Entries tagged with: Trey Anastasio
photos by Jay Blakesberg
Night two of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener "Feel Like a Stranger," and all was well in Deadhead land as the truly faithful showed for the second night in a row and a slew of new nostalgia seekers and first timers got their twirl on. [Billboard]The reunited members of the Grateful Dead (along with Phish's Trey Anastasio in Jerry Garcia's spot) played their 2nd of two reunion shows in Santa Clara on Sunday night. The next three happen in Chicago this July 4th weekend (Can't be there? There's always YouTube, Dead.net, SiriusXM, Brooklyn Bowl, etc)
UPDATE: We've also got pictures from the second night.
photos by Jay Blakesberg
There are two kinds of Deadheads.We already talked a bit about the first of two Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara this weekend (rainbow and setlist included). Now here's some photos. They continue HERE and below...
Those who think the Grateful Dead experience should have died with Jerry Garcia.
And those who think it can go on with a pinch-hitter in the band's MVP seat.
If ever there was a time for those in the first camp to come back and check out the Dead 2.0, it was this weekend at Levi's Stadium, the band's 50th anniversary and the last time the surviving four members would play together. A chance to pull out the tie-dyes one last time, see some old friends and wish the boys a fond farewell.
And the band delivered a set seemingly tailored for the old-timers, three and a half hours of their most classic songs, not one written after 1970. They plucked rarely played gems off of their 1967 debut album, and played one song --1969's "What's Become of the Baby" -- that the Dead had never played, with or without Garcia.
And this Dead, complete with that pinch-hitter -- Phish's Trey Anastasio -- did a pretty fair job of regenerating the kind of cosmic energy the original Grateful Dead was able to summon up during its 30-year lifespan. [San Jose Mercury News]
The Grateful Dead's three 50th anniversary shows at Chicago's Soldier Field (July 3-5) with surviving members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, plus Phish's Trey Anastasio, RatDog's Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby, went on sale to the general public on Saturday (2/28) after the pre-sale already resulted in more than 60,000 people mailing in envelopes requesting tickets (and a total of over 350,000 tickets requested). The Ticketmaster on-sale was met with closer to 500,000 people attempting to purchase tickets -- and probably more folks than not trying for the four-ticket maximum. It sold out in about an hour, and it would've happened even faster if the demand levels weren't slowing down servers (Ticketmaster never crashed though). Almost immediately after the sell-out, tickets went up on StubHub for crazy prices.
Mashable points out that Chicago Bears season-ticket holders had first dibs on seats, and suggested that may have meant several people with no interest in attending but the ability to easily purchase tickets would use that opportunity to scalp them. The highest ticket on StubHub was going for $1 million, but that one's since been deleted, and right now the average price is around $2,000. A StubHub agent told Mashable, "I've been doing this nine years, and I would say this is going to be the biggest one I've seen. The Super Bowl is always going to be bigger than anything. But this is definitely the biggest concert. By far. By far."
Though there's been plenty of chances to see Dead members play Dead songs in the time since Jerry's death (in fact, Phil Lesh has four NYC-area shows coming up, one of which is still on sale), it's perhaps not surprising that the one billed as "The Grateful Dead" would cause this kind of hysteria. You might not have necessarily predicted it in their final year as a band (1995), when shows weren't selling out like this, but then again being away for 20 years, the excitement of a reunion, and scalpers creating even more demand will do that sort of thing.
And some of the scalpers could be frauds too, as nobody gets their actual hard tickets until June, and some people are offering specific seats, but reportedly no seats have been assigned yet.
The Grateful Dead 50 Facebook page posted the following:
Thank you to all of the Deadheads for the amazing support that you have shown for the Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago! This morning you broke Ticketmaster's on-sale record when nearly half a million of you queued up to buy tickets. If you do not have tickets, please know that we are working on various ways to help everyone experience these shows in a way that will help you share this special moment with us. Stay tuned, and thank you for showing your love, we feel it!One way they may allow everyone experience the shows is live streaming. The show's co-producer Peter Shapiro told Billboard, "We want to provide video and audio, the best shit out there, and try to bring it to people with the same vibe as being there." He says they'll be pay-per-view events that will potentially be available nationwide. Rolling Stone also points out that Shapiro "is working on simulcasting the shows around the country; Shapiro is already holding the dates at his venues, including the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, and the Brooklyn Bowl."
