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…


Jam of the Day:

Stash > I Didn’t Know” 6.15.95 I

A dip into darkness during the first set of Lakewood.




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

4.12.92 After The Gold Rush, Tempe, AZ SBD < Megaupload

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

Source: SBD


868 Responses to “Looking Into June”

  1. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I guess it was inevitable that Phish would return to MSG for a New Years run. But not having been before, I was hoping to skate in during the better weather of the Autumn.

    This is really screwing with my head.

  2. SOAM Says:

    Butter -there is a lot at Great Woods that you have to pay for (30.00) but it gest you right out of there-if you don’t do it-you’ll be there for more than an hour-they got a bunch of fucking moronic kids directing traffic down there and the guy who designed the lots was a complete cocksmoker himself….

  3. BeantownBoy Says:

    @ Butter

    The parking lot will literally not move for a good hour or so after the show. Once you exit it should take you about 45 minutes to get back to the heart of downtown. However, that is the free lot. There are other lots within a 1/2 mile walk that you pay $20 for that give you a jump on the GW Parking Lot ClusterFark.

    Regardless, hopefully you will have a car as the cab fare would be obnoxious.

  4. SOAM Says:

    Walfredo opener this summer

  5. butter Says:

    i was thinking the aquarium/ museum of sci might be the hit
    for her, probably should hit some of the Freedom trail, maybe a little history but not too much at this age

  6. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Butter – just take your helicopter.

  7. SOAM Says:

    only problem is that the pay for lots usually have a lot of posers

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    I wouldn’t mind my first time in NYC being for a Phish NYE run. I’d feel like many of you must have felt in the mid-90s.

    It could be a Baptism by Phish for the younger 3.0 phans.

  9. Kenny Powers Says:

    they raised it to $40 last summer…but still worth it unless you don’t mind chilling in the lots for an hour plus after the show.

  10. BeantownBoy Says:

    Yeah, I already have put on my calendar that I have a “doctor’s appointment” the morning after Great Woods because I won’t be getting home until at least 2-3 a.m.

  11. nonoyolker Says:

    @ butter – the freedom trail starts right by my current apt in the north end. tons of cool shops and places to eat. 150 italian restaurants in a half mile radius. that and the aquarium are all within a few blocks. the museum is 2 t (subway) stops away. Let me know if you need any recommendations or directions or anything.

  12. garretc Says:

    Yeah, I’m actually in the exact same boat as Silly on this one! Never been to NYC, never seen a Phish New Years run, probably won’t have seen any indoor Phish before by then…

    I could dig it!

  13. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Phish in NYC for NYE – spend more money than is necessary just to see four more shows. Too cold to sight see. Night’s are taken, so dining is out, same for other nightly entertainment (other than late night).

    It just seems like its the same Phish show (granted turned to eleven) … just costs more.

    At least with Miami, I got to hang out in/on South Beach during the days.

    Maybe they should resurrect the Hawaii idea that floated prior to Big Cypress’s planning.

  14. butter Says:

    ma – yea it was a cold snap in Miami last year, it got real cold by Jan 2nd

    and there is a ghetto lurking near by AAA

  15. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    The whole country got real cold by jan 2. But it was 80 on South Beach on NYE day.

  16. BeantownBoy Says:

    When you combine Phish with MSG it is always ridiculous energy. But then when you add on NYE in NYC it just reaches obnoxious heights. Or in 98 it equated to folks on both sides of you pulling out both bottles of champagne and glass bubblers at midnight. Ahh…the good ol’ days of lax security.

  17. butter Says:

    i think Trey really took a good hard look at those empty seats at AAA

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    having lived close to GW and using it as my “home” venue for a while, I have found that you can (and should) use jedi mind tricks on the lot attendants to get into the better areas (not the pay VIP). The big thing is to make sure you don’t get taken to the left which puts you basically behind the venue. stay right and keep going right. you’ll walk a little further to get to the show, but it is totally worth it for the exit strategy. you can often group vehicles this way since these are the lots they try to fill last.

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Not many places more expensive than Hawaii..

  20. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Agree Butter.

    But how about Hawaii? They still haven’t played it yet. A five show run there would be effin’ sweet.

  21. flarrdogg Says:


    Yes. Yes.

  22. zzyzx Says:

    I never really saw an energy difference between NYC and Miami or Boston or Worcester NYE’s… usually the fact that it’s NYE was enough to get people excited…

  23. Kenny Powers Says:

    Type III

    don’t they direct you where to park, i.e. you have no choice? Maybe i haven’t been aggressive enough but it always seemed like an assembly line you couldn’t break.

  24. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ palmer – HI may be expensive, but at least you’d be getting PHISH plus a whole lot more. It seems to me that it’s very hard to get you some NYC on NYE, since it’s so crowded with the masses and it’s typically cold. So you end up getting super-spectacular shows, but not as much else.

    I’m going to shut up and go get that drink now.

  25. Chuck D Says:


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