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. jtran Says:

    west coast fall woot!

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if the play is anything about a retired military guy who travels to a far off land and saves a lost race of people from their oppressive king I’m calling shenanigans

  3. dorn76 Says:

    All I can say is the Northeast has been robbed of our birthright.

    I declare prima nochte on at least 10 shows in NY/NJ/New England this year.

  4. tela's_muff Says:

    if those Vegas dates are true, i’m 100% in. if those West Coast dates are true i’ll be taking a 2 week vacation.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    Close. It’s Green Day’s American Idiot.

    Can’t make this stuff up.

  6. Guy Forget Says:

    @Bob – agree on Yarmouth. Great tune.

    I’m going to reiterate Austin360 Amphitheater. Date(s) still unknown.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    pretty sure they are gonna warm up for nola and take advantage of the fact that they are in the south and play after

  8. aj Says:

    With my fake dates-oh, I keep em rollin

    June 27-29: Northerly Island
    July 1: DTE
    July 2: Blossom
    July 4-6: SPAC
    July 8: Hartford
    July 10-11: Camden (or only on 11th, with JB on 9th)
    July 12-13: MPP
    July 15: Portsmouth
    July 17: Raleigh
    July 18: Charlotte
    July 19-20: Alpharetta

  9. jtran Says:

    see you all in vegas

  10. lumpyhead Says:

    guess I’ll be looking for a new job in october

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Hey Stoney, what’s the date on that Bootsy Collins/Coup show? I could use a trip up to Trinity, got a good friend that needs a visit taboot.

  12. lumpyhead Says:

    Jtran – you still doing MGB here?

  13. aj Says:



  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’ve thougt alot about the ethics of this…but since I’ve hit literally hundreds of foul balls in these comments over the years here goes:

    In the first interview (of 3 at the same place) I had the fucking knockout had on a NEON ORANGE bra. Yeah I just caught a glimpse, no I wasn’t looking for it (look up!!) but c’mon, is that what “office casual” is these days??

    These dates look super fun. I really really want them to hook up the south/SE even tho I won’t be able to hit a one of em.

  15. jtran Says:

    ya lumpy, got tix for slf and I

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    I had this am…

  17. lumpyhead Says:

    cool holler when you’re here!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    pics or gtfo, gdad


  19. little umbrellas Says:

    gettin amped about JazzFest, I’m about 90% on both weekends now.

  20. btb Says:

    Ok, guys. I got your dates in an easy to read map format.


    Any questions?

  21. Calpain Says:

    Hope Yarmouth road gets more play. Dug it at MPP, fit the vibe perfectly.

    Maybe red light will wise up and release dates at a reasonable time. Most likely not. Would be nice to plan ahead

  22. little umbrellas Says:

    Houblen Chouffe. I gotta say it again. This beer blew my mind.

  23. aj Says:

    Off topic, I watched an excellent documentary on gig poster artists on Netflix streaming last night, it is called “Just Like Being There” and I really enjoyed it. Some nice flashes of Phish posters, etc. and interesting deep dive looks into some of the artists’ lives. Check it.

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yarmouth saved my life at MPP.

    LU – I have one of those and also a mcchouffe in my basement beer fridge if you wanna come grab em.

  25. btb Says:

    All those beers with the troll on em are dank

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