2 Mar

Watch Chali 2na Freestyle With Dumpstaphunk And Naughty Professor Horns In NOLA

first_imgDumpstaphunk took their show at The Howlin’ Wolf to epic heights last night, April 22nd, playing a fierce set of funk with a number of special guests. The band welcomed Jurassic 5‘s bass toned rap legend Chali 2na and the horn section of The Naughty Professor, making it truly a night to remember.  Ivan Neville and company don’t need any help to funk up a concert, but with 2na dropping mad rhymes and a rock steady flow took the show to an even higher level, and the crowd responded with a wave of enthusiastic cheers and a mad dash to the dance floor. Check out these exclusive videos of Chali 2na’s explosive guest turn as he let loose on the microphone.last_img read more

2 Mar

The Purple Hatter’s Ball Honors The Fallen And Raises Hopes For The Future [Review/Gallery]

first_imgCheck out the full gallery of Rex Thomson’s shots from the Purple Hatter’s Ball, below: Friday, June 17thThe main crowd started rolling into the Park at first light, and by noon tents had been erected. Street clothes had given way to beach wear for the opening sets of the day from Vlad The Inhaler, Stereotype and Funk You on the Beach Stage. Steaming hot sets from Voodoo Visionary and the Corbitt Clampitt Experience rocked the Campground Stage, while Sophistafunk and The Mantras brought funky and organic jamming to the live oak shaded Amphitheater. Former area resident and master of the sacred steel slide guitar, Roosevelt Collier, brought a stellar line up of friends to help him close out the Campground shows in his signature gospel shaded, “Tear Down The House” blues way that saw the packed crowd at its highest point yet and ready for the big close.Returning Purple Hatters veterans Papadosio have shown themselves to be equally about the spirit of peace and love as they are about musical expression and exploding passions, making them a perfect fit to bring the spirit of the fallen heart behind the festival revelry. Seamlessly merging digital sound-scapes and old fashioned jamming, Papadosio are a band that has created and mastered their own sound, walked their own path and made the world a better place for having shared their brand of magic.  The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park hosts over a dozen concerts and music festivals every year, but the Purple Hatter’s Ball is easily the beloved Florida venue’s most sacred. Held in honor of the late Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, whose life was lost in a tragic shooting, the festival isn’t simply a memorial of a fallen friend, it is a call-to-action for a society plagued by violence. But before her early exit from life’s stage, she was a well known fixture on the music scene and a lover of the North Florida music park that paid host to many of her adventures. Many of the bands she loved, such as Dubconscious and Catfish Alliance, come back each year, joined by acts whose spirit matches what Rachel sought out, such as The Floozies, The Polish Ambassador, Papadosio, and many more to help remind us all that from loss can come growth and joy.As we’ve recently shown you, Rachel’s loss inspired her mother to fight the law and actually win, helping enact reforms on the ways police can use and coerce scared kids into risky confidential informant situations that can, and sadly have, turn what would likely be minor penalties into death sentences. Thanks to the efforts of her mother and promoter Paul Levine, the foundation in her name has been granted full non-profit status, and work is underway to continue policy reforms on a national level. This spirit of activism has branched out in many directions and the love of the local music community has grown so much stronger, all stemming from soil enriched by needlessly spilled blood.Action Day with The Polish AmbassadorDJ The Polish Ambassador has put his media cache to wonderful use, partnering with the non-profit Action Day initiative to sponsor a series of events around the cities on his tours centered on the socio-ecological balancing concept know as Permaculture. At the most base level, Permaculture’s chief precept is realigning local ecosystems through research, planning and teaching and learning through shared doing. Thursday was declared an “Action Day” and dozens of volunteers arrived at 10:00 AM for a series of lectures, workshops, and some old fashioned physical labor to help re-purpose areas of the park.After a brief explanation of the goals for healing the land, the eager volunteers split into groups and sprung into action around the park. Lindsey and Dylan Bradley-Brown have been Suwannee Music Park fixtures for years, helping lead the effort to make the many events held in the scenic venue’s environs stay as ecologically friendly as possible, and were on hand to help lead workshops and direct efforts to areas with the most need. Alongside Action Day leader Danielle Gennety, gardens were planted, wood choking the land was removed, and the mystical park grounds were given a small reflection of the love it has helped build over the years. At the end of the day, a physically tired but emotionally uplifted team gathered to share tales of efforts rewarded and plans for putting their new knowledge to best use.Thursday, June 16thStepping in for GypsyElise, who was dealing with issues regarding the tragic shootings in Orlando, Chapman Stick player Flint Blade brought his amazingly dexterous fingers and multi-layered sound to the Suwannee Music Hall stage to start the Thursday pre-party. Space Kadet and the Savi Fernandez Birthday Band had the early crowd out on the dance floor and grooving steady while outside friends were getting lost in epic moments of reuniting and rejoicing. The jamtronica tinged SunSquabi rocked the steadily filling crowd until 2AM, giving early arrivers an incredible show to reward their commitment to the party. Howls of laughter and squeals of joy filled the air as the crowd filed out of the music hall and made their way back to their temporary homes for a tranquil night under the stars of northern Florida. The BeachFestival planners took full advantage of the park’s beautiful white sand beaches and alkali darkened waters to throw the first of two consecutive days of beach party fun in the sun. Once again erecting a small stage at the top of the half crevasse that overlooks the main beach the surf seeking fans were rewarded with one of the most pleasant outdoor music experiences in the country. Showing the “Anything To Make It A Party” spirit, a group of friends brought massive advertising signs and used them to build a truly EPIC water slide that they manned themselves all day, dutifully hauling coolers of water up the hill to send happy riders young and old slip sliding away down the steep incline. The combination of sunny skies, perfect water temperatures and jamming tunes proved to be an irresistible draw for festival goers. A grill man set up shop at the top of the hill selling burgers and the smell of the beach and burgers, combined with the music and the playful chatter of happy friends, made this a timeless memory of a life at ease. The clean spirit and green nature saw people cheerfully cleaning up after themselves and and being game enough to follow the exhortations of an inexplicably growing mass for the annual beach group photo!Saturday, June 18thDown at the beach, S.P.O.R.E. with Zahira and Dubconscious gave the revellers a backdrop for the shenanigans in the sand, while Heather Gillis and her band showed a forceful side of the blues that got the sun addled fans focused up and ready for the night to come up on the main stage. The acts ping-ponged back and forth between the Campground Stage and the Ampitheater for the rest of the day, with the crowd dancing from Post Pluto and Herd Of Watts back to The Hip Abduction and The Polish Ambassador set. The Ambassador whipped the crowd into a frothy dance party frenzy with his musical selections and his onstage antics, drawing incredible cheers for his wardrobe changes and freestyle boogie moves.The meteoric rise that The Floozies are currently enjoying was shown to be well deserved through their mastery of sonic crowd control. Slipping from iconic cover tunes to funky originals and jammed transitions in-between. The brothers Matt and Mark Hill created a wall of sound that the crowd barreled into at perilous mental speeds, and the resulting crash was spectacular. Walking away through the sandy stage fans were dazed and mentally scrambled and on the prowl for late night silliness that, fortunately, abounded throughout the park. Sunday, June 19thThe combination of lilting beauty and naked aggression that is  music got the last day at the Campground Stage up and running with a fierce set to tweak the groggy crowd into “Ready-To-Rock” mode. Scott Campbell & The Avis Berry Band brought people to their feet and to tears with their remarkably expressive mixture of blues and soul. Bands Dubconscious and Catfish Alliance kept their perfect attendance streak alive, showing up to do their part and to make manifest their love. Dubconscious chose the path of world music jamming, while Catfish viewers alternated between enjoying the jamming of Casey Rychick and being entranced by the bizarre antics of singer/hypeman Big E The Sexual Manatee. While their sets might have been polar opposites in style and presentation, the hearts behind the mayhem were beating in harmony.To close out the weekend, Melvin Seals & The JGB came out and promptly brought the hardy last souls standing to the edge of tears with his big gospel organ sound on “My Sisters And Brothers,” as fitting a song to close out this festival as possible. With the crowd singing along, the lyrical imagery and spirit of the tune seemed to lift the spirits the highest they’ve been all weekend, which is truly saying something. Those remaining few left to share that moment were, indeed, a few steps closer to the promised land thanks to the fellowship and love all were sharing.The CeremonyAs it has become a much honored tradition, the crowd gathered at the Amphitheater Stage to take some time to stand together and remember the sad why of the weekend and the hopeful lessons to be learned as a result. After passing out several captive, dormant butterflies, festival promoter and friend to Rachel, Paul Levine and Mama Margie shared their thoughts and perspectives on the meanings to be gleaned from the situation. Concluding with the hope for a world without senseless laws and the eventual fifty butterflies out into the park, their fluttering invoked the memory of another dancing ball of color: a smiling young girl in a comically large purple fuzzy hat who just wanted to be among her people and jam. Whether she simply rests in peace or is actively looking down and smiling from above, the love she left in her wake has grown with each day since her departure, and that’s the best anyone can hope for.The Crew“At this point I’d like to take a rare step outside of the third person for a quick personal note about a side of the Purple Hatters Ball, and festivals in general, that rarely gets any attention. It’s the cadre of sleep deprived festival ninjas that make up the backstage crew, who make the whole thing happen as quietly as possible. Their job depends on never being seen. There is a core group of regulars there, dedicated builders and tireless workers who just want to see things go right, all day and all night, every day and every night. They shuttle artists and food, keep the stages and gates safe, make sure everyone gets healthy food to work the round-the-clock shifts; they haul lights and adjust levels and match pulsing strobe lights to the beat to take the party to another level. They clean the grounds, patch the fallen, and dance for your smiling eyes in mysterious robes and body paint. They massage the cramps and sign the checks and without them the music would stop.And some of them might just ask you to smile for the camera and take your picture, like the one below. It is one of a series, and one I hope to never be in. This year’s staff photo, taken as the stage was being speedily dismantled after the last notes of JGB had rung out. The reason I hope to never be in these kinds of pictures is that I always want to be the one taking it. It’s not that I don’t trust other shooters to get the image, they’d more than likely do better.  But…honestly, I just love seeing all the wonderful people that I am so happy to be a part of, gathered in one spot and toasting a job well done. The Purple Hatter’s Ball always seems to run smoothly and bring out the best in those swarming on tasks behind the curtains. I like to think it’s all because of why we gathered that weekend, even if it wasn’t something we were actively pondering. We were there to honor not just a fallen friend, but all of the fallen, and to try and use that unpleasant reminder of what is really important in life. The crew at Suwannee is a family I am proud to be part of and they all spent the weekend making it look easy. So CHEERS! Can’t wait to see you all again!” ~ Rex Thomson Load remaining imageslast_img read more

