Reader’s Picks: Ryan Baird

12.31.2012, MSG (Jesse Herzog)

12.31.2012, MSG (Jesse Herzog)

“This One Goes to Eleven—My First Eleven Shows” by Ryan Baird

Ghost > Halley’s > Tweezer” 11.24.98 II, New Haven, CT

After being shut out at my first phish show 4/4/98, getting arrested days before the Lemonwheel, and missing the first set of this show due to traffic on I-95, I was not off to a good start to my phish show career. This second set trifecta was just what I needed to be hooked for life.



Gumbo” 11.28.98 I, Worcester, MA

For the first night of the tour finale [the night before] I found myself in a familiar place, on the outside looking in. Things were not looking good for this noob, but once again, these first notes I heard [on night two] reaffirmed that I was in the right place.



Bathtub Gin” 11.29.98 II, Worcester, MA

$$$, I got IT for the first time.



Foreplay/Longtime” 7.12.99 I, Mansfield, MA

I was beginning to understand that Phish could do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, with a bit of humor, and completely nail it. This was my first outdoor show, I was front row, and the place exploded for this one.



Tube > Boogie On” 7.17.99 I, Volney, NY

My first festi of any type, and I was in way over my head. Completely broke after about five minutes of being on lot, but happy as I could ever be. There’s nothing that compares to the vibe of a Phish festival, and this opening sequence set the tone for the weekend.



Runaway Jim” 7.18.99 II, Volney, NY

“It was so hot!” was the understatement of the year. I can remember the start of this set, and thinking that I can’t believe that they’re going to play another set after this one. Festivals are sometimes overwhelming and after my first one, I was happy to have made it out alive.



Walk Away > Rocky Top” 12.7.99 E, Portland, ME

I honestly do not remember seeing the CCCC “Halley’s.” This might be one of the best jams that I was in attendance for but have no recollection of. And since it gets so much love around here, I don’t need to restate the obvious. However, I do remember the encore, which I thought was bitchin’!



The Lizards” 12.8.99 II, Portland, ME

After hearing Trey’s thesis and listening to Great Woods ’94 a few times that fall, I had greater appreciation for the epic tale. This was my first real trip to Gamehenge that I can remember to this day. I think that Trey’s solo might be my favorite piece of composed phish.



Sand” 12.13.99 II, Providence, RI

After hearing it for the first time live a week earlier in Portland, I was hooked. “Sand” has remained my favorite song since December of 1999. This version is pure fire, and foreshadowed what was to happen at my next show/festi.



Light Up or Leave Me Alone” 12.30.99 I, Big Cypress, FL

“Water in the Sky” got everyone’s attention and “Light Up” set the place on fire. This special event needs the Shapiro treatment, asap. The swamp is one of my most cherished memories, every aspect, especially the amount of music they packed into two days.



After Midnight Reprise” 12.31.99 II, Big Cypress, FL

The birth of my children, getting married to an amazing woman, and “After Midnight.” There are special moments in life, but as far as Phish goes this one can’t be beat. The vibe circulating within my friends, the crowd, everyone in the Everglades was pure bliss. Phish was sending a clear message, and I was pickin’ up what they were puttin’ down!

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385 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Ryan Baird”

  1. MiA Says:

    1975 – Played the Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, on the Fly By Night Tour.

  2. MiA Says:

    Kiss played the same bill.

  3. phishm Says:

    OK, this cities gets really good when they switch that tempo right around the 15:23 mark then commit to it at 16:23. to my ears at least. Smooth as butter from here on out. Love this jam. Almost like being there again.

  4. sumodie Says:

    “Sumo- I also heard NPR quote his tweet after the attacks, “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city”, which is a Bobby Bland song, but loser probably only knows it via Jay-Z.”

    Good correction, thanks. Did seem oddly coincidental to be thinking about GnRoses and then hear that on NPR

    What a crazy fucked up 24 hours. So glad that misguided kid was caught alive in order to determine if it was just the two brothers or not

    I’m also curious to learn what precipitated their discovery last night as apparently they did not rob the 7-11 store in Central Square (but then not far down the street at MIT they murdered the campus policeman)

    Gonna be eerie to be around Boston again, on Sunday and Wednesday

  5. phishm Says:

    and when it’s all said and done the Birds from AC is a good cure for anyone holding onto some sense of reality in this world of chaos. Peace.

  6. sumodie Says:

    Miner is a guest panelist in this episode

  7. BNCB Says:

    Large earthquake in China.

    Stupid Mayans.

  8. halcyon Says:


    A classical composer discusses creating music in a flow state….

    “For this concept to have meaning in my music, I realized that I needed to separate it from my composing process. I wasn’t looking to create a flow state in composing music, but rather, use this concept to organize my music in new and uncharted ways.”

