We’re Going Back to Jazzfest!

4.26.96 - The Fairgrounds - New Orleans

4.26.96 – The Fairgrounds – New Orleans

Yesterday, out of nowhere, Phish announced their return to the greatest festival in the land—The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival—exactly 18 years to the date that they played the Fairgrounds on April 26, 1996. Between then and now, however, Phish has been absent from the annual gathering due to the unruly element that their fans brought to the site. With nearly two decades since their visit, however, the band—and their fans—are being invited back! And with the announcement of a Spring date in the South, fans’ heads are already spinning with the possibilities of what might going on around that date.

urlPhish all but ignored the South last year, stopping only in Alpharetta for a mid-week two-night stand. Additionally, no 3.0 festival date has been a standalone affair, as Austin City Limits kicked off Fall 2010, Outside Lands was in the middle of Summer 2011, and both appearances at Bonnaroo took place in the amidst summer tour. Putting these factors together, along with the already swirling rumor of two-dates in Austin following Jazzfest, we just might be looking at our first Spring tour since 1994! The Mike Gordon Band tours until April 6th, giving the guys enough time to hit the Barn, brush up on things and fly south for Spring!

12.28.12 (J.Silco)

12.28.12 (J.Silco)

Regardless of what dates, if any, are booked before or after this weekend, there are limitless possibilities in New Orleans, alone. Anyone who’s been to Jazzfest knows that the day time Fairground shows comprise only a fraction of the story. Jazzfest goes on 24 hours a day, with musicians performing club shows and sit-ins until the wee hours of the morning. With all four members of Phish in the Bayou, one can bet that they will pop up with musicians all over town. Back in 1996, when the Allman Brothers were the bigger headliner of the festival, they also played an independent, arena gig at Lakefront Arena, a slot that seems perfect for Phish to slide right into. One way or the other, one can be sure that the main stage at the fairgrounds won’t be the only stage that the members of Phish grace throughout the weekend.

Few expected to wake up in the middle of January to news of the next Phish date, but lo and behold, the community has been abuzz all day long discussing plans, booking hotels and getting excited for New Orleans!  The glow of the holiday run had yet to wear off and here we are talking about Phish in the Bayou and beyond. The next thirty years are off to quite a start!



imgres-1Check out the most recent Type II Cast as host Steve Olker, Brian Bavosa, and I break down and discuss each night of the MSG run, with audio clips and anecdotes along the way.

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671 Responses to “We’re Going Back to Jazzfest!”

  1. Guy Forget Says:

    I would want a BBFCFM in my “bad” set.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    I’d be willing to sacrifice someone for that Jazzfest set.

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Soul Sacrifice#

    #with karl perazzo and bill kreutzman

  4. Stoney Case Says:

    Trying a new Indian rest in town. ‘Bollywood Indian Cuisine’. They have two big flat screens with MTV India. I think Jtran would dig it.

  5. phishm Says:

    How is your friend doing today Slick? Does he like Phish or the Dead? If not then he should be turned onto them IMO. Good of you to take him under your wing. Please keep me updated on how he’s doing. He’s in my thoughts, and I’d say prayers, but they are no different then thoughts to me. It’s a long story.

  6. phishm Says:

    OK, just got floored by the Hood at BC. I was petting my dog with my foot as he lay at my feet and there was this moment in the jam where everything just started making sense about everything in life. That is when he jumped to his feet and just started staring at me. Such good music at this show that delivers on playback. Can’t wait to get to the meat of the whole thing. I’m sure my dog will be confused. I’ll be in anti babylon bliss. Can’t wait.

  7. phishm Says:

    One last thing. The beers are helping. I feel very high once again. Great feeling that I hope never fades. Sucks when the feeling goes away however. I’ll keep working on it and never let it fade away.

  8. MiA Says:

    Saw it again in my “evil” set.

    God! shit.

  9. MiA Says:

    Watched “Wolf of Wall Street” liked it.

    It’s like Hunter S Thompson if he ran a brokerage.

    I kept thinking about Palmers “experience”

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    Came into the city to the one bar pouring Blind Pig and the keg kicked!! Dickpunch.

    Having a De Ranke XX Bitter. I try to rep the Netherlands when I can. Mild and tasty.

  11. garretcorncob Says:

    What’s up folks? Hope things are well. Had to set up a LinkedIn today for my new job, putting in my gmail suggested a bunch of you folks for, you know, linking in with or whatever, so I did that. If you got that and didn’t want it, or didn’t get that and did want it, I apologize.

    Finally getting a chance to finish listening to the MSG run. Simple from 12/30 is mellowing out now. Been a while since I listened to the first two nights, so I don’t have any cohesive thoughts, except that this run has seemed pretty stellar. Looking forward to coming back and hearing everybody’s thoughts.

    Also, in a shameless self-plug, have a new woodworking post up. I finally had the chance to sit down and bang out the belated 1500 word account of finishing up the stereo cabinet I built for my old man. Delivered it on Christmas Eve, but been awfully busy with job stuff since.

    Miss y’all. Keep it real, and all that.

  12. garretcorncob Says:

    Wood stuff in the orange, I guess I should make clear…

  13. MiA Says:

    Nice stuff corncob. yes, 2×4 is considered it’s “nominal” size. At least the lengths are correct!

    I hate watching Gophers. In the lead, but gonna lose because Ohio state is great at finishing games.

  14. dorn76 Says:

    I live 20 miles from fresh beer. Thought Big Cypress was pretty good. Never worn a cowboy hat.

    With the program?


  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Watching also Mia..

    Hey GC..

    Albany ’09 Seven Below>Ghost just came up… This is actually really fucking good. Very different jamming style than we’ve heard lately.. Cool though

  16. MiA Says:

    Ugh. The inability to “pass” is hurting the gophers.

  17. MiA Says:

    Woo hoo!!!

  18. dorn76 Says:

    My Evil Set is more of a Deathmarch.

    Dwd->Poor Heart>NICU->DwD, It’s Ice, Kill Devil Falls>My Friend, My Friend>Drowned>Dirt

    E:If I Only Had a Brain>Frankenstein

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Soul Sacrifice#

    #with karl perazzo and bill kreutzman


  20. btb Says:

    Great beer that gets little pub


    That beer is fawkin delicious. RF you da man!

  21. deDfish Says:

    I bought tickets to see moe. after the Saturday Phish show. Since Trey and the band a have pretty good relationship I wouldn’t be surprised to see him jam a set with them. But if I hear Phish is playing at some other club then moe. be damned…where The Phish goes, so do I.

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