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Twiddle's Zdenek Gubb Discusses Songwriting, Southeast Tour, & More September 26, 2018 12:43

Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Photos by Denis Semenyaka

With 12 years of relentless touring behind them, Vermont-based rock band Twiddle has built an impressive resume spanning Red Rocks to Bonnaroo, and multiple sellouts of historic rock venues including Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre, and Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. And with the second half of the band’s third studio album, PLUMP, on the horizon, the band’s career continues to catapult forward. Buoyed by the generous support of 359 Kickstarter donors, the 27-song album does more than showcase the group’s beautiful music, but also tells an important story, comprised in PLUMP Chapters 1 & 2. We recently caught up with Twiddle's Zdenek Gubb (bass) to discuss songwriting, characters, future recording plans, and much more. 

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Twiddle has been officially rockin' for twelve years now. When exactly did you join the band, and how did that all come together? 

Zdenek: I'll give it to you from my perspective. I was actually introduced to the band by a couple of friends when I was a junior in high school. My friends were like, "Hey, you look like the bass player from this band," and they were actually a really great band. I decided to check them out, and I fell in love with the music. I slowly met the guys, and a year later, when I was halfway through my senior year of high school, they asked me to join the band. 

It worked out perfectly, in the sense that it felt like old friends coming back together, even though we didn't know each other that well. So before all of that, I was sneaking out of my parents house and trying to get into shows that were 21 and up, and I was only 17. I've been doing it ever since, and it's been a slow build and an awesome journey of discovery between ourselves. Developing these relationships with the band and people around us has been special. 

I did not realize that. So you jumped in straight out of high school?

Zdenek: Yeah. You could say that I was lucky in the sense that I got injured really badly playing football. I would have had to continue doing that, but because of my injury, I had to stop doing that all together. That made it so when they called me, somehow I had the time to actually make it happen, and it worked out.

That's pretty wild man. Very cool. How do you guys go about the songwriting process?  Any particular pattern or structure over the years?

Zdenek: Well, it's been different through the years, but originally it was a lot of lyrics written by Mihali (Savoulidis). He would bring the song to us, almost completely finished, and we have proceeded to write our own parts to all of the songs. That goes for everybody. We'll bring together a song, the lyrics, and everybody writes their own parts. I've had a couple of songs where I would actually write all of the parts and have to perform it. The thing that makes it unique is that we all get to do our own part and create something individually. That's what makes the music special, because we're all from different backgrounds. 

That's how we did it originally, but now, we're starting to do it more cohesively and writing the parts all together. For example, "Orlando's," you had three of us writing our own parts and then smashing it all together to see what it sounds like. It worked out to be the sort of epic tune that we all had a big part in. 

That leads perfectly into my next question. I've always loved the various characters involved in your music. Frankenfoote and the Jamflowman come to mind. Both are revisited in "Orlando's," along with references to several other tunes. Is this a story that you're continuing to develop?

Zdenek: That would be really cool. It's definitely something we've thought about. As the years have gone by, more and more characters come into fruition and turned into songs. It was just an idea we had to not only bring those characters together, but it made since that it would be at a bar. 

We used our ability of writing it together, so that it's not just written by one person, but all of the pieces of ourselves put together into it. It actually feels like it is everyone being put together. I can't say that there is some grand scheme of something bigger than this, but that sounds like a pretty cool idea. Maybe in a year from now we'll do something bigger.

Last year marked the release of Plump Chapter 2, while Chapter 1 was released back in 2015. What was the strategy with this body of work as opposed to your previous albums?

Zdenek: Well, the general strategy was that we were going to put out a double disc, immediately (laughs). In the time that we put out Plump 1, that's the amount of time we were hoping to have put out the entire thing. It wasn't going to be a Chapter 1 or 2. We just didn't have the time, and we had all of this music that we wanted to put out. 

We had to break it into two parts, and that's just how it went. Luckily, everyone was patient and thankful enough that we took our time on it. I think that was really important. Chapter 2 is only as good as it is because we took the time to focus on it. 

Anything you can share regarding future recordings / releases?

Zdenek: Some people have asked about a Chapter 3. I don't think it's going to be a trilogy, but I would like to do more double disc albums. I guess the only thing I can say is that after the experience of Chapter 1 and 2, we realized that there is a whole other spectrum of genre, sound, and music that we can go into. I guess all I can say is that people should be excited to hear something new and different. We aren't going to go too far from the path we're on, but we're definitely putting out some new, unique stuff. 

The stages, venues, and festival spots are continuing to get bigger. What do you guys do to stay grounded, focused, and motivated to keep building on this success?

Zdenek: You know...hmm...it's tough to answer that because I don't think we've ever even thought about it. We keep ourselves grounded by little things like playing Super Nintendo on the bus and keeping things chill. We don't think of ourselves like...how should I put this? Just continue to play like the underdog and work on yourselves. We're almost playing to the sense of never thinking that we're as good as we really want to be. So, that kind of grounds us in the sense of striving to get better and better. It's never a thought of  "Man, we're the shit!" It's more like, "Man, we sound like shit! Let's get better." 

