A Leg Two Preview

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

After exactly one month off, Phish will return for their late-summer run at the improbable Berkeley, California locale, The Greek Theatre. One of the most beautifully set amphitheatres in the land will host Phish for a three-night party on August 5-7, kicking off the most anticipated week of the Summer 2010. On a hilltop at the University of California, the famous Bay Area icon holds only 8,500 people per night, making it the first truly tough ticket of the summer. With only these three shows on the west coast until the fall, fans will be coming from far and wide to see Phish’s return to The Greek. With a GA policy and limited floor space, you can bet on a Red-Rocks-esque scene of early arrivals rolling out tarps and staking claim on their crew’s space for the night.If two things are for sure, Berkeley will be a scene, and these shows will be something special.

Downtown Telluride, CO

After only one day off, Phish will fulfill the rumor of the winter by playing Town Park in Telluride, CO. On August 9 and 10, the Phish community will descend upon this mountain hamlet for the most anticipated shows of the summer. Returning to Telluride for the first time since 1991, these two days will have a throwback vibe, as the band plays at the base of the Rockies. Expect a festive atmosphere in town all weekend, as Phish unveils their mountain music inspired by the gorgeous environs. With tickets exclusively sold in two-day passes, only 9,000 people, total, will get in to what looks to be the most enchanted Phish experience of the summer. In the span of six days, Phish will play five shows of under 10,000 people, something that hasn’t happened since Japan 2000. Pretty…pretty…pretty…pretty cool.

6.19.09 Deer Creek (T.Caine)

Following the opening week of August, the scene will shift to the Midwest for one of the most classic combos of summer venues, Deer Creek and Alpine Valley. 2010 will make it nine consecutive summer tours, dating back to 1996, that the band will combine these two Midwestern jewels. With shows that, historically, almost never disappoint, this run is a no-brainer for standout Phish. With two shows in the cornfields and two in cheese country, the overnight route between the two venues is perhaps the most classic summer Phish drive that exists in the land. Maybe this year someone can figure out why the highways in Wisconsin are named with letters instead of numbers.

Jones Beach '09 (W.Rogell)

And to close the tour – for now – the band will return to the east coast for two shows at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. This summer, Long Island will host the end of tour as opposed to 2009’s three-night stand at the onset of June.  On the original set of dates that circulated before the announcement, everything matched up exactly, but there were also two Radio City shows tacked onto the end. The absence of these dates on the official announcement either means that they fell through at the last minute, or they are still hammering out the details. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something else added the end of tour, as bringing the circus to the east coast for only two shows seems a bit odd. Time will tell.

Alpine Valley - East Troy, WI

Looking over the entirety of Phish’s 29-show summer, the clear concentration of shows lies in the northeastern corridor, garnering grumblings from the peanut gallery out west. Lest we forget, Phish, at their roots, is an east coast band, and after a five-year break, that is more true than ever. With their fans, friends, and families concentrated in the east, and a diminished desire to grow their fanbase nationally, Phish has no true incentive to come out west except to visit sublime venues. And that is exactly what they have been doing. Between Red Rocks, The Gorge, Indio, The Greek Theatre, and Telluride, you have the five most engaging runs of Phish 3.0, all, by modern standards, “out west.” Maybe we’ll see a west coast swing come fall, but somehow I wonder.

Regardless, Phish is locked and loaded for what hopes to be a ground-breaking summer. In all likelihood, the band will begin to carve a new direction for their music, and within these venues of August, the cream of the crop will rise to the top, as the Phish’s playing traditionally peaks on the back half of tours. With everything back in place, this will be the first tour we can truly take at face value, as an indication of what is to come. With the building blocks of 2009 out of the way, things couldn’t be more exciting.


Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 7.21.97 I

A standout piece of Summer ’97’s US opener.




6.29.94 Walnut Creek Amp, Raleigh, NC < Torrent

6.29.94 Walnut Creek Amp, Raleigh, NC < Megaupload

Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC

Phish’s first of many visits to this Raleigh tour stop came amidst a smoking run of June ’94.

I: The Curtain, Sample in a Jar, Reba, Mound, Julius, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Catapult > David Bowie, I Didn’t Know, Golgi Apparatus

II:  The Landlady, Poor Heart, Tweezer, It’s Ice, Lifeboy, The Divided Sky, Suzy Greenberg, Cavern

E: Ya Mar, Tweezer Reprise

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828 Responses to “A Leg Two Preview”

  1. halcyon Says:

    I also know a jeweler (cool girl, old friend) in Sacramento / Sonoma Cali that does some cool stuff as well

  2. William H. Bonney Says:

    Cheers KWL, I would say skip the diamond but, good luck with that. Aren’t there any other precious stones women like? Could always mine your own. 🙂

  3. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Congrats KWL!!!

    ….how in the hell did Frank Zappa write Keep it Greasy? It’s in 19/16 time sig.

    That’s pretty readicculus if you ask this guy

  4. William H. Bonney Says:

    Huskies move on, great comeback

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    that kills me.

    i lost vandy, georgetown, and marquette in the sweet 16. im done.

    now im just rooting for upsets.

  6. William H. Bonney Says:

    Big East is getting exposed…look out Cuse…

  7. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Mr C – We are all just puppets for the Illuminati. Seriously. Some college kid put in spooky music and showed “classified top secret” documents that show it’s true. It’s on YOUTUBE, man, come on.

    Wouldn’t you think that if the government was clever enough to have all of these super-hidden conspiracies and secrets, they’d be able to delete some asshole’s youtube video showing how George Bush is best friends with Osama Bin Laden?