Right before the on-sale, GDTS TOO, the site handling the mail-order presales, posted the following:
We've been submerged in a sea of mail and are coming up for a breath of air to give you an update on where we stand right now. We are 75% of the way processing all of the orders, working 24/7 to get your money orders back to you. There were many, many times more order requests than anyone imagined, thousands and thousands with beautiful art. We are trying to let as many folks know their status if possible before the onsale date. Emails will go out to the winners starting in the next two days. You still have a small chance if you do not receive an email from us by the on-sale date, however, you may want to consider on line ticket sales to increase your chances. Tickets will be mailed out in June. Please do not email us at this time as we will not be able to answer your inquiry.Were you one of the lucky ones who got tickets?
In related news, The National and friends are working on a Dead tribute.
Surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will reunite to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with three Chicago shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field, the same venue their last show with Jerry Garcia took place. Joining them will be Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby who performed with the Dead several times in the '80s and '90s, and Jeff Chimenti of Bob Weir's band RatDog. Bob Weir tells tells Billboard that these will be the last shows with the four Dead members together.
Tickets will be available to fan club members from February 9-11, a local public presale runs from Feb. 12-13, and the general on-sale begins Feb. 14.
Peter Shapiro (Brooklyn Bowl and Capitol Theatre co-owner/booker) is producing the shows. That will follow four Phil Lesh shows at The Cap in March, in celebration of Phil's 75th birthday. Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks celebrate the Peter Shapiro-owned Relix's 40th anniversary with a "Brooklyn Is Dead" show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets).
Watch The Dead's 1974 Winterland concert below...
Parquet Courts in Bed Stuy in June (more by Joe McCabe)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Parquet Courts, Blues Control,PC Worship @ Webster Hall
Parquet Courts have had a busy year, releasing two very good albums, staying on tour pretty much constantly, and forming a noise project with members of PC Worship (who open tonight). They cap off the year tonight with their biggest hometown show yet, which is sold out.
Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), Kuroma @ Baby's All Right
Of Montreal are gearing up to release a new album early next year but frontman Kevin Barnes may well play some of it tonight at this solo show. MGMT-related band Kuroma opens.
Russian Circles, Mutoid Man @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a killer double bill for fans of heavy music with post-rock crushers Russian Circles and the Converge/Cave In-related Mutoid Man, who have some of the elements of their main bands but trim all fat and just have a good time.
James Murphy (DJ set), Tim Sweeney, Mike Simonetti, Cooper Saver @ Output
Party like it's 2002: James Murphy will be spinning with his pal Tim Sweeney making Output feel a little like The Plant Bar (ok maybe not) with help from former Italians Do It Better domo Mike Simonetti (who just started a new label).
The Thurston Moore Band @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Thurston's current band has him backed by an excellent lineup that includes his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums and My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and their new album is his most Sonic Youth-sounding material since The Eternal.
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx, Cameron Hull, Mazed (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Inactive for a while, Suckers are reforming to say goodbye to a venue they've played many times over the years: Glasslands, which closes at the end of the month. Also on the bill: DOM who reinvented themselves a while back (swapping guitars for synths), and neo-new-wave band Future Punx.
Pharmakon, Marshstepper, Puce Mary, Aischrolatreia Ligature, Penchant @ Saint Vitus
This is a great bill with the Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper whose live show includes blood, nudity and must be seen live if you want any real idea of what it's like. On top of that, there's Pharmakon (headlining) and Puce Mary, who both make eardrum-damaging PE/industrial/noise with wild vocals, and ex-The Men project Ligature.
