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. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Which Founders do you guys pamp frequently?

  2. bob dylan Says:

    ^id have guessed honey over maple syrup

  3. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I think that’s 13 Bob

  4. butter Says:

    Christian Rock set:

    Devotion to a Dream
    Winter queen
    Sweet black Angel
    Velvet Sea
    Show of Life
    Shine a Light

  5. btb Says:

    Spas – Imperial Stout, Breakfast Stout, Porter, Backwoods Bastard…I’m not a huge fan of their ipas / IIPA’s, but I’m sure others would disagree with me.

  6. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @B2B- Cool. My joint here carries some of those. Might rock the Porter or this Bastard you speak of. Enjoyed a few Sweet Actions last night for the first time on Bobby D’s rec.

  7. MiA Says:

    ^E: Amazing Grace

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    word Gdad. The one i had was on draft, but probably still great bottled. Where u at again?

  9. MiA Says:

    e2: Daniel saw the stone

  10. Dorn76 Says:

    Have Mercy!

  11. joe Says:

    sound check: have mercy

  12. joe Says:

    too slow

  13. btb Says:

    Inlaw Josie Wales

    ::kneels at alter and confesses sins::

  14. dusty Says:

    I’m also not a fan of founder’s IPA’s although double trouble is decent. Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Breakfast Stout are money. I also hear Curmudgeon is solid.

    Enjoyed a Port Brewing Older Viscosity last night. Dark and roasty. I think I like the Old version better. For any other RIS lovers out there…Black Albert from De Struise. Super powerful yet balanced 13%er.

  15. bob dylan Says:

    how’d that sweet action treat you spasm?

  16. ren Says:

    Kangfirmed on the balloons being this year. You can just make out that monstrosity of a scoreboard

  17. MiA Says:

    Jesus Just Left Chicago

  18. lumpyhead Says:

    definitely this year. lights on the scoreboard for the truck set.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Local beer store got 3 cases of new EB. Grabbed a couple. Yay

  20. MiA Says:

    I thought so Ren. I recognized that one balloon in the corner.

    Looking forward to you and Mrs. Ren coming to Austin.

    Gonna have to build an addition.


  21. ren Says:

    Heck yeah! I’ll do my best to make it happen. Winter gets so much more tolerable with fresh Phish on the horizon.

  22. little umbrellas Says:

    no EB in Cali this run.

  23. little umbrellas Says:

    MiA builds a geodesic dome in his backyard for BB’ers to crash at while in Austin.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    If Austin is April 29 I’m changing my flight and will be there. Yeeehaw

  25. little umbrellas Says:

    …. just don’t forget your picture of Phil Collins when you’re eating cereal.

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