2 Mar

Listen To Earphorik’s New Album ‘Boondock Sessions,’ Co-Produced By UM’s Jake Cinninger [Premiere]

first_imgIndiana progressive jam group Earphorik has an exciting new album due out today! Called The Boondock Sessions, the band’s second full length album sees them recording in the Boondock Studios in Niles, MI with Jim Leep and Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger. The one-take studio session features the band’s original music, as the group dives deeper into their progressive influences.Earphorik continues to blow up in the Midwest jam scene, accompanying bands like TAUK, Aqueous, The Main Squeeze and more on recent performances. Having someone like Cinninger on their album only strengthens their reputation, as the Umphrey’s McGee player not only co-produced the album but also sat in on two tracks. Cinninger plays organ on “Root Too” and guitar on “Over Walls.” Thanks to the band, we can premiere this exciting Earphorik album! Listen to The Boondock Sessions, streaming in full below.Comprised of Chris Treesh (guitar/vocals), Austin Robinson (guitar/vocals), Nolan Opper (bass), and Ryan Moreno (drums), Earphorik is here to funk rock for the foreseeable future! For more information about upcoming shows, the album and more, head to the band’s Facebook page.last_img read more

2 Mar

Widespread Panic & Trey Anastasio Band To Headline SweetWater 420 Festival

first_imgAfter wrapping up a successful event in 2016 earlier this year, the folks at SweetWater 420 Festival have released some tidbits for their 2017 lineup. Taking place in Atlanta, GA’s Centennial Olympic Park from April 21-23, 2017, the festival will feature two nights of Widespread Panic as well as the Trey Anastasio Band as headliners.The full lineup announcement includes Slightly Stoopid, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dark Star Orchestra, Anders Osborne, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Hip Abduction and the promise of 45+ more artists to be announced soon! The inclusion of Panic is perhaps the most eye-opening, as the band has said numerous times that 2017 will be a lighter year for their touring schedule. It’s nice to see their name on this lineup.Check out the full poster with lineup information below, and head here for more information.last_img read more

2 Mar

Temple Of The Dog Launch First Ever Tour In Philadelphia [Setlist, Videos]

first_imgIt’s official: Temple of the Dog have reunited for their first ever tour. The band–made up of Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam, and Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden–recorded one album together in the early 90s (just before the formation of Pearl Jam), and have finally pulled together for a triumphant string of live dates. The band kicked things off last night with a show at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, and they showcased the pure joy of rock ‘n’ roll that brought them together in the first place. Performing a 23-song set of songs from their self-titled debut album, their recently recently released EP, Temple of the Dog pre-cursor Mother Love Bone, and a few choice covers by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Cure, and more, Temple of the Dog owned Philadelphia during a truly memorable performance.See below for several fan-shot videos, as well as a full setlist from the evening. Temple of the Dog continue their tour tonight with another show in Philadelphia, before they hit New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle to complete the limited special run. If you have a chance to catch Temple of the Dog, do not miss out, as you may never have a chance to see them again.Your SaviourQuicksand (David Bowie)Hunger StrikeAchilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin)Fascination Street (The Cure)War Pigs (Black Sabbath)[All videos provided by YouTube user Jim Powers]Temple of the Dog | Tower Theater | Philadelphia, PA | 11/4/2016Say Hello 2 Heaven, Wooden Jesus, Call Me a Dog, Your Saviour, Stardog Champion (Mother Love Bone cover), Stargazer (Mother Love Bone cover), Seasons (Chris Cornell song), Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson cover), Four Walled World, I’m a Mover (Free cover), Pushin Forward Back, Hunger Strike, Quicksand (David Bowie cover), Heartshine (Mother Love Bone cover), Holy Roller (Mother Love Bone cover), Reach DownEncore 1:Man of Golden Words (Mother Love Bone cover) (with Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” tag), Times of Trouble, Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin cover), Baby Lemonade (Syd Barrett cover), Fascination Street (The Cure cover), War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)Encore 2:All Night Thinglast_img read more

2 Mar

Gorillaz’ Noodle Releases Playlist Highlighting Inspirational Women In Music

first_imgWith new music on the horizon, Gorillaz continue to keep active on their social media accounts by sharing various stories, playlists, and more. After releasing Instagram stories that detailed the doings on band members 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs, the group has just released a brand new playlist as curated by Noodle.Noodle writes, “In search of new sounds and new inspiration, I found these kick-ass women who in their own individual ways are true pioneers in the writing, production and creation of MUSIC. They have inspired me, and I hope they inspire you too.”While there’s still no new music from Gorillaz, we’re guessing a new album will drop shortly. Until then, you can check out the full playlist below, with the tracklisting to follow.Narrated by Delia Derbyshire and Evelyn GlennieMystere De Voix Bulgares (Bulgarian Women’s Choir) – Kaval [email protected][email protected] – Slow D’[email protected][email protected] – Ridin [email protected][email protected] – Woman is a [email protected][email protected] – O [email protected] – VegasMica Levi & Oliver Coates – Barok MainDelia Derbyshire – Doctor Wholast_img read more

