Thursday 01/23/2020 by Icculus

Summer Tour 2020 Announced

PHISH will perform a 27-date summer tour, beginning with two dates in Eugene, Oregon (July 14-15), and then three Gorge shows (July 17-18-19), to the great relief of northwestern fans starving for local shows. The tour then proceeds through Lake Tahoe (July 21-22), LA (Inglewood's Forum (July 24)), and San Francisco (two Chase Center shows (July 25-26)), before swinging through the South (with stops in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee (July 29 - Aug. 5)) and midwest (three Deer Creek dates (Aug. 7-8-9)) and then --surprise-- the east coast (two Hershey (Aug. 11-12) and three AC shows (Aug. 14-15-16)), before concluding with three Dick's shows (Sep. 4-5-6). The Phish Tickets By Mail ticket request presale period has begun for all shows, and closes Monday Feb. 3, 2020, at noon e.t.

Saturday 01/18/2020 by phishnet

SYNCHRONICITY

[We would like to thank Kylie, user @kyphi, for this guest blog post. Kylie has a photojournalism project on Instagram (The Humans of Phish) that you may wish to check out. -Ed.]

Synchronicity is when no observable cause connects two events, yet a meaning exists between them. In other words, these are your cases of real-life magic. They’re the moments that likely won’t rearrange the course of your life, but remind you that the cosmos are capable of playing little tricks to help you remember the mundane, in fact, does not always have to be so mundane.

© 2017 AZN Media (Andrea Nusinov) (2017-07-22 MSG)
© 2017 AZN Media (Andrea Nusinov) (2017-07-22 MSG)

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Monday 01/13/2020 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 400!

The Mockingbird Foundation and our friends at Osiris present Mystery Jam Monday Part 400! For this momentous occassion - the 400th regular edition of the Mystery Jam Monday series, and the first puzzle of the decade - we've got the puzzles and prizes to match. Let's get down to the nitty gritty:

The Contest
1. be the first (or second, or third) person to email the correct songs and dates of the four mystery jams below to this email address
2. each jam is connected to the next by a theme; you don't need to identify the themes to win, and the themes only connect consecutive jams (not all four)
3. every 72 hours or so, I'll provide another hint until it's been solved - THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANYONE ELSE TO PROVIDE HINTS, PLEASE (that means you, writes one of the answers on the blog bro)
4. EVERYONE, including MJM Hall of Famers, is welcome to participate in this MJM contest

The Prizes
1. first place will have first choice of one of the three prizes; second place will have second choice, and third place will win the remaining prize
2. the three prize options are:
a. one brand new copy of the limited edition Billy Breathes vinyl (RSD release 2018), courtesy of your host and the Mockingbird Foundation, autographed by Phish lyricist Tom Marshall (thanks Osiris!)
b. two screen printed posters (both the blue/red and the orange/blue) by Drew Millward for the 2016 New Year's Eve run at Madison Square Garden, courtesy of fellow MJM Hall of Famer, @wforwumbo, and the Mockingbird Foundation
c. one Osiris limited edition poster autographed by its cofounders, Tom Marshall and RJ Bee, courtesy of our friends at Osiris
3. all three winners will receive a LivePhish MP3 download code as well, courtesy of our friends at Nugs.net / LivePhish.com

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Friday 01/03/2020 by Lemuria

Kaczorowski Auction For Mockingbird

We're bumping this news, because you may have missed it over the holidays: Less than five days left in an auction, benefitting the Mockingbird Foundation, of three gorgeous prints graciously donated by Jason Kaczorowski - one of Fishman during the Festival 8 "musical costume", and two of Page at UIC 8/15/11.

Wednesday 01/01/2020 by phishnet

MSG4 NYE RECAP: THE CURSE OF ZAMFIR

[We would like to thank Cotter, the youngest fan ever to recap a show for this blog, for recapping last night's NYE show. (Note that he also recapped MPP2 in June 2019 for us.) Happy New Year's everyone! -Ed.]

Last night was the single most memorable night of my life. The tangible excitement surrounding the holy grail of all Phish shows was contagious as it spread from me, to my mom, my dad, and even my twelve-year-old brother, who’s first show was a three set show!