Centro-Matic, Elephant Micah @ Rough Trade
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds. All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus...after this tour. These shows may be your last chance to see them in NYC.
Dan Friel, Peter Kerlin's Octet, Charles Waters (Trio), Matt Nelson @ Trans-Pecos
With what kind of looks like table at a Silicon Valley flea market, Dan Friel coaxes strange sounds out of his homemade electronics. He headlines tonights experimental line-up of music.
Trey Anastasio Band @ Beacon Theatre
There's been no lack of Phish shows in NYC in the past year, and tonight their guitarist Trey Anastasio returns with the other band he leads for the first show in a two-night run. Both are sold out.
Bilal, Dragons of Zynth, DJ Rashad "Tumblin' Dice" Smith @ Brooklyn Bowl
Bilal balances the line between accessible neo-soul and the more psychedelic side of it, and he does it well. If you were confused, opener DJ Rashad "Tumblin' Dice" Smith is not to be confused with the late DJ Rashad.
Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Trey w/ Phish on Randall's Island in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Phish recently wrapped up a three-night run on Randall's Island and now guitarist Trey Anastasio has announced that he'll bring the Trey Anastasio Band to NYC this month to tape an episode of PBS's 'Front and Center' series on August 17 at Brooklyn Bowl. The concert will be filmed in front of a live audience, and you can get tickets to attend, starting Friday (8/8) at 10 AM.
photos by Greg Cristman
Neil Young and Crazy Horse @ Borgata, 12/6/2012
Where were you when Sandy hit?So instead of playing the insanely big 12/12/12 MSG benefit, Neil Young & Crazy Horse played their own Sandy relief benefit at Borgata in Atlantic City on 12/6 with help from Trey Anastasio and Everest. Neil's been busy lately, as you may well be aware, having played Barclays and MSG on his current tour.
NEIL YOUNG: I was on the West Coast. Like everyone else, I was watching this on TV...
How did you arrive at the decision that you wanted to stage this benefit in Atlantic City?
I saw that I was invited to do a big benefit at Madison Square Garden. I saw that it was a star-studded television evening. And I realized that I was just a drop in the bucket. There was already enough star power at that thing to do whatever it could do. Adding me would not make any difference. But I did think that if I went down and had a performance where the damage was, that would be a different approach and whatever I was able to add, I could add. If people want to come and see us they can come right down to the scene and they can see what's left of the boardwalk. - [Wall Steet Journal]
Meanwhile, Trey Anastasio has rescheduled his Capitol Theatre shows that were cancelled due to Sandy. He'll now play the venue on January 23 and 24. Previously-purchased tickets will be honored on 1/23 and tickets to the 1/24 show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon. Trey also plays Welmont Theatre on 1/25 and tickets to that show go on sale Friday at noon as well.
More pictures from the Borgata show as well as Neil's setlist (which has varied very little from show to show) are below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Red Hook on 11/3
"While electricity is on in some of the buildings in the Red Hook Houses, almost none have heat. For the second day in a row RHI purchased and distributed 150 space heaters. Knowing this will never be sufficient for those who have been in the cold for over a week, the following groups are working diligently to create warming centers in Red Hook: Brooklyn Public Library Red Hook Branch (learn more here), Red Hook Community Justice Center (learn more here), Bumblebees R Us (learn more here), NYCHA Miccio Center, and the Community Assistance Commissioner from the Mayor's Office." [Red Hook Initiative, 11/7/2012]Red Hook remains a huge mess after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. BV photographer Gretchen Robinette took a few photos out there on Saturday (11/3) which are in this post.
The New York City Housing Authority are still pumping out water and the DEP and Marine Corps are there assessing structural damage in the neighborhood. The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) has details of their most recent meeting and more information on how you can help. Blankets, flashlights, batteries and candles are needed desperately.
Yesterday we utilized volunteers, not only to help the business community with clean up, but to communicate about changes to Red Hook's polling sites and to mobilize and transport people to get out to vote. All week, volunteers have been reporting to the volunteer hub, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (learn more here). [RHI]If you're around right now (11/7), "RED HOOK INITIATIVE is understaffed! Go spend a rainy day with the lovely people over there. 767 Hicks St, BK." RHI also points out on their site that 767 Hicks is the only spot volunteers should be heading today.