That's the right attitude. With success comes positive attention, as well as critics. I think it's important not to get too tied up with either side. 

Zdenek: True, but it's always good to have your ear to the ground and respect that come of those criticisms has a little bit of knowledge that you can learn from. So, we don't ignore all of the criticisms, but you have to take everything with a grain of salt. 

Absolutely. So more specifically, the band is back in the southeast for the first time in a while. How has this run treated you guy thus far? Have you felt the southern hospitality?

Zdenek: Everybody has been really cool. The shows have been great down here. The numbers have been great. It's our first time ever doing five shows in a row down here in Florida. It was great. The only thing I have to say is damn was it hot! Sweating so much. That was brutal. Everyone was nice enough that they still wanted to give you a hug when you got off stage and you're soaking wet. 

It's been absolutely brutal down here this summer. We're all anxiously awaiting for it to cool down in Alabama. 

Zdenek: Oh yeah? Are you going to be in Birmingham?

Yeah. I'm planning on driving over on Saturday. 

Zdenek: Dude...I am pumped about that show. Last time we played Birmingham was one of my favorite shows we've ever done. The whole group felt that way too. There was just something about it. We're pumped. It's gonna be something special.

There is a really great music scene in Birmingham right now. I've only been to this venue (Saturn) twice, but it's a really unique, intimate spot. 

Zdenek: That's another nice thing. You mentioned us playing bigger shows. The nice thing about us doing this run down south. For me, it's just really fun. With the big shows, there is some pressure. Not too much pressure. It's exciting, but to go back and do these smaller shows really reminds you where you came from and how fun it's been. 

Love hearing that. Before we wrap up, the calendar is stacked through the end of the year. What's the latest news, and what can fans expect from you guys in the coming months?

Zdenek: It will be our first time playing House of Blues in Boston, so I'm really excited about that for New Year's. We just booked Halloween. Have you heard what it is?

I have not. What's the word?

Zdenek: We're announcing on Wednesday that we're playing as 'Phiddle" with Phil Lesh at The Capitol Theatre's 'Phil-O-Ween'. 

Wow. I've loved seeing the recent collaborations with Phil. 

Zdenek: That's gonna be something special. I'm really excited about it. Aside from that, we're busy with shows, but we're really excited to start working on the next album. There's already some new material out there, and that's what we're really focused on and excited about. 

Watch Twiddle's official recap from Red Rocks 2018 here:


Phish Confirms New Year's Run at Madison Square Garden September 25, 2018 12:13

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Photo via AZN Pics
Press Release via Phish.com
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 Phish will be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year at Madison Square Garden in New York with a four-night run beginning Friday, December 28th through Monday, December 31st. This will bring the band’s total plays at the Garden to 60.
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A ticket request period is now underway attickets.phish.com (ending Monday Oct 8 at 10AM ET). Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 12 at Noon ET atticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 866-858-0008.
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Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the New Year’s Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to the WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale Friday, September 28 at at Noon ET a tbit.ly/PhishNYE18_TP.
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Watch Phish perform "Soul Planet" on New Year's Eve 2017 here:
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Phish Announces Free Webcast in Raleigh on Friday August 08, 2018 12:41

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Photo by Nicholas Lintz
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If you're looking to catch a Phish show this weekend but can't make it to North Carolina or Maryland, we've got great news. The band just confirmed a free webcast this Friday, August 10th at 7PM EDT from Phish's show at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC. Tune-in to the FREE webcast at webcast.livephish.com.
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The band will continue to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday - Sunday (8/11 - 8/12) before heading up to Watkins Glen International Speedway for their Curveball festival the following weekend (8/17 - 8/19). For those wondering how the band is sounding this summer, go ahead and check out the HD video of "Bathtub Gin > You Sexy Thing Reprise" from Atlanta on Sunday night below!
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Watch "Bathtub Gin > You Sexy Thing Reprise" here:
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Phish Announces Free Webcast For Wednesday In San Francisco July 24, 2018 15:40

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Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo
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Phish's summer tour is officially in full force, as the band has just wrapped up its initial multi-night runs at Lake Tahoe and The Gorge. The band is five shows into the tour, and they've already clocked in 90 different songs without a single repeat. Do we expect that trend to continue much longer? Probably not. Regardless, it's refreshing to continue to see their creative approach after the magic of The Baker's Dozen last summer. 
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If you can't make it to San Francisco on Wednesday night, you're in luck. Phish will offer a free webcast tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30PM PDT / 10:30PM EDT for the second night of their Bill Graham Civic Auditorium run. Tune-in to the free webcast at webcast.livephish.com.
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Phish Announces 14-Date Fall Tour, Halloween in Vegas May 15, 2018 13:39

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Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo
Press Release via Phish.com
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Phish will hit the road in October for a 14-date Fall Tour beginning October 16 with two nights in Albany, NY and concluding with a four-night Halloween Run (beginning October 31) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The tour also includes three-night stands in Chicago, IL, Hampton, VA and two nights in Nashville, TN.

