Trey Tour – Winter 2001

8.7.08 Brooklyn (Unknown)

After Phish finished at Shoreline in 2000, Trey’s motor kept running. Continuing to write new material, he soon needed an outlet to play it and booked a spontaneous solo tour for the Winter of 2001. For a backing band, he looked to his his trio from the Spring of 1999. Pulling his rhythm section of Tony Markelis and Russ Lawton back together for his second tour ever, this time Trey added a three-piece horn section as well. Dave Grippo (alto sax) of Giant Country Horns fame,) young Jen Hartswick (trumpet, tuba) and Andy Moroz (trumpet) formed the Burlington-based trio that spiced up Trey’s jams all tour long. Adding a genuine fusion dynamic to the band’s rhythm-focused grooves, this initial horn lineup meshed immediately with the Trey, Tony, and Ray, forming, in my opinion, the best-ever incarnation of The Trey Anastasio Band.

Winter 2001 Poster

To his Spring 1999 staples of “Sand,” Jibboo,” and “First Tube,” Trey added new songs such as “Push On Til the Day,” “Burlap Sack and Pumps,” and “Drifting.” Trey ditched his acoustic set in favor of two electric throw-downs and the band hit the road in February for a slate of ten shows (adding one more on the spot in Atlanta after an unexpectedly high for the first.) Starting in the Northeast, the band wound their way south, finishing with a fierce four-pack in Asheville, NC, Columbia, SC, and two at The Fox in Atlanta. Spicing their sets with new covers, this version of Trey’s band featured musical conversations rather than Trey simply shredding over a thick groove. As opposed to the horns of modern-day TAB who have more composed lines, Grippo, Hartswick, and Moroz improvised right along with Trey through the fiercest and most explosive escapades, upping the onstage dynamic considerably while bringing an entirely new element to Trey’s jams.

Philadelphia 2010 (B.Ferguson)

Philadelphia 2010 (B.Ferguson)

So many musical passages stood out on this tour, but if one jam shined as the quintessential TAB 2001 excursion, it was “Sand > Quadraphonic Toppling” from Columbia, South Carolina. Delving deep into fusion psychedelia, the band threw down an extended series of textured dance grooves that were spiced considerably by horn improvisation. And then evoking memories of Big Cypress, Trey led the band through the abstract “Quadraphonic Toppling,” playing—and looping—the song’s minimalist melody himself.

Trey’s sextet existed for just a blip in time, playing only the winter’s eleven shows together. When Trey emerged with his band for the summer of 2001, he had added Ray Paczkowski on keyboards for the first time, as well as a fourth horn player, Russell Remington, on tenor sax and flute. The following summer, this lineup only grew, as Trey went on to explore Afro-Cuban grooves. But for a spontaneous stretch in the winter of 2001, Trey was discovering the power of his solo act, and his shows contained a palpable energy, bringing a buzz to the scene. Phish was done—for the moment—but Trey’s solo career was beginning to heat up.


Jam of the Day:

A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” 6.19.04 II

One of the top-shelf jams of the post-hiatus era.




4.12.1991 Barrymore Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin SBD

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Barrymore Theatre - 1991

Keeping the old-school soundboard train rolling.

I: Llama, Uncle Pen, The Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Stash, Rocky Top, Golgi Apparatus

II: The Landlady, Runaway Jim, You Enjoy Myself, Fluffhead, Cavern, Tela, Buried Alive, Reba, My Sweet One, Good Times Bad Times

E: Contact > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, The Squirming Coil

Source: SBD

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429 Responses to “Trey Tour – Winter 2001”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    I was reading some of the comments on that website and I guess there are a lot more crazy people out there than I thought. I know there are a lot of crazy people but…. 🙄

  2. voopa Says:

    Robear, check your mail. Got us a sweet spot at the Marriott for Trey!

  3. voopa Says:

    I know G711…that website makes me scared and laugh and the same time.

  4. voopa Says:

    *at* the same time. Speaking of time, lunchtime.

  5. SillyWilly Says:


    I think the biggest issue is that Wisconsin was the first state to allow public employees collective bargaining rights

    Walker is taking those rights away and forcing them to accept pay cuts and eliminating many benefits like health care

    Oh and he excused firefighters and policemen from the cuts, but he is enforcing them for social workers, nurses, and teachers

    So, will the pay cuts force public employees to the bread lines? I don’t know.

    but it’s definitely gonna force some people out of public employment and make life significantly more difficult for many others.

  6. Robear Says:

    TAB fans. I just found a video for 3/3/01 from SC. will see if I can burn copies and report back.

  7. kenny powers Says:

    spring ’97 project continues on etree with a SBD of 2/16…

  8. Robear Says:

    silly, i heard an interview with a teacher on ‘Dem. Now’ from Wisco. He said they were being asked to contribute 3-5% to their health care and retirement packages. It didn’t say anything about those being cut all-together. He also said it would cost he and his wife (who’s also a teacher) about 8-12K together per year. But they didn’t say if that amt. included the health / retirement contributions. Also didn’t say what his base salary was. They both sounded like highly educated, tenured Gym Teachers. How much do they make a year?

    Police / Fireman don’t get 4 months plus all conceivable holidays off every year.

    not trying to play devils advocate here. honest. all i know i’ve heard on TV. which means squat.

    As a self-employed person for most of my adult life, I am 100% responsible for my health care and retirement.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    was that SBD always available @KP?

