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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Get after it Señor Dude. sounds delish.

    It has been since monday AM for me and that is the longest I have been without in a great many moons.

    4:20, no bane 🙁

  2. posternutbag Says:

    @ phamily berzeker – that is straight nutty. how can i get a job with red bull?

  3. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    @ halcyon – if I’m going to NY for New Years, the only thing I’d want to do is be inside MSG. Otherwise, I’d rather be at home. Plus, if I told Mrs. NTM that “we’ll do nights one and two but not NYE, she’d look at me and go, ‘yeah – I know how that’ll end up.'”

    But, I respect your bribacious bribery.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    @mi gato 🙂

    break into their HQ with little more than a toothpick your skivvies and some Maori battle tattos and the gig is yours.

  5. garretc Says:

    Nope, haven’t checked ’em out yet, but they’re on the list now! Thanks!

  6. jerm Says:

    Lodging recommendations for the Greek run?

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    My favorite tea is Peyo.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I have been thinking about converting one of my tibetan prayer bowls into a footbell as it makes the most harmoniously unique sound I have ever heard.

  9. garretc Says:

    Can you describe said sound for us in one succinct onomatopoeia at the end of your post?


  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    It could change if I change the striker. right now it is leather-bound wood.

    boarding call.

    May need to rock test to drive home from the airport.


  11. garretc Says:

    Ah, that seems like a very fine tone indeed!

  12. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    What up BB

    Listened to the MSG 12/3 Disease today….incredible, might beat Shoreline for best of 09′

  13. garretc Says:


    Sorry, just realized how long it’s been since I’ve either quoted, or hell, even watched, anything on Homestar Runner…

  14. garretc Says:

    What’s up BK?
    How goes?

  15. locust the lurker Says:

    Some folks have a petition to have Phish play in the Northwest up on facebook:

    Please sign on so those of us in the NW can get some love!

  16. Angryjoggerz Says:


  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    @halcy: I’m with you. Went to 95, 97, and 98 MSG nye runs and never once got the red light on NYE itself. That’s my nite with the wife and I don’t see it changing.

    A few years back I tried to sneak in TAB at atlantc city for NYE. My wife saw the ticket on the fridge and was like “nope”. I thought, since I live an hour from AC that some how the no NYE rule no longer applied. No such luck.

  18. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Darth Baned

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    ^meant never once got the green light.

    BK – I gotta go revisit that. MSG disease. Caught it live, but need a refresher. Nice to hear about your mpp pavs. Be patient, pavs for the other nite will surface.

  20. sneven Says:

    @El Dude (and BB in general)

    Does DAP in fact work for mac? Anyone have any info on it?

    I’ve sworn on DAP for 5+ years, and never once thought anyone might be missing out on a great free download program.

    I can’t believe folks didn’t know about it…

    Let me know if I can help…

  21. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Mrs. NTM had a blast in Miami. But she’s not about to make it an annual event, mainly because she enjoys doing different things (as opposed to the same thing over and over). I can probably get one more in the next few years (because most other NYE plans end up sucking). I’ll be doing the 4th this year (hopefully) and will have to reminder he nicely that I am NOT seeing Phish on Memorial or Labor Days the other two summer holidays). These arguments are tough though.

  22. halcyon Says:


    She understands my passion/obsession/love for the band, and if that is a compromise to fly back for some shows during the holidays I am fine with it. Besides, spending NYE with your significant other is awesome in any context.

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    @word halcy. It’s a give and take. I’m fine doing nye with wifey. Only time it really stung was missing Big Cyp.


  24. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @locust, where are you at in NW? Would love to see a fall run up here.

  25. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Garretc –

    I’m doing fine. How are you?

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