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. butter Says:

    headed to TAB tonite, been a while kids

    hope your well

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

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

    ask snow how it feels to miss the sunday night BGCA show.

  3. joe Says:

    Still hungover from yesterday’s acrivities. Met my buddy and his lady out for drinks once the stay inside order was lifted. Turns out the kid in the boat was 4 doors away from where they lived. Walked right past the boat and when they got to the end of the street, the cops were starting to swarm. Fun night at the local watering hole watching it all go down. Trying to rally for Greensky in a bit

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I expect to hear you shouting “whiskey river” tonight. Hair of the dog and all that. See you there or Lord Hobo before if you make it

  5. sumodie Says:

    Quiet day here. Both Bruce Hornsby & Dopapod are in town but I’m saving my chits

    Digging Bombino’s newest, Nomad, along with Shuggie, Can, and Motorpsycho (from Norway)

    Rage it with Greensky, Joe!

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    N I C U

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    f yeah Llama eye FTW

  8. jdub Says:

    Greensky in Beantown on 4/20 after this week sounds like a nice break. Have fun and be safe tonight.

    As well as TAB out West.

    Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Grass is greening, forsythia are blooming, and the daffodils are popping – just a beautiful day.

  9. jdub Says:

    Staring into those eye photos with veneta Dark Star as a backdrop is quite surreal. Listentothedead and phishtracks are pure game changers. What we always dreamed about just became reality.

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Cool pics, pb.

    New Goat single is (unsurprisingly) awesome.

    Been really digging Damien Jurado of late. Highly recommend his most recent album, Maraqopa, for those into the nouveau psych folk. He’s playing in a tiny, living-room-like venue up here in May. Should be $$$.

    That’s all I got.

  11. Bwana Says:

    DeadPhish Orchestra at Boulder Theater tonight — with a Beatles band opener… Any CO BB’ers heading there? Should be a fun night of “what’s next?”!

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    Sorry to add insult to injury but just read about 2 shot earlier at Denver 420 gathering downtown. People simply don’t know how to act. I know it’s an isolated thing but just would have liked another large public gathering to have happened w/o incident.

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  14. kayatosh Says:

    moylan’s (CA) harvest IPA and laughing dog (ID) sneaky pete’s DIPA for dinner. both $$$.

  15. xpun Says:

    Jesus. Can’t we all just get along.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    mad ksh vapes>bike ride>bottleshop>1/2 growler of Founder’s red rye IPA ($$$. super smooth/balanced crisp taste. clear, red caramel color. highly quaffable)>bike ride home.

    biking for dank beer
    under a half moon clear sky
    roads empty, heart races

  17. kayatosh Says:

    a lovely fresh piney, grassy aroma on that founder’s red rye ipa. plus the rye adds a distinct, almost peppery, smell and taste. very flavorful. highly recommended.

  18. Dorn76 Says:

    Just saw a story about 5 dead snowboarders in an avalanche near Loveland pass. I know some folks here are from that area and ski it often. Vibes.

  19. Dorn76 Says:

    Climbing back under the covers until some good news hits.

  20. MiA Says:

    Festi 8 acoustic for Sunday Morning

  21. sumodie Says:

    Well my local marijuana rally went off without a hitch. 5-6,000 attendees

  22. joe Says:

    fun time last night at Greensky. Great vibe in there from my point of view. Thanks to the bb (Robear) for pimping them around these parts. Definitely worth checking out if they come to your town.

  23. sumodie Says:

    Here’s some happy news:

    Hitting Rewind, Bush Museum Lets You Decide

    “UNIVERSITY PARK, Tex. — More than four years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush has a question for America: So what would you have done?

    In a new brick-and-limestone museum, visitors to an interactive theater will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation’s 43rd president: invade Iraq or leave Saddam Hussein in power? Deploy federal troops after Hurricane Katrina or rely on local forces? Bail out Wall Street or let the banks fail?

    The hypothetical exercise, which includes touch screens that let users watch videos of “advisers” before voting on whether they would make the same choices that Mr. Bush did, revisits the most consequential moments of his administration. In the process, the country is being asked to re-evaluate the two-term president who presided over some of the most tumultuous years in the nation’s history.”

    $250M library will be dedicated Thursday.

    Woo-hoo, choose your own Bush misadventure!

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  25. P.S.H.S Says:

    Finished off my second enjoy by last night. Strongest ipa I’ve ever had, almost too strong. Was taking big swigs rather than sipping, which I didn’t figure out till halfway through the first one. Also i thought it tasted better after it had warmed up a little. anyone else notice this? Going to try some green flash, Firestone and sucks next.

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