Text On Tour With GroupMe

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While Phish shows represent a sanctuary from everyday life and provide a mental break from the stresses of adult responsibility, they aren’t always the easiest places to navigate. With new and unique venues each night, separated seating for GA and reserved sections and a head full of psychedelics, finding your people in the midst of the fray isn’t always a simple task. We have all wandered around venues or lawns in hope to find specific friends only to grow more and more lost in the endless ocean of people. Even more frustrating can be the post-show car-finding mission when, all of a sudden, every lot looks the same and you’re not sure what side of the venue you are on. With the inception of the cell phone long ago, coordination began looking to the future. But now, with the teeming technology of the modern era, finding and communicating with friends has never been easier.

Phish fans, Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht, have come out with GroupMe – a revolutionary new service for cell phones that will easily enable you to stay in touch all of your friends. GroupMe  allows  you set up a unique phone number that you can text to talk to a group of friends all at once. Any text sent to that number by one of your friends is sent to everyone in your pre-created group. It’s just like sending a group email via text to which people can easily “reply to all.” Since it works through SMS, no one needs a smart phone to use it. That’s right – GroupMe works on any phone that has can send text messages!

"New Group" Page

But it doesn’t just stop with one “group” of friends. You can set up as many “groups” as possible, and for the never-ending circles of friends at Phish shows, this feature can be incredibly useful. Let’s say you are riding with one group of friends, hang out at the show with another crew, and then always meet certain folks to puff at setbreak. No problem! Simply set up several groups and just select which one you’d like to contact and text that unique phone number. Now, when you send one text to one number, all of your selected group members will receive your message. And if things get really dire, you can select “conference call,” press one button, and all of the phones in your selected group will ring at once, creating a legitimate conference of your friends. Use GroupMe to meet up in the lot, at shows, after shows, or to simply discuss the raunchy “Tweezer” that just crushed all of your skulls while hanging in different hotels. Furthermore, stay in touch on the road and coordinate rest stops and hotels with one text message instead of a multi-pronged attack. The possibilities are endless, and GroupMe is the source.

Already admired in the tech world and used en masse by everyday people, GroupMe is an official partner of Austin City Limits Festival. In addition to GroupMe’s regular text service, at ACL one can set reminder texts to inform their groups fifteen minutes before the selected bands hit the stage. Revolutionizing the festival experience, coordination has never been so easy and 100,000 person crowd simply don’t pose the obstacle they once did. (This assumes your phone will work at all at these over-sized gatherings! But talk to AT & T about that!)

GroupMe for iPhone

Though any phone with text message service can join group GroupMe via text or computer, the start-up has also rolled out an iPhone interface for that is now available in the App Store. Download the App for free, register your number, and start forming your groups today! For those without an iPhone, head to groupme.com, enter your name and phone number and begin to change the face of the way you communicate. All commands and changes can be and managed via SMS text messaging, making iPhones, Blackberrys, and flip phones one in the same. Never get at shows again, regardless of your mind state. Get GroupMe for Fall 2010 and you’ll find your friends in no time.


Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 2.14.03 I

This first setter from the LA Forum on Valentine’s Day in 2003 often flies under the radar in the tour’s opening frame.




10.5.1990 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY < Torrent

10.5.1990 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY < Megaupload

Skidmore College

Let’s hop in the DeLorean today and speed back twenty years to the day – October 5, 1990. A young Phish played a gig at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and this is what happened.

I: I Didn’t Know, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen* > Weekapaug Groove, My Sweet One, The Landlady, Tela, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Stash, The Asse Festival, Bouncing Around the Room, Run Like an Antelope

II: Golgi Apparatus, The Curtain > Ya Mar, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, Uncle Pen, Split Open and Melt, Fee, Possum

E: Good Times Bad Times

*The beginning of “Hydrogen” included the lyrics “I walk awakening on the misty fields of forever.”

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766 Responses to “Text On Tour With GroupMe”

  1. jdub Says:

    I’m wondering if Miner is getting some under the table advertisement dough from these tech posts 😉 It does sound like a useful tool.

