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:

    Yeah Palmer, maybe not wise, but you couldn’t be in an Austin bar without everyone telling you great stories on how well they had done in DELL. Dellionaires. I figured I’d give it a shot. But was worried that any stock that had gone up 2-300% each year for 3 years could keep that momentum going. I was luckily wrong. Heady times.

    I wanted to leave Austin for awhile, but couldn’t give up on all the good investing advice on startups I was getting at the bars.

    But back then, I’d cash some stock and spend $3-4K on summer tour, and think … damn, that was $10K worth of stock the next year. Haven’t had that problem for awhile.

  2. butter Says:

    posting with baby in arms, he’s really good for me as long as im holding, rocking, bouncing….as soon as i set him down he crys

    lil man’s tryin to run the show early

    just spun let it loose from UIC

  3. butter Says:

    goin for Cincy fee now

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    Congrats Butter. That is awesome.

  5. Bwana Says:

    here’s too wishing for a Spock’s Brain at Dick’s

  6. Willowed Says:

    That Fee outro can take me away to special places. Like floating on a soft cloud.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Billy Breathes was my go-to baby rocking tune. Worked like a charm

  8. albert walker Says:

    he probably digs afrobeat butter

    drop that new seun kuti on him. shit is fire.

  9. albert walker Says:

    Mike just knocks Trey around through this whole UIC DWD

    Trey starts doing his cheezy autopilot licks and Mike just bombs his ass into some sick licks

    once this thing gets going so fuckin sick.

    love the 2.0 style drum n bass jams featured in this dwd the waves undermind and gorge rnr

    2.0 stylee with the 3.0 twist. hopefully get some of that flava in colorado

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    my kid liked it when i sang her Bouncin’


  11. garretc Says:

    Once my half-brother drops in December, he’s getting thrown straight into the deep end (musically, not aquatically, of course. infanticide is a no no in my book) if I’m over baby sitting…

    Mike’s Song, ASIHTOS, Carini, Dark Star, Other One, MFMF, etc…

  12. butter Says:

    Cincy Tweez you jam ho’s

  13. butter Says:

    nice reminder AW on the afro beat for lil man

  14. garretc Says:

    Superballs ASIHTOS is still sick.

    That sentence brought to you by the letter “s”…

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    the Bowie after it is a fucking smoker as well.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    your babies are no much h3ttier than mine

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    just grabbed this. commencing listen now. holy shite. never knew of this sit in.

    1969/10/25 Concert “Festival Actuel”, Amougies, Belgium

    October 25, 1969, Frank Zappa jammed with Pink Floyd at the Amougies Festival. Early 2006, an audience recording of this performance turned up.

    Astronomy Domine (10:53)
    Green Is The Colour (3:37)
    Careful With That Axe, Eugene (10:08)
    tuning up with Frank Zappa (2:48)
    Interstellar Overdrive (21:03)
    Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (13:28)
    A Saucerful Of Secrets (18:36)

    David Gilmour – guitar & vocals
    Richard Wright – organ
    Roger Waters – bass & vocals
    Nick Mason – drums
    Frank Zappa – guitar (4 & 5)

    1+ hours long. .wma file

  18. garretc Says:

    Also sick: Superball No Quarter.

    No Quarter is definitely the song I’m most bummed about missing this summer…

  19. Beantownboy Says:


    Sitting on our cabin’s deck in Bar Harbor wrapping my mind around the past week. Epic wedding. Incredible honeymoon. And now we fly to CO on Saturday.

    Good times.

    What’s the word on the meetup?

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    congrats beantown

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    check the BB Meetup Board for details

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    7/2/95 Runaway Jim…know it

  23. Beantownboy Says:

    Thanks guys. It’s been surreal and I can’t even imagine the emotions we’ll be feeling come Saturday’s show. Hope to see a lot of you there and puff mad bane.

  24. halcyon Says:

    Congrats beantown!

    ^ Tela

    Where did you find that show?

  25. tela'smuff Says:


    go down the comments section for the repost

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