I despise the term “jamband” – wait - let me take that back – I dislike the word “jamband” when trying to describe a genre of music. This hasn’t always been the case. In the early 90’s, I was into Phish, the Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic, and these bands, while vastly different, did kind of fit into the jamband genre, with psychedelic extended guitar throw-downs, driving drumbeats and improvational aspects not fo
Ahhh…the fall of 1997. It was an interesting time for America. Bill Clinton was still fresh into his second term, Steve Jobs had just returned to managing Apple after a “hiatus”, people were flocking to the theaters to watch the Titanic sink, a woman in Iowa gave birth to seven children, internet companies were booming, and I was back at college in Minnesota for junior year studying sociology and tearing up the majestic lacrosse field at St. John’s University.
The Mimi Fishman Foundation has launched a new on-line charity auction that features many show used drumsticks and drumheads from Phish’s 2012 summer shows as well as the 2011 New Years run which took place at Madison Square Garden. The sticks and heads are dated as well as signed by Phish drummer Jon Fishman.Proceeds from this auction will benefit the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments – an organization which has been supported by the Foundation for many years.The
Phish's third show at The Palace on December 6, 1997 was yet another defining fall '97 gig, with an under-recognized set I and a renowned set II that must be heard in one sitting, preferably loud with headphones. Set I highlights include an intense second-song Run Like An Antelope, alien landscapes of Train Song and seamless pairings of Bathtub Gin > Foam and Fee > Maze.
Page McConnell will perform on keyboards with The Meter Men on October 30th at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, follwoed by two nights at New York's BB King Blues Club on October 31st and November 1st. They will also perform November 2nd at The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. The Meter Men features three original members of The Meters, including drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, guitarist Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter, Jr.--Tickets are on sale now for all shows.
Trey Anastasio Band's tour to support Traveler, Trey's forthcoming solo album, begins in less than one month in Detroit, MI, marking TAB's first trip to the city since 2002. Joining Trey on this tour will be TAB veterans Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick, Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski.
On Tuesday, September 25, Phish will release "December 6, 1997, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills MI" as the next remastered show to join the ongoing LivePhish Archives collection. The show will be available as a download at LivePhish.com and as a 2-CD LivePhish Limited set exclusively from Phish Dry Goods.
This coming Labor Day Weekend, August 31, September 1 and 2, Phish will play three shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO, just outside of Denver. All three shows will be webcast live at LivePhish.com. The webcasts are available for pre-order now, along with an event t-shirt.