Looking Into June

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

After an extensive run down the eastern seaboard, hitting up all the classic sheds, Phish will wind up the first leg of summer with their return to Atlanta. Visiting Encore Park in Alpharetta, for the first time, fans will find this venue setup perfectly for a tour-ending party. With an over-sized GA orchestra “pit,” there will actually be the ever-elusive dance floor right in front of the band! Seats don’t even come into play until the “100” section of the venue, behind the first moat of the pavilion. Only one of strip of seats will line the inner pavilion before an undersized lawn rounds out a rather intimate 12,00o person amphitheatre, 7,000 less than Phish’s usual stop in Lakewood.

Alpharetta Seating Chart

This medium-sized landing point for summer’s first leg seems to be an alteration of the classic cookie-cutter shed. While still bearing the Verizon Wireless brand, Atlanta’s design team had some foresight, putting removable chairs in the lower pavilion, creating the potential of a huge GA orchestra section, something that should be a staple at every venue built going forward. With open space to throw down, and a fully-oiled Phish, sixteen shows into tour, Atlanta has the makings of a tour ending gala.

The July 4th weekend is part of five two-night stands during leg one, as only six shows will float alone. Catering to less travel for everyone, Atlanta provides a final destination weekend for fans from all over the country. Coupled with SPAC, Alpharetta comprises the north-south highlights of the first leg, and, arguably, the four most-anticipated shows of June. But there are a few others.

nTelos Pavilion - Portsmouth, VA

What started as a down-low highlight has blown up into one of the most anticipated shows of tour at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia. With a tiny capacity of 6,500, and a first come, first-serve GA policy, one can be sure people will be lining up long before doors open for this gig. With rail spots at stake, there will be a mad dash to the front where people will sit for hours before showtime. With everyone able to go anywhere, dance space could materialize nicely at the smallest show of June. Located on the water in Southeastern Virginia, only a stones throw from Hampton, Portsmouth is one of only two sold-out shows of the first leg, the other being Great Woods, and looks to be a special Tuesday night.

Camden '09 Poster

Two weeks later, Phish will make their return to Canandaigua, New York for the first time since the infamous “Theme >Tweezer > Reprise” set during Summer ’95. An out of the way stop on a Tuesday night spells a recipe for free tickets, but, simailarly, CMAC looks like the quintessential show that many will skip in favor of continuing south from Merriweather to Raleigh. The combination of rural New York, a Tuesday night, and many heads moving south, creates a forecast for a standout show.

While the venue nor locale are anything special, everyone knows Camden will blow up – it always does. One of the other shows that looks like a gem-in-waiting is the band’s return to Walnut Creek in Raleigh, the site of so many momentous Phish shows datingĀ  back to ’94. Coming in the last four-pack of tour, the band will be firing when they return to the familiar environs, and this could materialize as an indelible tour highlight. We can sit here and predict all night, however, sometimes that’s all there is to do when there’s only 58 days left before tour.

Tick, tock…tick, tock…tick, tock…

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Jam of the Day:

Stash > I Didn’t Know” 6.15.95 I

A dip into darkness during the first set of Lakewood.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

4.13.92 After The Gold Rush, Tempe,AZ SBD < Torrent

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Tempe, AZ

I: Golgi Apparatus, Uncle Pen, Stash, The Lizards, The Landlady, NICU, Fee, All Things Reconsidered, Foam, Take the ‘A’ Train, David Bowie

II: Llama, Fluffhead, Sparkle, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Magilla, Ya Mar, The Squirming Coil, Cold as Ice > Love You > Cold as Ice, Possum

E: Memories, Fire

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868 Responses to “Looking Into June”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    But the show before ATL, snoozy Charlotte, is another sleeper. Watch out for that one.

  2. HarryHood Says:

    I’ve got a shirt idea that I sent to Neemor’s e-mail last night since he and Type III were bouncing around ideas. What do you all think? Grey shirt with black sleeves (or visa-versa) with the smiley face from the bottom of the page on the front of the shirt.