A limited number of tickets are available now at tickets.phish.com through Tuesday, May 29 at 9AM ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning June 1 and continuing through June 2. For more info, visit phish.com.

10/16 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
10/17 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
10/19 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
10/20 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
10/21 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
10/23 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
10/24 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
10/26 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
10/27 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
10/28 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
10/31 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
11/01 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
11/02 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
11/03 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages (which include hotel & tickets) for Hampton, Chicago and the Halloween Run. Travel Packages go on sale Thursday, May 31 at Noon local time. Full details available at cidentertainment.com/events/phish/.


Trey Anastasio Trio To Play Atlanta's Terminal West On April 29th April 02, 2018 11:49

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is currently preparing for this month's run of shows, and it appears that an additional performance in Atlanta is now official. It was announced last week they Trey would be performing these shows as a trio, after the recent news that TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Today's announcement confirms that the Trey Anastasio Trio will also be performing Atlanta's Terminal West on Sunday, April 29th as a benefit for the WaterWheel Cancer Fund. Tickets on sale this Friday April 6th at noon. See below for a complete list of this month's TAB trio shows.

Trey Anastasio Trio - April 2018 Tour Dates

April 17th: House of Blues - Cleveland, OH

April 18th: 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI

April 20th - 21st: Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL

April 24th: Iron City Bham - Birmingham, AL

April 26th - 28th: Civic Theatre - New Orleans, LA

April 29th: Terminal West - Atlanta, GA


Phish Confirms 11th Weekend Festival Known As 'Curveball' February 26, 2018 14:22


Press Release via Phish.com

Phish’s eleventh festival and the first to be named Curveball, will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Curveball continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August of 1996.

Tickets for Curveball go on sale Friday, March 2nd at Noon ET. Tickets will allow individuals to access the camping areas, however every vehicle entering the festival site will require a separate camping vehicle passThese passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling. All Glen Close camping and on-site accommodation packages include a vehicle pass. Details about Weekend passescampingon-site accommodations, and travel packages are available on this site.

Head over to curveball.phish.com for further details!


Phish Confirms 2018 Summer Tour Dates January 23, 2018 13:18

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Press release via Phish.com
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Phish’s 2018 Summer Tour begins with two performances in Stateline, NV, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys on July 17 and 18, and culminates with the band’s traditional summer ending shows in September at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

An online ticket request period is currently underway at tickets.phish.com and will end Monday, February 5th at 10:00 am ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning February 8th. Full ticketing details are here.

SUMMER 2018 TOUR DATES

7/17 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, NV
7/18 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, NV
7/20 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
7/21 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
7/22 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
7/24 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
7/25 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
7/27 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
7/28 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
7/31 – Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
8/03 – Verizon Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
8/04 – Verizon Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
8/05 – Verizon Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
8/07 – BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
8/08 – BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
8/10 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
8/11 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
8/12 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

8/31 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9/01 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9/02 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO


Runaway Gin Announces 21-Date 'Winter Melts' Tour January 17, 2018 10:16

Photo by Ellison White Photography

On the heels of a busy 2017 Runaway Gin - a Tribute to Phish, the world's most active Phish Tribute (w/ 260 shows performed) announces a twenty-one date 'Winter Melts' Tour which includes debut performances in in Orlando, FL and Chattanooga, TN, returns to Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Augusta, GA, Athens, GA, and Charlottesville, VA, a 420 Block Party headlining slot in Roanoke, VA, and a 2-night run in their hometown at the Charleston Pour House. Runaway Gin also celebrates their 4 anniversary on January 19th, the first date of this tour. 

Here is a full listing of shows for Runaway Gin's Winter Melts 2018 Tour:
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Friday, January 19th - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
Saturday, January 20th - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Friday, January 26th - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC* 
Saturday, January 27th - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
Friday, February 2nd - Shaka's Live - VA Beach, VA
Saturday, February 3rd - the 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
Friday, February 16th - the Social - Orlando, FL
Saturday, February 17th - Crowbar - Ybor City, FL
Saturday, March 10th - the Firmament - Greenville, SC
Friday, March 16th - Visulite Theater - Charlotte, NC
Thursday March 29th - the Foundry - Athens, GA
Friday, March 30th - Salvage Station - Asheville, NC
Saturday, March 31st - Workplay Theater - Birmingham, AL
Friday, April 6th - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
Saturday, April 7th - the Broadberry - Richmond, VA
Friday, April 20th - Martin's 420 Block Party - Roanoke, VA
Saturday, April 21st - the Southern - Charlottesville, VA
Friday, May 11th - Union Stage - Washington, DC
Saturday, May 12th - Ardmore Music Hall - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, May 18th - Sky City - Augusta, GA
Saturday, May 19th - Revelry Room - Chattanooga, TN
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*Special Concept Show "We've got Saxophone"
Attached are photo and tour banner.
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For tour dates, videos and live recordings visit Runaway Gin's website here complete with videos, posters, photos, and setlists.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runawaygin
Twitter and Instagram: @runaway_gin
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Watch Runaway Gin perform "Carini" here:
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Phish Confirms Webcasts For Upcoming New Year's Run December 20, 2017 14:31

