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!

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TYPE II CAST: NYE Edition

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671 Responses to “We’re Going Back to Jazzfest!”

  1. BooVT Says:

    Vape: downtown Boston.

  2. vapebraham Says:

    ahh. nice. the HR has a decent reach.

  3. butter Says:

    Christian Rock set: revised w bb help

    Architect
    Devotion to a Dream
    JJLC > JWSHF>
    Winter queen>
    Have Mercy >
    Sweet black Angel>
    Have Mercy (W/ 20 minute, ambient/psych dub reggae jam) >
    Daniel Saw the Stone
    Velvet Sea
    Show of Life

    E: Amazing Grace
    Shine a Light

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Have to get LifeBoy in there, no?

    ” God never listens…”

  5. vapebraham Says:

    ^^^ and Bug.

  6. bob dylan Says:

    Boo – still cheaper than a beer at a bar

    Vape – not enough hops to last year round I bet

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Jwshf… No se.

  8. butter Says:

    yes Palms,

    Architect
    Devotion to a Dream
    JJLC > JWSHF>
    Winter queen>
    Have Mercy >
    Sweet black Angel>
    Have Mercy (W/ 20 minute, ambient/psych dub reggae jam) >
    Life Boy
    Daniel Saw the Stone
    Velvet Sea
    Show of Life

    E: Amazing Grace
    Shine a Light

  9. vapebraham Says:

    they have a brand new hop — azacca — in the ranch along w/ mosaic

  10. butter Says:

    just wanna see his face

    exile

  11. vapebraham Says:

    butter: u could make it a spiritual rock set and add avenu malkenu.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    And then do a sinner set with all of the evil-themed stuff

  13. vapebraham Says:

    god set I. devil shit set II.

  14. hoedown Says:

    For the record regarding my BC comment: it was on this here message I remember reading someone post how they weren’t that impressed, to much noodling, boring, etc. Unfortunately I do not recall said poster but it was here cause this is the only blog I follow.

    As I stated I wholeheartedly disagree and hold that entire event in a special place in my heart. Pure magic, the entire festi.

    All I was trying to say prior was thanks to Miner for his work on type II cast because I agreed with his assessment 100% and came to the same conclusion before getting off the train ride to hotel that night. Sorry dudes, didn’t mean to stir the bb pot, but apparently its not easy to comment without facing extensive scrutiny. Long story short, msg type II cast was on point and has me even more excited for 2014….which I did not think was possible.

  15. ren Says:

    That would be a very “challenging” 2nd set mentally…if you’re doing it the right way

  16. butter Says:

    think we could come up with a full 2 set religious show

    I:

    Yerushalayim Shel Zahav
    Architect
    Devotion to a Dream
    Life Boy
    Daniel Saw the Stone
    Velvet Sea
    Bug

    II:

    JJLC > JWSHF>
    Have Mercy (W/ 20 minute, ambient/psych dub reggae jam)>
    Sweet black Angel>
    Have Mercy (15min Reggae jam) >
    Show of Life
    YEM

    E: Amazing Grace
    Shine a Light

  17. phishm Says:

    I agree ren, but a lot of folks would bitch about all the ballads. I guess that’s the type of set that would separate those that get it and those that think they do. Then again I thought that Halloween already covered that.

  18. BooVT Says:

    Highway to Hell

  19. butter Says:

    love the idea of I: God set II: Devil set

    E: Shine a Light

  20. phishm Says:

    Of course if the filter wasn’t applied to someone at Halloween then I’m sure that MSG got them. Or they loved it. So far BC is really good. I’m not sure what that dude was talking about.

  21. butter Says:

    Devil Set: 2.5 hour jazzfest set – just completely face the fairground and scare the shit out of new potential fans

    Wilson>
    Sloth>
    Carini >
    Ghost >
    Tweezer (Hampton esque) >
    Fuego >
    Its Ice>
    Fuego >
    46 days >
    Fire >
    Highway to Hell

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Throw Esther in there. That is a twisted song and sick when nailed.

  23. phishm Says:

    One thing that would make the hell set hard is deciding which tunes to include. What makes it hard in my book is that one person’s hell could be another person’s heaven. I just don’t think it works the same the other way around. Good is good no matter what. Those that like bad don’t like good in any shape or form. Poor bastards. Bad is good to those that enjoy bad.

  24. joe Says:

    the sets should be flipped, I think.

  25. stapes Says:

    Damn. Might have to crack a Hop Ranch.

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