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. Selector J Says:

    ::insert aw joke about hating cops and sci::

  2. themanatee Says:

    do you mean…

    Who farted they said?
    and bingos look the other way?
    that thing?

  3. Selector J Says:

    Just got this email sent to the student radio station listserv:

    Ay Baybays.

    Still pretty fresh in the area, straight outta San Diego, and I’m in
    need of a spunky photographer or two to cover some shows with, you’ll
    get published, you won’t get paid, but you’ll get into the shows for
    free. My current photog (while doing great work) can’t make it to all
    the dates, and it looks like we’ve got a night with The Drums on this
    Saturday… soooo if you’d like to shoot that hit me back! It’ll be
    fun times for all.

    wu-tang 4 life

    And people wonder why I hate hipsters so. (ftr, I love wu “no dash” tang.)

  4. Selector J Says:

    On re-reading it doesn’t look nearly as bad. Overreaction on my part. The signature with links to all his douchey album reviews didn’t help.

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    love king of kong

    also check out word wars for an interesting documentary following 4 professional scrabble players.

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Aw would have had an absolute field day with that one @ Cow…llfa. Two of his favorite things, cops and SCI.. Amazing how an old, tired topic can still be entertaining from time to time.

    Dr.J vs Larry Bird…One on One. Anyone remember that game?

  7. Jtran Says:

    It makes sense that Phish fans would compile video game baseball stats llfa


    I’ll be checking it out. Definitely will stop by to discuss after if you’ll be around.

    And does anyone have a good SCI example of Kang ripping off Trey? Is it just all the time? I wanna hear!

  8. halcyon Says:

    One thing that SCI has is a better mound to meatstick ratio…. watching them ladies twirl those hula hoops is sexy.

    my 2 cents

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Jtran- what are we checking out?

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a good example would be the song Pirates. While not exactly the same, it has a lot of similar elements to Stash — both for Kang’s solo and Kyle’s actually. I don’t know their show catalog well enough to give you a classic example, but I know the first time I heard the version on “A String Cheese Incident” it was clear to me. I know it is on Grooveshark.

  11. Jtran Says:


    The Event

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @Jtran… Oh yeah. Gonna DVR it. I’ll try and get to it tonight. It could suck. I hope not.

  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    9.19.90- Let it Grow>jam… check it out.

  14. halcyon Says:

    Great Example T3PO,

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:



  16. InAMinute Says:

    random interjection – are you f-ing kidding me. i’m watching the yankee game on YES and there was just a commercial about the best new diet out there…breastfeeding. i shit you not. unreal.

  17. Oldskool Says:

    The Event does not look interesting to me, let me know what you guys think of it

  18. InAMinute Says:

    I’m sick of the The Event is going to take place of Lost crap. Be something good on your own. It’s like Kang and Trey 😉

  19. plord Says:

    “Electronic artists combining electronica and live instruments like Air were around and everywhere before the Disco Biscuits were doing their thing. Beck has been doing the same for years. ”

    Oh my god, seriously? Look, I don’t care about SCI vs. Bisco vs. whomever, and I don’t care whose point this fact may or may not prove, but people, Tangerine Dream released _Ricochet_ in 1975. Modular Moog, Telecaster, trap kit. Any recording you can find of it is live, because that’s how TD rolled.

    Air and Beck were forgotten adolescent cumstains when Live Instrument Electronica got started.


  20. voopa Says:


    A local dispensary is playing ads on the local FOX station! Crazy shit…

    AJ, et al…

    I can upload Kraftwerk’s “The Mix” for anyone who doesn’t have it.

  21. voopa Says:


    I just love Ricochet and Phaedra.

  22. InAMinute Says:

    @ Voop – now we’re talking. Let’s bring Underworld into this conversation as well.

    Can we seriously stop the conversations about disco biscuits starting the electro-dance-rock genre. i mean seriously!?!? how about going all the way back to bands like New Order, 808 State, blah blah blah. Minor, in this case, your facts are wrong.

  23. InAMinute Says:

    the yanks seriously just blew that lead – it’s unreal. Nova can’t get through six innings, he’s always solid gives up a few tough runs and lets a team get back into the game. i know he’s young and didn’t give it all up, but it’s such a strange thing – he dominates and then all of a sudden falls apart.

  24. themanatee Says:

    he’s not saying that the biscuits invented electro-dance-rock.

    new order and what the biscuits started are very very different things.
    but I hear ya , the disco biscuits didnt invent playing electronic music live, kraftwerk likely did that.

    however, new order didn’t improvise in the ways the biscuits do obviously. they blended the genre of improv psych rock with pscyh dance music…very very different than new order’s brand of gothy inspired punk electro rock

  25. c0wfunk Says:

    ^^@plord you’re actually proving my point, thanks.

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