The Resounding Echoes Grow

Barefoot Bob (1975-2013)

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Phish experience is the people we meet while on the ride. Amidst personal exaltation and sonic revelation, the friends we make are the most lasting treasures of the traveling circus we call home. So many of the people we hold dear at this point in life we have met through the interconnected circles of the Phish universe. As we have gotten older, however, many of us in the Phish community have dealt with unexpected losses of people with whom we have shared such powerful life experiences. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than a kindred soul plucked from the earth before his time, and on January 7, the community lost another dear friend who was taken from us far too soon. Robert Eckhart, known to many as Barefoot Bob, succumbed to cancer at the young age of 37.

Bob was a significant presence in the Phish world in several ways, specifically through his participation on Phish.net and Twitter. Sharing his passion for Phish, The Grateful Dead and other bands with fans far and wide, Bob actively reccomended his favorite shows and provided copies for anyone who needed them. He helped initiate the Phish Twibe Listening Party, a weekly online get-together for participants to listen to and discuss classic Phish shows. Above all else, however, Bob was an exceptional person. His love for people and enthusiasm for music were catalysts for the formation community and close friendships, and his influence moved far beyond those who were lucky enough to meet him in person.

Barefoot Bob (right)

When Bob was diagnosed with tongue cancer in May of last year, he went through painful surgeries to have part of his tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck removed. This was followed by many difficult radiation treatments, and when his doctors finally thought he was cancer free and all he had left was to rebuild his body and learn how to speak and eat again, tumors began to appear around his stomach. The only course of action was a brutal schedule of chemotherapy. For a time, it looked like an experimental trial conducted at the University of Chicago would provide Bob and his family with a bit more time together, and he even had hopes of attending some of December’s New Year’s shows at MSG. Sadly, though, Bob’s health quickly declined. Thankfully, he and his family were able to spend one last Christmas together. Bob leaves behind his wife, Danelle, and two sons, Joseph (7) and Noah (6).

The community to which Bob gave so much of himself is now giving back to his family. Both Phish and Phish fans have generously donated more than 50 prizes for a raffle and an auction to raise money for a memorial fund  which will help pay for the education of Bob’s young boys. The prizes for the raffle include an autographed Fishman, show-used drumstick, a $100 Ticketmaster gift card and a wide variety of concert prints including a Boston 20th Anniversary Pollock. There are even more items available through the auction, including a set of two 2010 SPAC Pollocks and a set of three 2010 Atlantic City Duvals. To enter the raffle, just make $20 minimum donation to his memorial fund and then forward your email receipt to bobmemorial2013@gmail.com.

The Eckharts

Watching our community rally around Danelle, Joseph, and Noah has been truly special, and you can contribute to this effort. Please consider entering the raffle, bidding in the auction or donating to the fund today. You’ll have a chance to pick up some incredible Phish memorabilia while helping out a family in need. We ask you to dig deep and give generously. That’s the way that Bob lived his life, and you can honor his memory by doing the same.

Complete rules for the raffle, as well as links to the auction and more on Bob’s life and courageous battle can be found here.

LINKS:  Memorial FundRaffleAuction, & Memorial Site

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Jam of the Day:

Waves -> Undermind” 8.15.11 II

From what I gather, this UIC show was one of Bob’s favorite in recent years.

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426 Responses to “The Resounding Echoes Grow”

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  1. MiA Says:

    Rip Bob. $31k+ raised. Impressive.

  2. @okdeadhead Says:

    Thank you. Well done. It was difficult doing PhishTLP.com this week with an empty chair and a heavy heart. He will be missed.

  3. bob dylan Says:

    Xpun, you actually found the BB thru TT? Crazy.

    Luther, just be on the lookout. Shit pants may want payback for the humiliation he’s about to face. Better put a few landmines in the front yard.

  4. st8 of mind Says:

    Very nice Miner. Thanks.

  5. bob dylan Says:

    http://bit.ly/13UUHml

    ^ Camden Pollock 03 (scents show!) up for auction for the barefootbob memorial.

