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. BingosBrother Says:

    Anybody get a copy of lawn boy?

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Joe (and any other BBers hitting greensky tonight) my buddy and I will be at Lord Hobo for food and heady beers before heading over to the Middle East. Not planning on hitting the opener, so we will be there until around 9-9:30.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    enjoy that Greensky, beantowners. you deserve some R&R

    greensky is a phenomenal band

  4. tela's_muff Says:

    I picked up the following.
    Lawn Boy
    Trey picture disc
    Page lp
    Stephen Malkmus Can lp
    Bardo Pond
    Winston Edwards Natty Locks Dub
    RSD Mystery Single which is Grateful Dead Iko Iko and Dr John Iko Iko

    Page lp is like Vince Guaraldi Peanuts Xmas album meets Eno. Pretty chill and very cool.

    Overall a successful and fun morning. Love meeting collectors and even ran into BB’er Multibeast.

  5. jonacho Says:

    Palmer –
    Trey was playing the 03 guitar – white trim, with the “striped top” at the Moore
    we noticed it right away – no ocedoc.

  6. jonacho Says:

    I dont know if that guitar has a real name – I always thought of it as 2.0 guitar, which I associate with 03.

  7. sumodie Says:

    Very curious to hear page’s all instrumental album

    How early were you in line, telas? Youcertainly got a good haul

  8. xpun Says:

    pretty nice mike interview from 93 up on .net

  9. MiA Says:

    Great review Kaya.

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Telas straight gangsta.

  11. tela's_muff Says:

    6am @sumo. Opened at 10. I was 31st in line. It ended up wrapping around the building by door time. I snagged one of the last Trey 7inch.

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    Ok, I just said “Boogie On Rayjay Miller”. THis has gone too far.

  13. bobby weird Says:

    epic sand on this list. damn i miss that kind of sand… pure phish to me.

  14. littleumbrellas Says:

    Hi BB? If anybody wants to catch some music tonight you got Trey at the Fox. Also we got some music across the street for the after party. Live ethiopiques group followed by an Afrobeat group. Sun Hop Fat & Afromassive.

    Much love! BB rocks. So pumped for Summer Tour.

  15. littleumbrellas Says:

    ? Was supposed to be a !

  16. xpun Says:

    with my obsession raging hard these past few weeks I had actually forgotten about

    i have put down about 10 straight 68-71 other ones, along with a few dark stars and wharf rats

    nothing like wailing psychedelic dead to bust out a few pages of a paper to.

  17. Slicksasquatch Says:

    That foreplay longtime cover was the shizzle. It was do appropriate. I had been getting red eyed to that album for years and always thought it would be a great ph cover. It really fits the band w the buildup ,tension release thing. Only show I was not at on this list was New Haven. Think ill give it a spin since I missed it first time around . Nice selections

  18. xpun Says:

    yeah slick. my first great woods show and the band hadn’t been there since 95 so a Boston tune, plus apt lyrics. set it up right for a great 2 nighter.

    hope we get a boston show on the 30th anny tour

  19. xpun Says:

    and a foreplay/longtime at that show too of course

  20. Multibeast Says:

    Long time no board. Hello. Saw telas today in line for record day. Geeked out. Than went to lunch at my neighborhood Mexican joint and who was there but mikey kang. Kangsighting kangfirmed.

  21. Multibeast Says:

    Really wanted to make a string cheese lyric ref. Didn’t know any lyrics.

  22. xpun Says:


    sometimes the best reference is no reference at all multi 😉

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Mrs. B brought it up again. that she would be heading to the Grand Canyon and Vegas with her mom,the kiddos, and our niece for the weekend of 8-1 to 8-4. May as well head to SF.

    I need 1 for each night with Sunday being not critical.

    I am on the board and excited to get this one done.

    What a day!

  24. Multibeast Says:

    Kang lives in boulder i learned which makes a LOT of fucking sense.

  25. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Was kang eating a hot dog the long way . I heard he can do it in one bite. Not telling where I heard it though.

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