Tahoe Revisited

8.9.11 J.Crouch)

When comparing stands of summer’s second leg, Tahoe hasn’t felt the type of love that the Gorge or UIC has received. And while that analysis is completely justified, and the second night left much to be desired, let’s not sweep Tahoe under the rug just yet. Overshadowed by the bookends of Leg Two, the first night of Tahoe stands humbly in the wings; a dark-horse, two-set effort that can hold its own against the stronger shows of summer. Were it not for the wooked-out cocktail party that was popping off throughout the venue all night long (a result of the casino vibe bleeding right into the show) and an undersized sound system that couldn’t compensate for said wooks, the first night would be getting more props for what it was—another stellar night along summer’s second leg.

8.9.11 J.Crouch)

While some shows over this last run were defined exclusively by their second set theatrics, Tahoe’s opening frame carried some significant weight. “Party Time” provided a surprise opening and the rare combination of “Oh Kee Pah > Bag” got the party started in earnest. “Mellow Mood” in the mountain sunshine matched perfectly, as everyone began feeling the set before the band had dropped into any jams at all. Stretching out the intro to “Punch” into an infectious series of grooves, the momentum of the set began to grow. And following a bust out of the ’98 relic “Meat,” the band got serious with a mid-set “David Bowie.” Quite the odd placement for the jam made it all the more enticing as Phish dipped their ladle into melodic-infused darkness early on in the show. A blistering “46 Days” brought one of August’s better first sets to a close.

But—as usual—very few people would walk out of Harvey’s glorified parking lot buzzing about the first set. Enthusiastic conversations centered on the colossal, bass-led excursion that grew out of “Light,” and how it traveled through intergalactic wormholes dripping with harrowing textures and futuristic, beat-driven soundscapes. The band locked into another forward-looking adventure out West—one of those jams that rendered the rest of the set gravy. But this gravy was was quite good.

As “Light” meandered into nothing—as so many of its outlandish journeys tend to—Trey slowly wound up the into to “Chalk Dust” in a complete juxtaposition of styles. From the outer rings of Saturn to slamming white lights, the band jumped right back into a rock concert with little buffer zone. But as a dynamic “Chalk Dust” flew through multiple teases, the band all of a sudden had the crowd on its knees with a delicate breakdown of the classic rock anthem, efficiently deconstructing the song with a melodic bridge to a mid-set “Slave.” And per usual, when Phish centers “Slave” in the second set, a highlight rendition was sure to follow. Slowly building through blissful textures to match the mountain locale, the band unfurled a cathartic centerpiece that resolved “Light’s” journey into the center of the Earth.

8.9.10 (John Crouch)

A concise but cathartic “Jibboo” had opened the set, and after a seemingly random “Free” came out after “Slave,” the show’s delicate feel continued. Apparently spurred on by a legion of fans in some sort of on-going campaign, Phish broke out Elton John’s “Rocket Man: late in the second set, a cover which Page did far more justice than the thousands of bellowing drunkards ever could. And closing upon a similar note, the band dropped into “Harry Hood.” Though “Hood” was tight, it remained a relatively vanilla version. But Phish had one last gasp left—“Walls of the Cave.” And while I can’t say that the song seemed to fit in the set, I can vouch for the fact that Phish tore it to pieces. Ballooning the end jam into a set-closing exclamation point, the guys punctuated a rather delicate show with a bang.

Returning to the mellower feel for the double encore of “Bug, Squirming Coil,” Phish whispered their goodbyes into the cool mountain evening. And though the debauchery would grow from there, Phish left stage with a very mood-matching performance that greeted their fans to the gorgeous locale of Lake Tahoe. And with all the deserved hoopla over UIC and the Gorge, this gem—with a distinct flow from beginning to end—has gotten lost in the mix. Give it a re-spin, you won’t be disappointed.


Jam of the Day:

Light” 8.9.11 II

One of the standout jams of 2011; a dark trek into progressive bass-led mania.



