The Spark of Trey’s Solo Career

2.16.10 - NYC (J.Orsillo)

I still remember getting the analog tape in the Spring of ’98. It was labeled “8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes,” the moniker of some local Burlington musicians Trey had assembled to play a single show at Higher Ground, a club in their home town. His band featured Russ Lawton on drums, Tony Markelis (formerly of The Unknown Blues Band) on bass, Tom Lawson of the punk outfit The Pants on a second guitar, and Heloise Williams of viperHouse on vocals. Together they ran through a stripped down set of Trey’s unplayed solo material before many more musicians joined them as The Burlington All-Stars for a second half filled with covers . But in that first set, Trey’s solo career was born.

The first two songs on the analog tape were labeled “Bing-Bong” and “Wee,” both referencing musical elements of the songs themselves. “Bing Bong” alluded to the climactic and repetitive chord change at the peak of the the song (words also sung by Williams)—a piece that would transform into “First Tube.” “Wee” alluded to Trey’s siren loops that started at the beginning a heavy groove, one of the strongest parts in the show, that would soon be known as “Sand.”Also performed in the set were the debuts of “Free Thought,” which would later appear as “Mozambique,” and a “jam” that would evolve into “Last Tube.” In between these songs, all that soon morphed into polished staples of Trey’s solo act in 1999, the band played four other pieces including the punk-inspired “Silicone Fairy” and a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

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The band’s sound that night in April 1998 was raw, as this was the one and only show The 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes ever played together. But something was there. Trey liked what he heard so much that he plucked the band’s rhythm section of Markelis and Lawton and brought them into The Barn to jam, thus beginning the the power trio—the first incarnation of The Trey Anastasio Band. The trio soon made their debut at the Very Special Arts Vermont benefit at Higher Ground, but would come together in earnest a year later, hitting the road as The Trey Anastasio Band in May of ’99. Touring in the same acoustic/electric format of Trey’s upcoming winter run, the trio threw down extended second sets filled with sweltering dance fury, in what were, perhaps, the most spectacular shredding guitar showcases Trey has ever played. But a year before he ever hit the road as a solo act—a project that would balloon to an eleven-member ensemble before returning to a quartet in 2008—Trey’s solo career was sparked with one under-the-radar gig in Burlington, Vermont.

Here’s the original setlist:

I. Bing Bong, Wee, Free Thought, Mr. Green Man, Naturally to Blame, In the Mood, Silicone Fairy, Jam > Higher Ground

Here’s the translation:

I. First Tube, Sand, Mozambique, Meatman, Shame, In the Mood, Silicone Fairy, Last Tube > Higher Ground

4.17.98 – “First Tube” debut


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > She Caught the Katy” 7.21.98 II

Before Worcester’s recent bust-0ut, the last version of “She Caught the Katy” came out of Desert Sky Pavilion’s “Ghost” during the summer of ’98.




4.11.1991 The Cave, Carleton College – Northfield, Minnesota SBD

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Carleton College

Here’s another ’91 SBD, famous for Fishman’s telling of “The Prison Joke” during the encore, not to mention plenty of on point playing throughout.

I: Runaway Jim, Cavern, Paul and Silas, Tweezer, Magilla, Dinner and a Movie, Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, Carolina, You Enjoy Myself, The Squirming Coil, Chalk Dust Torture

II: My Sweet One, Reba, Llama, TMWSIY  > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, The Lizards,Split Open and Melt, Lawn Boy, The Landlady > Destiny Unbound, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

E: Fee, HYHU > The Prison Joke > HYHU, Possum

Source: SBD

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567 Responses to “The Spark of Trey’s Solo Career”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    says tix go on sale march 12, so that means that they need to announce this fast for the mail order to be happening fast.

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    tiered pricing is WACK!

  3. willowed Says:

    Can someone leak some dates so I can start booking my rooms.

    Thanks in advance.

    Once the dates drop…hotels prices will kick me in the nizutts

    Hope you guys have been well.

