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. phlorida phan Says:

    ^Flat brim’s and hoodies

  2. phlorida phan Says:

    Crazy Ass pic, bullet through your wall

  3. MiA Says:

    @DKThomp: Boston Police to Twitter: Stop making up fake Twitter accounts, stop tweeting our scanner, stop telling people where we’re going.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Nice list. Mostly unfamiliar with these works.

    New job precludes me from diving in.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Whats the new gig, PB? I missed the change. Good luck.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    throw some stay safe vibes out to my show-going MA state cop buddy today.
    he’s out there right now…

  7. Dorn76 Says:

    RIP, Cable News.

    If someone can invent something to read my twitter feed to me like a newscast, they’ll make a lot of $$.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Love the Ghost above. Trey guitar fireworks abound.

  9. xpun Says:

    palmer killing it – monkeys fucking a football and fucking white hats had me rolling

    vibes to those on the manhunt

  10. xpun Says:

    good list, tough start to your shows

    “Phish was sending a clear message, and I was pickin’ up what they were puttin’ down!”

    i think this applies to a lot of us that were in the swamps that night.

  11. Kaveh Says:

    Should we tell Snow there is new post or let him continue to bitch about the schedule on the last one? I think I know the answer….

    ^ HA!

  12. MiA Says:

    I was thinking the same thing about that Ghost Palmer.

  13. Kaveh Says:

    Nice list @Ryan…looking forward to listening to these today!

    8″ of snow in Minneapolis…spring snow isn’t the best; especially in April. Oh well…that is why there are IPA’s. 🙂

  14. Kaveh Says:

    Loving this too:

  15. MiA Says:

    Around 8:20 in this Ghost, it’s like that spot in the Prague Ghost before Trey steps on “the pedal” and the energy explodes.

    It’s knocking my Prague Ghost ranking down a few notches…

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hey Now… New Phish release…

  17. xpun Says:

    too lazy to look, do we have a sbd of the bowie>cities>bowie?

    good choice of shows imo

  18. voopa Says:


  19. MiA Says:

    Woo hoo!

  20. stapes Says:

    Very nice. That 98 Gin is the Riverport Gin’s little brother. Great second set.

  21. xpun Says:

    not under the radar by any means but i really great ghost i hadn’t heard in awhile that came on the shuffler the other day.

  22. Dorn76 Says:

    leaked sbd’s? @xpun

  23. MiA Says:

    Buddy just hooked me up with two Rush tickets, floor for next Tuesday. Section 5, row 4.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    In lieu of @selectorJ, here’s a solid streaming roots reggae radio program:

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Ventura 97, 98 box set in June

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