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. vapebraham Says:

    i shuffled right into another SOAM — 4.8.94 penn state. had to check the playah to make sure wasn’t still in 7.3.94 melt. page pounds the grand hard in this april version. shorter, more urgent and diabolical. hose is on. wow. more $$$

  2. vapebraham Says:

    i shuffled right into another SOAM — 4.8.94 penn state. had to check the playah to make sure wasn’t still in 7.3.94 melt. page pounds the grand hard in this april version. shorter, more urgent and diabolical. hose is on. wow. more $$$

  3. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Awesome vape. NOLA will be glad to have you back 😉

  4. marcoesq Says:

    I can’t stand when bananas are too ripe

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^^ha! My 1st show.

  6. vapebraham Says:

    i’m a definite loose maybe for JF in nola. but its pull is great.

    puddle me

  7. marcoesq Says:

    Here’s another goodie. Still longest, and best IMO, Gin of 3.0


  8. stapes Says:

    Music today link looks promising!

  9. vapebraham Says:

    JG: the penn state show was your first? did u have your head in your hands for that melt?

  10. Stoney Case Says:

    bit of a robummer that Greensky and Phish not the same weekend. So it goes.

    So many festivals anymore. Seems like a battle to get the up and coming bands. Jazz Fest looks like ‘Get off my lawn’ fest to me. The over 50 rockers on full display. Main stage closes at 9 pm each night to accommodate.

  11. buddysmyles Says:

    I found rd trip from Boston starting at $300 but had to mess with dates… Jazz festvhas some promo codes for flights on Delta & AA.. Typically $50 off…

  12. btb Says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Bonnaroo this summer either considering the album launch

  13. marcoesq Says:

    drive it, fuckers! Did MD>NOLA twice in my youth, trip almost, almost better than the stay

  14. lumpyhead Says:

    Don’t see how they could go through the trouble of gearing up and hitting the road for one set at jazz fest and then go back and chill til July.
    Gotta be some more spring dates.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    LA>NOLA should only take you west coasters like 3 days and $1,000 in gas

  16. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Indeed it was vape. Spring of soph yr of high school. Buddy won tickets on the radio & a copy of Hoist which I basically commandeered. I had no idea what I was getting into. Had to leave before show was over due to parentals’ strict curfew. Never forget when the lights came up at set break that you couldn’t see length wise across Rec Hall due to all the smoke. Missed proceeding shows in ’96 & ’97 at Byrce Jordan Center when I was at Penn State. Bought a few of the Live Phish Halloween shows in the early aughts but didn’t end up seeing Phish again until ACL Fest in ’10. Free DLs of Hampton shows courtesy of Phish Inc & discovery of Miner’s webby in Mar ’09 sparked my interest in diving deep. Really only got hip to the live music scene when moved to Austin after graduating in the summer of ’00. Certainly missed a lot of Phish but glad to be here now.


  17. Kaveh Says:

    Hate to be the buzz kill: http://tickets.phish.com/

  18. vapebraham Says:

    psych jazz lovers: dl and spin this first track of the dead kenny g’s


  19. Kaveh Says:

    @marcoesq: We are thinking of doing that from Minneapolis: 18 hours; that really isn’t that bad. Considering it takes 13/14 hours to get from here to Denver.

  20. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Check that caught 7/31/09 at Red Rocks. Buddies & went to Denver to catch the two KDTU Phish aftershows at the Ogden Theatre. Remember that SOAM very well w/ Phish & Kuroda literally battling the rain. Awesome.

    Stoney main stage closes at 7PM at The Fairgrounds. Fess is 11AM-7PM.

  21. dorn76 Says:

    @kaveh this link has hope alive…


  22. marcoesq Says:

    not too bad, kaveh. only real issue is once you hit MS/AL/LA you have to watch your speed or you’ll get Uncle Vinny’d

    Now the drive back is a whole nother story. Back in the day we didn’t have yesterday’s SBD’s to ease the hours but I did have a portable DVD player and a nasty flu coming back from Jazzfest ’03

  23. marcoesq Says:

    lol, “Cousin Vinny’d”

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Interesting seeing sts9 listed on all of these fest announcements coming out today considering they booted Murph yesterday

  25. dorn76 Says:

    “Uncle” Vinny-ing gets you 10-15 in Federal lock-up.

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