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. Gavinsdad Says:

    I’m on hiatus now too @joe. Interviews have begun. Hopefully i wont have to drop but playing it safe regardless.

    Exercise should start too since I had to go out and get a new blazer yesterday since my old one don’t fit.

    Get off my lawn!

  2. George W. Kush Says:

    Mikes bass sounds very rubber band like in the RCMH Ghost. dig.

  3. phlorida phan Says:

    How far south @Spasm?

  4. Stoney Case Says:

    ::pulls two extra tubes for his restricted brethren::

  5. Dorn76 Says:

    Stops at home for lunch to rip a tube.

    Because he can.

  6. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Ft. Lauderdale

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Joe- I went the QuickCaps route…and I failed…. you all know the story…


    The original ” stoner fuck”

  8. Dorn76 Says:

    Now that I’m in a better mood I can also wish you all good luck and Godspeed in job searching/drug testing endeavors.

  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    My enjoy by shipped today. The folks at the beer store had no idea wtf I was talking about. They had their Stone rep in yesterday who got them straightened out. Told em I would take the whole case if I could. Fingers crossed.

  10. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Joe- I failed with a headshop sold quick fix drink. D’oh! Coast guard too. Ouch. This was like 2001 or something.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Don’t know if this article was posted but makes it sound like there’s no spring tour http://www.nola.com/jazzfest/index.ssf/2014/01/booking_the_2014_new_orleans_j.html#incart_river_default

  12. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Taste of Jazz Fest for you phine pholks. This has been the lineup at the Leaf the past three (’10 ’11 & ’12) Festivus Eves (Wed before 2nd wknd) which include Johnny V GPJ June Yamigishi & Ivan Neville.


  13. Jerome Garcia Says:

    D’oh! Past 3 as in ’11 ’12 & ’13. Jacques Imos>Maple Leaf is a $$$ combo.

  14. George W. Kush Says:

    @DF, when has Phish ever been that obvious about future plans?

  15. George W. Kush Says:

    I agree ab the article though

  16. phlorida phan Says:

    Spaz, I’m just north of Tampa, about 3.5hrs from Ft. Liquordale, Can meet in the middle to help a brother out.

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Who is George kush again?

  18. Joe Says:

    Thanks for input. Going to just go the abstain, postpone till last possible date and drink lots of water. If they want to get rid of me for a failed test than fuck them. I need a new job desperately anyway and have grown roots too easily in one that I hate. It’s the motivation I need to get something else.

  19. phlorida phan Says:

    ^My new guess is Mmhmmm?

  20. butter Says:

    Jazzfest you wombats

  21. George W. Kush Says:

    A former President of this sometimes great nation.

  22. Joe Says:

    Then. If they want to get rid of me for bad grammar and sentence structure, I’d understand

  23. George W. Kush Says:

    Not a Canadian.

  24. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Phlorida- Respek man. That is super kind. I will mention it to him and see what he thinks. He said he is working on it from his end as well. Thanks amigo. I will stay in touch. Owe you one.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    so no one cares

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