  8. halcyon Says:


    The jeweler in Denver is a wholesaler to many companies in Colorado. He sells out of a small office in Cherry Creek, and basically takes the choicest pieces and designs and sells them at great deals to customers. He has worked with all sorts of Athletes, Rock Star wives. When we were getting our wedding bands he showed us the pieces he was selling to AC DC’s wives, a piece he sold to Paris Hilton, pices he sold to Rob Blake, and Joe Thorton. I know I am name dropping, I thought he was talking smack, but he showed us proof. The engagement ring I purchased cost 2200 below appraisal.

  9. William H. Bonney Says:

    G-Town too silly? Can’t say I saw Ohio doing them but round 2 was it for them…Big East is not very good this year. Of course a torn up bracket is more common than not.

  10. KWL Says:

    thanks all.

    @C, yeah… it is hard to evaluate a lot of it though, since there is no single standard for ethical or environmental or socially responsible or whatever… tough to figure it all out through the interwebz

    @halcyon, both of those sound like pretty good leads…

    @william, actually, the lady herself doesn’t want a diamond… if she did, there would probably be a lot of tension in our relationship!

  11. William H. Bonney Says:

    @ Silly who was you final four?

  12. William H. Bonney Says:

    KWL Sounds like a thoughtful lady. Cheers again.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @BK the main thing I have learned about “African music” is that there is no such thing. As “African music” in the singular I mean. There are dozens of different styles and probably thousands of local variations So it’s a big topic.

    Some favorites worth checking out…kind of starting old school and working towards more recent. I can recommend all of these without hesitation – you may or may not like them depending on your taste but they’re worth checking out.

    Babatunde Olatunji – drums, drums, drums

    Fela – yeah baby

    Ali Farka Toure – incredible Malian singer and guitarist.

    King Sunny Ade – Trey’s favorite, Nigerian juju, kind of the classic modern afrobeat sound

    Toumani Diabate – maybe the foremost virtuoso out of Africa these days. Half his stuff is full band electric dance music, half acoustic tribal trance. Outstanding.

    Tinariwen – you think Fela’s story is cool, look these guys up. Great primal “desert blues.” My current favorite.

    Mulatu Astatke – Ethiopian jazz fusion. I just learned about him, proving how surface level my knowledge is. Very very incredible, what I have heard so far anyway.

    Blk Jks – South African rock band. “and now for something completely different”

    As soon as I post this I will think of 5 more. And I would always be interested to hear other people’s recs.

  14. KWL Says:

    @halcyon you’ve got mail

  15. neemor Says:

    I’ll throw this one out.
    I went to a tiny little, out-of-the-way, artsy town in the foothills of northern CT. with my then fiance. (Take this story with a grain of salt!)

    While window shopping through some of the little stores in the village, we came across a guy who would take trips to far-away lands and bring back jewelry, crafts, all sorts of varied art from around the world.
    She spotted an Afghan Wedding Bracelt that was basically a beautiful and intricately crafted silver bracelet that was connected with fragile chain to an ornate silver plate encrusted with jewels which was connected by chains to delicate rings for each of her five fingers.
    These were in turn connected by those chains to what amounted to thimbles on each finger, again, delicated carved and crafted, each distinct.

    It was given from an Afghani man to his wife on their wedding day.

    It was the most breathtaking piece of jewelry I’d ever seen.

    This is to say that sometimes, finding something like that while shopping with her someday and going back to hold the piece for her will win you tons of points and is a ready-made story for her to share with friends and family.
    (“Awww..KWL is sooo sweet….”)

    My two bucks.

    Lucky girl.

  16. halcyon Says:


    What C said +

    habib koite and bamada of mali

    Plus check out Putumayo’s African music collections. Great stuff on those CD’s.

    Bela Fleck’s African Journey CD

    Ethiopiques (Mahmoud something

    Can’t remember the other artists I wanted to suggest as well.

  17. halcyon Says:


    I will email you tomorrow am. I have the contact information at home.

  18. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Thanks for the recs Mr C

    I also just grabbed Meditations by John Coltrane recently. Plan on playing it tomorrow morning. Jazz works great in the morning. I know that album is free-form, but still, I’m gonna give it a shot.

    You guys have opened me up to a lot of new music on here. Thank you for that

  19. garretc Says:

    Haha, when I was deciding early what phish show should accompany me on my ‘bane equipped beginning of spring break public transit adventure across LA, and I just realized while in the middle of Billy Breathes:

    “Wait a minute… Darien Lake ’97…? Nice, this should be fun.”

  20. Foul_Domain Says:

    I like that comment from Trey to Fish on the Undermind DVD…

    “Play like youre a big group of Africans…which is pretty much what you are”

    ^ Pretty random, but all the African music talk reminded me of that.


  21. garretc Says:

    Darn, I left out part of the story. I hate when I do that…

    “I chose the first album I saw that had 0 plays in itunes”

    should be inserted after “across LA”

  22. punkmug Says:

    One of the most underated jams of 2009. Cobo – 46 Days. Wow, I just relived a moment.

    Carry on.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    Cobo 46 days is the ooey gooey

    Ethiopiques is a series with many artists – Mulatu who I mentioned is one of the featured ones

  24. HarryHood Says:


    Congrats! I knew I checked in on the board tonight for a reason. I’m really happy for you and you girl. Two really great people. Now get back east!

  25. Luther Justice Says:

    I have the Cobo 46 Days on my Fall Tour highlights disk. And the Cobo DWD is gooey ooey.

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