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:

    Hopslam came to my local heady beer spot yesterday and sold out in less than 2 hours, even with a 1 6 pack per limit, and 6 packs being like $18. Meanwhile, Enjoy By’s sit on shelves and sell for $3 the week they expire. Weird beer market, guess people prefer the more local stuff or don’t really know.

  2. aj Says:


  3. Calpain Says:

    Agreed @lilum and @btb. La’chouffe is top 5 all time brew for me. Doesn’t get much better than a double IPA tripel.

  4. tela's_muff Says:

    i hope i never hear Yarmouth Road again ever in a Phish set. keep it Mike’s Things That Make You Go Hhhmmmmm Tour.

    @heady – not ruling out the Wondergrass Fest. if i had a little crew to hit it with i could be tempted.

  5. Dorn76 Says:


    By right I lie with your band the night before they head West/South.

  6. Calpain Says:

    Business casual is a joke. Toms and leggings do not constitute b.c.

    You think as a young fella I would be happy about this, however it’s really distracting and annoying.
    Don’t tempt my eyes with your tight pants and overzealous cleavage!!

  7. MiA Says:

    7/9/99 Mike’s Sweet Emotion Twist Groove @ MPP

    I think I just like Phish when they don’t sing much over 45 minutes.

  8. aj Says:

    “Don’t tempt my eyes with your tight pants and overzealous cleavage!!”


  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    looks like Mr. Strong is coming in, um, strong and taking the Longhorns by the, er, horns.

    ::kicks rock::

    stupid puns are too easy on this one…

  10. bob dylan Says:


    ^theres a pic on this site from the balloons dropping. can someone from the room tell me if thats from ’12 or ’13? the balloons looked like 12 and i couldn’t make out the sky walkway.

  11. bob dylan Says:

    gdad, so the tie was unnecessary? or did she have on one too?

  12. MiA Says:

    Strong will be a major change for UT. Don’t think he will have the “leniency” that his predecessor did. Mack talked his way out of many potential firings. Guy is a master of politics. Strong has a lot to prove coming in.

    Not sure why Greg Robinson is gone. Really liked that guy.

    Gopher Hockey!

  13. vapebraham Says:

    EB>hopslam. funny, EB is set to arrive locally on 1.15, yet the joints don’t have it til 5-7 days later.
    about to finish an Hipranch. very enjoyable beer. It’s being mentioned in the same breath as pliny and heady. It is more like pliny and EB than heady. definitely high quality and right there with the boss dipas.

  14. vapebraham Says:

    gdad: sounds like u took another interview at hooters. giveaway was neon orange bra.

  15. btb Says:

    Strong is a great coach.

    I’m curious to see if he gets a fair shake at Texas.

  16. bob dylan Says:

    i keep pliny and heady on a level above EB and dirt wolf. but that might just me.

  17. joe Says:

    those rumored dates match up with Billy Joel’s real date at Wrigley in Chicago. who’s ready to rumble?

  18. lumpyhead Says:

    not just you bob, I do for sure as well

  19. vapebraham Says:

    pliny younger>heady>EB>hopranch/dirtwolf

  20. btb Says:

    Dirt Wolf is DIPA lite. Quality beer for sure though. Hop Ranch is so strangely unique it belongs up there with the top dogs imo.

    These new wave of DIPA’s are good, but damn…give me some bitterness. Next thing you know hipsters gonna be dropping Jolly Ranchers in these new DIPA’s.

    Slammed a Topper & On the Wings of Armegeddon yesterday. Damn that Armegeddon was a good beer. DA BITTAHNESS!

  21. bob dylan Says:

    so nobody knows if that shot is from 12 or 13? weird.

  22. btb Says:

    What’s EB? I’m trippin over here

  23. lumpyhead Says:

    enjoy by

  24. btb Says:


  25. btb Says:

    Founder’s just tapped their BA Honey Porter at the brew pub. I was repping that beer over the summer.

    It blew me away at Founder’s Fest this year. 9% ABV and aged for 2 years in maple syrup and oak barrels or something like that. Jesus Tap Dancing Christ.

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