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. ColonelJoy Says:

    If anyone needs a phatty and nicely priced condo 3 miles from the venue (sleeps 8)…in La Quinta…PGA West….the one I had is now available….be a responsible adult and not a damn wook…

    $150 a night
    $120 cleaning fee
    $500 security deposit


    Michael McMullen, 349 Melwood Drive, Rochester, N.Y. 14626/ home: 585-453-0419/
    cell: 585-750-1736 Fax: 585-453-0419 (please call 453-0419 before fax)

  2. henrietta Says:

    Miner, you mentioned that 12.5.97 is the only Fall ’97 show that you did not have up. Is there a way to search for an individual show to download? The search does not work for that.

  3. SOAM Says:

    Have fun guys-talk to you when it’s over.

  4. Robear Says:

    Fat B, with any luck, I’ll have a large banner with a ‘Salmon’ on it. I’ll be in RV parking. In addition, I’ll post the location on this site in the comments. Also, I’ll post some photos and the location on the Facebook, “Thank you Mr. Miner” page. C U all there! I leave tomorrow, it’s looking pretty good.

  5. Neemor Says:

    Nice passing on the Condo, Col.
    Seriously guys, have a blast.
    Do nothing but what is fun for you this weekend.
    Be kind to one another.
    Look out for one another.
    Don’t be afraid to put out your hand to someone in need.
    Improve your karma this weekend.
    It comes back in waves!
    I would encourage some of you to bring journals. When this upcoming weekend is over, I will want to read your own personal accounts ad nauseum because it sounds like not only the music will be epic, but the grounds will be fun, the installations and artwork will be trippy, well thought out and special and I will want to experience all of that as closely as I can from 2000 miles away.
    Looking forward to reading the setlists as they develop.
    Again, have enough fun for all of us!
    Drive safely.
    Wait to get to the venue before taking mind-altering substances. Get there safe.
    Hugs and positive vibes to everyone leaving today/tomorrow.
    Miner, No Spoilers? I think you said it was a “go”, just confirming….

  6. BTB Says:

    ^ Yeah, what he said!

  7. Robear Says:

    ^nice sage advice, Neemor. The future’s here, we are it, we are on our own.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    When did Sticky Fingers get the axe to the groin?? Would have loved that to be the costume…

  9. voopa Says:

    Colonel, I’d love to take that room off of your hands, but alas, it’s camping for us. I kinda want to stay on the grounds anyway, but if I had the spare cash, I’d take it. Good luck, and wish you were there.

  10. halcyon Says:

    A-Glide … I will be staying in Palm Desert which is in between Palm Springs and Indio, if you cant get a ride to indio from springs, but can get one to palm desert, I can bring you in to the show on Saturday. Due to other obligations, I will not be getting to the venue until later in the afternoon.

    Just a thought.

  11. TheDropper Says:

    Anyone gonna be in Vegas on Wed. Night?

  12. A_Glide Says:

    Awesome, thanks for the offer. I get in at noon if i can’t figure something out I’ll take you up on that. Send me your # and I’ll give you a call if everything doesn’t fall into place. kevin.knight at

  13. KWL Says:

    best show is the next show

  14. KWL Says:

    DTOD is my favorite fall 97 ghost. Thanks Miner.

  15. Chalkdustin Says:

    Good morning all. My PT shirt arrived right on time this morning and looks great. A big shout out to Mr. C for creating those, and to Robear for his advertising. Can’t wait to rock the lot with it!

    Question about when to arrive: we planned on driving from to Indio in the evening from San Diego on Thursday and staying at a hotel we have for the night, then going to the grounds Friday morning. I have a feeling we’ll be stuck in hours of traffic in the morning, but setting up camp Thursday late at night doesn’t sound fun either. When is everyone planning on arriving on site?

    Safe travels to all and good thoughts to those who will be there in spirit. Here’s to the best weekend of our lives!

  16. mrfergie Says:

    Good Monday Morning to everyone…

    After coming to terms with not being able to go to feight, and then being shut out of tickets for the fall dates, finally a piece of good news – rolled into work to find a like minded friend scored extras for Thursday at MSG 🙂

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    Starting to feel some sorrow about the lack of live phish in my life.

    No Fest 8
    No Fall Tour

    Hoping for NYE Miami

    However, I wish nothing but good things to those of you who are going.
    Please stay safe, and share your experiences with us at home.
    This is a great group of folks, its been said before, so best of wishes to all of you this weekend.

    If anyone needs some listening material for their travels, check it out:

    Our newest show is up there, chock full of silliness in the first set, and dark and nasty jams in the second set. It was our Pre Halloween extravaganza. Its yours for the listening/downloading pressure.

    Have fun guys!

  18. Robear Says:

    ^I’m rolling in Wednesday, so I’ll try to post updates, if nothing else, re: traffic, layouts and such.

  19. HarryHood Says:

    You guys are killin me!

    I really wish that I could make it to 8, but it looks like just the Fall east coast shows for me. I love hearing all the excitement though and I’ll be anxiously waiting to hear everyones stories.

    @ KWL – Thanks again man for the trade. You deserve a ton of good karma for hooking me up so that I can take my brother to his first show! Have a great time at 8!

  20. halcyon Says:

    I remember the traffic at Coachella a few years ago moving surprisingly well. The cops had traffic control dialed in. There were 50-60k in attendance each day, maybe more. Even though this is not Coachella, it is still a good measuring/estimating stick.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    repost from late last night:

    We were talking bluegrass last week. Here’s the mix I mentioned:

    Two things:

    – It’s 100 songs in 7 zip files. No one in their right mind, or me either, listens to this much bluegrass in one go. I went ahead and put it up in one place so if you like it you can keep coming back.

    – There are a lot of styles in there. Traditional bluegrass (Monroe, Stanley Bros, Scruggs), 70s/80s progressive blegrass or newgrass (Tony Rice, Hot Rize), southern country blues (Doc Watson), a variety of grassy Jerry projects, and other stuff that just seems to me like it fits. There’s no real old timey stuff, no irish or celtic music, no Western swing, not much gospel and you don’t have to take it serious…not much more recent than the early 90s and so not much of the current “new acoustic” vibe, some of which is cool but I haven’t bought much of it yet.

    The upshot of the above is that most people will like some styles and not others at least at first.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    So I mentioned it the other day, but for obvious reasons I won’t be doing the daily setlists this week as I head towards *8*. I’ll do today and then be unavailable after that until next week. If anyone is so inclined, please feel free to give it a whirl. I can update the facebook site with it as well. Any takers?

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you like bluegrass at all of course 8)

  24. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Starting to feel some sorrow about the lack of live phish in my life.

    No Fest 8
    No Fall Tour

    Hoping for NYE Miami

    Same here. No NYE either. Can’t believe how addicted I am to chasing the sound.

  25. bhizzle Says:

    @Col. Joy

    You’re from the ROC and kept it secret this entire time? Dang! There’s a good representation of the ROC on this board.

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