Sunday, March 14, 2010

TellurideDailyPlanet: "If Phish is like the Grateful Dead…"

Did it even happen at all? The time the Grateful Dead came to Telluride? The weekend — Aug. 15 and 16, 1987 — has entered into myth alongside Butch Cassidy, and is sometimes seen as both the town’s finest hour and its darkest night. It’s often brought up as an example of all that Telluride is capable of … in good ways … and bad. "Page McConnell & The Joy of Phish" The Planet's Top Concert Draw Reunites and Fans Jump for Joy


To even attempt to categorize Phish, one must look at the wide scope of their influences. There’s a strong current of Americana, with flavors of the Allman Brothers, the Band, the Heartbreakers, and yes, the Grateful Dead. But there’s also classic rock, prog, jazz fusion, funk, blues, R&B, soul, Latin, bluegrass, and country, making Phish not just one of the greatest American bands but possibly the Most American Band. Add to all that reggae, trance, and a healthy dose of the musical universe Frank Zappa came from, and you have an amalgam that draws from more sources than any other band. But to the members of Phish, it’s not about labels and categories; it’s about communication and listening.

“Certainly, Trey and Fish [guitarist Trey Anastasio and drummer Jon Fishman] are huge Zappa fans and some of the compositional stuff we do hearkens to that,” says keyboardist Page McConnell. “With some of the jamming, we’ve often been compared to the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers — bands who like to stretch out. We’ve tried not to be like any of them, and shied away from sounding too much like anybody. The jamming that we do and the communication that happens when we’re really improvising well together is about the listening and the chemistry of the four of our personalities. It’s not that different to me when we’re having a conversation than when we’re onstage playing; it’s a very similar kind of energy and free-form-ness.”

Video: Umphrey's McGee "Nothing Too Fancy" 2.28.10

From the "Waful Cam"

(2nd half coming out of "Alex's House") Check out the UMLive audio for the entire show.

Setlist: Umphrey's McGee 3.13.2010 First Avenue ~ Minneapolis, MN

Set One: Prowler > In The Kitchen, Cemetary Walk 1 > Pay The Snucka Part's I & II > Atmosfarag > Resolution* > In The Kitchen , That's All > Pay The Snucka Part III

Set Two: Preamble > Mantis > Wappy Sprayberry > "Jimmy Stewart"** > Wappy Sprayberry** > Mantis, The Fussy Dutchman, Push the Pig, Steppin' Razor > Ocean Billy > Plunger > Kula > Plunger > Ocean Billy

Encore: Alex's House**, 1348

Show notes:

*Norwegian Wood jam, rock your body teases
** Kevin Sinclair on sax

Video: "Sugar Shack" Mike Gordon Band 3.06.10 at Toad's Place

Setlist: Mike Gordon Band 3.13.2010 Pearl Street ~ Northampton, MA

Set One: Can't Stand Still, Spiral, Columbus Stockade*, Voices*, Radar Blip, The Beltless Buckler > I'm Deranged > Dig Further Down

Set Two: What Things Seem, Fire From A Stick, Crumblin' Bones > Time (The Revelator) > Hap Nappy >,La La La, Cities, Be Good And You'll Be Lonely, Traveled Too Far

Encore: Swamp Music

Show Notes:

* with Mark Mercier on keyboards/vocals

Read Scott Murawski's blog for his thoughts on the show at Pearl Street:

The whole night went really well for me and the second set included one of my favorites, Gillian Welch’s “Time (The Revelator).” I love this one because it’s a ballad with great vocal harmonies, a haunting lead vocal and a deep guitar solo in the middle.

The jams were off the hook all night as well. The time bending stuff we worked on at rehearsal was obviously helping us to shake it up and we took the music into unexplored territory yet again.
Check out these great photos taken from this show by Scott Bernstein

Download Torrent: Mike Gordon, Pearl Street, Northampton, MA 3/13/2010 TLM170 flac16 (Recorded, Mastered, and Tracked by Scott Bernstein)

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