Five Reasons…

… why Festival 8 will be one of the greatest Phish experiences of all-time.


1. Holiday + Festival = Huge Phish

AJ Masthay Festival 8 Print (Unofficial)

AJ Mathsay Festival 8 Print

Combining one of the high-holy days of the Phish calendar, with their unparalleled festival tradition, the band has created an unparalleled atmosphere around Indio. The only other holiday festival was Big Cypress, and we all know how that turned out. The merging of two of Phish’s greatest rites has everyone on the edge of their seat, awaiting to see how the Halloween theme is infused throughout the vast playground of dreams. Phish festivals are among the greatest memories of all of our lives, and now, in 2009, we are about to create another weekend that will live with us eternally. No travelling or driving around necessary, no hassle or concern; all Phish, all the time, amidst a gargantuan psychedelic carnival. And the music – festival-sized Phish jams growling from speaker towers built to blow us away – all while having as much space as we’ve ever dreamt of for all of our friends to throw down; forget about it. There’s not a feeling in the world like it. And its about to happen again.


2. Three Days

festival8-caNever has a Phish event lasted so long; not Big Cypress, not The Clifford Ball, and not Amy’s Farm. Three days and eight sets equals an unprecedented event in the band’s history. Whereas every festival but Big Cypress has occurred within a tour, Phish and their organization have had months to prepare, rehearse, and conceive of every imaginable detail for this week’s stand-alone event. Each Phish weekend of lore seemed like a flash – a psychedelic dream that ended too soon. But this time, tack on another day – then add the day before the music where everyone sets up camp – and we’ve got ourselves a four-day Phish freak scene! The ability to be in one place with your crew and relax all together, instead of jumping in separate cars and chasing highways all night long is priceless. This laid-back scenario will certainly create endless sessions of carefree chillage, where the only concern will be when the next set starts. For four days we will live a dream.


3. The Weather

sunshineAnd for those four days, the weather will be divine. While every other festival took place in the unpredictable weather of the northeastern summer, southern California in October couldn’t be more opposite. With day after day of cloudless sunshine, the Palm Springs area is the place people go to guarantee themselves a sunny vacation. This blissful detail cannot be underestimated when reflecting on the camp-wrecking downpour at The Great Went and the 100-degree temperatures at Oswego. With temperatures predicted to range between 90 and 50, and no foreseeable precipitation, both the days and nights in the desert will be delectable.


4. The Album Mystery

Huey Lewis Is Dead - Or Is He?The band has hyped their Halloween mystery more than ever before, making everyone a musical detective over the past month with their own theories and reasoning. The mystery has drawn in the entire community, creating unparalleled excitement and anticipation, and a huge set-up for a prank if you ask me. Campground names have leaked, albums continue to be killed, and everyone is wrapped up in a guessing game – just how Phish wanted it. Known for toying with their fans in more ways than one, this time they have everyone, hook, line and sinker. It will be intriguing to discover how the answer unfolds; and to see if the band uses their first show as a platform for musical allusion and illusion. Instead of “Trick or Treat,” what ever happens in Indio will certainly be a “Trick and a Treat.” And I can’t freakin’ wait to get there!


5. The Acoustic Set

phish_hdrBreakfast with Phish; glazed eight-shaped donuts, coffee and a fresh California harvest will make this early affair one to remember. Whether up all night or arising for a morning serenade, Phish’s Sunday morning greeting promises to hold more than a few surprises. They have been working on and rehearsing the acoustic set, according to their own website, thus one can believe it will be more than a string of bluegrass songs. Having never done this before, this “full-length” acoustic set will represent new musical ground for the band. An intimate set on a grand scale; the juxtaposition should be interesting. If Phish is ever going to break out the Gamehendge saga again, this could be the time to do it.


Jam of the Day: Festival Week

Wolfman’s > Simple” 8.16.97 II


A classic segment from The Great Went.



12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Torrent

12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Megaup.

phish-power-95While crafting the upcoming audio archive, I found this to be the only show from Fall ’97 not posted on this site. A tremendous first set and an out of the ordinary second set kicked off a memorable midwestern run during the second half of tour. Highlights include “Ghost,” “Jim > My Friend,” Stash,” “Julius,” and “Slave.”

I: Ghost > Wilson, Funky Bitch, Black-Eyed Katy, Sparkle, Runaway Jim > My Friend, My Friend, Ginseng Sullivan, Limb By Limb, Character Zero

II: Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Julius*> Slave to the Traffic Light* > The Lizards, Loving Cup, Chalk Dust Torture

E: Bold As Love


Source: Schoeps cmc621 > Sonosax > sv255

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456 Responses to “Five Reasons…”

  1. Marshall Says:

    Talk of shirts today reminds me of a sign that a serious wook was displaying by the road leading into the Hampton Coliseum parking lot this year before the first show.

    This guy had dreads that touched the grounds – I am not kidding.

