I was ten years old when the boys from Vermont unleashed what we know it as today…Island Tour ’98. Four shows spanning two states in the northeast. Long Island in New York and Providence in Rhode Island. But I’m sure many of you already know that. As Phish wrapped up a raging summer tour, everyone was already in full throttle with New Year’s rumors and possible fall tour plans. As the time got near, my mission was clear, and a 6-night run of shows was announced. A 3.0 island tour if you will.
The conference, which will take place in Oregon State’s Memorial Union, will include more than 50 presentations from researchers from more than 20 states and Canada. Presentation titles include: “Phish’s Improvisation in Light of Talmudic Scholastic Practice,” “‘This Your First Show?’: White Racism and Subcultural Capital in the Phish Community” and “The Neuroscience of the Jam: A research paradigm to study brain inactivity underlying improvisation in Phish.”
Ahead of the impending snow storm, artists, volunteers and fans from all over the country gathered in Asheville, NC, this past weekend for Warren Haynes' 30th Annual Christmas Jam, a two-night, 14-hour music spectacular benefitting the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. This year's Jam lived up to its reputation of serving up one-of-kind, surprise collaborations in a big way, including an impromptu one-night-only Pop-Up Snow Jam with Gov't Mule and Dave Grohl last night.
Jam band juggernauts Phish are in the midst of the West Coast leg of their extensive Summer 2018 tour. Fans have been wowed by the sheer diversity of setlists, unexpected arrangements, and intriguing chemistry. After the triumphant Bakers Dozen run at Madison Square Garden last summer, the quartet demonstrated their desire to explore far-off realms and keep their repertoire both expansive and tight.
Today, Breckenridge Brewery announced the lineup for its 28th Anniversary Hootenanny featuring: Mike Gordon, Hard Working Americans, Billy Strings, Drew Emmitt/Andy Thorn & Friends (Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds, Daniel Rodriguez and Dango Rose of Elephant Revival, and Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills), The Sweet Lillies, The Teskey Brothers, Coral Creek, Woodshed Red, and Brothers of Brass.
Since opening doors April 15, 1998, Higher Ground has served the Vermont and Northern New England community with 7,500+ shows featuring every genre under the sun. Continuing that tradition, Higher Ground is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the month of April with an incredible lineup of favorites, underplays, surprises, and reunions. A full list follows.
Mike Gordon and his band will play a weekend of Northeast dates in March along with a hometown show in Burlington in April. The run includes stops in Philadelphia at Union Transfer (3/9), Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn (3/10), and The Egg in Albany (3/11). The band will also return to Higher Ground in Burlington, VT (4/5) as part of the club's month-long 20th Anniversary celebration.
The musicians that make up Phish are relentless students and teachers of musical prowess, theory, and expression. It seems as though they never rest and constantly create. After a powerful three nights at Dick’s Sporting Good Park in Colorado a month and a half ago, bassist Mike Gordon was back with his solo band to close his tour in the mountains at the elegant Boulder Theater.