Veteran jam rock band Phish has confirmed that all four nights of the band's upcoming New Year's run at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast in full 1080p HD.  Each of the four shows (12/28 - 12/31) can be purchased individually or as a group bundle via LivePhish.com.  If you've never experienced an evening of Phish "couch tour", it's something we highly recommend.  The band offers an experience like no other from the comfort of your own home, with live multi-angle HD footage and soundboard audio.  Considering this band's traditions for unpredictable, unique "gags" on New Year's Eve (see video below), this is should be another exciting run to say the least.

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Watch Phish perform "Petrichor" > "Auld Lang Syne" > "Suzy Greenberg" on 12.31.16 here:


American Beauty Confirms Shows Surrounding Phish New Year's Run October 03, 2017 15:40

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American Beauty NYC will once again become the headquarters for pre and post show fun when Phish return to New York’s Madison Square Garden on Dec. 28-31, 2017. In addition to ticketed concerts, the bar/concert venue (located one block south of MSG) will also stream the Phish concerts across multiple projectors and host Grateful Dead DJs in the upstairs Jerry Lounge for free.
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American Beauty NYC is thrilled to announce a full schedule of events and bands who will perform before and after each Phish concert at MSG throughout their New Year’s Eve residency. Artists include Kung Fu [originals + Steely Dan], Particle, The Werks, Electric Love Machine, Half Step (Grateful Dead tribute), Teddy Midnight, and many more. PhanArt will be doing another full-venue takeover on Friday, Dec 30th with a performance from local favorites, Polyvamp.
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The venue will open at 3pm daily. Fans can grab their signature FREE personal thin-crust pizza with a unique selection of craft beers on tap and phan favorite cocktails. A recap video of the nonstop fun and festivities that took place at American Beauty during the Baker’s Dozen MSG over the summer can be watched here.
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Daily/Nightly Schedule:
12/28 Pre-Show: Uncle Stump + Teddy Midnight [FREE]
12/28 Post-Show: Very Special Guests TBA
12/29 Pre-Show: PhanArt [FREE]
12/29 Post-Show: Particle
12/30 Pre-Show: Half Step (Grateful Dead tribute) [FREE]
12/30 Post-Show: The Werks
12/31 Pre-Show: Electric Love Machine [FREE]
12/31 Post-Show: Kung Fu (Originals + Steely Dan covers)
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Tickets are on sale now at www.AmericanBeautyNYC.com/Phish

Follow American Beauty NYC: 
http://americanbeautynyc.com/

Watch Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, & Joe Russo Play "YEM" In 2005 September 20, 2017 22:40

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Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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Back in 2005, the wildly innovative Benevento/Russo Duo, consisting of Marco Benevento (organ/keys) and Joe Russo (drums) linked up with Phish bassist Mike Gordon for quite a few shows and festival appearances. Some might even say that Gordo became an unofficial member of the group. Many will remember the trio's 53-minute rendition of Phish's "Foam" from The Georgia Theatre in Athens, which can be watched in full below. The trio would eventually link up with Phish's Trey Anastasio for a 2006 summer tour, which served as the first time Trey & Mike had toured together since Phish's break-up in 2004.  
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For those familiar with the massive Phish catalog, I think we can all agree that "You Enjoy Myself" sits amongst the most highly coveted, choice nugs. With what seems to be an ever-growing selection of Phish tribute acts (and some damn good ones, at that), many of the Phish faithful have had the chance to see others perform the monster original Phish composition. But have you seen it performed without anyone on lead guitar?
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Whether or not you knew much about Benevento and Russo back in 2005, you're hopefully aware of where these guys are today with their respective solo projects and of course, Joe Russo's Almost Dead. Funny how other guests of the duo included future JRAD members Dave Dreiwitz and Scott Metzger. Anyhow, Gordon teamed up with The Duo for one hell of a New Year's Eve show at the Culture Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2005. Much to the crowd's delight, the trio busted out "You Enjoy Myself" without anyone on lead guitar or vocals, and it's some pretty mind blowing stuff.  Watch the performance in full below, and make sure you don't miss that "Fluffhead" tease that sneaks in right around the 5:54 mark.
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While it's a rare occasion these days, you'll be able to catch Benevento/Russo Duo performing at Suwannee Hulaween in October. Mike Gordon is also on the lineup. Who knows what could happen?
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Watch The Duo + Mike Gordon performing You Enjoy Myself here:
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Watch the The Duo + Mike Gordon's 53-minute "Foam" from Athens, GA here:
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Phish Confirms Four-Night New Year's Run At Madison Square Garden September 20, 2017 13:16

Photo + Press Release via Phish.com

Phish announce their long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four-night run beginning Thursday, December 28th through Sunday, December 31st. This will bring the band's total plays at the Garden to 56.

