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. hoedown Says:

    I was just recalling that story before you posted it Gdadio. Live and let die…no regrets brother.

  2. bob dylan Says:

    you saved me LIL UM!!! I’ve been sleeping on actions tour dates. i’m going. fuck yeah!

  3. bob dylan Says:

    also found out danny brown is gonna be at mammoth this weekend while I’m there. gonna try and catch that too but dunno if the lady will take one for the team or not yet.

  4. Don Gordleone Says:

    dude, brahs… a Seattle – Denver superbowl would make for the first SuperWeedBowl ™ .

    I think we all know who to root for now this weekend.

  5. Don Gordleone Says:

    ActionB is playing Seattle on SuperBowl Sunday. WTF? It’s like he’s trying to avoid me.

  6. jtran Says:

    whoever says cypress music isn’t good is wrong. fact.

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Id rather watch action bronson than the super bowl. more action. more bowls (dabs).

    its a shame younger didn’t line up with the super bowl this year.

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    who says cypress isnt good? that’s like saying the island run sucked. some people…I feel like their ears are broken or something…


  9. jtran Says:

    also more bronson @bd (as well as more action)

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    R.I.P. The Professor
    Only Ginger & Mary Ann remain…

    ^ that’s crazy. we are old,

  11. joe Says:

    jtran – we need names of these supposed people who said cypress isn’t good.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    Yes joe. Let’s kill them.

  13. BooVT Says:

    Ricks (and others), I am also drinking my first Victory Hop Ranch right now. And about to drink my second one in a few minutes. Once again, the BB recommendations are spot on. So far, so good. Yum. Yum is the extent of my descriptive critique. That, and “wow”.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ve had better IPA’s than EB, no doubt..

    Spasm- my guy said he got lucky this time.. 3 cases is a lot ..so much that he can actually put them on the shelves. Last run he only go 1 case and had to hide it from the animals and only 1 per person.. Actually had quite a few nice things, other than EB i need to try.. Palate Wrecker is one, A Rye beer he said is off the charts good ( forgot the maker)..

    Cypress is bomb… lets stop with the silliness.

  15. joe Says:

    or at least make them go to Billy Joel instead of Phish

  16. phishm Says:

    So someone stated that the music at BC wasn’t that good. Wow. I wasn’t lucky enough to be there, but the music is amazing and very deep. To each their own.

  17. joe Says:

    (for the record. I think Jtran has whipped up a straw man argument to make our heads explode)

  18. BooVT Says:

    Also RIP Reuben Kincaid.
    Sorry if this has already been discussed – haven’t read back yet…

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Spinning Burgettstown ’98, the official release.. More I listen, more I like this show.. Solid, solid top to bottom effort from one of my favorite tours.. Summer ’98 is a top 3 tour for me I think… with Fall ’97 and Fall ’95

  20. tela's_muff Says:

    i literally have never seen one person say the music at BC wasn’t that good.

  21. joe Says:

    if you know that off the top of your head, you are definitely old, Boo. I always had a thing for Laurie. still do

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “i literally have never seen one person say the music at BC wasn’t that good.”

    ^ probably canadian.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Who was saying NH has no economy? They are getting progressive up there. Sure, it won’t pass yet, but it is a start…

  24. jtran Says:

    “I’ve read people claim the music in general was not great at cypress ”

    I’m just quoting hoedown. I don’t personally know anyone with that opinion, because if I did they wouldn’t be my friend.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    you guys know enjoy by is distributed where the fans want it right?

    they have a meter on the site and you get to put your vote in. more votes of people who want it, more gets shipped there.


    wtf no northern cali?

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