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. dusty Says:

    not sure if its been said, but besides the metermen gig Page is playing Sat at masion.

  2. lumpyhead Says:

    geodesic dome ftw

  3. lumpyhead Says:

    MiA, should austin be true we should take these mahfks to the Salt Lick the day after the shows.

  4. btb Says:

    Good BBQ in Texas.

    Send me a cowboy hat Mia

  5. tela's_muff Says:

    f Enjoy By. the first half does nothing and there isn’t a shreddy peak at the end.

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    Tie completely necessary. Same w new jacket, pants, 3 shirts and 3 ties. Again, game recognize game.

    LU – jersey baby

    Beer – I’m hearing about this Kentucky Breakfast Stout but have yet to find it. Hitting up a bar tonite after I research Philly tap finder.

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    hey dusty. Where are you seein bills for other gigs beside the fairgrounds lineup?

  8. calpain Says:

    ‘re: founders. Breakfast stout IS that good, porter is delish but haven’t had it in a long time, I remember it being very silky and too easy to drink.

    All day ipa is a concept that I enjoy; full flavor and low alcohol. Lot of ‘grass’ flavor in that one.

    Someone mention trappist brewery (@sumo I think) in MA, knowing the monks it will probably be hard to get but would love to try.

  9. Kaveh Says:

    Good BBQ in Texas.

    Send me a cowboy hat Mia
    ^ This. @MiA; I need a hat to match the boots I got at Allen’s last time I was in Austin. 🙂

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    And @lumpy by way of @mia. I’ve been to salt lick 5 times. But somehow I forgot to try out the new jack, Franklins, last time I was down there. Love Texas BBQ.

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    oh wait, you could be talkin about somethin else…. Umbrella projections.

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    Brisket Calls.

  13. aj Says:

    I would LOVE to hit Austin, so many compelling reasons. This must be the year.

  14. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @Bob- SA was really great. Just a nice range of flavors. Very drinkable. Unique flavor profile.

    re. EB- Both my Stone dealers have no clue when they are getting it in, meanwjile Palmer is stockpiled up a hundred miles away. Grr…

  15. wolfmansfather Says:

    anyone check out keller williams lately? if so, worth making the effort?

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Salt Lick and Blacks = true boner material

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my local beer mecca (Julio’s) is having a tasting and release party for the trappists on Monday. thinking about ducking out of work a mite bit early to check it out…

  18. lumpyhead Says:


    Salt Lick and Blacks – the truest of boner materials. you ain’t kiddin. Have not tried Franklin’s.

    Been far too long since I’ve been to Austin. So many reasons why they should play that city after jazz fest. would be one for the books.

    BBQ is one of em.

  19. btb Says:

    The BB demands cowboy hats

  20. btb Says:

    Wouldn’t that be hilarious for a PH show??

    Everybody wear a fucking cowboy hat….how funny would that be?

  21. lumpyhead Says:

    I’d chuckle

  22. ren Says:

    BBQ is in my top 5 life loves. Secretly want to be an old black pit master. Need to add more TX experience to my BBQ resume for sure.

  23. bob dylan Says:

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

    har har. its easy to tell meatstick balloons from the other years. i just figured the skybridge would be easier to see in the pic and i didn’t think it was.

  24. Silent Morning Says:

    Yep, surprised as all hell at the day’s news of the Fest. This will be my third trip to New Orleans and my very first Jazzfest!! Stoked! My initial thought is that they would start a two-week Spring Tour (!!!) a few days before, as I don’t think they would want to arrive at the fest cold. I could be wrong. Hope not, I am ready for the tour, big time. See y’all in the South!!

  25. sumodie Says:

    R.I.P. The Professor

    Only Ginger & Mary Ann remain…

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