UPDATE: "Volunteers will be needed in #RedHook [Thursday, 11/8/2012], report at 11AM + 3PM to 767 Hicks #SandyAid #SandyHelp".
Occupy Sandy has been one of the major helping forces since Sandy, in Red Hook and elsewhere. RHI is quick to also point that out. They wrote today:
Volunteers through Occupy Sandy congregated at RHI as soon as the storm subsided and spearheaded the relief effort for Red Hook residents. Because of their efforts, we have been serving close to 1,000 hot meals per day on RHI's four-burner stove along with tremendous support from individuals who have donated countless trays of warm, home-made food. Monday we opened space across the street at Calvary Baptist Church to help with meal distribution, while Occupy Sandy volunteers tore out a damaged rug and poured a new floor (yes, all in one day!). It is only because of Occupy Sandy that RHI has been able to react to the storm so quickly.Join the movement. Find out how at Occupy Sandy's site or by following them on Twitter. Things are really getting scary again as the Nor'easter moves in.
videos games in the street in Red Hook (this pic via Jody Rosen)
Among those helping out Sunday was Phish's Trey Anastasio whose concert at the Capitol Theatre (like many shows there since Sandy) that was supposed to happen Monday night (after also being postponed from Sunday before the storm) got postponed again to a new date TBA
Red Hook's giant Fairway grocery store, which lost everything in the massive floods, says they're committed to re-opening and hope to do so in the next 6 - 8 weeks.
Restore Red Hook is working to restore all businesses destroyed by hurricane Sandy.
New Amsterdam Records still need help and info on the label's relief fund is here. Meanwhile, the label keeps going. Missy Mazzolli's new album, Song from the Uproar, is out now and there's a record release show this Sunday (11/11) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.
Norton Records, as mentioned, had much of their stock of vinyl destroyed in the flood. They are salvaging as much of the actual vinyl as they can, though the sleeves are ruined. There's video detailing the damage and how you can help. For more info on volunteering in Norton Records cleanup, click here.
Legendary Red Hook bar Sunny's (which was featured on this weeks all-Brooklyn episode of Tony Bourdain's No Reservations, watch below) took on two feet of water but has had lots of help with the clean-up and is hoping to be open soon. A message on their website says:
Sunny's is sadly closed due to Hurricane Sandy (or superstorm Sandy, however the news wants to call it.) We took on about 2 feet of water above the basemant. It's been great to have the love and hard labor of those who have come to Red Hook to help out and it is greatly appreciated from all of us who live here. We are hoping to be back in business by next Friday or Saturday. Keep checking in to see any updates. And if you want to help Red Hook please check in with the Red Hook Initiative 402 Van Brunt St. They are organizing relief. We'll be back. All of us. And more importantly The Rockaways, Breezy Point and Staten Island can still use much help. We are hurt but OK in the grand scheme of things, so please try to devote your attention to those who need it most.An article at DNAInfo says they're "hoping to have Sunny's up and running for a post-hurricane celebration party by Wednesday." That would be tonight (11/7), though we have no confirmation at the moment that their wish came true.
Thanks and Love,
Sunny, Tone, Izzy, Francis and the two Chrises.
More pictures, songs and videos below...
UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.
We'll keep you posted, but at the moment, Swans @ Bowery, Sic Alps @ Knitting Factory,
and the show at Cake Shop are still listed as happening. Most other Sunday night shows (and a bunch of Monday shows) we would have listed are cancelled or postponed due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy). Subways and buses stop running at 7pm which is also when people living in "Zone A" are supposed to be evacuated by.
UPDATE: The Juan Maclean's DJ set at Le Bain
is also still on (as of this post) CANCELLED too.
UPDATE: The Men are playing Don Pedro.
Union Pool doesn't have a show tonight, but is open.