© 2019 Phish (Jake Silco)
© 2019 Phish (Jake Silco)

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Tuesday 12/31/2019 by phishnet

MSG 3 RECAP - WOW

[Phish.net would like to thank Jeremy Willinger for recapping last night's show -ed]

I bought a brand new mini-notebook yesterday afternoon to record my impressions while jamming at MSG. At around 11:30PM last night I crammed a wrinkled, bent, stained, stack of paper that resembled a notebook back into my pocket. On the pages were various scribbles, time stamps, and ruminations that started off very legible and devolved into an alphabet soup of observances and compliments around the beginning of the second set, for some cold, cold, cold reason...

Let’s just get the overall review out of the way: This show was absolutely epic! It is a must listen - especially the second set - but the first set has gems, pleasers, and stunning musicianship all its own. Truly, 12/30/19 will be talked about in the pantheon of shows for the ages and reinforces why Phans will do whatever we can, and endure or inure any and all unforeseen circumstances to see this foursome again and again. Now, onto the show.

Photo © Phish 2019 - Rene Huemer
Photo © Phish 2019 - Rene Huemer

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Tuesday 12/31/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund In NYC, Again!

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This special series of Tour Grants includes separate, unsolicited $1000 grants to four different programs in and around New York City, where Phish began its annual four-show New Year's Eve run on December 28.

In honor of Phish's upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, December 31st, The Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1000 to support music education through the City School of the Arts Music Program in New York, NY. City School of the Arts partners with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence.

This is Mockingbird's 47th grant in New York and 425th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $172,500 in Tour Grants, 12% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net or press releases on mbird.org for news about other grants. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

Monday 12/30/2019 by phishnet

MSG2 RECAP: FEELING GOOD ABOUT YEMSG

[We'd like to thank Mockingbird's own David Beckwith, @Slewfoot (IG: @davidgbeckwith), for writing last night's recap. - ed.]

There are some dates that can quickly send a shiver down the spine of a Phish fan. For many, 12/29 is one of those dates. The amount of tremendous music that has been created on this night throughout the years is somewhat staggering, perhaps equaled or surpassed only by the following night. 12/29 is also a very personal date as it was on that night in 2013 that I got back into Phish after thirteen years. On a whim, I decided to watch the webcast. I was blown away by what I saw after being out of the game for so long. These guys were having FUN and it showed – no turning back from there!

So what would last night’s show bring? Would it yield one of the longest, zaniest jams ever like on 12/29/94? Would it contain some classic, joyful funk like on 12/29/97? Would it be an underrated hidden gem like 12/29/16? Or would it be an absolute scorcher like 12/29/18? As we should have known, it was none of those things. Because 12/29/19 was its own show, its own element, just like the nights before and after it…and that’s part of the beauty of it all.

After fortifying ourselves with delicious pizza and wine nearby, we headed over to the venue. The vibe inside was all smiles and buzzed with excitement. We found some friends right in front of the soundboard and got ready. People around us were being very gracious and courteous which added to the feeling in the air.

Photo by <a href='http://instagram.com/davidgbeckwith'>David Beckwith</a>, used with permission
Photo by David Beckwith, used with permission

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Monday 12/30/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund More NYC Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This special series of Tour Grants includes separate, unsolicited $1000 grants to four different programs in and around New York City, where Phish began its annual four-show New Year's Eve run on December 28.

In honor of Phish's upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, December 30th, The Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1000 to support music education through the Harmony Program in New York, NY. This is a nonprofit organization that brings intensive after-school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education.

This is Mockingbird's 46th grant in New York and 424th grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $171,500 in Tour Grants, 11% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this run. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

(By the way, we've often invited venues to match Tour Grants, but have yet to be successful at that. So, if you have a contact at MSG corporate, please talk up Mockingbird and/or these grantees, and/or send target contact info to ellis@mbird.org.)

Sunday 12/29/2019 by phishnet

MSG 1 RECAP - A PROMISING START TO YEMSG 2019

[Recap is courtesy of user @bobbker, Bob Ker, (@Phish1999at2019 on Twitter). Please remember that recaps are written by VOLUNTEER FANS. Their views are entirely their own and are not necessarily shared by anyone who volunteers to work on Phish.net. There is no such thing as an "official" dot net recap of a show. -Ed.]


