UIC and Where Are We?

8.6.11 - The Gorge (G.Lucas)

Phish could have come to the Midwest, ended their tour with a two-night stand at Alpine Valley and sold exponentially more tickets than they will over the next three nights at UIC Pavilion. Instead of bringing 40,000 people per show to their staple summer shed, the band chose to return to a tiny venue that housed them five times during two very creative years of their career—1994 and 1998. Bottom line—they want to play there. Each of the UIC shows played over these two years were tour highlights, and I have an inclination that the next three could follow in this tradition. With the only indoor shows of summer and only the fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Midwest this year, the recipe is present for a musical explosion.

8.8.11 (G.Lucas)

Even though this tour has been a shortened one, it has still had a contour. Coming out of the gates with a smashing performance at the Gorge, the band’s willingness to explore new places has steadily decreased, less a spectacular “Light” in Tahoe. When playing such an insane show on the first night of tour—one that honed in on an emerging style of “storage” jamming—it wasn’t crazy to think that it was only the beginning. But things haven’t quite panned out as I, and many others, expected.

Despite great shows—ones in which the band’s playing can’t be knocked—in the second night of the Gorge, Los Angeles, and the first night of Tahoe, Phish has only fully delved back into the storage shed one time in Tahoe’s “Light.” Playing as well as ever, when the band does decide to go deep, they inevitably come up with monstrous pieces of music. With “Rock and Roll” and “Light” topping the year’s—and era’s—list of highlights, one would assume we’ll hear a couple more musical cliff dives at UIC. Historically, however, when Phish discovered a new jamming style, they went at it almost every night, exploring their new fronteir. But other than the aforementioned beasts, the band has only further brushed upon their new style in Tahoe’s “Ghost,” and they seem a bit sheepish exploring the storage shed at all.

8.11.11 (J.Crouch)

Theories will go round in circles forever as to the band’s motivations, so trying to understand them is futile. But, in short, their quasi-reluctance push forth into their newest style of psychedelic sorcery seems a bit strange. Hopefully, these next few nights at UIC, where the band and audience will be intimately connected, will prove this pattern to be temporary. Hopefully we will look back as this stand as the triumphant exclamation point of a second leg that maintained the level of musical progress on display during “Rock and Roll” and “Light.”

As Phish nears an assured break this fall and, likely, beyond, six shows remain between us an extended off-season. Back in historic territory in Chicago, the band seems primed for three-nights of memorable music. We’ll see in hours…


In other UIC News…

Da Mock Show: UIC

Tuesday, August 16, 2011—12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

400 S. Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Free & Open to the Public

UIC '11 (R.Jerzy)

“Da Mock Show,” an art exhibition staged in homage to the rock band Phish featuring 20 established poster artists from across the county, will take place just two blocks from Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on Tuesday, August 16 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. “Da Mock Show” will feature artwork for viewing and for sale. Full of color, graphics, and music-based visual art, this exhibition will showcase some of the most collectible artwork from the music industry including Chicago’s own Jim Pollock, Jay Ryan, Steve Walters & Dan Grzeca as well as other accomplished artists such as Nate Duval (Massachusetts), David Welker (New York). All 20 artists will be present to discuss their works and their unique craft.

Artists: Isadora Bullock, Nate Duval, Drew Findley (Subject Matter Studio), Dan Grzeca, Justin Helton (Status Serigraph), Bruce Horan, Fred Hosman (Hosco Press), Ryan Jerzy, Ryan Kerrigan, Jonathan Lamb (Like Minded Productions), AJ Masthay (Masthay Studios), Ian Millard, Mike Ortiz (Like Minded Productions), Jim Pollock (Pollock Prints), Jay Ryan (The Bird Machine), Tim Ripley, Tripp, Uncle Ebeneezer, Steve Walters (Screwball Press), David Welker

UIC '11 (T.Ripey)

The Mock Show has hosted exhibitions in Colorado surrounding Phish’s 2009 Red Rocks Amphitheater concerts, in Miami during the band’s New Year’s Eve run in 2009 and in conjunction with the 2010 Summer Camp Music Festival as “Mock Camp.” UIC will mark Mock Show’s fourth pop-up gallery installation. Through attendees support, Mock Show has helped raise funds for local and nationwide charities. Since its inception Mock Show has donated over $10,000.00 to various charities and non-profit organizations. For more information visit: http://www.amockshow.com

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  1. DukeOfLizards Says:

    UIC bitches!

  2. Dr Pronoia Says:


    Looks like better weather than expected getting out of NYC this AM. I’m up in the 200s (205) tonight, but I’ll be stopping by WW regularly to see who’s around. Tues and Wed, see y’all on the floor!

  3. litteringandd Says:

    Had 17th ticket fall thru. If anybody has a line on one hit me up j a englan7 @ hotmail.com

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Safe travels all. Forgot to eat a morning plane ride cookie…too sweepy. Im on fuckin vacation.