An online ticket request period is now underway at http://tickets.phish.com  (ending Monday, October 2 at 10AM ET). Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 6 at Noon ET at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 866-858-0008.

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the New Year’s Run (which include hotel and tickets). Phish will be donating their proceeds of these travel packages to the WaterWheel Foundation. Travel Packages go on sale Friday 9/22 at Noon ET at bit.ly/PhishNYE17_TP.

Stay tuned for future updates surrounding Phish's 2017 New Year's run!

Official announcement video via Phish on Facebook:


Runaway Gin Announces Mystery Themed Donut Show With Federal Donuts September 20, 2017 12:53

 

Photo by Jason Herman

On the heels of a incredibly successful run of shows through the Southeast and their 250th show Runaway Gin - a Tribute to Phish, the world's most active Phish Tribute announces that they will team up with Federal Donuts (who was behind the Baker's Dozen donuts for Phish for their 13 night Madison Square Garden run) to bring a special mystery donut themed show to the South Bowl in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 14th. There are a limited number of tickets to this show and each audience member will receive a complimentary show donut at the door while supplies last so it is highly recommended to grab tickets in advance to avoid being shut out and empty bellied. Click here to purchase tickets!

Runaway Gin has also just released full video from their second visit to the 8x10 in Baltimore, MD from this past Saturday. See below for the complete setlist, as well as complete video footage of both the first and second set. Make sure you don't miss the 'rotation jam' during the wild take on "The Squirming Coil" which closed out the first set.

For tour dates, videos and live recordings visit Runaway Gin's website here complete with videos, posters, photos, and setlists and make sure to follow the band's official Facebook page.

Setlist: Runaway Gin - Baltimore, MD - 09.16.17

Set I: Blaze On, the Curtain (with), Free, the Wedge > Wilson > NICU, Rock and Roll -> the Squirming Coil*
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Set II: Punch You in the Eye > Bathtub Gin^, Mike's Song > Ghost -> Brickhouse -> Ghost > Weekapaug Groove, Loving Cup > Twist -> Light -> Manteca** -> the Divided Sky 
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Encore: Roses are Free
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*w/ rotation jam ^w/ "Rock and Roll" quotes **w/ vocal jam
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Watch Set 1 here:
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Watch Phish's Monster "Carini" From Dick's Sporting Goods Park September 06, 2017 12:27

After another successful Labor Day celebration in Colorado, Phish has its fans sitting and waiting for details on a potential New Year's run. Will the band go for 17 in 17 at Madison Square Garden?  Will they head to California for their first ever West Coast NYE run? Only time will tell.  In the meantime, the band has shared HD footage from night one at Dick's, when a 20-minute plus "Carini" highlighted easily one of the band's hottest sets of 2017. Watch the video in full below, and stay tuned for all of the latest Phish updates!

Watch Phish jam on "Carini" at Dick's Sporting Goods Park here:

Setlist: Phish - Dick's Night 1 - 09.01.17 (via Phish.net)

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Ghost contained NMINML teases and quotes.

Phish Will Release 'A Live One' On Vinyl August 31, 2017 16:33

Phish's best-known live compilation is coming to vinyl and is scheduled for release on October 27th. Bull Moose (via Melomaniacs) reports that the album will make its very first venture to vinyl after 22 years. The band's first ever live release took twelve tunes from Phish's 1994 summer and fall tours including notable versions of live staples like "You Enjoy Myself," "Tweezer," "Harry Hood" and "The Squirming Coil" as well as "Wilson," taken from the band's very first show at Madison Square Garden. Click here for details on placing your order in advance.

Stream the album in it's entirety here:


Phish Announces Webcasts For Labor Day Weekend At Dick's August 23, 2017 17:25

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Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photo
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Phish will continue its annual Labor Day Weekend tradition at Dick's Sporting Goods Park next weekend, and its easily the hottest ticket in town. While just about everyone seems to be on the hunt for extras, the band has announced that it will offer full HD webcasts of all three shows, including a free webcast on Sunday night via LivePhish.comPhish’s run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park spans from September 1st – 3rd. The free webcast will be viewable via Phish’s Facebook page, Twitter or YouTube channel as well as LivePhish.com, where you can also find your various options for steaming the Friday and Saturday night shows.
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Watch Phish's Jam-Filled "Lawn Boy" From The Baker's Dozen July 27, 2017 16:03

 

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past week, you have most likely observed the excitement surrounding Phish's 13-night run at Madison Square Garden. Cleverly dubbed 'The Baker's Dozen', this run of shows has certainly satisfied the rabid Phish community thus far. With five shows down and eight to go, the band shows no sign of repeating a song; making way for many unexpected covers, debuts, and some wildly entertaining improvisation.

