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

Tags: ,

706 Responses to “A Fourmile Fundraiser”

  1. InAMinute Says:

    i’m just messing around here. i get it.

  2. themanatee Says:

    the biscuits were the first to start a genre that then spawned all the current livetronica acts that have been successful.

    and camp bisco, anyway you slice it is a pioneering event.

    nyt printed a great article about it this summer.
    to have the acts they have had there over the years is pretty astounding – thievery, snoop, lcd, ween, the roots, dieselboy, posford, and millions others. new order wasnt playing shows with hop hop groups and crossover djs (as far as I know)…happy mondays obviously came out of that scene as well – as far as rock/house blending.

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    fwiw pirates is pretty much straight up latin jazz…

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    I thought miner was referring to them bringing the live electronica into the jamband scene, not music period. –

  5. jdub Says:

    Silly teenager waiting in her car and then deciding to slam open her door just as I was halfway into the parking spot. Caused more damage to her car than mine but man my truck is beat up enough already.

    Phish’s rumored New years run is getting more interesting by the moment. 2 shows in Worcester and 2 after new years at MSG is sounds great to me.

  6. themanatee Says:

    yeah exactly. blending, live improv rock with psych dance music is pretty big.

    ozric tentacles was doing it in england for sure.

  7. themanatee Says:

    new order/tangerine dream and the biscuits are extremely different types of music.

  8. InAMinute Says:

    ok – still get it.

  9. c0wfunk Says:

    ozric tentacles came up in the goa trance article I was reading earlier, as in they had influenced its development

    musical influences and roots are very much a passion of mine, I love seeing how everything influences everything else.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:


    and stash is mingus


  11. themanatee Says:

    yeah ozric was doing a certain version of what the biscuits started doing in the early 90s. they are pretty big pioneers. they may have even been around in the 80s , posford did an amazing remix of their song called Sploosh! that rules.

  12. InAMinute Says:

    @lw – that’s amazing

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    wow lw thanks!


    “Trey has admitted openly that “Stash’s” chord progression is a direct rip-off of Charles Mingus’ “Jump Monk” with a simple key change and a slinky calypso drumbeat underneath. “Jump Monk,” which Phish has covered, was written as a tribute to jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, another one of the greats. The title apparently came from the fact that Monk was always jumping and dancing around. “Jump Monk” is a i-bVI7-iiø-V7b9 (which is pronounced “minor one-flat six-two-five”) progression in the key of F minor, and is usually played with a standard swing beat. “Stash” is a i-bVI7-iiø-V7b9 in the key of D minor, and as noted, uses a slowed down calypso beat instead.”

    One of the funniest things about this whole thing to me is that Trey is one of the most blatant riff recyclers of all time.. part of what endears him to me actually, but seriously… Trey didn’t invent the 1-6-2-5 or the pentatonic scale!

  14. themanatee Says:


  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    One of the funniest things about this whole thing to me is that Trey is one of the most blatant riff recyclers of all time

    this should have been your primary argument, c0w 😉

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    another somewhat humorous piece of this puzzle is that the disco biscuits are opening for cheese in just over a month.

  17. themanatee Says:

    thats pretty hardcore stuff for 1989 for the ozrics

  18. c0wfunk Says:

    lol @t3 it was coming I never got there

  19. jdub Says:

    My thoughts exactly @themanatee Re: why the Disco Biscuits are trend setters. And they are very good at their style as well. But we all know YMMV.

  20. Selector J Says:

    “I thought miner was referring to them bringing the live electronica into the jamband scene, not music period. -”


  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    “One of the funniest things about this whole thing to me is that Trey is one of the most blatant riff recyclers of all time.”cowfunk

    The difference though (too me) is phish’s ability to blend genres and influences seamlessly to come forth with something original.

    Not to mention that in terms of improvisation its not contest.

  22. plord Says:

    No, see my point is

    Stop what you’re doing, turn off the lights, fire up a fat one, and listen to _Richochet_.

    You’ll thank me and all this genre deconstruction will come to an end.

    [says the guy who makes it a point to never have anything in iTunes with an “electronica” genre tag but has um…many many electronic artists in his collection, nay, to an obsessive degree. When it comes to CDs I’m completely CDO]

  23. c0wfunk Says:

    ^it’s not a contest


  24. BingosBrother Says:

    “another somewhat humorous piece of this puzzle is that the disco biscuits are opening for cheese in just over a month.’

    if true, thats a game changer.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    well, I just watched the first episode of The Event. really not sure what to say (and don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning on watching) so I’ll just say that I will give it a few more episodes before formulating a final opinion.

Leave a Reply