Tuesday, November 26, 2013

06/03/09 Mike Gordon, Bill Kreutzmann and Scott Murawski @ City Winery, New York, NY

On the day off between Jones Beach shows, Mike Gordon celebrated his birthday at Tribeca's City Winery with an impromptu performance featuring Scott Murawski of  Max Creek and the Mike Gordon Band, and Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead and the 7 Walkers (who actually had a gig scheduled that night). The first set was reportedly short and sparsely attended, but as word spread, the crowd swelled (I drove in from Queens in record time!) and was treated to classics like "Quinn the Eskimo," "Express Yourself," Come Together" and "Peggy-O," as well as the debut of Page's gift to Mike - the fire bass, which would emerge sporadically at Phish performances of "Frankenstein" throughout the remainder year.

06/02/09 Phish @ Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY

1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan1, Timber (Jerry the Mule), Cities, Driver, Reba, Possum, Farmhouse, If I Could2
2: Mike's Song > Simple > Wolfman's Brother > Weekapaug Groove, When the Circus Comes to Town, Kill Devil Falls1, Harry Hood, Loving Cup
Encore: Suzy Greenberg
1First Time Played
2Last Played 6/28/2000 (101 Shows)
It didn't take too long into Phish's return to catch a local run. As luck would have it, they booked three nights at the site of my first concert ever, with this first date being added to the initial summer tour dates on the same day that Fenway was announced. Like Fenway, the first night at Jones featured a pre-show rainbow. This was my dad's first show, and they encored with a song whose lyrics he likes to bring up when diminishing the band. He and his buddy, Deadheads from way back, enjoyed the show, despite both taking a brief nap midway through the second set.

Monday, November 4, 2013

05/31/09 Phish @ Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Set 1: The Star Spangled Banner1, Sample in a Jar, The Moma Dance, Chalkdust Torture, Ocelot2, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Poor Heart, Limb By Limb, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Down With Disease, Destiny Unbound3, Character Zero 
Set 2: Tweezer > Light2, Bathtub Gin, David Bowie, Time Turns Elastic2, Free, The Ballad of Curtis Loew4, You Enjoy Myself 
Encore: Cavern, Good Times Bad Times, Tweezer Reprise 
1Performed a cappella from the pitcher's mound 
2First Time Played 
3Last Played 2/28/2003 (52 Shows) 
4Last Played 8/2/1993 (620 shows)
After failing to catch the Phish from Vermont at their ballyhooed return gigs in Virginia earlier in the year, we embarked to Boston for the weekend to see their first ever performance at one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country, Fenway Park. I was so excited for the show that I could barely sleep the night before. When we finally entered the stadium, we were awash in baseball lore. The scoreboard proudly proclaimed, "PHISH."
The start of the show was briefly delayed by rain, but soon a rainbow appeared over the stadium, and the foursome emerged from the dugout and convened at the pitcher's mound for an a cappella rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner." The remainder of the show was average at best, though bust outs of "Destiny Unbound" and "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" placated the song hunters. Plenty of favorites were played, and it was great to see the band once again, and take my girlfriend to her first show.

All too soon, the show ended and we began the arduous late night drive back to New York to catch some rest for the next couple weeks, which would be jam packed with music and travel.