On Tuesday night, the theme (or 'flavor') was 'jam-filled', and the band wasted no time showing us why. The "Sample In A Jar" opener went places it normally wouldn't, but the "Lawn Boy" that followed would be the biggest surprise of the night. As soon as Page McConnell (keys/vocals) brought out the keytar, it was clear that this was no ordinary "Lawn Boy." The next 25-minutes was a total whirlwind, with the song ultimately clocking in right at 30 minutes. Check out the full, pro-shot video footage below, and stay tuned for more updates from The Baker's Dozen.

Watch Phish's 30-minute "Lawn Boy" here

Phish - New York, NY - 07.25.17

Set 1Sample in a JarLawn Boy [1] > My Friend, My Friend[2] > StashBathtub Gin

Set 2Fuego > Thread > Crosseyed and Painless > Makisupa Policeman -> End of Session[3] > Tuesday > Cavern

EncoreJulius > Lawn Boy


Watch Phish Perform "Mr. Completely" For The First Time Since 2003 July 21, 2017 16:23

Phish's summer tour is off to a hot start, with five shows underway and the first night of the highly anticipated 'Baker's Dozen' run starting tonight. After three shows at Northerly Island in Chicago, the band made stops in both Dayton and Pittsburgh this week, with a lot of surprises and the expected variety of highlights. Pittsburgh's second set got particularly interesting as the band made a rather ambient transition from "Punch You In The Eye" into "Mr. Completely," a well known Trey Anastasio Band tune which hadn't been played by Phish since July 15th, 2003. Check out the full setlist from Pittsburgh below, as well as pro-shot footage of "Mr. Completely" released by Phish.

Phish - Pittsburgh, PA - 07.19.2017 (via Phish.net)

Set 1My SoulNICUHalley's Comet > UndermindDivided SkyMarissa[1]Home > Prince Caspian

Set 2Punch You In the Eye > Mr. Completely > Mercury -> Come Together[1]ContactAxilla > Steam > Backwards Down the Number Line

ENCOREThings People DoBug > Rocky Top

Watch Phish perform "Mr. Completely" here:


American Beauty Has Your Phish 'Baker's Dozen' Parties Covered July 21, 2017 16:07

Photo by Capacity Images

As we all gear up for Phish's 'Baker's Dozen' run at Madison Square Garden, it's essential to know of your best options for both before and after the shows. While the options are nearly endless in New York City, very few will offer the convenience and caliber of talent that American Beauty has line up. First off, the multi-room venue is literally one block away from The Garden. More importantly, you will be setting yourself up to catch a variety of established national acts, as well as many of the hottest up-and-comers from across the country. Oh yeah, they serve a slice of free pizza with every drink purchased.

Their line-up of bands is impressive, and includes scene favorites like The WerksElectric BeethovenZach Deputylespecial, as well as rising bands like West End Blend, 13-year old Brandon “Taz” Niederauer’s bandMister FAtlas Road Crew, Maradeen. Plus there will be special one-night only collaborations of amazing musicians such as the J-Dilla tribute featuring Borham Lee (Break Science), Daru Jones (Jack White), Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Nate Edgar (Nth Power) & other very special guests.
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In addition to the amazing line-up of shows, American Beauty has unique and fun activities planned for the entire 13 night run:   

  • The Jerry Lounge -- a hang out space on the second floor, designed to replicate the lot scene from outdoor Phish shows. Entry is free, and the lounge will feature vendors curated by PhanArt, a Grateful Dead DJ, grilled cheese, and other entertainment.
  • Free personal pizza served with each drink purchased, and an affordable and diverse craft beer & cocktail selection that’s otherwise impossible to find in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Phish and Grateful Dead Trivia Night --  held on the two off-night Mondays (7/24 & 7/31), the jam band trivia is especially perfect for out-of-town Phriends in NYC for the run and looking for affordable and fun things to do.
  • Grateful Dead Related Shows & Jerry’s Birthday Celebration Shows -- A number of post and pre shows will focus on the Grateful Dead’s music, and all shows on August 1st will celebrate the life of Jerry Garcia. (Full details below).  

Named after the Grateful Dead’s 1970 studio album, American Beauty has made a serious connection with the jam band community over the fourteen months it’s been open. The bands booked for the pre & post show run resonate with the scene, and with the venue’s proximity to Madison Square Garden, affordability, and general chill vibe -- oh and free pizza! -- it’s a refuge in Midtown for fans looking for something to do before and after Phish. 