ASPCA reminds you: All pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation.
Fontana's says, "Hey everyone - we're going to be open this evening till we can. At least 2am. All Manhattanites workin the shifts - come keep us company."
Pianos is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Cake Shop's show is now cancelled, but they "might still be open upstairs for fun and the bored-at-home-with-only-comic-books-you-haven't-read-yet-from-the-early-2000's. Stay tuned."
Spectre Folk, who were set to open for Sic Alps, at Knitting Factory tonight "have cancelled due to weather related travel issues. The show will go on with Sic Alps and PC Worship but will end early (10pm)." Tickets are still available.
UCB: "Due to MTA shutdown, both ASSSSCAT 3000 shows are cancelled tonight. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders."
All shows past 5:30pm at UCB East are also cancelled.
Pretty Good Friends is cancelled at Union Hall which will also be closed Monday.
The Bell House postponed an event tonight, and sadly cancelled Monday's Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night.
Grimes, who has been in NYC the past few nights for her sold out four-night run, was set to play her last of those shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Elite Gymnastics and Majical Cloudz, but due to the incoming Frankenstorm, tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Mercury Lounge is also cancelled/closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closing at 6pm.
The xx were scheduled to play their second of two shows at the Paradise Theater tonight. They write...
Due to safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and the MTA shutdown in New York, we have been forced to postpone our remaining shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, including tonight's show at the Paradise in the Bronx. We are working with our partners to reschedule as soon as possible, so please hang on to your tickets and we'll advise as soon as we can. We'll have another announcement coming later in the week, including information on these shows and a new run of US dates in early 2013. In the meantime, please be safe. We'll be back to see you all soon.
Tonight's Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom has been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Villains is cancelled at Saint Vitus who write "We are closed this evening due to mandatory evacuation of "zone A". Obviously Mayor Bloomberg is not a Metal Head. We will reopen as soon as we can. In the meantime, enjoy this!"
Child Abuse at The Paper Box is cancelled.
Cat Power's Philly show at the Electric Factory has been postponed to January 2.
Brandie Carlile and Blitzen Trapper were set to play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, but both tonight's show and Monday's show have been postponed.
Drom has cancelled multiple Sunday & Monday shows.
Sunday & Monday shows at Joe's Pub are cancelled.
"Due to impending hurricane, S.O.B's will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Shows will be rescheduled at a later date."
The Trey Anastasio Band show at Capitol Theater has been postponed to Monday, November 5. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored.
"Pace Presents at The Schimmel Center for the Arts is disappointed to announce that, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city, our 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK tonight, Sunday October 28, has been CANCELLED. We are currently in discussions with the artists regarding rescheduling this show. More information will be released as we have it. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and dry in the storm!"
Irving Plaza says, "Tonight's Xavier Rudd show is postponed. We're working on a rescheduled date, will send out info asap. Refunds avail at point of purchase."
"BAM Rose Cinemas will close today following the 4:40 screening of Argo. The cinemas will remain closed tomorrow and possibly Tuesday."
Blue Oyster Cult at Best Buy Theater is postponed.
Maxwell's says, "tonight's show with Ours has been postponed to Sunday, December 2nd. all tickets will be honored and refunds are available as well."
Carnegie Hall's Sunday & Monday shows are cancelled or postponed.
City Winery says, "Due to the inclimate weather in the New York area and the suspension of all major travel services tonight's (10/28/12) Shawn Colvin concert has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The show has been rescheduled for February 3, 2013. In addition the Eric Hutchinson show scheduled for Monday, 10/29/12 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date."
If you had been planning on celebrating Halloween with Rusko at Pacha tonight, you'll have to settle for spending New Year's with him. Tonight's show has been postponed until December 30.
UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.
Maya Rudolph got pipes
Anyone who has seen Saturday Night Live knows that Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph is more than just a comedian, but also a talented vocalist who comes from a musical background. (Minnie Riperton is her mom; she was in The Rentals.) So it seems likely she'll do well sitting in as frontwoman for The Roots when they do a set of Prince covers at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night (9/20). (Sounds like fun, too.) Advanced tickets are gone, but additional tickets will be available at the door for $15 cash.
