

  13. albert walker Says:


    You talk enough smack on the caped crusader and you develop a magnetic attraction to his ass

  14. Chuck SWE Says:

    i’d pay to see that. screw the phish show…

  15. Aquaman Says:

    I guess I also fat fingered that band name: “The Diplomats of Solid Sound”.

    Ahhhh, whatever.

    laterz….work boring, save you guys.

    Gonna go get the sprat early today. Tomorrow is my small fry’s 3 birthday.

    Yeah, ‘Lil G! You made it to 3!

    -Aqua out-

  16. Chuck SWE Says:

    did zz ever figure it out?

  17. Aquaman Says:

    You talk enough smack on the caped crusader and you develop a magnetic attraction to his ass


    Now that’s funny!

  18. albert walker Says:

    A capeless Xyz on Halloween wil creep up on your ass

    At msg I saw him coming

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ve noticed more and more dopes with capes on at shows this past year.

    Zz has never heard the Island Tour either ,AW . I think you should change that. Plus, you’d enjoy it. 12 hours of phish brilliance.

  20. butter Says:

    he should try getting high sometime and doing his antics

  21. sumodie Says:

    @jtran: ever figure out your TAB seats at the Palace Theater? Loge is the front section of the balcony -row F is the last row in that section

    I figured Loge was better than rows M, R, & S in the Orchestra, as that’s all I could get. Our Loge seats should be pretty sweet, though I forget how near/far the balcony overhangs the orchestra

  22. sumodie Says:

    Sand and Jibboo were played at every TAB show last Feb -the setlists had very little variability, which worked fine for me at the time

    All 3 Jibboos I caught were sick as shit, and Sand wasn’t far behind

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    i would never be able to manage a clipboard and stopwatch all spun like

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    @ AW

    Didn’t I make you the Island Tour LP sbds way back when?
    You might wanna check one of your binders

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    The silver Kids used to wear capes and other stuff all the time.

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