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1,022 Responses to “Tahoe Revisited”

  1. Mike in Austin Says:

    Welcome back to the 1st world Kaya.

  2. garretc Says:


    You hopefully have mail, but I realized after sending the message that my witty “Dicks This Weekend” subject line might trigger a spam filter… But hopefully not!

  3. Kaveh Says:

    If I get meth-style addicted to ’72

    ^I’m not saying you won’t, but I’m also saying you might. 🙂

  4. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, MIA. electricity is awesome.

    the no power trip was interesting. gave J’s an honest try. blech. the vapes wins.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    this Gorge RnR is a masterpiece. never gets stale.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    ordering a new iaudio 9 for the dick’s shows.

    my kids are in luck if they end up digging phish and the GD. got some substantial digital archives.

    Dick’s goes big. storaged

  7. butter Says:

    @butter – The AppleTV can’t do that.
    I love it, but it is pretty limited.

    thx Mia

  8. butter Says:

    so i just emailed lp to ask about a token for on demand, as i can stream from 11pm – 4am restriction free

    i’d be so pumped, im up anyway with the baby

    i rock real tour very well, but am a couch tour noob

  9. kayatosh Says:

    what’s that babe’s name, butter?

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    Anyone familiar with how easy I may get screwed selling a computer via craigslist and paypal.

    I’ve got an offer, but the want to paypal me ten have me send it. I know there are a lot of protections for the buyer, not so sure how it works for the seller.

  11. Chuck sweD Says:

    craigslist is meant to facilitate local transactions… that’s why its divided into locations. i’d be wary of anyone on craigslist who isn’t close enough to do business in person.

    if he insists, and you trust him, just make him send the paypal first, then you send the comp. furthermore, he’ll have some the automatic insurance through paypal if he never receives the product.

    i’ve had to do some “claims” via paypal before, i always got my money back after a little bit of pushing. (vender never sent the jacket, but took my money, paypal refunded me)

  12. thedayman Says:

    oh man, im finding myself looking at flights for this weekend.. fack. i really do wanna make this happen, but it just seems insane. round trip is only 319, hmmmm

  13. thedayman Says:

    anyone got an extra place for a loner to crash at? will obviously help pay for whatever arrangements are there…. drowan89@gmail.com

    i may speak w00k, but i am not one, promise.

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    Also looking into last minute flights. RT at $319 would be a non-brainer for me, but the prices on tickets from AUS to DEN went up from $219 yesterday to $500 today.

  15. joe Says:

    this place spreads the (down with) disease like few others. Now I think I have to check what last minute flights are too.

  16. joe Says:

    dip into my early savings for new year’s now that I’m feeling like they won’t be playing then anyway.

  17. joe Says:

    best site for cheap flights?

  18. albert walker Says:

    Do it kids. Do it.

    Gonna be fun!

  19. halcyon Says:

    the time is near……..

    Possible Sunday Meetup BB’ers???

    Vine Street Pub in Denver Good Beers and Food they are part of the Mountain Sun and Southern Sun family in Boulder

    Falling Rock Taphouse in Lodo – Massive Quality Beer Selection.

    Both places are relatively close to Commerce City around 20 minutes from Denver.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    voops and I and I holding court in the TT.

  21. voopa Says:

    Rockin’ that mofo!

  22. kayatosh Says:

    went to the doctor, to find out the matter
    doctor said, “Son, you have a Reggaemylytis.”
    I said, “What?”
    In a me bones. in a me blood. from my toes. up to my brain,
    Is it contagious? Is it outrageous? Is it vicious? Or is it dangerous?

  23. halcyon Says:

    Garret C and Yematt

    Get out here stat!

  24. halcyon Says:

    You too MIA!

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    Only thing I’m worried about Re: paypal is if he claims he didn’t get it then paypal takes the money back and I’m sol

    I’ll call them later and get the direct word.

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