Summer 2011 – Part I

Phish Summer 2011

Phish brought a shaft of light in the heart of winter yesterday, dropping 18 dates that comprise the opening leg of Summer Tour 2011. Beginning at Bethel Woods in Bethel, New York and concluding at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia, Phish will remain tight to the eastern seaboard this June, making only a short, three-show trip to the midwest. With “additional summer announcements” to come” and “no further touring plans” for the rest of the year, these dates are only the beginning of what will be a significant season of for the Phish from Vermont.

Bethel Woods - Bethel, NY

June will blast off with a three-night run in the band’s first trip to Bethel Woods, a spanking new venue opened in 2006 on the grounds of the original Woodstock Festival. One of four multi-night stands of the month, this Memorial Day three-pack in upstate New York will certainly be “destination shows” for fans nationwide. Moving from one stand to another, Phish will return to PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey for the first time since 2000. Formerly known as The Garden State Arts Center, this central Jersey shed was a popular venue throughout the ’90s, and this year’s show marks a homecoming Trey who hails from from the nearby area.

After the opening five shows, the band will shift their scene to the midwest for a three-show weekend in Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The Clarktson, Michigan venue formerly known as Pine Knob—a classic summertime amphitheatre opened in 1972—will host Phish for the first time ever, marking the band’s first summer gig in the Motor City area in quite some time. From there, Phish will return to Blossom Music Center for the second straight year before heading to Cleveland’s interstate rival, Cincinnati, for the the band’s first performance at Riverbend Music Center since the Fall 2000.

DTE Music Center - Clarkston, MI

After Cincy’s Sunday night show, Phish will hop directly back to the Northeast and will play a string of venues drenched in Phish history. Midweek stops at Great Woods and Darien Lake will be followed by a weekend showcase at Camden and Merriweather Post Pavilion—the only stop of the four that will host two performances. The band will subsequently fly south for their final multi-night stop of June, a midweek twin bill at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia. Following a string of cookie-cutter venues, Alpharetta’s over-sized GA floor will provide much needed dance space relief after the cozy confines of Merriweather.

To close out June, Phish will play a weekend run at three venues they played just last year—Verizon Wireless in Charlotte, Walnut Creek in Raleigh, and nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth. The former sheds two hold far more historical weight—though far as far less mobility—than the latter, a fully GA venue on the water of southeastern Virgina. June’s end-of-tour bash will be an intimate affair as nTelos Pavilion’s 6,500 person tent is the smallest venue on the tour by far.

nTelos - 6.15.10 (B.Riley)

A strong opening leg leaves some questions hanging about the rest of the summer. Will Watkins Glen still take place on July 4th weekend as expected, and will it be a stand-alone event? Despite a saturation of northeast shows, many sources say the festival is still a go—we shall see. Will the second leg of summer finally give the west coast some proper lovin’ before the band takes the fall season off from touring? These answers will likely unfold after tickets are sold for June, so don’t hold your breath. But summer’s opening docket is quite an encouraging beginning to Phish 2011. (Now we are really starting to sound futuristic!)

In an interesting ticketing twist, Phish has reduced the price of lawn tickets to a $45 face value, while keeping pavilions at $60, making their first foray into tiered-priced ticketing. Oddly, however, they have not provided “Lawn Only” or “Pavilion Only” options on their Tickets By Mail request form, essentially creating the scenario of “It Costs Less to Get Screwed” if one gets shafted with unwanted lawn tickets. So we got that going for us, which is good. The ticket request window is now open for a ten-day period until March 4th at 11:59 pm Eastern. Best of luck in the lottery, and see you on the road!

5/27 – 29 Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY
5/31 – 6/1 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
6/3 DTE Energy Center, Clarkston, MI
6/4 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6/5 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
6/7 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6/8 Darien Lake Amphitheatre, Darien Center, NY
6/10 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/11-12 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/14-15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA
6/17 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
6/18 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
6/19 nTtelos Pavilion at Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA


Jam of the Day:

Gumbo” 8.3.98 II

With summertime on the mind, here is a supreme example of the summer funk of ’98.




