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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    good stuff, kushy.

  2. Kaveh Says:


  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    howdy, kaveh

  4. Kaveh Says:

    Man o man…flights down South for Jazz Fest are crazy. Anyone finding any luck anywhere?

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    gp420! how do you know about those shows 1st wknd? Strictly a 2nd wknd’er which is biting me in the ball bag this yr & only shows I know about are the Dead Feat shows on 5/3 & 4 w/ Anders Billy K Paul & Fred & Billy Iuso.

    Bingos my man heading back to NOLA. Hell yeah!

    Who else is heading down for the Phish & 1st wknd?

  6. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Kaveh you might want to try Thurs – Mon or Thurs – Tues or some such combo. Shit is just mad expensive w/out Phish playing…good luck & Godspeed.

    Also may want to price flying into Houston + rental car. IAH > NOLA ~ 360 mi & HOU (Southwest) > NOLA ~ 350 mi.

  7. dorn76 Says:

    Southwest looks reasonable

  8. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks! Yes, I’ve been checking all combinations. I didn’t think about into Houston, but then again how much does it save?

    Or just wait and see if there is a spring tour and not blow the load on NOLA.

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    @Miner what dates have you heard for Austin360 post JF…Mon 4/28 & Tues 4/29?

    I typically shove off for Htown that Tues after 1st wknd after work in this case Tues 4/29 to break up the 9ish hr drive from ATX to NOLA. However if Phish plays Austin I would most def delay my departure to the Crescent City until Wed mid morning arriving just in time for my group’s opening night tradition of Jacques Imos > Maple Leaf > bringing up the sun.

    Sorry for all the thinking out loud…does these count as phishthoughts?

  10. dorn76 Says:

    I’m suspicious of this idea there’s going to be Spring shows aside from this one-off. TAB, Mike Tour, guys are older, etc…

    Article on NOLA.com made it seem like the JF producer didn’t nail them down until MSG.



  11. [Not Tom] Says:

    What I’m interested in knowing is whether this will be a one-setter or a two-setter.

  12. tela's_muff Says:

    nice find @Dorn. i’d say based on that article no spring tour. wives across the land can take a deep breath now.

  13. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Nice link dorn. Garcia. Only confirmed TAB date confirmed thus far is Summer Camp over Mem Day wknd correct? So it’s not out of the question that they could do a condensed Spring Tour a la Fall ’13 esp if they don’t do anything again until Jul/Aug no?

  14. Stoney Case Says:

    Are there any Jazz groups at Jazz fest?

  15. ren Says:

    Dorn bringing the seriousness with that reality check…how uncharacteristic

    If Austin happens me and the mrs are IN!!!

  16. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Not Tom I think their time slot will be 4:30 – 7PM which will provide them one long set & encore. Most time any band has ever been give at JF is 2.5 hr closing set which Panic gets when they play. Assuming Clint Davis gives Phish the same courtesy.

  17. buddysmyles Says:

    Apparently Musictoday has updated their phish page… Annoucement looming? Its no longer has NYE run info…

  18. dorn76 Says:

    Check out my serious face.

  19. vapebraham Says:

    7.3.94 SOAM — $$$. loose, maniacal set II opener kicked off by 3rd stone from sun tease. a fave.

    personal nola exuberance fading fast. i’d love to go, but not sure i care to solo it.

  20. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Yes Stoney. See Jazz Tent.

  21. vapebraham Says:

    stoney: yes. check out los hombres calientes in that dept.

  22. buddysmyles Says:


  23. Jerome Garcia Says:

    vape have you been down for NOLA for JF before?

  24. vapebraham Says:

    I have, JG, at least twice that i can remember. Used to have friends who lived there.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    morning all. spring tour, eh? I’m out, but sounds fun.

    I’m on that SOAM, vape. good request

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