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. kayatosh Says:

    hey there, HM. Good to see you in the mix. See in SF this summer.

  2. hazel mango Says:

    hiya… very thrilled you’re going to make it back, kaya!

  3. kayatosh Says:

    me too. it came together very unexpectedly. the mrs. expressed interest in visiting Cali this summer and i gently steered her toward the SF zone in late July early Aug. still can’t believe it worked. we’ll have to do another pre-show dinner like last yr. PEACE

  4. kayatosh Says:

    just sat & sun this year though.

  5. hazel mango Says:

    That is very cool!! Happy to hear Mrs.Kaya will be with you. Definitely a pre-show dinner. With a uber ride to the show 🙂
    …way to gently steer to northern california!

  6. kayatosh Says:

    that sounds great, hm. mrs. tosh may or may not attend the shows (still attempting to secure 2 tix for both nights). i think she’s more keen on the dinners, but she may get swept up in the excitement.

  7. kayatosh Says:

    this music blog looks cool. now featuring 4.17.71 good lovin. guess it’s hip to like OG GD.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Oldest Daughter’s B-day Sleepover has commenced. Six 12 year olds running amok. Pool time action in play to wear them down then Dinner and a Movie!

  9. phishm Says:

    At least it’s not twelve 6 year olds. Just kidding. Went through one of those a few weeks ago (11 year olds). Wasn’t bad. Wasn’t good. Kind of like a business meeting. I just get through it.
    Had to go with MiA’s recommendation on Denver. That ghost just may be best ever. That is until I listen to another top tier jam. Phish is good. All I got. You all have a good night. Peace.

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Lakewood Ghost is best ever.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    I like that dead notes. Commenters were cool too.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    yes, bingos. ^^^ a boss version of good lovin.

  13. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    this ought to keep the kiddos busy and wipe them out.

  14. phishm Says:

    So it’s been a long crazy week like I said previously. Nothing like sitting back listening to the first show I got it at. What’s weird is I was tripping harder then I had ever tripped up to that point, but I remember absolutely everything in detail. Weird. Crazy night for sure. The show is the 2nd night DC 94. Mentioned it before, but every time I listen to it it brings back crazy memories. Sorry for the babble. Peace. and GD BTW.

  15. phishm Says:

    As far as that show goes. If anyone else was there. It was trippy. During Corrina they get this jam going. And it keeps going. Great jam. But then it keeps going and Bob and Phil seem to not be sure where Jerry is going with it. They both put down their guitars and Jerry goes off. The drummers seemed to almost think it was time for drums. Then that Mathilda jam. Almost like he made it up right there. Like I said. Trippy. IMHO.

  16. phishm Says:

    And the Morning Dew is amazing. Glad I was there. OK nuff from me. Have a good night. Peace.

  17. MiA Says:

    I needed Sumo to text me. Would have loved to see White Denim tonight.

    Vape’d my guest with wax this afternoon and dropped the St Denis Reba, Denver Ghost, CCCC Halleys, BC After Midnight and Island Twist on him.

    He submitted.

  18. phoammhead Says:

    getting ready to throw down with page … Lets do this!

  19. ElJefe Says:

    Sumodie – Deerhoof is awesome..

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    Calpain in the burbs

  21. phoammhead Says:

    cheers … raise a glass. anytime I see one of the four i get excited!

  22. Sumodie Says:

    MiA, sorry was just running out for the night & saw that last minute ;( my bad. Maybe White Denim sucked anyway….

    Throwing ‘Deer’ bands at me makes me like them even less. Is that because deer feed ticks which feed Lyme disease….? Who knows

  23. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Interestingly, there is a shitty indie band named Deer Tick. They played here in Bellingham last year. The whiny lead singer played the guitar with his wang for one song. Terrible. Deerhunter, on the other hand, kicks ass.

  24. Sumodie Says:

    Stones fans with $85 tix getting random seats all over the venue, some great seats. Many scored the $85 tix in rereleases the day of the LA show. Sounds like it doesn’t matter when you bought the $85 tix, nor does it matter what time you show up at venue, totally random seat selection Great thread for info:

  25. xpun Says:

    Was texting willy while walking last night and tripped and bumped my head and raised a welt.

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