    Work sucks. Need some wine, liquid gold and a vape.

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    i wonder if the tiered pricing thing will be an all show thing

  5. willowed Says:

    tiered pricing huh?

    That blows

    Red Light knows our old asses are done with the lawn shit. they know us old asses have money now and will spring for the goods.


  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    6/3 Chicago, IL
    6/4 Louisville, KY
    6/5 Cincinnati, OH
    6/6 Burgettstown, PA
    6/8 Columbia, MD
    6/9 Columbia, MD
    6/10 Camden, NJ
    6/11 Bethel, NY
    6/12 Bethel, NY
    6/13 Saratoga Springs, NY
    6/15 Charleston, WV
    6/17 Charlotte, NC
    6/18 Raleigh, NC
    6/20 West Palm Beach, FL
    6/22 Tampa, FL
    6/24 Alpharetta, GA
    6/25 Alpharetta, GA
    6/26 Alpharetta, GA
    6/27 Birmingham, AL
    6/28 Knoxville, TN

    not liking this tour if its close to real.

  7. willowed Says:

    Red Light probably pays some lurker to monitor this site.

    The lurker is reporting back to management:

    Lurker: These dirty wooks will take nothing but pavs. They’re a finiky (sp?) bunch. Raise the rates…they’ll pay!

  8. willowed Says:

    I love you Miner!

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    I agree on tiered pricing being wack, but at least they dropped the price of lawns instead of just raising the price of Pavs.

    Seems like every other big act out there is near or over a benji for decent Pavilion seating.

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    The south shall rise again!!!

  11. KWL Says:

    those dates do in fact suck

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    6/24 Alpharetta, GA
    6/25 Alpharetta, GA
    6/26 Alpharetta, GA
    6/27 Birmingham, AL
    6/28 Knoxville, TN

    ^ that’s wrong

    no 5 night runs

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    “tiered pricing is WACK!”

    Truth. Was there VIP seating at F8?

    Red Light is also The Suck.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    tiered pricing isn’t wack. They just dropped the price of lawns, which will keep the wooks out of the pavilion. Totally changed my tune. I’m all for it.

  15. butter Says:

    + the festi still?

    those dates just thrill the west coast fan

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    pavs are the same price

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    leg:1 I bet

  18. butter Says:

    what’s the story on tiered pricing, i’m just jumping in here

  19. river trance Says:

    ouch. shit dates.

  20. sneven Says:

    6/24 Alpharetta, GA
    6/25 Alpharetta, GA
    6/26 Alpharetta, GA
    6/27 Birmingham, AL
    6/28 Knoxville, TN

    ^ that’s wrong

    no 5 night runs

    If you look close, it also opens with a 4 night run:
    6/3 Chicago, IL
    6/4 Louisville, KY
    6/5 Cincinnati, OH
    6/6 Burgettstown, PA

    Then take one day off and do a 6 night run?
    6/8 Columbia, MD
    6/9 Columbia, MD
    6/10 Camden, NJ
    6/11 Bethel, NY
    6/12 Bethel, NY
    6/13 Saratoga Springs, NY

    Methinks bad dates, Mr. Miner…

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    looks like 10 dates all not far from here!!!!

  22. river trance Says:

    I’d do the Georgia run the Chicago show and think about driving to Kentucy and Cincinati if I was feeling crazy

    Chicago to Louisville is a drive though and Louisville fucking sucks

  23. river trance Says:

    the south is the new northeast

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    will be in ATL for the throw down fo’ sho’

  25. kayatosh Says:

    a few of the episodes could have used a little more fine tuning. i put these out hastily. I amde the first one as a lark w/ no intenti0on of going further. calpain rooted me on and the rest is history. i’m happy w/ the overall product. Rivtrance got the vibe and summed it up nicely.

    I’m done. this movie’s over. Installment II: the broccoli man strikes back is a very real possibility.

    episodes 3-6, and 9 are $$. 1, 2, 7, and 8 are $. give or take a $.

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