Newsday is speculating that Maya Rudolph could also join The Roots at their Friday night gig (9/21) at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester (tickets) which, considering the recent littany of guests, is not too much of a stretch to believe either. The Roots announced Bob Weir as special guest for their 9/7 show at the venue, and ended up also roping in Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys.
Last week's Cap show (9/14) was cancelled but this Friday's (9/21) is scheduled to feature Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Additionally, The Roots play ATP NY on Saturday (9/22) and they'll also bless the Capitol Theater on 9/28 with Talib Kweli (tickets).
The Death Set is playing Cameo on November 6 with Deathface. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are playing Beacon Theater on November 16 and 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort is playing Webster Hall on October 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Slackers play a Christmas show at The Bell House on December 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Electric Guest is heading out with No on a tour which brings both bands to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza on October 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Nouvelle Vague are playing Irving Plaza on October 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, you can also catch Araabmuzik playing a free NYC show on Monday (8/20) at East River Park with Teengirl Fantasy, Flosstradamus, and Nick Hook.
Trey Anastasio is playing Beacon Theater on October 26 and The Capitol Theater on October 28. Tickets for the Beacon Theater show go on sale Thursday (8/23) at 11 AM. Tickets for the Cap show are on sale now.
Boys Noize Live hit Roseland Ballroom on November 30. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, we're giving away tickets to the upcoming Craig Ferguson show.
photos by Ryan Barkan
"i just want to say that i think glorified displays of people wasted out of their minds and passed out are really upsetting to me." - JD Samson
"Nothing turns me conservative faster than being on a train with a bunch of stoned Phish fans that just got out of Madison Square Garden." - Frank Hejl
"So many Phish fans looking for a miracle outside Penn Station." - Maura Johnston
"Now hundred of "fans" all over the arena hovering 50 feet above the crowd dancing." - Colonel Forbin
"The floating fans above the crowd would've had me freaking at Phish MSG. I mean, Jesus. What if one hurled?" - Ravenval
"It's not the ball drop, but for tens of thousands of people, Phish's annual run of shows at Madison Square Garden, which winds up on New Year's Eve, is the more significant year-end event in Manhattan. Always an immediate sellout, the concerts are both a tradition and a challenge. Phish has to provide its familiar joys but vary them enough to surprise fans who are obsessively meticulous tabulators.Phish took over Madison Square Garden during New Year's Eve week once again. The Vermont jam band hit the venue four nights in a row up to and including New Year's Eve (12/28 - 12/31). Pictures from the second show, the same night the NY Times reviewed, are in this post. If you weren't there, maybe you paid to watch one of the shows streaming live in HD via the band's website (it was $55 to stream all four and it came with access to watch it again).
Thursday night's concert was Phish in crowd-pleasing mode: uptempo, playing familiar songs and ready to keep fans dancing -- never getting too abstract or experimental. Its two sets were both CD-length, just under 80 minutes each, with the Rolling Stones' "Loving Cup" as a splashy, gospelly encore....This was just a big, happy Phish party. The musicians' fingers flew; lights splayed above the stage; glowsticks were tossed, in mass bursts, at big transitions; balloons bounced around; the year-end ritual was intact. Thursday's concert was a high-level holding action; the next one, as always, might be something else entirely." [NY Times]
More pictures from night two (12/29), video of the hanging people getting put up into the air on New Year's Eve, and all four setlists (they covered TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" on New Year's Eve), below..
