We’re Going Back to Jazzfest!

4.26.96 - The Fairgrounds - New Orleans

4.26.96 – The Fairgrounds – New Orleans

Yesterday, out of nowhere, Phish announced their return to the greatest festival in the land—The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival—exactly 18 years to the date that they played the Fairgrounds on April 26, 1996. Between then and now, however, Phish has been absent from the annual gathering due to the unruly element that their fans brought to the site. With nearly two decades since their visit, however, the band—and their fans—are being invited back! And with the announcement of a Spring date in the South, fans’ heads are already spinning with the possibilities of what might going on around that date.

urlPhish all but ignored the South last year, stopping only in Alpharetta for a mid-week two-night stand. Additionally, no 3.0 festival date has been a standalone affair, as Austin City Limits kicked off Fall 2010, Outside Lands was in the middle of Summer 2011, and both appearances at Bonnaroo took place in the amidst summer tour. Putting these factors together, along with the already swirling rumor of two-dates in Austin following Jazzfest, we just might be looking at our first Spring tour since 1994! The Mike Gordon Band tours until April 6th, giving the guys enough time to hit the Barn, brush up on things and fly south for Spring!

12.28.12 (J.Silco)

12.28.12 (J.Silco)

Regardless of what dates, if any, are booked before or after this weekend, there are limitless possibilities in New Orleans, alone. Anyone who’s been to Jazzfest knows that the day time Fairground shows comprise only a fraction of the story. Jazzfest goes on 24 hours a day, with musicians performing club shows and sit-ins until the wee hours of the morning. With all four members of Phish in the Bayou, one can bet that they will pop up with musicians all over town. Back in 1996, when the Allman Brothers were the bigger headliner of the festival, they also played an independent, arena gig at Lakefront Arena, a slot that seems perfect for Phish to slide right into. One way or the other, one can be sure that the main stage at the fairgrounds won’t be the only stage that the members of Phish grace throughout the weekend.

Few expected to wake up in the middle of January to news of the next Phish date, but lo and behold, the community has been abuzz all day long discussing plans, booking hotels and getting excited for New Orleans!  The glow of the holiday run had yet to wear off and here we are talking about Phish in the Bayou and beyond. The next thirty years are off to quite a start!



imgres-1Check out the most recent Type II Cast as host Steve Olker, Brian Bavosa, and I break down and discuss each night of the MSG run, with audio clips and anecdotes along the way.

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671 Responses to “We’re Going Back to Jazzfest!”

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  1. little umbrellas Says:

    @DF, I already got my Kraftwerk tickets for the Fox last month

  2. bobby weird Says:


  3. lumpyhead Says:

    nice I’ve been looking forward to hearing this Type II cast

  4. sumodie Says:

    DF, no, but once you hit the Toronto Kraftwerk show and report back, Ill know more

    Looks like the non LA dates get agreatest hits show. LA gets an album per night


    No word on how many OG members remain

  5. aj Says:


    I’m going to try to see Kraftwerk in Chicago. They are playing my all time dream venue in Sweden, right around my 40th bday… my wife suggested we go. So, so tempted. We saw an opera there a few years and it was amazing. http://www.dalhalla.se/

  6. MiA Says:

    Two dates in Austin? I like this

  7. aj Says:

    I think only one of the two founding members is still in the group

  8. bob dylan Says:

    Miner, hope you have more to speak on about msg in the off season. Been holding it down well with the coverage.

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    someone told me a rumor of austin360 for two nights after nola. is that the old south park meadows?

    anyhow, we can dream!

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    i have more about msg. just had to divert to n’awlins for a second.

  11. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Late night on the 26th M&M’s at Tips – Mali, Mercurio, Moore and Medeski. If there is a show that Trey is going to show up at late….that is probably it.

  12. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Thursday before Stanton Moore Trio with Robert Walter at Blue Nile might be a possibility too. Friday is still pretty open with moe being the only “big” show on the books right now. I look for that to change in the next couple months or so though.

  13. Stoney Case Says:

    Jazz Phest > MiA Phest

    ::tent fingers::

  14. guitarpicker420! Says:

    And Sunday the 27th, Worship My Organ w/ Benevento, Skerik, R.Walter + DJ Logic is at the Blue Nile. That might be another perfect sit in opportunity.

  15. sumodie Says:

    Miner, nice reminder that no festi date has been a stand alone. Fingers crossed those freaks in Austin get some, preferably after JF but right before Austin’s Psychfest, May 2-4

    Austin Phish > Psychfest would be some serious temptation

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Def vrbo and airbnb guy…used them both for work and family trips. Basically swear by em if you can get peeps to split costs.

    With the joblessness I gotta say no to Nola but damn it’d be nice and I’d really wanna bring the wife to that throwdown

  17. Dorn76 Says:

    @jg was quite surprised snagged on hotels.com special deal or somesuch.


  18. lumpyhead Says:

    that Austin360 venue would actually be a great venue to see phish I think

  19. Dorn76 Says:

    What would be the night for a solo phish appearance at UNO or wherever?

    This plan needs a blueprint.

  20. sumodie Says:

    Yup, Kraftwerk tours nowadays as a quartet with one (of two) founding members, according to Wikipedia

    I seem to be exploring all the Krautrockers except Kraftwerk (and Tangerine Dream). Eventually…

  21. MiA Says:

    Austin360 is at the new(er) Formula1 race track. Nice place.

    Southpark Meadows is a movie theater and parking lot, near a new Chilis, Trudy’s (restaurant) and Twin Peaks (booby bar)

  22. MiA Says:

    RIP Southpark Meadows and the (original) Backyard.

  23. sumodie Says:

    Austin360 holds 14k


  24. bob dylan Says:

    Worship my organ!

    That’s what he said.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    Twin peaks is a nice name for a booby bar.

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