6.22.2000 AmSouth Amphitheatre, Antioch, Tennessee

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Keeping with today’s theme, here is the first US summer show from 2000 outside Nashville, TN. A fierce “Jibboo > 2001 > Sand” kicked off the second set in the band’s return to domestic amphitheatres after two weeks in Japanese clubs. A sublime version of “Harry Hood” followed, bringing Sam Bush, Ronnie and Robby McCroury to stage in a rare perfect guest spot.

I: First Tube, Wolfman’s Brother, Beauty of My Dreams, Golgi Apparatus, Limb By Limb, Bug, Poor Heart, Roggae, Chalk Dust Torture

II: Gotta Jibboo > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, Harry Hood -> Dog Faced Boy > Harry Hood*, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome**, Hold Whatcha Got**, Uncle Pen**, Free Bird***

E: You Enjoy Myself

*w/ Sam Bush on fiddle, Robbie McCoury on banjo, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin

** Del McCoury on guitar, Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, Mike Bub on upright double-bass, and Jason Carter on fiddle in addition to those already on stage

*** w/ all guests plus Wynnona Judd on vocals

Source: Neumann KM140 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Panasonic SV-255 (48khz)

Tags: ,

718 Responses to “Summer 2011 – Part I”

  1. phoammhead Says:


  2. phoammhead Says:


  3. phoammhead Says:


  4. P.S.H.S Says:

    Almost cut my hair, decided to let my freak flag fly

  5. albert walker Says:

    just finishing night 2 of the Ball. Been doing summer tour in order. learned a few things.

    Hershey 8/14 and Clifford Ball 8/16 are disgustingly good Phish shows

    Clifford Ball soundcheck is must hear jamming

    back in the day there was only Bowie, Tweezer, and Mike’s.

    summer 96 tweezers are sick

    Trey used to be a nasty, nasty guitar player (see Reba, Melt, and Hood)


  6. albert walker Says:

    summer tour 96 that is

  7. phoammhead Says:

    ^i like it – let your freak flag fly

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ willowed

    this is the first of the phil and friends pieces. I think this is the one you are talking about…

  9. P.S.H.S Says:

    RCMH ghost back to back this afternoon. I won’t be the same for a few days after that. Ridiculous.

  10. willowed Says:

    Perfect. I didn’t read that one. I must have read another I found in the archives.

    Thanks a bunch!!

    Hitting Furthur in a few weeks so I am jumping into the dead a bit lately.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    ^way to go, willowed!

    “scripting a psychedelic fairy tale for the ages.” – MrMiner – love it!

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    cool willowed

    check out the new source I posted on page #1 from today

  13. willowed Says:

    Yup this is a different piece. I read one in which you broke down the shows by date. I posted the link of the page on the previous page I think.

    Great reads Miner!!

  14. verno329 Says:

    @willowed The one Miner linked to is the one from the day before the one you had already found I think. It was a 3 part series. They are all some of his finest stuff imo. And that says something

  15. willowed Says:

    I saw that Dude. Have it on my radar. Chicago show right? I will do it tonight.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you going to that oakdale further show? I have to work (teaching climbing) that day, otherwise I’d hop down there for that one…

  17. phoammhead Says:

    gotta luv this sand, tooo

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    I like the article Miner. The funny thing in looking at that old page is so few responses. 7 pages for A topic like that, ludicrous. I have finally seen that W A X fellow on here. 🙂

  19. willowed Says:

    I am TIII
    Rework the schedule
    If you need a place to crash. Mi Casa
    Isn’t your wife due around then?

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    I heard just a smidgeon of the Caution from 12/30/10 and did the total double take… so I kinda see what Phil’s going for… He really misses Jer is my conclusion

  21. willowed Says:

    Just read all 3 parts. That’s some great stuff right there Miner.

    Thanks for the links!!

  22. phoammhead Says:

    sweet $ dandy

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    whats the $ source for T5?

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    the live phish download Miner… hd flac option too

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it’s on the 12th, right? my wife is due on the 26th. I’m kinda looking for one last show before the kid comes.

    btw, marshon brooks is quite the scorer. too bad they don’t have enough around him this year.

Leave a Reply