photos by David Andrako
National week at Beacon Theater continued on Friday night, 12/16, for the fifth night in a row. Shara Worden's project My Brightest Diamond opened the show and she later joined The National on stage as did Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman, Richard Reed Parry of the Arcade Fire, Conrad Doucette, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota and string quartet yMusic... and Phish's Trey Anastasio who members of the National are working with right now. As Jambands.com points out:
"The Phish guitarist emerged partway through the group's set for "Blood Buzz Ohio," "Squalor Victoria" and "Murder Me Rachel." While onstage, the members of The National described the guitarist as "a hero of ours." Anastasio reemerged alongside Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry the evening's opening act My Brightest Diamond to play guitar on "Terrible Love." All of the night's guests then joined the members of The National for an acoustic sing-along based around "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks." National frontman Matt Berninger was particularly chatty throughout the show, jokingly describing Parry as a member of Kings of Leon and declaring "that's the sound of faces melting" after Anastasio's performance."You can watch a video with Trey in it below.
Trey Anastasio is quietly working on a new solo album with help from a formidable cast of indie rockers, SPIN has learned.In related news, FURTHUR (featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) have started to announce a spring tour that includes EIGHT shows at Beacon Theater where The National play their first of six tonight (12/12). Tickets go on Internet Presale today at noon. Public Ticketmaster sale begins Friday. All Furthur tour dates and the poster, below...
Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there (Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, The National's Boxer, Mates of State's Rearrange Us), is co-producing the album with Anastasio.
A rep for Anastasio didn't return a request for comment, but early reports out of the studio say the sound is a mix between Anastasio's eclectic, Afro-tinged rock and the kind of experimental indie pop produced by the Philistines Jr., Katis' own recently reformed band. Before entering the studio, Katis told Sonic Scoop that Anastasio "wants to do something totally out of left-field."
Anastasio and Co. are working on about 15 new songs, with recording expected to wrap up in January. They'll take a weeklong break later this month, when Phish hold court for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, including their traditional three-set performance on New Year's Eve.
Trey Anastasio played a 2-set + 1 encore show at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (2/22). Video of his second-set closing cover of "Empire State of Mind" and the full setlist is below with a new set of Phish dates that were announced today....
Ekorre/Squirrel (by Lars Andersson)
Jay Reatard leaving the Wired Store seconds after playing (more by Tim Griffin)
Trey Anastasio & Classic Tab are playing Terminal 5 on February 16th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Kaki King shows at Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Tonight/Friday's Yummy Fur show doesn't have advanced tickets and it's been moved to Market Hotel.
photos by Fresh Bread
"Although there is hardly a shortage of jam bands, Phish had no full-fledged successor on the arena circuit during its absence. Its audience, and apparently the band itself, both realized something was missing in a Phish-less world: the band's particular assortment of head-bobbing, good-timey roots-rock and complex compositions full of shifty meters, key changes and other musicianly twists and turns." [NY Times]What surprised me most about the three Phish concerts at Jones Beach this week (the third one is tonight, Friday, June 5th), is how many friends and friends of friends I know that went, or are going, to one of the shows. They are everywhere (PHresh Bread included). And this is the part where I try to insert a hippy joke, but instead, here's another review...
"I was expecting a dirtier, sketchier crowd, but besides for the proliferation of whippets dealers in the parking lot after the show, the fact I had to walk through a flood in the men's room to pee and the complete lack of women, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between this show and a Third Eye Blind concert, the hippies were non existent and although some folks were swaying hippie style - the bulk of the audience seemed like accountants who went to good private colleges and liked to wear over priced sandals and Patagonia shells. Although the music itself was amazing the people were kind of boring, but based on the overwhelming amount of people driving with their windows closed before and after the show I could tell the crowd was going to be like their driving habits, climate controlled. I have this theory that people who drive with their windows open are just more friendly and interesting, less stand offish." [Frum Satire]It is of course possible some of those people were just trying to keep the smoke in, or in the case of tonight (and last night?), the rain out. Pics from night one continued below....
The Black Keys and Antony watch as Patti Smith shakes hands with a Tibetan Monk:
Wednesday night, February 9th, 2005 (timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year), I checked out the Tibet House Benefit Concert. Billboard reviewed the show. Full performer list in this post. Here are my photos.
Ray Davies (The Kinks), Trey Anastasio (Phish), and Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) share a mic: