Archive for October, 2009

Festival 8 Day 1

Festival 8 – Day 1
Empire Polo Club
Indio, CA

10/30/09Set I
Party Time
Chalkdust Torture
Moma Dance
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
I Didn’t Know
Poor Heart
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Time Turns Elastic

Set II:
Punch You in the Eye >
Down with Disease >
Prince Caspian >
Wolfman’s Brother >
Piper >
David Bowie
Harry Hood
Golgi Aparatus

Character Zero

Download Link – Torrent/Flac

Download Link – Set 1 MP3s

Download Link – Set 2 MP3s

Lots more to come folks!


Phish Festival 8 Stream, NYE Plans, and Beyond

For those of you not lucky enough to make it out to Indio for Phish’s highly anticipated Festival 8, you can still catch all the action over on Sirius’s ‘Jam On’ Channel which will be broadcasting Phish Radio 95.9 the Bunny all weekend long.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a subscription, you can sign up for a free 7 day trial here. The Bunny will of course carry all 8 sets of Phish this weekend, including the musical costume set and the Sunday high noon acoustic set. The exact festival schedule is below (all times are PST):



FRIDAY (10/30)
4:00PM Concert field opens
7:30PM Set 1
10:00PM Set 2

SATURDAY (10/31)
12:00PM Concert field opens
3:00PM Set 1
7:30PM The Halloween Set
10:00PM Set 3

SUNDAY (11/01)
10:00AM Concert field opens
12:00PM Acoustic Set
5:30PM Set 2
8:30PM Set 3

For all you Tweeters out there, you can keep on top of the festival goings on via PhishTwit.

With Festival 8 underway, and the mystery musical costume set soon to be revealed, the only remaining question is what the band has planned for New Year’s Eve. All signs still point to either 3 or 4 nights in Miami, likely to be announced a week or so following the festival. Other rumored dates include a few nights back at Hampton and 2 nights in Atlanta before continuing southbound.

NYE 03 Miami

While NYE is still up in the air – 2010’s plan seem more certain with a heavily rumored Trey solo tour in February followed by a Phish Europe tour in May.

Gov’t Mule in Chicago – 10/24/09

Mule kicked off their fall Tour last weekend with a pair of shows – one in Indianapolis and one in Chicago. The Chicago show on Saturday night had the band really settling in and hitting the groove, mixing up new material from the recently released By A Thread with old Mule classics and, of course, some tasty covers. Jackie Greene is opening up this tour and has been joining the band for rockin’ encores including covers of  Neil Young’s ‘Southern Man’, The Beatles ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, and the Mule/Greene Dead staple ‘Sugaree’ – and that’s just in the first 2 nights of the tour. The tour will culminate this Saturday in what promises to be an epic Halloween at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA – featuring a set 2 Rolling Stones musical costume set plus what promises to be a fat set of Mule rockers to start things off. Look for a full review, dl, etc. after the show.

Mule - 10/24/09

Gov’t Mule
The Riviera Theater
Chicago, IL

Set 1
Brighter days >
Like Flies
Blind Man In The Dark
Brand New Angel
Endless Parade
Any Open Window >
Steppin’ Lightly*
Inside Outside Woman Blues
Broke Down On The Brazos

Set 2
Frozen Fear >
Kind Of Bird
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home**
Sco-Mule** >
Drums >
No Need To Suffer
I’m A Ram

Don’t Let Me Down*** >
After Midnight***

*- First Time Played
**- With Joe Bonamassa
***- With Jackie Greene

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Ratdog Tour Closer at the Beacon, 10/24/09

Ratdog blew the roof off the Beacon Theater last night – a real smoking show from cover to cover. Highlights include a first set Cassidy>Jack Straw>Rooster>DS Jam sequence that really took off and shined. The 1st set closing Liberty>Bertha had the place jumping – smiles all around.

Dark Star Jam - 10/24/09

Dark Star Jam - 10/24/09

The second set begins with a nicely chosen trio of tunes with Bobby on acoustic – Mexicali, FOTD, and fan-favorite Black Throated Wind that really hit a nice groove. The heart of the show has to be magnificent Other One>Stuff>Morning Dew>Dark Star Jam>Cassidy (Repirse), so glad the boys saved so much good stuff for night 3 at the Beacon. A raucous One More Saturday Night, and one-two punch Ripple, US Blues encore drove things home on a high note. All in all, quite an evening, way to go Bobby!

For setlists from the rest of the NE mini-tour, go here. For downloads of almost every night, go here. Enjoy!

Ratdog w/ the Persuassions - 10/24/09

Ratdog w/ the Persuasions: Ripple - 10/24/09

Ratdog, 10/24/09, The Beacon Theater, New York, NY
Set I: Jam > Casey Jones > Jack Straw > Cassidy > Little Red Rooster > Dark Star Jam > Lazy River Road, She Says > Liberty > Bertha
Set II: Mexicali Blues@ > Friend of the Devil@, Black-Throated Wind@, It Must Have Been the Roses*+, He’s Gone* > Jam > The Other One > Stuff > Morning Dew > Dark Star > Cassidy > One More Saturday Night
E: Ripple*+, U.S. Blues

@-Bobby on Acoustic; *-with The Persuasions (Vocals); +-a capella, The Persuasions only; Hippie Bill waved a Yankees flag on stage during “U.S. Blues”

Download Link – Torrent

Download Link – MP3s

Sweet vid of the Persuasions doin’ Roses:

Tie Dye Sky

As we speak, the Empire State Building is being lit up in tye dye colors in honor of the Grateful Dead. Specifically, the celebration is for the opening of an exhibit at the New York Historical Society honoring the band and  cataloging the career and accomplishments as of one of America’s most socially influential bands. On Wednesday night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will attend a charity fundraiser to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

Picture 1

On a side note, rumor has it that Phil will be sitting in with Bobby tonight for the first of his 5 Ratdog shows in the city this week. Today is truly a proud day to be a New York Deadhead!


Old School

We’ve certainly looked back at where the Dead got their start here on Welcome To Now, But we’ve never really examined Phish’s musical origins. With Halloween approaching and now less than 2 weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to check out this crispy peice of Phishtory from Oct. 30th, 1985. The show includes the first ever live performance of Harry Hood, and a few other songs that have remained an integral part the cannon of Phish 2.0 and 3.0: Slave to the Traffic Light, Possum, and Sneaking Sally through the Alley. Enjoy!

Phish in 85'

Phish in 85'

Burlington, VT

Harry Hood*
Dog Log >
Slave to the Traffic Light%
Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley*#
I Wish
Alumni Blues
Prep School Hippie
Skippy the Wondermouse

* – First Time Played

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Ratdog Tour Kick-Off

Bob Weir and his scrappy Ratdog clan kicked of a short Northeast tour last night at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA. The tour consists of  a Friday/Saturday 2 night stand at the Tower, Monday and Tuesday at the Grand Ballroom in NYC, and a 3-night run next weekend at the newly renovated Beacon Theater in NYC.

Happy B-Day Bobby!

Happy B-Day Bobby!

Last night was a special night for the band as it was Bobby’s 62nd birhtday. The song selection was classic Bobby – Help/Slip opener, 3 Dylan tunes, Ripple closer, and a nice Blackbrid, Masters of War, Masterpiece acoustic mini-set. Hopefully the band will really bring it this tour, look for a first hand review of next Saturday’s tour closer at the Beacon.

Weir, Lane, and Sylvester

Weir, Lane, and Sylvester

10/16/2009 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA

Set 1: Jam > Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Maggie’s Farm > Baby Blue > Youngblood, Crazy Fingers > Take Me to the River > Brown-Eyed Women > Eyes of the World

Set 2: Happy Birthday*, Blackbird@4, Masters of War@, When I Paint My Masterpiece@5 > She Says > Liberty > Stuff > Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Two Djinn > Franklin’s Tower

Encore: Ripple

**Download Coming Soon**

Furhtur NYE

It’s official. Dark Star Orchestra’s John K. will abandon his band and his fans to play two shows with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir as ‘Furthur‘ in SF for NYE. Phil Lesh once said the Grateful Dead lives forever – is it worth reaping havoc with the heirs to the throne for one last hurrah with old man Bobby behind the wheel? See what HiddenTrack has to say about it here… Starheads everywhere are outraged, especially those that bought tickets to see DSO NYE over the last month(!) prior to the annconcment that they were onsale.

Picture 1


NYC Weekend Music Round-Up

Fall is in the air and the NYC music scene is heating up again after a few weeks of relatively low activity following the summer concert season. The next couple months will see just about all the big names in Jam coming to NYC – Phish, Furthur, Ratdog, The Disco Biscuits, Gov’t Mule, Lotus, The New Deal – you name it, they’re coming before 2009 is up. That said, let’s take a look at some of the goings on this weekend in the city:

The city that never sleeps

The city that never sleeps

Friday, 10/16
Moonalice at Sullivan Hall (early show – 8 PM)
Bonerama w/ special guest Gorge Porter Jr. at Sullivan Hall (late show – 11 PM)
Al Green at BB King Blues Club (early show – 8 PM)
Peter Tosh bday celebration with The Cannabis Cup Band at BB King Blues Club (late show – 1130 PM)

Saturday, 10
Galactic at The Brooklyn Bowl
P-Groove and The Bridge at Bowery Ballroom
Yonder Mountain String Band/Railroad Earth at Nokia Theater
U-Melt, Kinetix, and Cliffside Push at Sullivan Hall

Trey Anastasio Band to Tour in Feb. 2010?

Check out the screenshot below taken from a concert booking site – according to which Trey will be going on the road solo early in 2010 with a few dates in the Midwest and Northeast. I’m sure the boys will be ready for a break after Fall and NYE 09′ and this will be a good chance for Trey and likely Mike to get some space and go solo for a bit.


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