    His sign read: I HATE PHISH

    I couldn’t stop laughing. I thought it was classic.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    that is definitely classic Marshall

    nothing to do with anything, but – the owner of this PDX restaurant was just accused of being the laundering front for a 10-key-a-month blow operation in town…this commercial cracks me up
    “From the Rooter to the Tooter” – wtf?

    Very good bbq joint though – ranked anywhere from #1 to #3 in town depending on your taste

  3. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    So were going to listen to Jam On, see. No monkey business, see. What you looking at doll face?

  4. Pence Says:

    Sirius does streams every now and then but a 8 stream would be legendary.

  5. NittyGritty Says:

    Haha thats a funny vidoeo Mr. C. “From the Rooter to the Tooter” – maybe it’s a little line at the end of the commercial that you are only supposed to notice if you wanna buy some blow.. router (guy with it) to the tooter (guy who wants it).. anyways. funny stuff

  6. Marshall Says:

    Re: Miner being made. He definitely did himself a solid, when he starting putting sensible words together in sentences on this site. As a result, he’ll never be without a ticket to a show ever again, as the M.Mafia step on top of each other to hand him their extras.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Marshall, I think I saw that guy too.

    On a related note, my friend and I were joking at Hampton that it would be funny to make a sign that instead of telling people how many tickets he needed actually said that he had two tickets for he and his wife. So he does it and then proceeds to display it while we’re hanging in the lot. Lo and behold, some people didn’t think it was funny (those would be the people who didn’t have tickets). After a while of getting dirty looks and some ginger kid (I’m allowed to use the term since I am one, you see) yelling at him we all decided that it probably wasn’t a good idea to continue displaying the sign. Good times.

  8. Neemor Says:

    Type III, that’s some of that monkey business cowebell’s been talking about, see?
    Better knock it off before I knock your block off, see? Myeah.

  9. BTB Says:

    Will blog for extras…preferably floors…

  10. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Myea, no monkey business, see. You want a knuckle sandwich? What you looking at tootse?

  11. Chuck D Says:


  12. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    DLOTD is smokin, ya know what I mean? Do I need to spell it out fer ya? What you looking at Trixie?

  13. Marshall Says:

    You’re a funny guy…

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    y’all sound more like one of them bugs bunny cartoons with the mobsters in it than anything else

    not a bad thing, those are hilarious

  15. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    yea, what were their names? Ther was the Edward G. Robinson character and 2 others (his muscle).

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I recommend searching the internet for “40s slang terms”. there’s a TON of potential out there for you (if you really want to continue this “jam”)…

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    Rocky and Mugsy, in “Bugs and Thugs”, in moderate DVD rotation at home…kiddo loves him some Looney Tunes

    well there’s also the “Babyface” Finster one, the little gangster baby, very funny

  18. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Well, aren’t you the eager beaver type III. Sounds like your in cahoots with MrC.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    lurked for many months before chiming in…this is the spot for me…all the other spots now and before are there for a reason too. this is the first message board that i actually ever posted on (ok ok…i put in a couple of show reviews in the late 90s) but i used to get the RMP digest instead of actually posting on it. that was back in 98 or so…

    i just think the good stuff happens here and i like the dialogue. originally it was Miner who hooked me with his editorial and picks…now he forms the hub and we is the spokes…

    @nittygritty – welcome aboard.

    all of you on the way to 8….i’m almost in physical pain not going…my wife would say that was the most insane thing i’ve ever said…but having been to a solid chunk of fests myself…i know what i’m missing. drats….and have a donut for me.

    looking forward to fall shows…and i know i’ve been at this for weeks but yes yes yes….phillys still available?…that’s what i’m saying…bring me the all 8K capacity room tour next fall i won’t be able to contain myself. i do remember the days of 3K venues and though i’ve not one of those guys who has lamented the growth of the scene…to see it slim down is really a good thing.

    wheat from the chaff my boys…

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    …and you too chalkdustin 😛

  21. llamalee Says:

    i dont have a costume for indio, b/c i dont know how i’ll pack it. does this make me a bad person. i think so..

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    how’s this Jay:

    me and my dutchess were fixin’ to get ginned up in our darbiest threads to go have a ball hoofin’ with all the hep cats, hep kittens, and other rug cutters. we were really togged to the bricks when we showed up at the frolic pad, ready to have a ball and throw some lettuce at the scene. Dig?

  23. Mugician Says:

    Llamalee, I’m freaking out about not having a costume.

  24. Mugician Says:

    Type III, nice.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m freaking out because we ordered our costumes on the 15th from some website which said it’d be 5-7 business days. Tomorrow will be 8 business days for a package only going about 500 miles. Their phone refers you to submit an email to the site (i.e. they’re not taking calls). we leave super early Wednesday to Vegas>Indio. If they don’t come tomorrow, we will need to find new costumes somewhere between Las Vegas and Indio. AAARGH!!

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