    One of the best Pollocks and a hot show taboot. If you’re looking for a way to pitch in, this is a good one.

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    Good on you Miner.

    Sizable audience who read your site that may not have caught the news of the other BB.

  7. PigSong Says:

    Very nice tribute piece Miner.good on ya, and all the good folks that frequent the Ph.

  8. PigSong Says:

    How was the BK Bowl, BobD?

  9. RoosterPizza Says:

    Nice writeup Miner. Vibes to all.

    I remember talking to xpun on TT about a year ago and him saying, “I think I am about to start chatting on BB more.” It’s amazing how great this place is.

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Nice piece, Señor Miner.

    Fuck Cancer! Seriously!

  11. bob dylan Says:

    Didn’t make it to Bk bowl. Girl didn’t feel well. Had to bail on reynard’s also. I felt a little better when I heard there weren’t tix outside.

    Not sure if someone was trolling but I heard the box office had a few tix (like they always do) but I had called and they said no tix at the door. Hmm. Prob just trolls. I prob wouldn’t have been there early enough anyway.

    Living in jersey really makes shows a production. If I were in Williamsburg I coulda rolled solo but not having a car and relying on public transit makes it a huge to-do.

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    Anyone with a young, teething child ever use Spiffies? Emma is in a some real pain with it right now, and we are thinking about giving some samples a try. They contain Xylitol, but I guess that is not supposed to be anything harmful in such low doses.

    Thoughts?

  13. ren Says:

    Morning Crew

    Always nice to see the community come together for friends in need.

    Hope some of you get to enjoy the day off today while I grind in Babylon.

  14. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Cool post indeed. Don’t tell me this place ain’t got no heart…

  15. Spasm Waiter Says:

    For teething we use acetaminophen suspension drops and give him numbies of oral gel. Chew on a wet/frozen cloth works alright too.

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Miner- well done today. Great cause.

  17. bob dylan Says:

    Don’t they make teething rings with water inside so you can freeze it? Or rub a little bourbon in there and numb it up good.

  18. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Hit the local craft beer emporium bar with an old buddy last night, tried three beers of draft I have not had. Des Chutes Red Chair NWPA, Firestone Walker Wookie Jack and Five Rabbit 5 Vulture. The 5 Vulture was my favorite, a Oaxacan blend of spices but without being too sweet or deserty.

  19. Angryjoggerz Says:

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/25544/68712

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    @rooster – spoke to the wife…spiffies were our go-to back then (hazy memories).

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    Don’t they make teething rings with water inside so you can freeze it?

    ^we always had one of these in the freezer too.

  22. bob dylan Says:

    I already told this to gdad but I think it’s kinda weak that UM waited to announce the BK bowl show til a few days ago. They had a pollock so they obv had it planned but wanted to get more ticket sales out of the beacon. If they’d announced it with the rest of tour tix would have been much easier. Instead they make it seem spontaneous and it sold out in a min.

    Also related, I had tix in my cart with the countdown and then it flashes on my screen that tix had changed availability. I emailed tickets now that its not cool to let people have them in the cart with a countdown and feel like they are secure only to be denied. They replied “thanks for the feedback we will continue to improve”. I was dicking around debating print at home vs will call or I’d have had them.

    In the end its only a concert, if it were PHiSH I’d be a lot more bummed.
    RL, save your bashing, I get it.

  23. Calpain Says:

    nice write-up Mr. Miner. Thanks for heart-felt reminder of the important things, family and the ones we love.

    on another note, went to try the Enjoy By last night at Monk’s, only to find that they are tapping it today at 1130am. only a 1/6 so hopefully there will be some left this evening.
    most likely will be schwilled by unemployed hipsters.

  24. sumodie Says:

    Just entered the raffle

    R.I.P. barefoot bob

    Vibes to wife & children

  25. sumodie Says:

    Feeling the grim reaper’s pull from multiple directions this winter, leaving me feeling uneasy. Nothing as tragic as barefoot bob, but, it’s dawning on me that my elders will not live forever. Obvious on the surface, and yet, not

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