A Fourmile Fundraiser

9-7-10 - Near Fourmile Canyon (K. Ostler)

Instead of taking a day off between their headlining set at Austin City Limits and the start of Fall Tour in Broomfield, the members of Phish will take part in a twang-laced benefit on Saturday night October 9, for the surrounding Boulder communities recently devastated by wildfires. Included on the bill for the “Four Mile Canyon Revival” are Colorado bands The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and “Where are they now?” appearances by Leftover Salmon and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The members of Phish are listed one by one. and all sources point to individual sit-ins rather than any Phish set on Saturday night.

1st Bank Center - Broomfield

Tickets go on sale via Tickethorse tomorrow at 10 am MDT for the pre-tour party. It’s good to see Phish using their draw for a good cause, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything musically significant. A night of socializing and bluegrass before tour never hurt anyone, and with money going directly to charity, one can leave whenever they please and not feel bad at all. Taking place at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, the site of the Phish shows themselves, this benefit will allow people to get the lay of the land for subsequent three-night blowout. (And provide the chance for ticketless spunions to hide in the venue for 24 hours.)

The Event

With all sorts of collaborative possibilities, this show should give the Phish guys a chance to exercise their seldom-used bluegrass chops, something that should be particularly exciting for the multi-instrumental Mike Gordon. And with the likelihood of lineup changes and “super-jams,” String Cheese’s Anastasio imitator, Michael Kang, may get the chance to mimic Trey’s licks right in front of the man, himself, in the context of a feel-good musical melange. But, hey, this is all in the name of charity, not chastising.

Good times. Good Twang. See you there. If the Yankees aren’t playing. Maybe.


Phish’s Official Press Release

Colorado’s music community comes together for “Fourmile Canyon Revival,” a remarkable night of music to raise funds for individuals and families directly affected by the devastating Fourmile Fire near Boulder. The benefit concert will take place on Saturday, October 9th at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO.

Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and Trey Anastasio will take part in the event, on the eve of their fall tour.

Colorado was the site of Phish’s first extended tour outside of the Northeast, and the band has always felt a deep connection to the community. The event features The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt.

All proceeds will go directly to the Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund. The Fund supports the local volunteer fire departments that courageously fought the recent fire and the mountain residents whose lives were directly impacted by this disaster and are in critical need of financial support.


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer” 11.3.96 II

This second-set highlight from Gainesville, Florida featured Karl Perazzo on percussion and an emerging style of Phish groove.




11.6.1996 Civic Center, Knoxville, TN < Torrent

11.6.1996 Civic Center, Knoxville, TN < Megaupload

After Phish wrapped up in Florida, they stopped by Knoxville on the way to the Midwest. The post-Halloween segment of tour would be defined by more rhythmic playing that slowly and gradually turned into “cow-funk” over the next year.

I: Split Open and Melt, Cars Trucks Buses, Fast Enough for You, Taste, Train Song, Poor Heart, Punch You In the Eye, Billy Breathes, David Bowie

II: Wilson, The Curtain > Mike’s Song > Swept Away > Steep > Weekapaug Groove, Scent of a Mule, Sample in a Jar, Funky Bitch

E: Rocky Top

Source: Schoeps MK4’s

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706 Responses to “A Fourmile Fundraiser”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    morning, all. day 3 of hiatus.

    i want it, but my lungs don’t

  2. Robear Says:

    word Kaya, stay strong, hour by hour.

    the break pays off, when you decide to start back up you’ll notice.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, robear.

    was definitely overdoing.

    started feelings ome pains and got scared straight. for now. . .

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    MeFi bringing the sound system

    nice DLs of a number of classic sound system recordings. right up Selecta J’s alley, I assume.

  5. Robear Says:

    Fourmile Canyon does have some incredible scenery and awesome little day hikes.

  6. Themanatee Says:

    The picture of a ticketless spunion underneath the seats or in some
    Nook of this venue for 24 hrs is absolutely hilarious

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    Will you guys judge me if I tell you I thought about waiting in the venue overnight before Miner’s post ever happened?

    I figured all I needed to do was steal a janitor’s uniform from the venue crew and look busy for awhile…maybe a long while….

  8. b-rock Says:

    Morning all!

    @manatee – hilarious but not altogether unlikely. if you had neither a ticket nor anything better / more pressing to do, wouldn’t you give it a try? Hell, come prepared, catch a little luck, wait it out, and catch three shows for free!

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    7/2/98 Conversation Vocal Jam- sick.

  10. roofless_sheds Says:

    this was the Tweezer included on the Road to Vegas compilation, yes?

    pretty sure it was, and if so, it’s the jam that hooked my girlfriend. awesome, awesome stuff, and even more so because of how drastically different it sounds compared to anything ever played before it.

    hard to have an accurate historical perspective on jams like this one and the Crosseyed from the night before, just because so much that comes after is built upon their foundations. i’m glad the DVD will expose a lot more phans to this essential transition period.

  11. themanatee Says:

    i would never hide in a venue! sound miserable

  12. yematt Says:

    morning all. definitely agree that there will be sit ins and not full on phish. at least i’m hoping since I had already bought my plane ticket to fly in on sunday.

    llfa @ hiding in the 1st bank center! actually not sounding like a bad idea as i’m still looking for sunday and monday tickets.

  13. BTB Says:

    making my way through Dick’s Picks #31

    This Donna lady is annoying as hell….just random screaming. Not sure what the generous consensus is on this lady, but I’m a big thumbs down

    Carry on

  14. Robear Says:

    Hide in the heating ducts. those big buildings have huge systems.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    @the manatee

    bring a pillow, some granola bars, and a book.

    wouldn’t be too bad.

    couldn’t be worse than sleeping in the airport like Im going to do Thursday night in AC.

    airports are the new hostel.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    Am I treading dangerously close to wook status?

  17. lastwaltzer Says:


    speaking of books, what are you reading these days?

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    nah wooks don’t read book 😉

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    tomorrow is my court day.

    y’all wish me luck.

  20. yematt Says:

    not having all my tickets to these broomfeild has kind of been eating away at me. as the show date draws closer i’m starting to think that finding an extra is going to be very difficult. not sure if its worth it to fly all the way out there and try my luck in the lot. haven’t given up yet though! still got 3 weeks for an extra to pop up i guess.

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    a lot can happen in 3 weeks yematt

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    huggiebear speaks the truth!

    The mecahnical systems in the venues are large enough to hid a fleet of Loation boat people.(based on genreally accepted deomgraphic stats on both the people of Loas and the size of boat and the generally accepted size of big)

    Nice JOTD!

    Home with a stomach bug but probably working more.

    More what?

    More Baned!

    About to go steal some time.

  23. yematt Says:

    positive headed your way @lycan

  24. themanatee Says:

    silly willy you make it sound positively blissful.
    guess it could be.
    heating ducts is more along the lines of what I was thinking spunions might get up to. hysterical either way.

  25. yematt Says:


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