Archive for June, 2009

Way Back

Let’s go way back in time for the earliest Dead recording yet to be seen here on Welcome To Now – The Grateful Dead in their infancy at the Filmore in San Fran in the summer of 66′. This is pure, early Dead, still filled with the influences of Bluegrass, Jug Music, and Americana. These influences would later be blended into the ether with Rock and Roll, Psychedelia, Classic Rock, and 80’s short shorts. This  summer set consists of mostly early covers and traditional numbers only featuring one Dead original, ‘Cream Puff War’. While part of Boss Man and Dancin’ are cut, this is a pristine recording – both the download and the stream. Groovy.

The Dead in 66'

The Dead in 66'

The Grateful Dead
Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, CA

Big Boss Man
Cold Rain & Snow
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Cream Puff War
King Bee
Dancin’ In The Streets

Stream Link

Download Link

Once a Week Freak

Keller Williams is joining in the wave of innovation surrounding CD releases with his new ‘Once A Week Freak’ offering. Keller will be unveiling a few new songs each week over the course of the coming months. He claims that he is sitting on mountains of unreleased material and that the exact songs released will be based on fan feedback. Quite a novel concept, check out the Freak’s latest work here.

Keller-WilliamsThe one man band will then be heading out on an extensive solo summer tour – traversing the country from East to West with a few co-bills with Dark Star Orchestra and festival stops at Rothbury, Gratefulfest, and the Gathering of the Vibes. To get excited for the upcoming tour – check out this tasty Keller show from Irving Plaza in NYC in 2003:

Keller Williams
Irving Plaza
New York, NY

Inhale To The Chief>
Jack A Roe>
Hypnotize> Inhale
Best Feeling> Best Feeling Jam>
Boob Job
Stupid Questions
Garage A Tois Loup
Blatent Ripoff
Breathe>Toy Loup> Breathe>
It’s A Plant
For What It’s Worth
Cracker Ass Cracker
People Watchin’
Gate Crashers Suck
Low Rider
Weird Funky Loup>
Lou Funky Flugal Solo>
You Are What You Eat>
Moving Sidewalk
Celebrate Your Youth

Bob Rules>
Run Like an Antelope>
Runaway Jim>
Run Like an Antelope>
Bob Rules

Stream the show here
Download link

Phish Halloween Festival

Phish has announced a 3 day Halloween festival – to take place from October 30th to November 1st. While the band hasn’t officially announced the location yet – my sources tell me that the craziness will be going down at Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA (the site of Coachella). (5/26/09) (5/26/09)

Bisco Inferno

It’s Friday so let’s get down and dirty with some Bisco. In case you weren’t paying attention, the TranceFusion all-stars threw a serious summer kick-off party at Red Rocks on May 30th – the so-called Bisco Inferno mini-festival. The biscuits headlined with a 2 set show featuring new and old favorites side by side. The show is definitely down and dirty Bisco, straight Untz throughout with some great 2nd set jam sequences and segues.


Set I
Rock Candy >
Strobelights and Martinis >
I-Man >
Strobelights and Martinis >
Crickets (1) >
Sound One
Uber Glue >
Sabre Dance

Set II
Park Avenue (2)
Caterpillar >
And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night (1) >
I-Man >
Orch Theme >
Mirrors >

White Chicks & Gang Signs (2)
The City >

(1) inverted
(2) 1st time played

Stream the show here
Download (FLAC)

Bisco Inferno 09'

Bisco Inferno 09'

Today In Grateful Dead History

It’s that time again to dust off the ol’ Grateful Dead history books. Class, please turn your books to 19 years ago for a mid-summer’s meltdown at the University of Oregon in 1990. Only 1 month before Brent Mydland’s death, this was one of the keyboardist’s final shows with the band and his playing still comes through crisp and clear. Jerry’s voice may be a bit strained during the show but his playing is on point and this show really has some great moments – it’ll crawl up and down your sleeve and leave a smile on your face when it’s over, enjoy!

The Dead - Summer 1990

The Dead - Summer 1990

The Grateful Dead
Autzen Stadium at the Univ. of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Set 1: Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin’s Tower, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Loose Lucy, A Little Light, Picasso Moon, Candyman, Let It Grow

Set 2: Foolish Heart, Women Are Smarter, Standing On the Moon, Box Of Rain*, Estimated Prophet-> He’s Gone-> Drums-> Jam-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia,

Encore: Brokedown Palace

Stream the SBD here

Download an AUD recording here

Post 100!

Not long ago, Welcome To Now was just a twinkle in my eye – 3 months, 100 Posts, and 41,286 views later, we’re still Truckin’ along. Check the archive for tons of goodies that we’ve seen along the way including full coverage from The Dead’s Spring 2009 Tour and the 1st Leg of Phish’s Summer 2009 Tour.


In celebration of this historic day, enjoy a complete set of quality AUD downloads from EVERY show of Phish’s big reunion tour (thanks DUANE_BASE).

Stay tuned; and Welcome To Now.

Phish @ Alpine 6/21 Tour Closer

The end of the road – last night, Phish took a bow on the first leg of their summer tour and their first tour in 5 years. This tour exceeded many a phan’s expectations including my own and left us all salivating for more. Let’s hope that Phish 3.0 can stay happy and healthy and keep things rollin’ down the road for more magic in 2009 into 2010 and beyond.