  3. Mitch Says:

    HEY LOOK AT ME! BTB FEST PICS!!

  4. Mitch Says:

    haha, black shirt with grey sleeves, smiley at the bottom. clever idea guys.

  5. HarryHood Says:

    I just thought it would be funny to run into a bunch of other people at shows sporting a smiley face on their shirt. It would be even funnier if a bunch of us were rolling together. It would definitely raise some eyebrows and make people wonder what the deal was.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    @HH

    I like it. Maybe somehow we could incorporate the type font that the posts appear in to round out the feel.

    @Marshall

    No, but I would dig some more Mike stuff this summer.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I am totally going to have that slowed down version of IDK running through my head all day.

    I didn’t know that I waaaaaaaaaaaaaas………..
    thaaaaaaaaaaat…….
    faaaaaaaaaaaar……..
    gooooooooooooooooooone

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    LLfa@ Mitch… Hello Cleveland!!!

  9. BTB Says:

    @Mitch – I told you it would be fun! Judging by that crowd, I think tickets will be readily available;)

  10. HarryHood Says:

    It’s a really simple idea that wouldn’t be too promotional (which Miner would like) and it would be easily recognizable to those of us in the know and make people who aren’t in the know wonder what the deal was with all the damn smiley face shirts…… You guys can make the call, but I just started laughing like hell when I pictured all of us sporting a shirt like that at different shows.

  11. punkmug Says:

    @Mitch. Nice picture. That made my heart flutter for a moment. I can’t wait to be there in June.

    That Stash>I Didn’t Know was crazy.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I like it, HH. I think you put the smiley at the bottom of the shirt too like near the belly button. use the back for some quote or something.

    speaking of ideas, if people have t-shirt ideas, drop me an email

    typeiiijpd at gmail

    we’re gonna make this happen…

  13. BTB Says:

    I’ll post some Blossom Pics, I was just there, give me 5 minutes

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @nono

    just tell me when and I’ll join you for that 12.16.95 show

  15. nonoyolker Says:

    @ TIII – Ready whenever you are man. I needed some ’95 goodness to kick start this day.

    T minus 3 min?

  16. BTB Says:

    Click on my BTB Tab for Blossom Pics from about a month ago. No leaves on the trees, but you get the idea

  17. kayatosh Says:

    Morning, folks. So, it looks like i’ll just be rockin my hometown shows at camden, unless an offer to road trip to hershey or MPP arises. That’ll have to be good enough for this father of two young kiddies. thanks to g’sdad and another kind soul i found via this site’s ticket exchange board, i’ll have pavs. both nights. i’ll be down low near fishman for night two. looking fwd. to it.

    Peace

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @nono
    works for me.

    ::prepares to be Buried Alive::

    btw, how’s the house hunt going?

  19. HarryHood Says:

    @ Type III

    I just think the smiley face needs a little more exposure, that’s all. He’s just been sitting there so quiet and patient for all these years……. Just waiting for his time to shine……

  20. Chalkdustin Says:

    I think it was Tom Marshall who also had this idea yesterday.

  21. HarryHood Says:

    The smiley face is the original lurker.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    oh, and during the camden stand, i look fwd. to meeting as many of you as want to do the same. let’s get it on.

  23. nonoyolker Says:

    Going really well man, thanks for asking. Saw about 12 places over the weekend and fell in love with this sweet waterfront spot. Saw it again Monday and had the old man come up and kick the tires on it yesterday.

    Me and mrs yolker need to crunch some #s, but i think we may put in a bid soon to get in before the tax credit. Ton of money, ton of responsibility – i’m pretty nervous. I may hit you up offline to talk negotiation strategy, cool?

    Buried Alive -ENGAGE!!

  24. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    I’ve heard some rumors with a pretty good pedigree about Radio City still being a possibility. Anyone else think these shows (2 or 3) are still on the radar?

  25. nonoyolker Says:

    “The smiley face is the original lurker.” llfa!

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