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American Beauty Show Schedule:
7/21 After-Party: The Werks
7/22 After-Party: The Werks
7/23 Pre-Party: Polyvamp & Dorsia
7/23 After-Party: West End Blend & DJ Logic
7/25 Pre-Party: The Mallet Brothers Band
7/25 After-Party: John Kadlecik Band
7/26 Pre-Party: Escaper
7/26 After-Party: John Kadlecik Band
7/28 Pre-Party: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band
7/28 After-Party: Big Mean Sound Machine
7/29 Pre-Party: PhanArt art show with Space Carnival
7/29 After-Party: J-Dilla Tribute ft. Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band), Daru Jones (Jack White), Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Nate Edgar (Nth Power) & Very Special Guests
7/30 Pre-Party: Wig & Bee
7/30 After-Party: ShwiKus Play P-Funk  (downstairs)
7/30 After-Party: lespecial (upstairs)
8/1  Pre-Party: Jerry’s Birthday Jam: Half Step
8/1 After-Party: Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven - Celebrate Jerry’s Birthday
8/2 Pre-Party: Mister F & Of Clocks and Clouds
8/2 After-Party: Zach Deputy
8/4 Pre-Party: Maradeen
8/4 After-Party: Atlas Road Crew
8/5 Pre-Party: Yellow Dubmarine
8/5 After-Party: Midnight Bluegrass (Members of Yonder Mountain + more)
8/6 Pre-Party: Grateful Dead Pizza Party with Steve Urban, Josh Kates, Ray Kairy & more
8/6 After-Party: Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven

All Pre-Parties are 3pm Doors, 4pm Show
All Post-Parties are 11:30 Doors, 11:55 Show
For additional announcements, check www.americanbeautynyc.com

Watch Phish's Show In Dayton Tonight For Free July 18, 2017 14:31

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Phish kicked off its summer 'tour' this weekend with a big three-night run at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (Chicago), and the fun continues this week with shows in both Dayton and Pittsburgh. These two shows will lead into the band's big 13-night 'Baker's Dozen' run at Madison Square Garden, which kicks off on Friday night.

LivePhish.com will host a free webcast of Tuesday night’s show live from Dayton. The webcast can be viewed via YouTube or in the embed below. Phish last played the venue on December 7, 1997 – a concert that ranks among the best in the band’s history. Showtime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Head over to LivePhish.com for all of your options on purchasing webcasts for all 13 nights of the Baker's Dozen.

Watch Phish's free webcast from Dayton (OH) here:


13 Years Ago: Phish Performs Atop The Ed Sullivan Theater Marquee June 21, 2017 14:53

Today we are looking back on one of the most unique performances we can recall, which was also 13 years ago to the day.  On June 21st (2004), Phish played on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater's second-floor marquee at West 53rd Street and Broadway. This performance came just four weeks after frontman Trey Anastasio had announced that the band would be breaking up permanently following the now infamous Coventry shows. The soundcheck earlier that day included an instrumental jam similar to "Quantegy." The first "Scents and Subtle Sounds" was taped for The Late Show with David Letterman and aired that night. Then Phish waited as Paul Shaffer and his band (from inside the theater) played an instrumental version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The remainder of Phish's performance was for the benefit of a few hundred fans assembled on the sidewalk across the street. Neither version of "Scents" contained the intro. This version of 2001 contained only one “verse.”

Setlist: Scents and Subtle Sounds[1], Scents and Subtle Sounds[1], Also Sprach Zarathustra, Wilson > Chalk Dust Torture > Tweezer > Tweezer Reprise

Watch pro-shot footage of the entire performance here:

 


