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Dicks3 Recap: FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

Posted Sep 01, 2014 3:49 pm by lumpblockclod - 39 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/5404c914

Last night Phish closed their fourth consecutive Labor Day run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park outside of Denver. In that relatively short period of time, the band has done more than just play twelve mostly above average shows at the otherwise soulless soccer stadium; they've created a new tradition. New Years Eve and Halloween will likely always be the two most hallowed days on the Phish calendar, but pencil in the Dick's run right below those. Fans are on notice, if they weren't already, that this isn't just another three-show run. Miss these shows at your peril, because it's no longer coincidence that Phish delivers outstanding shows at Dick's.

After two great shows to open the run, we knew we were going to be pouring from the proverbial gravy boat all night. Even a run of the mill show couldn't really tarnish either the run or the Dick's legacy, but the band made it clear with a cleanly played "Curtain With" opener, that there would be no need to entertain those possibilities. It's always good times when the boys take the stage looking for fun and a playful "Wombat" declared those intentions. Straight forward versions of "Kill Devil Falls," "Bouncing" and "Poor Heart" continued to show the band in good form, even if they didn't offer groundbreaking improvisation. "ASIHTOS" (aka "Assy Toes") provided the first, albeit brief, glimpse of deep improv. "Lawn Boy" let everyone catch their breath before jumping right back into the deep end with a stellar "Wolfman's Brother." Rather than proceed directly to the swampy funk peak as many versions tend to do, this "Wolfman's" took its time, hitting several slinky grooves along the way. Don't miss this one.

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2014 Dick's #2 - In a Hole

Posted Aug 31, 2014 3:44 pm by phishnet - 6 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/54037b6e

[We’d like to welcome guest blogger Tanya Sperry for today’s recap - PZ]

Saturday night is the sweet spot of Phish’s 3-day Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s. With Friday’s anticipation out of the way and Monday’s post-weekend let down in the distant future, we were primed to enjoy some middle show bliss. Plus, it was one of those beautiful Denver Saturdays whose giant blue skies mocked sleeping in and inspired at least some hang time in the sun, if not a hike in the foothills or a stroll to a farmer’s market.

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Photo by Andy Man, © Phish, Phish From the Road

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2014 Dick's #1 - Bucket of Laughs

Posted Aug 30, 2014 4:00 pm by pzerbo - 0 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/54022dc3

Our usually devoted recap team on site is still in recovery mode from the fun last night at Dick's. We'll be providing your regular recap coverage in a more reflective mode, when time allows us to give last night's show the proper treatment it deserves. In the interim, we invite you to catch up on the gig over at our friends at JamBase, and enjoy some photos from the gig. Whether watching at home or here on site, we wish everyone a great show tonight!

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Photo © Paul Citone

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Denver Vinyasa between Dicks' 2&3

Posted Aug 29, 2014 3:06 pm by Lemuria - 2 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/5400cf3e

If you're attending the Dick's shows this weekend in Denver, think ahead to Sunday afternoon. You've raged two nights, and you've had two mornings sleeping in, emerging for some variety of breakfast beverage, and following that somewhat later by an impressive tour lunch. But you have another show to go, so now's the time to revive and rejunevate, building your stamina and rebuilding your focus, while helping fund music education for children.

From 1:30 to 3pm, on Sunday August 31, Tracy Stoneker and Brooke Carlson will be leading another session of Surrender to the Flow, yoga accompanied by Phish recordings. All proceeds benefit the Mockingbird Foundation and Street Yoga. Sign up at www.surrendertotheflowyoga.com/register. And breeeeathe....

Ranking the Jams of Summer

Posted Aug 27, 2014 7:00 am by jwelsh8 - 53 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/53fd556c

With Dick's mere days ahead, we thought we'd give the pot a little stir and provoke some discussion around the finest jams of summer tour proper.

There's an embarrassment of riches to pick from -- from the varied meanderings of the "Randalls Chalk Dust" to the dad-rock majesty of the Northerly "Wedge" to the trifecta of jamming "Fuegos" -- and we encourage you to rank 'em up below the fold and discuss in the comments. We've started you out with the staff's top ten, but please feel free to add your own favorites so people can vote those up as well. Enjoy!

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Mystery Jam Monday Part 183

Posted Aug 25, 2014 1:35 pm by bl002e - 26 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/53fb73c4, posted in the Audio category (1402 listens)

Welcome to the 183rd episode of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday. The winner will receive an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery jam clip. Each person gets one guess per day, with the second “day” starting after I post the hint. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. Good luck!

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Coventry: Ten Years Later

Posted Aug 14, 2014 12:01 am by Icculus - 86 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/53eb6eab

It was ten years ago, on August 14, 2004, when Phish began one of the most anticipated and emotionally-charged concerts of their career. The very word “Coventry” is a deeply meaningful, if not painful, trigger among fans, given the festival's extraordinary and tragic circumstances. Coventry’s music is full of staggering contradictions, in that it is at times ponderous and exciting, dour and joyful, miserable and soul-expanding. The art of Coventry is revisited here not only in honor of its 10th Anniversary, but also out of love for Phish and their music, warts and all.

In the event you don’t know the background of Phish’s shows in Coventry, here’s the short version: The shows were billed as the last shows that Phish would play. Ever.

Take a moment to breathe that in.

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