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. plord Says:

    Sumodie, Tangerine Dream is serious dark room headphones psych voyage music, you will dig it! Skip straight to first four releases from their contract with Virgin: Phaedra, Rubycon, Richochet (my favorite by far) and Stratosfear.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  3. Stoney Case Says:

    JEMP truck heading to JazzFest

    ::things I haven’t heard today::

  4. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    So did most of you forget, ignore, or just miss the JEMP truck research I did?

  5. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Sorry, that was a loaded question.

  6. joe Says:

    c) just missed/didn’t see

  7. mayhem Says:

    I just forgot. Stoner fuck. I may have been drunk too

  8. MiA Says:

    Plord knows his tangerine dream. Good choices.

  9. phishm Says:

    That’s really cool about Jazz Fest. From what I’ve heard around these parts the last time they played Jazz Fest the show was just OK. Well, that was the only Phish show that one of my cousin’s ever caught. I don’t know him very well and he is now married and very successful and all that jazz. At the time he said that the show literally blew his mind. He ended up moving to Alaska a few weeks after that show and lived there with his dog for just over a year in the middle of nowhere. Now that’s getting your mind blown IMO.

  10. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    So the MSG truck looked like it had the JEMP name and USDOT# painted over something. That might have been how the original truck looked, but probably not. The # is registered to them, but it hasn’t been updated in years.

    The # is also registered to a food co. in CT, who probably bought the truck from JEMP and then logged over 1MM miles on it (probably partially for tax purposes)

    So either they tracked down the original truck, or did their best to replicate it (I believe the mudguards were replicated for ex.).

    There is also a potential Long Beach tie-in, but that’s for another time (like the first time I mentioned it, for one).

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    it was just ok

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    wow. nice research, Suit!

  13. phishm Says:

    Wow, are you calling me a suit there Miner? That’s funny. All I was saying is that Phish is so good that even an OK show will blow the mind off of a wandering patron if they are so inclined. Personally don’t think I’ve given that show a listen. Gotta some free time right now. Should be fun.

  14. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    And of course, the DOT# is unreadable, or out of frame in most of the video, so those could be any number of trucks. The MSG truck could have been just some random chassis from the area, maybe a Broadway prop.

    Or the original JEMP truck.


  15. phishm Says:

    I appreciate your hard work and research voopa. I’d also like to know if there is a Phish scrapyard out there in Vermont somewhere. It would be funny if there was.
    The Jazz show was just OK after a listen. How’s that for research?

  16. RoosterPizza Says:

    “Or the original JEMP truck.”


  17. Dorn76 Says:

    That’s Mr. Suit to you!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    feels like a good day to spin some New Orleans Phish…

    10.22.90 Tipitina’s
    03.09.91 Tipitina’s
    11.07.91 Tipitina’s
    03.02.93 Tipitina’s
    03.03.93 Tipitina’s
    05.04.94 State Palace Theatre
    10.14.94 McAlister Auditorium (Tulane)
    10.17.95 State Palace Theatre
    04.26.96 Jazzfest
    09.26.99 Lakefront Arena

    you can go to the ‘New Orleans Benefit’ disc they put out a few years ago for the pinner highlights or check out the Tulane show for Michael Ray and Gears sit-ins, the 11/7/91 show with the ARU sit-in (the bulk of the second set is on the benefit cd), the Sunpie Barnes sit-in for 3.2.93 on the last day of Mardi Gras (which comes through on this show – you’ll understand when you listen), another Gears sit-in for 3.3.93, 5/4/94 for the Cosmic Country Horns, 10.17.95 with MMW opening and then joining to close the show, the Michael Ray sit-in at Jazzfest (and everything else that goes with that set – also on the benefit cd), and the Michael Ray/Tim Green sit-in at Lakefront in ’99 (not to mention the debut of Sweet Virginia to open the show…).

    there’s a TON of great history for the band here. now get to it.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    We goin jazzfest…we goin jazzfest…

    18 years to the day! My life split perfectly in half. Crazy.

  20. George W. Kush Says:

    Stellar list T3. Good at-work listening today.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I chose to start with 05.04.94. Gotta get the full Cosmic Country Horn experience going with that ’94 band on fire sound. from the start of the Jim it is clear the game is afoot.

  22. phoammhead Says:

    at the Sloth Sanctuary … these creatures are amazing … who dreams this stuff up!

  23. dorn76 Says:

    Phoamm is in my bedroom.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  25. George W. Kush Says:

    Some notes on T3’s list

    9/26/99 – nice to hear a Phish rendition of Mozambique, horns and all.
    – horns in Cavern add nice extra sauce to the Set I closer.
    -Set II is rocking but not much out of the box to speak of

    4/26/96- Read this.

    10/17/95- Screaming 1st set Stash.
    – MMW opened the show. The Suzy>Keybaord Army is nice.
    – MMW sit in for a 30+ min jam at end of Set 2. Trey thought it
    -Trey article http://www.phisharchive.com/articles/1996/gp.html

    10/14/94- Come for the 1st set Gin. Stay for the second half Tweezer.
    – Phantom Spirit Beam Forbin’s>Mockingbird narration. Can you
    feel it?
    5/4/94 -extended It’s Ice jam in the first frame
    – Solid 1st set Tweezer
    – Brain scrambling Antelope dedicated to a newborn.

    3/3/93 -Solid show. last one at Tipitina’s.
    3/2/93 – “Madonna’s sister” on washboard in IDK

    11/7/91 – Must-hear first set YEM. Bowie is magnificent.
    – LP released set 2 as New Orleans Relief. Killer Bowie
    -Those seeking older sound after truck set, this is for you.

    3/9/91 – Last night of a Southern run. Good jams in YEM, clipped Reba,
    Bowie. Crowd is very chatty on these auds. Double encore

    10/22/90 – Tipitina’s. Not listed on Phishtracks. Incomplete setlist from

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