2 Mar

moe. To Be Inducted Into Syracuse Area Hall Of Fame

first_imgCongratulations moe.! The premier jam band is set to be inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall Of Fame on March 2nd, and will celebrate with two performances – one at the awards show on March 3rd and another at the F Shed in Syracuse, NY on March 4th.The SAMMYs have recognized a number of great musicians from the Upstate New York area, including Phish drummer Jon Fishman, who was honored by the organization with a Lifetime Achievement award just last year. He talks about the honor in this interview.moe. hails from Buffalo, NY, which is about two hours West of Syracuse driving. The band will be joined by Meegan Voss, Jukin’ Bone, and Paul Case for the distinct honor of their Hall Of Fame inductions. More information can be seen in moe.’s Facebook post below.moe. has a busy year up ahead, including a number of tour dates and performances at numerous festivals, including 4 Peaks, Summer Camp, Pisgah Brewing Company’s Anniversary celebration, and, of course, the return of moe.down Music Festival. For all things moe., be sure to head to their website.last_img read more

2 Mar

SUNDUB: Your Weekly Island Oasis In The Heart Of The Concrete Jungle

first_imgAt Battery Harris, the tropical-themed Caribbean lounge and watering hole tucked away under highway overpasses in Willamsburg, Brooklyn, two local touring musicians are building something special close to home. Every Thursday, bassist Josh Carter (Hayley Jane and The Primates) and drummer Ben Teters (Cas Haley, Palmslap) populate the Battery Harris stage with a rotating cast of talented musicians from the jam band community, reggae elder statesmen, and whomever else might happen to roll through for a collaborative reggae jam session dubbed SUNDUB. The no-cover weekly reggae sessions are less about the success of each individual performance, and more about creating something lasting that fills specific needs–for Carter and Teters personally, for the venue, and for the Brooklyn live music scene as a whole.Previously, friends and roommates Josh and Ben played together in Blue Mountain Bustdown, along with late keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, formerly of Turkuaz. When that project fizzled out in 2012, both musicians took new gigs in new bands–Josh with singer Hayley Jane and Ben with roots-reggae guitarist Cas Haley. The idea for the residency came about organically from there: Battery Harris was consistently filled with people on weekend nights, but virtually empty from Monday to Thursday; Ben and Josh lived together down the block, and were looking for an outlet to play music together when they weren’t out on the road; Nobody in Brooklyn was performing high-quality reggae on a regular basis–the pieces fit together too nicely not to pursue it. As Carter explains over the restaurant’s fantastic jerk chicken, fish tacos, and relaxing island ambiance at last week’s SUNDUB, “I’m a reggae guy, but really I’m a jam band guy. To be perfectly honest the whole reason I started this was to play music with my homie. That’s why it feels so good.”SUNDUB is comprised of Carter and Teters and a handful of other core members, including Ben’s sister Joanna Teters (vocals), Kareem “The Dream” Thompson (steel pan, K.I.T Caribbean Connection), and Finn Singer (guitar), but extends far beyond to include some of the most talented musicians in the NYC area. With a constantly rotating lineup of accomplished musicians and a free-flowing stream of unannounced special guests, Carter and Teters hope to grow SUNDUB into a sustainable staple of the Brooklyn live music scene for artists and fans alike. Teters’ high hopes for the series are clearly apparent as he explains their vision: packed-out weekly parties where local musicians drop by to join in the island vibes when they’re home from tour; “Musicians milling around everywhere,” he muses, “A collaborative effort. A passion project.”The fun-first, vibe-positive nature of the project has already begun paying dividends musically. In just its second month, word has begun to spread, and last Thursday’s list of musical collaborators extended well beyond the already-solid lineup of billed guests (David “Ruff Scott” Reid and Buford O’Sullivan of Easy Star All-Stars, Eric “The General” Toussaint of Judah Tribe). “The sax player [Jenny Hill of Easy Star]: not on the bill, just sitting in. The other bass player [Julien C Paul of I-NOJAH]: not on the bill, just sitting in. We’re always open to impromptu sit-ins” gushes an excited Carter.The lineups promise to continue improving as the weeks roll by, with accomplished artists like Anant Pradhan of the acclaimed NYC Ska Orchestra, bassist Bakhiti Kumalo (who played on Paul Simon‘s classic album Graceland), Max Creek‘s Bill Carbone, and more slated to perform. This week, Larry McDonald (percussionist for Bob Marley and Taj Mahal) will join the show, along with whatever other local musicians happen to stop by. “And it’s not like these guys are making much money for this–or any money really,” expains Carter, “They just come to be part of it, to collaborate and perform and immerse themselves in this thing we’re all creating together. That’s what it’s all about.”With their growing network of collaborators, a musician-rich Brooklyn scene to pull from, and the band’s enthusiasm and excitement for the project, the road ahead looks bright for SUNDUB–and, consequently, for anyone looking for something fun and different to do on Thursday nights in Williamsburg.You can enjoy island vibes, great reggae music (free of charge), and phenomenal Caribbean food every Thursday at Battery Harris with SUNDUB. For up-to-date information on weekly guest spots, head to the SUNDUB Facebook page.last_img read more