The little-loved sibling of the annual New Year’s run, Phish’s concerts on December 28 have historically offered sporadic highlights but rarely, if ever, have produced a classic. More often than not, the band uses the night to limber up after a dormant period, eschewing strong setlist construction in favor of running through songs seemingly intended to get their muscle memory going. The enthusiasm of the audience and energy in the room makes it a worthy date on the Phish calendar, but in the opening night of the New Year’s run, the crowd traditionally writes a check that the band puts a 24-hour hold on.

© Phish 2019 - Jake Silco
© Phish 2019 - Jake Silco

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Sunday 12/29/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund Great Neck Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This special series of Tour Grants includes separate, unsolicited $1000 grants to four different programs in and around New York City, where Phish began its annual four-show New Year's Eve run on December 28.

In honor of Phish's upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, December 29th, The Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1000 to support music education through the William A. Shine - Great Neck South High School Performing Arts Department in Great Neck, NY. This high school on Long Island, bordering Queens, has an outstanding performing arts department.

This is Mockingbird's 45th grant in New York and 423rd grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $170,500 in Tour Grants, 11% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this run. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

(By the way, we've often invited venues to match Tour Grants, but have yet to be successful at that. So, if you have a contact at MSG corporate, please talk up Mockingbird and/or these grantees, and/or send target contact info to ellis@mbird.org.)

Saturday 12/28/2019 by Lemuria

Phish Fans Fund NYC Music

ImageThe all-volunteer, fan-run Mockingbird Foundation is once again celebrating Phish tour by making unsolicited Tour Grants supporting a music program near each of the venues at which the band will perform. This special series of Tour Grants includes separate, unsolicited $1000 grants to four different programs in and around New York City, where Phish is about to begin its annual four-show New Year's Eve run.

In honor of Phish's upcoming show at Madison Square Garden on December 28th, The Mockingbird Foundation is sending a check for $1000 to Education Through Music, on 42nd Street in New York City. ETM partners with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence. They make music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have little or no exposure to the arts by forming long-term partnerships with elementary, middle, and PreK–8 schools that are located in historically low-income communities and lack sufficient resources for school-wide music education. ETM hires, trains, and provides ongoing support for music teachers, and provides weekly general music classes, choirs, band and orchestra ensembles, music tech, and other enrichment. They started in one school, and are now in 70, serving some 36,000 students!

This is Mockingbird's 422nd grant overall. The Foundation has now disbursed $169,500 in Tour Grants, 11% of its more than $1.4M in grants covering all 50 states. Watch for news posts here at Phish.net, or the evolving press release at mbird.org, for news on other "miracle" tour grants this run. And please consider making a contribution, to help us give back to the communities we've touched.

(By the way, we've often invited venues to match Tour Grants, but have yet to be successful at that. So, if you have a contact at MSG corporate, please talk up Mockingbird and/or these grantees, and/or send target contact info to ellis@mbird.org.)

Monday 12/23/2019 by phishnet

SURRENDER TO THE FLOW YOGA DEC. 30 AT HOTEL PENN

There will be yoga classes from 10am to 2:45pm on December 30 at the Hotel Penn (100% of the proceeds will benefit Mockingbird and Living Yoga). To get tickets and for more information, visit this page. And of course don't miss the PhanArt show also at Hotel Penn (18th floor) from noon to five on December 30.

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Friday 12/20/2019 by phishnet

AFTER MIDNIGHT EPISODE 5: AFTERMATH

On the final episode of After Midnight, host Jesse Jarnow dives into the following questions: What was it like for the band to walk off stage after playing for 7 hours? Would fans go back to a world destroyed by Y2K? What was next for Phish after this monumental achievement? How did Big Cypress influence festivals and the music industry?

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Friday 12/13/2019 by phishnet

AFTER MIDNIGHT EPISODE 4: THE ALL-NIGHTER



What's it like to pull an all-nighter with 80,000 of your closest friends? What happens when you try to drive a hot dog through that same crowd? Can you say "Cheesecake!" like you're pissed? Will the band play an encore?

In episode 4, we answer these questions and more. We also explore the lasting impressions of the legendary midnight-to-sunrise experience.

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