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




I’ll be back on Monday with new selections and requests from the archives. Feel free to send requests at anytime to

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412 Responses to “Trey Tour 2011”

  1. BingosBrother Says:

    love me some “Noblesville Jam”. killer tune.

  2. joechip Says:


    You probably know better than most, but I’ve been listening to the Japanese tour and I think it’s a pretty remarkable run of consecutive shows.. not as consistent as the Island Tour standard, but pretty awesome in terms of night in-night out creativity…what do you think?

  3. joechip Says:

    Playing those small venues for those attentive audiences (Japan 2000) seems like kind of the perfect recipe for what they were going for at the time.

    I wasn’t there, in fact wasn’t going to shows at all back then, just basing judgements entirely on listening back.

  4. butter Says:

    Miner – just for the sake of having something to throw in the ring against that 7 show run

    maybe throw a blanket over 7 shows from summer or fall 95?
    then it could come down to personal pref?
    every one of the 95 shows might not have a big namable jam, but rather a playing style pref

  5. butter Says:

    Deer Creek Twist is off the hook, i remember leaving that show floored

  6. butter Says:


  7. poop goblin Says:

    starting with 4/2/98


  8. willowed Says:

    TAB is all about exercising Trey for Phish tour. The face melting is simply a bonus!

    Agree 100%

    Nice Sumo

  9. William H. Bonney Says:

    12-30 Maze is perfection

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    enjoy poopster ! Stash and Twist are all-time versions.

  11. kenny powers Says:

    back from happy hour Willowed?

  12. willowed Says:

    Just got back. The wife is at her mothers with the kids.

    Freedom – Me – the Bane – MSG Tweezer – and a little wine…Heaven

    They just got home….Booo

  13. butter Says:

    ^lol …willowed – family happy hour now

  14. willowed Says:

    I am stuck watching G-Force with my 3, 5 and 7 year old

    I hate my life

    My wife is looking at me funny because she knows I am baked and a little drunk

    I actually get a kid out of it. This is pretty fun

  15. willowed Says:

    “kick out of it” not “kid out of it”…sorry

  16. kenny powers Says:

    haha, Willowed is always the bad guy when the kids are still awake

  17. kenny powers Says:

    hot damn, Founders brews some sick-ass beers

  18. poop goblin Says:

    that is a massive Stash

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    “island run is peak late 90s phish….its, arguably, the best 4 shows in a row ever…..argue away (Might as well throw Christiana on there and make it 7 in a row…) anyone got a streak of 7 that can compete?”


  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    the Twist may be the biggest type 2 mindfuck if all time.

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    Enjoy those island shows shit troll!

    Great stuff

  22. Lycanthropist Says:

    Pretty surprised you haven’t heard that before. The Siket disc is a must listen too

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    twist jam. maybe the best 9:30 minutes on youtube.

    IMO Kuroda was at his peak during this era. the video speaks for itself.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    best random kickdown of the NYE run — round room. it’s a quirky song, but it worked perfectly on 1.1. In that vein, frankie say>albuquerque and she aught the katy were on the money as well. honorable mention: beauty of my dreams

  25. kayatosh Says:

    “My wife is looking at me funny because she knows I am baked and a little drunk

    I actually get a kid out of it.”

    ^^^ I just assumed you were gonna conceive another one tonight, willowed.

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