  10. Robear Says:

    you’re studying law. do you think a bill that strips a groups collective bargaining rights away will stand up in a court of law?

    seems like crazy political posturing to me. playing roles really.

    Republican must break unions and state workers to impress voting base.

    Democrat must organize unions and state workers to impress voting base.

    In the meantime:

    ‘The rich get richer and the shit they pull keeps getting slicker and slicker.’

    (free team hood dvd of your choice if you can place that quote without googling it^)

  11. thedayman Says:

    dunno if this has been posted:

  12. thedayman Says:

    pretty cool event

  13. marcoesq Says:


  14. Guyute711 Says:

    I’m guessing John Stewart

  15. kenny powers Says:

    @ Silly

    i thought they’re just having to pay a greater share of their health care, not having it eliminated…?

    i only know so much about the Wisc situation and don’t want to get into a political scrum, but i’ve always gotten a little peeved when public union / gov’t jobs people get all in a tizzy when they’re threatened with the prospect of accepting less cush benefits, while they still end up being a lot more solid than the benefits of almost anyone in the private sector.

    it makes me think of my sister, who’s a teacher. god bless her, and i think teaching is uber important, but my point is that you can’t really ask someone’s opinion who is at the focus of the question at hand….they’re too biased because they obviously don’t want a law to pass that will adversely affect them, so they can’t objectively decide whether it’s fair to everyone else that they (not necessarily teachers but some gov’t/public sector employees) get posh benefits like early retirement, 100% subsidized health care during their working years and into if not through retirement, crazy sick pensions, collective bargaining….all the while other taxpayers are shouldering that cost and getting no such security.

    It would definitely be temporarily painful for them to adjust to suddenly not having as good benefits as they’ve been used, but (a) it’s better than being laid off which is much less likely in their situation, and (b) is it really the best answer keep granting someone something because they’re used to it when you know it’s a main reason your state or country is in deep fiscal trouble? Too many things have changed when these cadillac benefits were put into place way back when, and they need to be adjusted to better match the reality we face today.

    Take the mortgage interest tax deduction. Hey, I’ve loved that free money back on my tax returns the 4 years I’ve owned a home. But if you think about it, it incentivizes people taking out the biggest mortgages they can and it puts renters at a comparative disadvantage. Now that my house is underwater and I feel like a slave to my mortgage, renting seems way smarter than putting down 5% and “buying” a home. But the IRS code rewards the latter, even though the whole reason they started that code was the big push for home ownership and the American Dream. That is totally outdated and unrealistic, yet it’s still a main reason millions of people are paying higher tax rates than they otherwise would if all these socially-engineered tax incentives didn’t exist and we had lower, flatter rates overall.

    Whoa, sorry for the rant!

    Reading too much Wall Street Journal I guess.

  16. Calpain Says:

    Afternoon BB.

    @Dr.P- nice link to that article, cool stuff.

    But what the hell is with most of those comments, just mind-boggling

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Ha ha, I heard a rumor that the greenboard is dead.

  18. kenny powers Says:

    @ DF

    i wondered the same myself but nope, it’s an older shnid #. heck i might even have the show already but don’t even know…

    but hey, new source for 10/4/99 Redbird Arena!

  19. marcoesq Says:


    Thats awesome! I will actually be having a dinner near Drexel that night for work, I’ll have to stop by

  20. SillyWilly Says:


    as far as a bill stripping collective bargaining rights standing in a court of law…


    1. Courts often defer to the legislature. Since the New Deal, the courts have largely stayed out of the way of the legislature. The reasoning is that the legislature is democratic and the courts are not.

    2. If the legislature didn’t think the bill would pass they probably wouldn’t try and pass it.

    The state is usually given much more leeway in bargaining than the private sector, because they’re handling tax money

    In the end, I think this is more about taking away the right to bargain than anything else.

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Ha ha, I heard a rumor that the greenboard is dead.”g711

    this is not funny. There will an influx of assholes looking for a new home

  22. kayatosh Says:

    kaya’s walkin mix for today:

    12.12.97 tweezer
    12.30.97 BEK->sneakin Sally>frankensteimn
    12.16.99 – sand

    all $$$ for power walkin. or just walkin.

  23. voopa Says:

    mrs. v is a teacher and sure as shit doesn’t get 4 months off a year. She’s been teaching almost 15 years, 10+ hour days plus many evenings and weekends, and has earned the salary she gets (unlike some in her profession, sure). We struggled for many years to get where we are and we’ll be damned if they start cutting shit now.

    Having said that, the (publicly traded) company I work for yanked our sick time and trimmed our vacation a few years ago, and I didn’t walk out or anything (sure it happened during a time when I was working elsewhere, but doubt I’d have done so).


  24. Robear Says:

    Silly, you’re right. I think it is about stripping collective bargaining rights. And having that trend spread. Politically, it would be a huge blow to the ‘Dems’, and focuses blame for govt. fiscal problems on public sector workers. A sadistic win/win for the current tides.

    The public sector insulates the ruling class from the private sector, so it’s a slippery slope they’re climbing.

    Why don’t these people protest or stand up when the private sector is getting their butt’s kicked?

  25. voopa Says:

    The mortgage deduction was definitely part of the reason we bought a home, but certainly not the only reason. And we did not seek out the biggest house and mortgage possible, for damn sure.

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