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. Jerome Garcia Says:

    joe are involved in the medical field?

  2. George W. Kush Says:

    Any recs for loooooong form Ph jams. Lots of reading this afternoon and need good headphone jams.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Kush, this is always a go to for me


  4. Joe Says:

    The arod midstream trick work?

  5. Joe Says:

    No medical field. Just seems so crazy that this would come up now.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ironically, my recent issue has been the opposite as joe’s, in that scarcity has been more common than not due to two regular resources deciding all of the sudden to not be “into it” anymore.

    but I side with snig’s suggestion here. and I’ve also done the niacin thing, though I’ve heard some tests screen for that now (I personally have a scrip for it which gives you the excuse you need as it is a way to lower cholesterol without going on the big meds based on the whole flushing dealio). plus you need massive amounts for it to be effective (like 1000-2000mg per day).

  7. btb Says:

    Screening for niacin? What if you like bananas? You lose job. Me call ACLU.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    kushy, there’s always IT. Disease, RnR, Ya Mar, Reba, Tower Jam, Waves, 46 Days, Ghost, Antelope, BOAF, Weekapaug, Chalkdust, and YEM are all over 15 minutes with a bunch more over 10.

    no, like way out of whack amounts. like if you would happen to have been pounding it to flush your system or something. or maybe to keep the monkeys down, man, like in that documentary about when there were ape dudes who could talk and shit and they rebelled and stuff and the government was just using them for labor and stuff and they wouldn’t let them be, like, free and everything?

  9. btb Says:

    Planet of the Apes? Oh man, glad I am not an ape. I don’t like hard labor

  10. George W. Kush Says:

    IT is a good call. I was thinking Flatbed Jam or Disco set but Ive been in a post-hiatrus mood recently so IT fits that nicely

  11. phlorida phan Says:


    ^Ever wanted to have a doughnut and booze at the same time? Well then, this site is just for you!

  12. Don Gordleone Says:

    Apparently there is a history of phans having bowel control issues.

  13. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Wasn’t sure if you were a RN based on your night shift hrs. Ex is RN & when meds haven’t been properly logged gone missing they would sometimes DT the entire staff.

    Perhaps your employer changed insurance/bonding company which may have triggered testing.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    no, I think that was the prequel where they took artistic license with the source material. I’m talking about the true one.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Can’t go wrong with any of those, IT Ya Mar is the biz

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you could also do worse than the headphones jam itself, kush

  17. lumpyhead Says:

    Ambient jam from limestone is on YouTube

  18. George W. Kush Says:


  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey folks. Suoer exciting news regarding the Jazzfest date. I went in 96 and thought it was really fun. It was a short show, of course, but really well played. No face meltage but tight playing throughout. Michael Ray sit in was cool. Kids were dropping like flies in the heat when the band came on and quarters got tight. I believe there were many fecal matters (think Tahoe) that made the festival swear off Phish forever. Nice they had a change of mind. Wifey is actually considering it.

  20. buddysmyles Says:

    @ Joe… Unless you are a chronic smoker or over weight, just dont smoke & drink lots of water between now & then. I m a cdl truck driver for a small lumber yard & have never had any problems in 6yrs of testing. Granted my boss is cool with my smoking & gives me atleast 2 week heads up when my name gets drawn… I smoke every week but not much…

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Lazy’s Disease video is sweet..

    Clearly see Miner rocking out when Trey drops back into Disease riff at the end..

    Sick version.

  22. Jerome Garcia Says:

    12/28/13 II on lastrewind. Here we go.

  23. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Anyone in South Florida wanna help a family member of mine w cancer procure some precious? Let me know. He is hurting something fierce for chemo. derrbot

  24. Spasm Waiter Says:


  25. btb Says:

    Jerry Church…never a bad idea


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