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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha joe i was gonna ask if it was a grammar test they’re making you take.

  2. P.S.H.S Says:

    Joe, qcarbo32 from GNC worked for me (on ice out of a big gulp). you have to be close to plumbing for about 2hrs pre-test, serious body flush. your company is probably switching insurance, need tests for coverage.

  3. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Also failed in post graduation in ’00 w/ a hshop drink; didn’t take that 1st piss until I got to testing center. Registered 16 ng/ml; cutoff was 15 ng/ml which is less than for gubmint jobs. D’oh! Think they work pretty well if you follow instructions but best bet is to take a 2 wk hiatus cleansing pills as much water as you can stomach & exercise.

  4. P.S.H.S Says:

    thc is stored in body fat. if you exercise/burn fat cells, it comes out. Took me about 3-4 months trying to cleanse naturally, so I used the drink.

  5. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Tally for failed drug tests is probably somewhat impressive for the BB massive

  6. Spasm Waiter Says:

    My wife is incredible. She said JF would be a fun trip for the two of us. So I said, yeah perfect place for you to see Phish. She says, “Dude, you would make me go see Phish if we went?!” WTF? Seriously? It doesn’t hurt… You might like it! Oh well. She is good at other shit.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    spasm, to which you reply, “well you don’t have to come but i’ll be there”

  8. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Beauty of Festivus Spasmo. She can catch whomever is playing on Gentilly Stage which might be Robert Plant & Sensational Shape Shifters; lots of options w/ sets going on in various tents & side stages. Check out last yr’s Sat of 1st wknd for all that goes on at the same time as closing act on Acura Stage.

  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Yes, it would be awesome. We had a blast at the Wilco festival in N. Adams MAss. She adored the whole atmosphere.

  10. phlorida phan Says:

    Never failed a drug test….Also haven’t taken one either!!! Stoner til death do us part.

  11. Shred Says:

    How does Plant go from Led Fucking Zeppelin to the sensational shape shifters? Did he sell his nut sack to the devil too?

  12. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Shred pretty sweet show; saw them last June at ACL Live. Allows him to do Zep & solo material. Also better suited for his aged voice. Can’t hit those Zep wails anymore my man.

  13. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Chances of seeing Plant Page & JPJ w/ young Bonham on drums = slim. They didn’t really play during their 45th anny yr in 2013.

  14. butter Says:

    Df- I stopped a while ago trying to figure out BB ali-ass’s

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    trey and clapton should happen

  16. butter Says:

    Clapton and his baby brother would be Epcot

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    I thought Kush was a new poster since Fall.

  18. butter Says:

    Vegas rumor

    Temptation island run

  19. Stoney Case Says:

    Butter. How ironic to play New Orleans and Vegas.

  20. ren Says:

    Vegas is no AC yo! I’m addicted to AC Phish!!!…still cheaper than a gambling problem

  21. vapebraham Says:

    Looks like JF first weekend is a definite fri. – mon. recruited the wife to make it happen.

  22. mr icculus Says:

    any one pre-order a signed Mike Gordon print of his cover art on his new cd??

    Had to have me one of these.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phish is playing first weekend of Jazzfest?

    If you’ve never been, it’s a must, with or without Phish… With Phish is pretty damn awesome though.

  24. Jerome Garcia Says:

    vape & mrs vape ftw!!! Outdoors at Fairgrounds = easy to avoid smokers. Yappers & gappers = at least you can roam around. Night shows around town pretty much can smoke in all venues less a few. Just fyi vape.

  25. lumpyhead Says:

    vegas late Spring
    AC late Summer


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