  5. Jerm Says:

    Need to getint he door tonight. May have a Tuesday to trade.
    Contact: thegildedpalace at g mail dot com
    I’ll be in Chicago around noon…….

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    Also forgot IPod. Knucklehead.

  7. Kaveh Says:

    Gentlemen….see you in Chicago this afternoon.

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    You boys blow that place up! Don’t leave any moves on the floor…

  9. willowed Says:

    Indoor Summer Phish

    That just sounds nasty!

  10. willowed Says:

    I can’t wait to see what they do with the first Indoor Steam

    The smoke shit will fill up the arena supported by that thunder bass and CK5 lighting. That will be something to see.

  11. JMelby Says:

    Did the band choose UIC or did the promoters? I believe last year was the first year that Alpine Valley did not sell out. Also tickets were available for Deer Creek. And I’m not talking about in the lot, there were tickets at the box office. I think with the way the live music scene is right now plus the economy, promoters really want to sell out venues. This was no problem in ’09 with everything selling out. Then in ’10, not as many sell out nights. Now in ’11, I think there were only 6 on the first leg that sold out.

    3 nights at UIC does not equal 1 night at Alpine as far as ticket sales. I really think this comes down to the promoters.

    Other thought. This is the first year since ’03 that everyone who wants a ticket for a Colorado show will get one. ’09 Red Rocks = Tough tix, ’10 Telluride = Extremely tough tix, ’10 Broomfield = Easier tix. 2011 Commerce City = Everyone’s in weathers fine, lets dance like it’s the last show for months, ‘cuz it is.

    Have a great 3 nights all, there’s nothing like indoor Phish; POWER!!!!

  12. neemor Says:

    Must say, Pollock’s UIC poster (shown above) is one of the most graphically pleasing of his in recent memory in my mind.

    Sometimes less is more and the basic and appealing nature of this print in particular is a detachment from some of his more recent works that seemed somewhat cluttered as if they were reaching for something that he felt could only be translated with lots of visual activity.
    (See for example Portsmouth 6.19.11: http://cgi.ebay.com/Phish-Jim-Pollock-Poster-Print-Portsmouth-VA-6-19-11-/250871462590?pt=Art_Posters&hash=item3a691ababe)

    Notice also the Van Gogh’ish (?) clouds in the UIC poster….
    Big fan of this one…

    That being said, if anyone feels like dealing with the transportation of an extra one of these, I would pay face plus a sweet deal.
    Can’t make the shows as I traded for a great trip to Six Flags New Jersey, but I would still love to frame one of these bad boys.

    Not to mention the fact that these shows are going to be monstrous.

    Just the idea of indoor Phish to anchor a summer leg? Not to mention the fact that it’s a three night run.
    You guys are in for some aural acrobatics!

  13. neemor Says:

    Good question, Melby.
    My wager would be that the band wanted this one but it was probably suggested by RedLight.

    Safe travels, gdad…that goes for all of you hip cats.

  14. neemor Says:

    UIC will feature:

    DWD>Storage Shed Jam>Sanity>Icculus

    Face melt.

  15. neemor Says:

    Theramin is the greatest thing to happen to Phish musically in 2011.

  16. neemor Says:

    Rock N Roll may be the best, most fully-developed and interesting jams I’ve ever heard from Phish.
    Shit is awesome.

  17. Chonz Says:

    It’s on! Last time I’ll post this, but we have an extra for tonight to trade for Tuesday or Wednesday. Also looking for a single for either Tuesday or Wednesday to buy. Chonzbot at gmail if you can help.

    Hope to see some of you today. Will at least get to meet Dancing Fool to swap tickets. Have fun and be safe!

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    Blackboarders on my couch
    Blackboarders stopping by my work
    Blackboarders riding the same subway trains
    And I can’t get UIC off my fucking brain.


  19. kayatosh Says:

    Have a great one, folks. Tonight should be intense.

    Would have been there with you all, but my chicago based dear friend is here in PA this week. will be living vicariously through the BB so keep the reports comin. I’ll be looking for the tapes tomorrow morn.

    PEACE & cookies

  20. Mr palmer Says:

    Beautiful morning in Chicago.
    Let’s do this.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Lastwaltzer is working to make a buck

    But I wish he’d say “It’s UIC, fuck!”

    and not go to work today

    skip work, LW, puff some herbs. this I pray.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Hello Chicago.

    @Chonz – the duke of lizards may be able to help with your ticket needs.

  23. neemor Says:

    Good stuff, Silly.

  24. Robear Says:

    Miner, it’s not just them not exploring the ‘Storage style’ on this leg. Other than really tight playing, they haven’t explored much of any jamming style. No Greek Cities, no JB Numberline, no Disease Supreme, no Plinko death funk.

    I’m quite sure the next three nights will smoke, but doesn’t change the past.

    UIC, Dickheads!

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