Phish ~ 6/21/09 ~ Alpine Valley Music Theater ~ East Troy, WI



Set I
Wolfman’s Brother
Funky Bitch >
The Divided Sky
Back On the Train
Poor Heart
The Horse >
Slient In The Morning
The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday >
Avenu Malkenu >
The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday
TIme Turns Elastic

Set II
Crosseyed and Paiinless >
Down With Disease >
Bug >
Piper >
Wading In The Velvet Sea
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Slave To The Traffic Light


Set 1 Download
Set 2 Download

As the tour comes to a close, take a look back in the Welcome To Now archive with downlaods, pics, and more from every show of the tour. Go PHISH 3.0! For more reminiscing, check out a TON of great vids from this leg of the tour that made it on to YouTube. Finally, as always, check out Jambase’s coverage of the tour with beaufiful photo collages and setlists from the entire tour.

Phish – The Creek and The Valley Tour Close Out

Tonight, Phish closes out the first leg of their summer tour with a Sunday night performance at the classic summer getaway Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI. The last two night’s have witnessed some pretty stellar song selection and fantastic playing. The second set jam sequences from Deer Creek are phenomenal – AHIHTOS > Drowned > Twist followed by a monster Tweezer > 2001 > Suzy Greenberg > Possum taboot. First time bustouts for the tour include The Connection and Sleeping Monkey at Deer Creek followed by Makisupa Policeman and Hendrix’s Fire at Alpine night 1. The band’s clearly pulling out all the stops for the end of the tour and it’s exciting to think of what is in store for this evening. Gamehenge classics Tela and Cololnel Forbin’s > Famous Mockingbird are yet to be brushed off by Phish 3.0. Anything’s possible, but my bets are on Hood, First Tube, Slave to the Traffic Light, Divided Sky, and The Curtain for tonight.



6/20/09 ~ Alpine Valley Music Theatre ~ East Troy, WI

Set I: Punch You in the Eye, Runaway Jim, Stash, Ya Mar, Bathtub Gin, Kill Devil Falls, Train Song, Farmhouse, Sparkle, Run Like An Antelope

Set II: Waves> Sample in a Jar, Maze, Makisupa Policeman, Ghost, The Lizards, You Enjoy Myself> NICU, Prince Caspian, Waste, Fire

Encore: Character Zero

Download Link – Set 1
Download Link – Set 2

End of Farmhouse, Sparkle, and Most of Antelope from 6/20:





Phish ~ 6/19/09 ~ Verizon Wireless Music Center (Deer Creek) ~ Noblesville, IN

Set One: AC/DC Bag, Limb By Limb, The Moma Dance, Water In The Sky, Split Open and Melt, Lawn Boy, The Wedge, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, The Connection, Ocelot, Fluffhead

Set Two: A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing > Drowned > Twist, Let Me Lie, Tweezer > 2001 > Suzy Greenberg > Possum

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise

Download Link – Set 1
Download Link – Set 2

Drowned from 6/19:

2001 from 6/19:

The end of a tour is always biterwseet, to ease some of the bitterness, enjoy these rumoured winter 2009 tour dates for the band with big stops at the Spectrum and MSG. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Phish RUMORED/UNCONFIRMED Winter 2009 Tour Dates:

11/21/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
11/22/09 – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
11/23/09 – The Spectrum – Philadelphia, PA
11/24/09 – The Spectrum – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/09 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
11/28/09 – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
12/2/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/3/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/4/09 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
12/5/09 – John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA

New Years Run 2009
12/28/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/29/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/30/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
12/31/09 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL

Phish – 6/18/09 – Burgettstown, PA

Tonight, Phish kicks off a 4-night run that closes out the first leg of their summer tour. The run takes them from the Post Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA on Thursday over to Deer Creek on Friday and Alpine Valley on Saturday and Sunday to close things out. This run promises to bring some first time tour bustouts (Forbin’s>Mockingbird?) along with one final rendition of heavy hitters like YEM, Ghost, Bowie, etc. Expectations are high so let’s cross our fingers and get this show on the road!

Post Gazette Pavillion

Post Gazette Pavillion

Set 1: Golgi Apparatus, Chalkdust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room, Wolfman’s Brother, The Divided Sky, Heavy Things, Walk Away, Wilson, Tube, Alaska, David Bowie

Set 2: Down With Disease > Free, Guyute, Piper > When The Circus Comes To Town, Harry Hood > The Squirming Coil, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Grind, Hello My Baby, Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, Loving Cup

Set 1 Torrent

Set 2 Torrent

Phish @ The Fox

Following their biggest show of the summer to the 80,000+ festivarians at Bonnaroo last weekend, Phish played the smallest venue of their summer tour last night – the intimate 4,500 person capacity Fox Theatre in St. Louis. The most hyped show of the summer and probably the hardest ticket, the Fox performance seemingly fell short of expectations (at least on paper). Despite the ‘McGrupp’ bustout in the encore and a 2nd set Mike’s Groove, the new song, ballad, and repeat heavy setlist has fans hailing this as the ‘sleeper’ show of the summer. Let’s just hope the boys are saving up for the tour-closing 4 show run comign up this wekend.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre
St. Louis, MO

Phish @ The Fox - 6/16/09

Phish @ The Fox - 6/16/09

Set 1
Kill Devil Falls
Brian And Robert
Sample In A Jar
Train Song
Slave To The Traffic Light

Set 2
Halley’s Comet >
Runaway Jim
Frankie Says
Time Turns Elastic
Mike’s Song >
I Am Hydrogen >
Weekapaug Groove
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Character Zero

The Star Spangled Banner
McGrupp and The Watchful Hosemasters
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Set 1 Download
Set 2 Download

The Fox - 6/16/09

The Fox - 6/16/09

Check out the RiverFront Times review of the show here

A few YouTube snippets…

Character Zero:

Slave to the Traffic Light:

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