    Will ACL have a majority of sincere Phish fans for their show? I’m curious to know what the crowd will be like and how the band is recieved by the casual observer.

  2. HarryHood Says:

    Just wanted to let you guys know that I added Utica and Manchester to the meet-up board this morning. So, who’s with me????? I’ve also got two extra Manchesters if anyone wants a deal…..

  3. Tyler Says:


    I’ll be hitting up ACL too, it’s the only show my wife and I will be able to catch this fall so the anticipation is high at our house right now. I have been listening to a lot of Gins lately and just have a hunch they will play one at ACL, I’m hoping for one anyways. I like your list of songs and would like to forecast the below as well.

    La Grange, First Tube, Jibboo

  4. Lumpyhead Says:


    I think the majority of the crowd at phish will be sincere fans because the strokes are playing simultaneously and that crowd loves the strokes. I’m very interested to see how they’re received though.

  5. Lumpyhead Says:


    those three songs would be great at acl. first tube closer would be essential and that’d be an appealing song for everyone

  6. Mitch Says:

    If I ever make an app, I’m having Miner pimp it for me. What a great way to get an extra 3,000+ downloads a day.

  7. HarryHood Says:

    We need an app for the location of the WW booth at each show.

  8. HarryHood Says:

    We need an app with a Neemor tracking system

  9. Tyler Says:

    Thanks Lumpy. That’s exactly what I was thinking. OK now it’s impossible for me to focus on work, getting too excited. I don’t think there’s any bettter feeling than the anticipation that comes in knowing a Phish show is on the horizon.

  10. BeantownBoy Says:

    Harry, good to see you posting as its been a while. Hope all is well in your world and the youngin’.

    I’ll be at the Manchester show, thanks to Sumo, so I’ll look forward to catching up with you there.

  11. HarryHood Says:

    How funny would it be to have a GPS style app with all of our avatars moving around the concert area?……. llfa

    “Hey, looks like Mitch, Robear, and Frankie are at the WW booth”

    “How come T3’s avatar is just shaking furiously in front of the stage?”

    “SOAM’s avatar has just been spinning around in circles for over an hour”

    “And seriously, would someone go get Willowed out of the damn tree!”

  12. jdub Says:

    I see Lumpy, that’s too bad. Festivals should be about cross pollination but I guess two bands gotta play at the same time for a festival of that size.

  13. HarryHood Says:

    @ Beantown

    Yea, between work and the baby, it’s tough to find time to get on here everyday. There is only one computer at work shared by 14 of us and usually someone is right over your shoulder reading whatever you are reading/writing……. I’m definitely looking forward to getting to a few shows and letting my mind free for a few hours.

  14. SillyWilly Says:



    Someone get on that avatar GPS app!

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    By the way, good morning everyone!

    My outlook on life becomes increasingly more positive the closer we get to tour

  16. Lumpyhead Says:


    if the outcome was surely that the crowd would flip at how good this unfamiliar music sounds…then I’d say that is too bad.

    but if they were disengaged, talking, texting, etc. like at most acl shows then it’s for the better. that’s why I gotta get up way close. I’m thinking there’ll be a heady barrier right past the soundboard.

  17. Lumpyhead Says:

    yeah same here silly…problem is optimism leads to distraction.

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    Hey Lurker, leave HH alone. This shit is important. Top o the day y’all.

    “GroupMe works on any phone that has can send text messages!”

    Typo or not? Def funny.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Totally, Lumpyhead

    not much work or studying getting done over here for the next 4 weeks

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    “My outlook on life becomes increasingly more positive the closer we get to tour”

    Isn’t that always the way?

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    So are all the holds out? anyone have one pop up today?

  22. P.S.H.S. Says:

    @HH, There would be a bunch of baby’s faces running all over the place

  23. P.S.H.S. Says:

    how about a bane tracking app, haze in section 201, diesel on the lawn page side high, ect..

  24. Lumpyhead Says:

    bane tracking app is the best idea…and I need one for charleston by the way.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    I might mean it in a much more drastic way than you may be thinking, Guyute.

    tour = cutting back on my trips to the counsellor

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