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

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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)

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718 Responses to “Summer 2011 – Part I”

  1. garretc Says:

    AJ just canceled his plans for the evening!


  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Are you guys talking basketball or are we still on football?

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    b-ball @joggerz
    football is on hiatus

  4. dusty Says:

    @ aw. soam from creek the two night run before hershey. Also…choco towns daytime dark fee. Heading for pow pow here. thinking only camden this summer for me…cuz I like it dirty.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hoops season AJ ( hoops = basketball ). Football ended w/ the superbowl.

    Footbell season starts MAy 27th,, in Bethel NY…..

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Nice. Go Tarheels (why not?). BTW, I do know enough about football to know that the pro season ends with superbowl, but was not sure if college football had a parallel season or not.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    AJ- looking to poach something form your media fire.

    Mad Professor vs. Scientist? Dub duel at King Tubby’s.

    ^^ care to add any thoughts to this? thanks

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    Yes, play it loud.

  9. Selector J Says:

    Hey! i might poach that, too. @palmer

    I’m a big Scientist guy but I’ve been trying to get into more Mad Prof.

  10. albert walker Says:

    no doubt Dusty a smoking SOAM at Creek. great 2 night run. that summer tour seemed to pick up around Alpine and just get better through the Clifford Ball. couple hot SOAM’ though

    I assume we aren’t talking at Scent of a Mule. The set killer all summer 96.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    ^nice, aj

    march madness = basketball

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    Yes, I should have known it was march madness, it being February and all. Hahah.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    After listening to all the TAB shows thus far. I like the trajectory of this tour. Each show has gotten a little better from the previous. Your lucky if your turn to catch them is coming up. No 15 minute excursions yet, but it may well come soon. Band is super tight. Enjoy.

  14. voopa Says:

    Psyched I’m catching the tour closer.

    Mad Professor is teh b0mb!

  15. phoammhead Says:

    you should know things get started sooner than later

    hell, we’re basket cases before we know anything . . . well, especially before we know anything!

  16. KWL Says:

    people looking for a place for bethel, dude for this place said it is still available but he got 4 other emails about it today. so it’s open, but act fast and you might snag it. about 12-3 miles from the venue, for 2-4 people

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    Liquid time

  18. Selector J Says:

    i think gdad just dosed.

  19. KWL Says:

    (people i talked to, i think we will be good)

    peace kids

  20. dusty Says:

    in general I’m not a Scent fan. Too much blue ball jamming. In general I don’t know much though.

  21. voopa Says:

  22. albert walker Says:

    me too dusty. don’t know shit about shit.

    one of the few truths I have discovered though. scent of a mule kills sets.

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Iron Fucking Maiden Post!

  24. voopa Says:

    YES! Another BS&Ps…thank you Dude, if you’re responsible.

  25. voopa Says:

    Dear TAB,

    Please play Cincinnati at the Fox.

    much love,

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