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. Mitch Says:

    i thought butter meant natalie portman. statement is still true.

    anyone seen that friends with benefits movie yet?

  2. Mitch Says:

    nice, both pages are topped with natalie is hot comments

  3. Chuck SWE Says:

    listen to island tour. you’ll like it.

  4. butter Says:

    dont sleep on the > into Ghost, end of that Disease gets nasty

  5. sumodie Says:

    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


    kfl is nailing it with the Sand reportage -yup, Mike owns the Telly Sand

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    I like natalie c better than natalie p.

    Ever wear a cape…..ON WEED?

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Duder- I was looking for jarred pickled peppadews to no avail…
    Spasm hangs head in defeat. I wanted to bust them our for Steelers game gathering tomorrow.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Spasm

    Keep looking…

    Not sure how many different grocery stores are out by you?
    Check web site or try calling first. cutover Service should be able to tell you if they carry them or not

  9. butter Says:

    Holy Ghost deserves all the praise it’s been getting, and more

  10. EL Duderino Says:


  11. voopa Says:

    I did gdad, thanks! Filed for future use.

  12. sumodie Says:

    I’m adjusting to the notion of Trey acoustic on TAB tour, def not hating it. As others have said, I’m sure Trey will pull out some interesting tunes and take some risks (if he doesn’t, well, then I’ll cup him 8)

    TAB is all about exercising Trey for Phish tour. The face melting is simply a bonus! Srsly, tho, I’ve most always loved seeing a few TAB shows

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    TAB offers plenty of opportunity for “fractalness”.

  14. Jtran Says:

    Just made myself a little set to get the weekend started right.

    12/30 Tweezer > 10/26 Light, 1/1 Simple, 12/31 Sand, 12/31 Ghost, 12/28 Hood, 10/30 2001 > Bowie, 12/31 Slave

  15. Jtran Says:


    When you get some more plans going on Albany shoot me an email.

    jtranvt23 at gmail

    Love to meet up for some pre/post show drinks or something

  16. butter Says:

    at the end of Ghost, they didn’t even let us catch our breath or let us give them a standing O…..straight into YEM

    powerful rocking set ….custy review = siiiiiiiiiiiiiiicccccckkkkkkk

  17. Mitch Says:

    set was “epic” and i’m a recovering custy so i’d know.

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    after 2 years they still can’t nail the break though

  19. Jtran Says:

    Chicago peeps

    Just learned that a pretty sweet Afrobeat/Bjorkesque band is playing at Double Door tonight. They’re really good, some of them with roots at UVM. The n’goni player plays percussion in Mike’s band.


  20. Jtran Says:

    And I forgot to mention their name. They’re called Rubblebucket

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    @voopa: 😉

  22. Kaveh Says:

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  23. Mitch Says:

    “I like natalie c better than natalie p.”


  24. Mitch Says:

    ^ 😯

  25. Selector J Says:

    “a pretty sweet Afrobeat/Bjorkesque band”

    Well, there’s a juxtaposition you don’t see everyday!

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