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. lastwaltzer Says:


    my idea is getting a place off the New Jeresey Transit line which dumps out at MSG. There were reasonable places in new wark by the airport, which is a stop on the line.

  2. neemor Says:

    willowed, yes…I need Providence.
    I thought we were meeting ahead of time.
    You can mail it to work if you’d rather, but I figured we’d pre-show anyways.
    Sorry it didn’t work out with tickets otherwise.
    Keep your head up, it’ll happen.

  3. Pencilneck Says:

    Soooo, I’ve been getting slaughtered out here. Zero pulls for last tour and looking extremely grim for this one. I pulled out all the stops too. Good luck to those who are stiiiiiiiiill waiting, and conrgats and condolences to everyone else.

  4. KWL Says:

    i scored a single ticket, reserved worcester monday. at $76, that’s an expensive single

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    cheap hotels within walkin’ distance of MSG???

    That’s just crazy talk!

  6. willowed Says:

    We can meet – that’s perfect. Just let me know who your rollin with so I know how to get in touch.
    Unless you broke down and purchased a celly. But I don’t think you did.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Holy shit we just had a microburst that dumped some serious golfball sized hail and knocked over trees all over the valley.

    Thank god for covered parking and bane.

  8. yematt Says:


    that’s a smart idea. i’ve never been to nyc and have absolutely no idea how public transportation works up there. so i kind of defaulted myself to stay close by MSG. i’m sure it wouldn’t take more than a few google searches to get myself edumicated on how to move around up there though.

  9. EL Duderino Says:



    NYC in October sounds better too me.

  10. neemor Says:

    jdub has a 12.27 for me, I may need 12.28 if I’m going to do the three night run from Prov>UMass…
    Just sayin’

  11. yematt Says:

    i use the term cheap loosely. i know hotels are very expensive up there. trying to find something in the $150-$250 a night

  12. dusty Says:

    smiling thinking about past memories on the nyc subway..after nye…seeing the gauntlet of cops in swat gear at the times stop. nyc can be a dark and very fun city.

  13. neemor Says:

    I should be rolling with sumo for the three night run…
    Oh!, and the rest of the blackboard New England crew.
    Why would I need a cell phone? 🙂

  14. BeantownBoy Says:

    Neemor is the reason that GroupMe was invented.

  15. neemor Says:

    Driving up to Mass, grabbing sumo, heading to meet you in Providence….unless we meet in Ct or some other configuration.

    Three night run, back home.
    Robear had mentioned a possible ride to the airport, but not recently.

    Coming home for a day or two, grabbing sumo again for the run up to Manchester where we should be running into Hood, et. al.

    Then back home to recoup.

    Worcester is a whole diff. ball of w a x….

  16. yematt Says:

    nyc is gonna be a trip, i’m sure. i can only imagine though. just picturing walking out after the show. things will be big.

  17. HenryGale Says:

    If you can afford it stayin’ in the city is the way to go, especially on New Year’s Eve when even the littlest pizza joints are open til 5AM. That being said, me & the wife have to train up and train down every day from Trenton, NJ so one of us can watch the little one during the days.

  18. neemor Says:

    BeanTown, you should doing a similar run, no?
    Meet ups in your future?

  19. neemor Says:

    Henry, that’s some real work…
    I did the day work, train into NYC for Phish for the three night run last year.
    Last night, fell asleep on the train.

  20. yematt Says:

    yeah i’d like to stay in the city. really want to do it right, experience nyc for a few days, etc. i’m going with some friends so we can split costs and what not.

  21. KWL Says:

    i booked a hotel for relatively cheap near the meadowlands in jersey… i think… someone said it was a short bus ride over to manhattan, seems easy enough

  22. HenryGale Says:

    I did the same thing last year too. It’s a grind but I’ll trade it for a show any day of the week. We’ll have a pretty big crew goin up there so pregame on the train. I hear ya bout fallin asleep though. Luckily Trenton is the end of the line and they’ve gotta wake you up;)

  23. HenryGale Says:

    @ KWL

    Good luck gettin back to your hotel after the NYE show. That may not be the easiest thing in the world.

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    cool got 2 tickets for each worcester show. but no MSG

    if anyone has MSG extras for any night

    bdragon89 @ hotmail.com


  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Lw- what KWL said. Secaucus NJ. There is a sheraton there. 12 minute train ride from MSG to secaucus. layup city.

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