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 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

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


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.


426 Responses to “The Resounding Echoes Grow”

  1. MiA Says:

    Spotlight on Mike during the whole Free jam (Vegas Free)

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    what I think of whenever joggerz drops one of his comps

  3. snow Says:

    What up BB?

    Harbaugh bowl? barf, barf, barf.

    Congrats to your team Voopa. Apparently the 9ers defense is six points better than the Seahawks as both teams scored 28 points. damn it.

    RIP Barefoot Bob.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    oh now the shuffler gives up the ghost — 2.15.2003. $$$.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    miner got a (below the fold) link on mefi today

  6. MmmHmm Says:

    @T3, “we’re primal, headed for cosmic. Just when you think we’re in galactic ecstasy, we go acid”

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    Damn, now that is some 90’s shit right there, love it. I love the friend that shows up with the fanny pack, you know it is full of rolls.

  8. MmmHmm Says:

    @Sumo, you think the old fest vibe is gone now b/c Dionysian no longer runs the show and corporate Red Light looks to take those once-band-chosen details and make those decisions themselves? Or is it bc the band has aged and more family at fests these days? I bet if the venue is Phish produced (such as an old AFB) and not a pre-existing site for concerts or major sporting events that that free-for-all vibe could return. Also seems like more kids on lot these days are trying to make a buck selling the bunkness or their shitty “work” than actually share the goods. Obv this changes b/t reg shows and fests for Phish but seems things have been cheapened a bit…

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, pointdexter there is definitely the chemist.

    check out the synopsis of that flick if you dare.


    mindblowing that that got made. and we wonder why everything now is a remake.

    jennifer applegate’s career has rebounded nicely though.

  10. MmmHmm Says:

    However, I am not tripping over needles and dead dogs on lot anymore so that is good I suppose

  11. voopa Says:

    Of course having an existing infrastructure is more feasible economically than putting on a fest from scratch, but those homespun fest days are long gone. Especially when you figure in the litigious nature of our society now, best to farm out that shit.

  12. MmmHmm Says:

    Voopa you are right about the litigious society aspect. Its disgusting.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Especially when you figure in the litigious nature of our society now, best to farm out that shit.

    look at how close camp bisco just got to not existing any more for a good example

  14. MmmHmm Says:

    T3 what happened with that?

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    Ok, that movie looks outstanding. Cyberstorm!

    I love how the “techno” he is making sounds like bad 90’s pop backing music. I mean, how hard is it to whip up some fake techno? At least have a 4/4 bass kick, sheesh.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    Another college shooting, this one in Houston. Fuck this.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    here’s a starter on that, mmm hmmm

  18. MiA Says:

    You mean Christina Applegate? I dated a girl in High School that just looked like her. Fond memories.

    The great part about MN is the number of Swedes and Norwegians.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yesh, I said jennifer, didn’t I? whoops.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    looked like jennifer aniston in the clip.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, that is what happened, kaya. I combined them in my head when I wrote it 😯

  22. MiA Says:

    Joe Biden’s law…'_Vulnerability_to_Ecstasy_Act

    “Specifically, many were concerned that these expansive definitions might permit the police to arrest and charge concert promoters under this law so long as glow sticks and bottled water were present.[4] Congress was also accused of picking an easy, public target so as to continue support for the War on Drugs.[3] Others were concerned that too much responsibility would be placed on concert promoters to police their patrons.[5] Also, many were concerned that their First Amendment right to freedom of assembly would be violated were the law enacted.[6]”

  23. MiA Says:

    mmm…. Christina Anniston …

  24. MmmHmm Says:

    in regards to that Bisco article, so many kids mixing and selling shit under the sink as something else these days. I have seen people handing out those free substance test kits before. Its like a water quality test but for powders to see what you actually have in that corner baggie. Is it time to hold wooks to higher substance standards? Yes, please stand there while I perform this minor chemistry test to see what you are actually slinging haha

  25. kayatosh Says:

    interchangeable blonde hotties from the 90’s

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