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    So sad about the Sichuan earthquake – those people really deserve a break. Over 100 dead this time, but this is the same area that got hit a few years back which killed 70,000 people.


  10. sumodie Says:

    Halcyon, you’ve led me to the originator of the flow concept

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Great concept flow is. I’ve promoted that idea and book on here in the past. Relates well for creators, athletes, listeners, and others looking for participating in optimal experience. Trey knew the trick way back.

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    I have had enough separation from 2012 that I am really starting to hear some of these jams with fresh ears. MSG DWD was one the other day, but DCU Roses floored me this morning. Those DCU shows were so fucking good. I need some indoor Phish this fall.

  13. RoosterPizza Says:

    Also listening to Holmdel 5/31/11, and it would have been a smoker if they would have actually gone into Antelope from that After Midnight jam. That set could have ended up being: After Midnight > Holmdel Jam 1> Antelope > Drowned > Holmdel Jam 2 > Maze. The possum wasn’t that bad, but not in the second set out of that After Midnight jam.

  14. voopa Says:

    Gonna make my way out to Oaktown in a bit…who’s doing TAB tonight? lumb, dusty, butter? Planning on Fat Cat Café for dinner, then preshow at Somar Bar. Let’s hook it up!

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ESPN is simulcasting the red sox opening ceremony from today’s game right now. It will surely be a pretty emotional scene similar to Wednesday’s Bruin’s game

  16. kayatosh Says:

    Happy St. Herbies Day, everyone.

    marco benevento trio and everyone orchestra shows last night w/ gdad in philly. marco is a smiling, bright eyed shaman with NewOrleansesque (ala James Booker) chops and a mastery of effects. Highlight was the electronica style jam in which they all took turns wearing a tiger head and soloing w/ tiger energy and intensity.

    after a while found myself longing for some guitar, and i got it in the EO show which kicked off well after midnight. rubble bucket horns and vocals were $$$. reed mathis on bass — $$$; he has become much more of a conventional rock bassist since his avant garde days w/ the JFJO. kimock was the special guest and was $$$, as usual. at one point he mirrored the tone of the trumpet on his pedal steel. vinnie (drummer) and Al from MOE were excellent as well. trevor garrod from TLG on keys rounded out the lineup w/ marco joining in too a few tunes in. the enthusiastic conductor, matt butler, is the link between band and audience. he’s got good conducting chops as well. left at 2:30 in the morn; they said they were going til 4 AM. couldn’t last. definitely see EO, if you get the chance.

    crowd was very collegey with a hearty yapper contingent. the older kimock heads and jam fans were sprinkled in.

  17. voopa Says:

    Nice kaya. Suspect your night was jammier than mine will be. Troy should be fun anyway.

    MMW is doing a free show at Armadillo Records in Davis this afternoon, but it’s also the 99th Davis Picnic Day so that town will be an even bigger madhouse than usual. Bummed I’m missing their show w/Joshua Light tonight but tix were twice as much as TAB, and when they went on sale I had exactly no $$. Besides, I was able to use TM gift cards that I got from online surveys for the TAB tix, so the pair cost me all of like $6.

    Of course I’m spending a tank of gas and getting a hotel tonight, but now I have $ that I didn’t then. Such is life. OK, time to get off my ass and jam.

  18. voopa Says:

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Big papi dropping the Mic

    “This is our fucking city”

  20. xpun Says:

    thanks t3 was wondering why my sound cut out.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Yeah, they didn’t have the delay going for the nesn feed

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Trey not playing the Ocedoc this run?

  23. xpun Says:

    so trying to get my wife to go to DC in may to see trey with NSO. pulled up some videos on youtube…..who are these aholes that WOOO and holler during these shows? Seriously? shit is ridiculous. im sorry i just find it totally tasteless. are they incapable of keeping their traps shut? the equivalent of untrained dogs to me.

  24. xpun Says:

    jesus now some asshat proposes in the middle of if i could. i think id yell out “statistically it wont last” except the fact that i should be showing the performers some respect in the first place. id wait until intermission.

    i know these are all old news items to be ranting on. sorry.

  25. IrieWalton Says:

    Nice ceremony from beantown that got the missus and I properly choked up.
    Glad that one of the crazier weeks is a bit calmer on the uncertainty level and more energy can now be spent on helping the victims. Had a feeling Poppi was spouting off when the espn feed cut out.

    Also glad to see folks getting great music from coast to coast, this weekend. The Tory and MMW shows, this week, definitely were a welcome distraction for me to all the craziness and I’m 3000 miles from the epicenter. Just goes again to prove that we’re all connected on some level.

    time to eat a piece of ghee candy and spin some dub to get this high holiday started right.

    Big up, bb!

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