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!”

  1. aj Says:

    Anyone in the mood for some fake tour dates? Sure, why not?

    4/24 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
    4/25 TBA
    4/26 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans LA
    4/29 BJCC Arena Birmingham AL
    5/01 Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta GA
    5/02 Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta GA
    5/03 Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta GA
    5/09 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas NV
    5/10 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas NV

    7/04 Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Saratoga NY
    7/05 Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Saratoga NY
    7/06 Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Saratoga NY
    7/09 Xfinity Center Mansfield MA
    7/11 Klipsch Music Center Noblesville IN
    7/12 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls OH
    7/15 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre Wantagh NY
    7/16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden NJ
    7/18 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Northerly Island Chicago IL
    7/19 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Northerly Island Chicago IL
    7/20 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

  2. btb Says:

    AJ – how about a weather forecast to go with those while you’re at it 😉

  3. lumpyhead Says:

    you’d be happy every day there ren, like a snow wombat.

  4. aj Says:

    Looks like rain.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:


    4/25 woodlands
    4/26 jazzfest
    4/29 birmingham
    5/1-3 Fox atlanta
    5/9-10 Vegas

    West coast fall

    Grain of salt, but it looks like we may have a spring run!

  6. dusty Says:

    Brahlorado BB ski weekend. Damm…I’m going to heading out of the southern rockies by that time. I think it will be dry until then if not 2nd week feb.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    i bet these aren’t 100%. I bet there is Austin. Doubt The Fox in Atlanta. But….

  8. Kaveh Says:

    Rumors are good; thanks fellas.

  9. btb Says:

    I love Greensky…those dudes rock

  10. lumpyhead Says:


  11. Shred Says:

    How much of a zoo would a fox run be? That would be an all timer run. Buckhead after. It would be over run.

    I prefer the rumor of 7 nights at radio city featuring Gamehenge every night for 1st set. Now that’s a fucking rumor. I’ll be back to make more shit up later.

  12. Kevin Says:

    Fall Tour

    8/29-31 Denver
    9/3 Vancouver
    9/5-6 The Gorge
    9/8 Portland
    9/12-14 San Fran
    9/15 San Diego

  13. lumpyhead Says:


  14. vapebraham Says:

    been a fun day spinnin niagra off and on. love the curtain>bag>demand and slave form set I. love the taste>reba from set 2. on monkey now.

  15. vapebraham Says:

    woops. make that Niagara. wicked mike’s. old school.

  16. dorn76 Says:

    Poppin’ Viagra, spinnin’ Niagara.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    where did that west coast come from? dreams?

  18. aj Says:

    Other rumor/fake dates:

    April 23: Coral Sky, West Palm Beach, FL
    April 25: Snowden Grove, Southaven, MS
    April 26: Jazz Fest
    April 27: UNO Lakefront Arena
    April 29: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    April 30: Austin 360 Amphitheater
    May 2-4: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

  19. Kevin Says:

    Yeah. Thats my dream west coast run.

  20. vapebraham Says:

    nice, dorn.

    chattin with dorn
    chasing away scorn
    pass dutchie cone
    the sound of OMMMM
    hard phish caper
    enjoying jah vapor

  21. ren Says:

    So much synchronicty going on today….the cosmos is a strange and beautiful place.

    Pondering all these afforementioned dates. Hitting some Fall shows on the West coast sounds more enticing to me than the Spring stuff as I won’t be able to do both (already becoming more west minded)

  22. ren Says:

    DOH! West coast Phish in the fall sounds so choice

  23. vapebraham Says:

    love the Viagra Mike’s. when u land in the groove, you feel like you’ve been somewhere, a special journey. that’s gotta be my fave from that set.

  24. dorn76 Says:

    Fox has a play on the schedule those days. Tix not on sale next week so not totally out of the question….

  25. dusty Says:

    fall tour will be in sync with Obama’s promise zones.

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