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 dating  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:

    Figured out the perfect way to sell Mrs. NTM on New Years in NY for Phish … plan a trip to Europe for August/September. That ought to do it.

  2. voopa Says:


    I noticed that about the 3D locations map too. Here’s a list:


  3. Mitch Says:

    I watched two. Was pretty hammered watching both. I recall they were both great.

    Short answer: I’m not helpful.

    I’ll post a recap when I watch with a clear head.

    Meanwhile, Frankie sent me a Marco benevento DVD of his NYC Sullivan hall stand. Really awesome sit ins. Overall good DVD. I reccomend all jazz fans in the house check it out.

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    @ marshall

    I guess the home theater business is recession proof huh?

    Just kidding of course. 🙂

  5. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Home theater is the new “waste disposal” business, haven’t you heard?

  6. EL Duderino Says:


    That’s funny!

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Marshall

    I thought you were taking a forced hiatus from the BB?

    Withdrawals are pretty tough huh?

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    RE Rock Test

    I do not recall who shared the story but I have employed it several times since I learned it.

    In essence, whenever preparing to leave a party-type situation(post-show or BTB fest) and someone volunteers to drive. You hand them a rock. If they pause to ponder/react/stare in disbelief/ look for Icculus/contemplate the intention and purpose of why you handed them a rock for more than 5 seconds, that person should not be at the helm of a any vehicle other than the rollercoaster going on inside their head.

  9. ma Says:

    miami does have that super sweet outside pavillion to catch your breath and regroup….can’t put a price tag on that.

  10. ma Says:


    it is sketchy nearby, but msg ain’t no cakewalk either if your not on your game.


    the rape reference was about tickets…i’m a guy, didn’t know if you knew that.

  11. ma Says:

    what roberar said..i’d prefer miami, but follow the piper baby!!

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    So you were talking man-rape then?

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    When I was at the Miami ’03 N.Y. run they were playing LP shows over the P.A. in that outside area

    Did they do that for ’09???

  14. ma Says:

    ticket rape, the worst kind

  15. ma Says:

    that music kept a many from catchin the beginning of sets…it’s a big ol party out there…

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ew, paper cuts suck!

    Yup, it’s an out of context type of afternoon.

  17. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    actually, ticket date rape is worse.

  18. ma Says:

    enjoy the evening hours all…supper time!

  19. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    funny that we ended up talking about New Years Eve in the “looking into June” discussion thread.

  20. ma Says:

    scalpers suck..i’m out.

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    F’n don henley

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:


  23. EL Duderino Says:

    Having an organic spinach salad and a shrimp pasta primavera for an entre`.

    Vicious Zin in the wine glass and a couple of hits when I walk the dog later.

    Hopefully some relations later with the Dude’s Special Lady Friend

  24. halcyon Says:

    Butter: Boston hotels.

    http://www.libertyhotel.com/ Inspiration/Filmed for The Shawshank Redemption thought it is pricey. It is also in a great location.

    My wife and I stayed here after our wedding.

    Good location, across from the Boston Library, many things to do in the area. Boston Commons is a couple of blocks away.

  25. halcyon Says:


    I started to bribe my significant other regarding upcoming NYE shows with the caveat that we see the 28-30th shows and the 31st we do something special together. She still looked at me with a raised eyebrow, but its better than a flat out refusal. NYE in NYC will be a blast!

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