Reader’s Picks: Dustin Lewis

12.28.2012 (Graham Lucas)

12.28.2012, MSG (Graham Lucas)

 All selections and text by Dustin Lewis

Gumbo -> Sanity” 8.15.98 II, Limestone, ME

A groovy piece from Lemonwheel that perfectly illustrates Phish’s Summer ’98 sound. Tight (but loose), focused and funky. This is one of the truly great (yet somewhat forgotten) segues.



Halley’s -> Roses” 7.13.99 I, Mansfield, MA

How I miss first set jamming like this pairing. This combo comes in the first frame of the (possibly) last great show at Great Woods. Several other readers picks have mentioned that late ’90’s Halley’s represents an “effortless” type sound. This piece, which somehow merges groove with more abstract soundscapes, sounds as effortless as it gets.



Split Open and Melt” 12.4.99 II, Cincinnati, OH

With Big Cypress around the corner, Phish was plugging away at the sound that would take them from midnight to sunrise. Trey switches from effect-laden sustains, to the Mini-Keys, and then back to a raging guitar finish in what was one of my all-time favorite indoor dance sessions on a cold night in Cincy.



Mike’s Song” 12.30.93 II, Portland, ME

I can’t leave out the early ’90s entirely! My favorite “Mike’s” of all-time rages from start to finish. Trey’s ripping dark leads gradually morph into bright, blissful glory. PLEASE BRING BACK THE SECON…….ok, I know, it’s been asked enough at this point.



Free” 7.31.98 II, Columbus, OH

Not your father’s version of “Free.” Trey ditches the guitar god soloing in favor of soupy Summer ’98 funk. A stellar version that, again, makes you yearn for the days when “Free” was free to run wild.



Theme -> Dog Log” 9.17.00 II, Columbia, MD

Another reader recently highlighted the “Mango Song” from this spectacular night at Merriweather. This set was one of the most unique of all time and carried a distinctly dark vibe throughout. This “Theme->Dog Log” is really one piece and you can’t help nodding your head back and forth to those distinctly ’00 grooves. Mr. Gordon owns this one.



Tweezer” 6.18.94 II, Chicago, IL

This is one of my Top-3 “Tweezers.” The aggressive, “in your face” ’94  grooves explode out of the speakers for the first act. After a bit of meandering, Page comes in with a Mind Left Body progression that Trey jumps on like a man possessed. The peak of this jam could only come from those four musicians, in the year 1994.



Down with Disease” 2.21.03 I, Cincinnati, OH

Another choice from Cincy, but a completely different time. It is jarring just how different the band sounds when comparing Cincy ’99 to Cincy ’03. This piece, taken just about 10 shows into 2.0, captures the band getting to know each other musically again. Though it would take until the summer for the band to really hit the gas full speed on a night to night basis, it was fascinating watching the rust gradually come off the car.



Roggae” 8.5.11 I, George, Washington

I know that most people have probably heard this one, but I just can’t leave out the obvious highlight from my first set at the Gorge. Walking up and over that precipice to see the wonder that is the Gorge was one of the true highlights of my life. If you have never been, please go. It is a truly special place. This bluesy rendition of “Roggae” brought the sun down with style…



Mercenary Territory” 10.31.10 II, Atlantic City, NJ

Though “Spanish Moon” seems to be the consensus highlight from the Columbus set, “Mercenary Territory” was my favorite. The full-band peak, including the horns, must have taken hours and hours to get down (though they still didn’t totally nail it.) If you’ve never heard the original Columbus, give it a spin….”Mercenary” is the real highlight.

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2,006 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Dustin Lewis”

  1. voopa Says:

    I did sumo, sad. Really bizarre, or not, considering it is NOLA.

    Saw butter tweeting from jazzfest earlier…bastard.

  2. voopa Says:

    They’re not showing the Metallica Day pre game ceremonies from the Giants game. Darn it.

  3. BNCB Says:

    vw, was thinking the same. then you turn on hockey. cats in that were in the NHL when I was in high school. selanne, lemieux.

    palmer, sumo, stop it. i’d like those. can one still sign up?

  4. phishm Says:

    If anyone is interested. After midnight jam pro shot from BC (part 1). Very good.

  5. mmmhmm Says:

    Any of you cats ever rock Wilson kicks on tour?

  6. hazel mango Says:

    @Voopa, they just showed the replay of Hetfield and Hammett playing the star spangled banner to start the broadcast… so cool!! looks like the crowd loved it. and ulrich threw out the first pitch!

  7. voopa Says:

    So they did show the national anthem…Hammett and Hetfield instrumental on black SF logo’d ESB’s…nailed it, actually. Then Lars threw the first pitch and nailed that too, the fucker.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Did they tell everyone to turn off their camera phones also?

  9. voopa Says:

    lol@ hazel

  10. voopa Says:

    And plamer

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Talking about Wilson…Jonathan Wilson opening for Tame Impala on the left coast for a handful of dates. I can get behind this double bill:

    5/26 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
    5/27 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
    5/29 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – Oakland
    5/30 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater Pomona
    5/31 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego

    I’ll be dusting off the passport and crossing the border. That place (Canada) weirds me out.

  12. hazel mango Says:

    🙂 voopa…
    go giants!!

  13. voopa Says:

    Pot Shop

  14. MiA Says:


  15. hazel mango Says:

    I made an appearance on 66 yesterday… Cannot wait until the Tahoe/BGCA fun!!

  16. MiA Says:

    So excited about summer in Tahoe and the city.

    I love this last jar I found. I love my Davinci.

  17. mmmhmm Says:

    Zappa on his Broadway work in ’83 on Letterman. His musical sounds a little more interesting than Trey’s…pretty funny

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    me too, vegas

  19. voopa Says:

    Buster Strike A Posey!

  20. voopa Says:

    Stones played Emotional Rescue for the first time ever tonight?!?

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Thats crazy vw, I was just thinking that the other day. Grant Hill is a huge tip off that something here just ain’t right.

  22. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Morning. Sitter canceled, me alone with kids for 5 hours today. Now, I know this is no big deal, but I am new to the two kid hustle, so gotta just do it. Wish the baby was interested in a bottle, 5 hours of no nursing makes it crabby for all. Ok, going in…

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    ps, only slightly complainingish – mostly tired, doing it here so I dont do it to my wife – see, I am such a good husband, lol.


  24. gavinsdad Says:

    Hang in there AJ.

    Heading to 2nd dealership today. Had to walk away from the table last nite.

  25. RoosterPizza Says:

    I go to Japan in three weeks, and that can only mean a few things:
    1. this year went by really fast
    2. I am going to be drinking about 250% more than I currently do
    3. New Phish is on the horizon

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