Runaway Gin: A Tribute To Phish Announces Fall Tour Dates June 21, 2017 13:16

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On the heels of a busy Spring tour Runaway Gin - a Tribute to Phish, the world's most active Phish Tribute (w/ 245 shows performed) announces an eleven date Fall Tour which includes debuts in Philadelphia, PA, and Charlottesville, VA, as well as their first headlining dates at the legendary Georgia Theater, and Terminal West (Atlanta, GA). This Spring saw Runaway Gin delight phans up and down the East Coast and beyond with their dazzling setlist composition and unique jams that are novel to even the most jaded Phish veterans. 
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Full listing of Runaway Gin's Phall 2017 Tour:
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Friday, August 18th - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
Saturday, August 19th - Georgia Theater - Athens, GA
Friday, August 25th - Salvage Station - Asheville, NC
Friday, September 15th - the Broadberry - Richmond, VA
Saturday. September 16th - the 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
Saturday. September 30th - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
Thursday. October 12th - the Southern - Charlottesville, VA
Friday, October 13th - Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
Saturday, October 14th - South Bowl - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, October 27th - Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC
Saturday, October 28th - Calico Room - Wilmington, NC
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Here are a few standout shows from this spring:
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6/17/2017 Martin's Downtown - Roanoke, VA
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Set I: Tube, the Curtain (with), Stash*, Limb by Limb, Bathtub Gin > Maze, Free > Good Times Bad Times
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Set II: Harry Hood -> Twist -> Roses are Free-> Twist > Mike's Song > Boogie On Reggae Woman**-> Weekapaug Groove^ -> Harry Hood
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E: Cities -> Weekapaug Groove
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*w/ "Boys of Summer" tease ^w/ "What's the Use" tease **w/ "Streets of Cairo" tease
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6/16/2017 Shaka's Live - Virginia Beach, VA
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Set 1: Llama* > the Wedge, the Curtain (with), Wolfman's Brother, You Enjoy Myself > NICU, Uncle Penn
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Set 2: Runaway Jim -> Buried Alive -> Tweezer -> Runaway Jim -> Carini -> Tweezer -> Cities -> Ghost -> Lizards, Meatstick > Tweezer Reprise
E: Reba
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*slow and funky
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6/2/2017 Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs, NY
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Set I: Possum, Moma Dance, You Enjoy Myself > First Tube, Stash, Reba, Good Times Bad Times
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Set II: Wolfman's Brother -> Twist -> Maze, Sanity > Carini -> Wolfman's Brother -> Roses are Free -> Tweezer > Twist -> Wolfmans Brother -> Twist > Tweezer Reprise
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E: Meatstick*
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*w/ Scott from Mister F on synth
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5/28/2017 Memorial Day Sunday Phunday - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
Set I: Free, the Curtain (with)*, Hunger Strike*, You Enjoy Myself > Sanity > Boogie On Reggae Woman -> Meatstick -> First Tube
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Set II: Black Hole Sun*, Twist -> Carini -> Fuego -> Twist^, Harpua -> Instant Karma* -> Harpua, Harry Hood**
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E: Reba, Punch You in the Eye > Good Times Bad Times
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*RG debut ^w/ "Black Hole Sun" teases **dedicated to Avital
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4/1/2017 April Phool's Day - Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC
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Set I: Cars Trucks Buses, Horn > Ya Mar, the Wedge > Fuego -> Roses are Free -> You Enjoy Myself* > Contact

Set II: Meat -> Crosseyed and Painless -> Twist, Harpua -> Roadhouse Blues -> Harpua > Ha Ha Ha^, Carini -> Good Times Bad Times, Golgi Apparatus
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E: War Pigs -> Sanity -> Slave to the Traffic Light^^
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*w/ "Tropical Hot Dog Night" quotes in vocal jam ^RG debut ^^w/ "Harpua" teases
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NOTE: All songs in set I reference cars and driving. In Harpua narrative little Jimmy grows up to become Jim Morrison and he brings Poster Nutbag to his show at the Hollywood Bowl. After the show Poster licks Jim's tongue and begins to hallucinate and ultimately jumps off the roof of the Hollywood Bowl thinking he can fly home in the rainstorm and dies.
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-For tour dates, videos and live recordings visit Runaway Gin's website here complete with videos, posters, photos, and setlists.
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Twitter and Instagram: @runaway_gin
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Watch Runaway Gin perform "Divided Sky" at American Beauty in NYC here:
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Watch Runaway Gin perform "Crosseyed & Painless" at American Beauty in NYC here:
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Holly Bowling Featured On Tom Marshall's 'Under The Scales' Podcast April 19, 2017 11:57

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Longtime Phish lyricist Tom Marshall has garnered much attention from the jam community in recent months with his new podcast, Under The Scales.  On the latest episode, Marshall sits down with renowned classical pianist Holly Bowling, who has become a household name in the jam/festival community in recent years for her piano interpretations of Phish and Grateful Dead tunes. According to Marshall, Holly Bowling stops by the studio to educate us musically — my piano has never sounded better!"  
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Specifics discussed in this episode include live interpretations of Phish's "Tweezer," "The Wedge," and "Sleep."  This podcast, which has featured many major names from across the Phish community (including Trey Anastasio), is a must-listen for all Phish enthusiasts.  See below to stream Episode 19 with Holly Bowling today.
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Official Bio: Holly Bowling
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Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. Having attended over 300 shows by the Burlington-based quartet, she became obsessed by their famous rendition of “Tweezer” from Lake Tahoe on July 31, 2013. It led Holly to transcribe this 37-minute improvisational masterpiece note-for-note and arrange it for solo piano. The process, both painstaking and fulfilling, inspired her to transform other Phish songs and well-known live jams into solo piano interpretations.
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Holly’s breathtaking renditions of Phish classics like “It’s Ice,” “The Squirming Coil” and “Harry Hood” serve not only as a tribute to the modern day kings of jam, but stand on their own as fully developed classical pieces. The past year has seen Holly expand her repertoire into the realm of the Grateful Dead, including an “Eyes of the World” based on the band’s spectacular exploratory June 18, 1974 performance at Freedom Hall. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world. 
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Watch Holly's interpretation of the "Tahoe Tweezer" here:
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