2 Mar

Dirtwire’s Wild, Wet, And Wonderful Guide to Thrive at Lightning in a Bottle 2017

first_imgDirtwire sits on the front porch of Americana’s future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world percussion, soundscapes, and electronic beats. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila; Stellamara), and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), each performance brings both band and audience to a mysterious crossroads of beats, blues, African, Asian, and South American sounds. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness. The trio is blazing a new path and blurring genres, doing it with fearlessness and frivolity taboot.The fine fellas of Dirtwire are beyond stoked for this weekend’s excursion to Bradley, CA for The DoLab’s annual Lightning in a Bottle. We’re happy to deliver their version of LIB’s tremendous Thrive Guide, 2017 edition.Dirtwire’s Wild, Wet and Wonderful Guide to Thrive at LIB 2017“Its that time of year! Bring your hats, floatie toys, SUP boards, sexy swimsuits, bandanas, and your water bottles. We’re going to light it up at LiB! We got water! Make sure to check out the madness in a super-chill floatie world!”There’s gonna be way too much fun to be had so here’s our guide to exploring the land and the water we call home:THE LAKE! Definitely check out as much as you can! No seriously, its going to be ridiculously fun wherever you go, but we recommend the Grand Artique, an amazing little town called Frontierville, straight out of the Wild West with great live music and vaudevillian shenanigans. Tons of Workshops!!! Check them out. The Landing – Earth Activism Hub is doing some important work along with so many others. Crazy times are upon us so lets learn from each other and create a new reality together. David Satori from Dirtwire (and Beats Antique) will be doing a workshop at the Landing – The Grid – Friday 10:15am on The Creative Process with a live demonstration on what goes into building a piece of music.The Learning Kitchen is an amazing place to tap into fun new ways of making things from Sushi to Super Food Power Balls!“Have a beautiful time and we look forward to kicking some dirt up with you!”With Love,Dirtwire  -David, Evan and MarkHave a gander at L4LM’s own B.Getz’s LIB Music Preview here!Have a peek behind the scenes of LIB’s brand new The Compass here!Check out Dirtwires new video for “SHISHKABOB,” directed by Nar Levoni.words: B.Getz Make a reservation at the Lighting Inn and go see what’s going on at Beacon if you’re craving some community and downtempo vibes go to the The Lodge or if you’re feeling like really getting down in the dust make sure you witness the greatness of the mighty Thunder Stage.last_img read more

2 Mar

Trey Anastasio Taps Page McConnell, Mike Gordon, Grace Potter, Dave Grippo In VT [Videos]

first_imgNext up for Trey is a run of dates with various symphony orchestras later this month, beginning with a performance with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. For more information on his upcoming symphony dates, head to his website.[h/t – JamBase][Cover photo via Instagram user @thirdstoneimages] On Sunday night, Trey Anastasio Band put on a memorable set to close out Vermont’s Grand Point North Music Festival, the annual event on the Burlington waterfront. Although the festival is curated and usually headlined by Grace Potter, she ceded the final set to Trey, who made the most of his rare performance in Phish‘s city of origin with a slew of familiar faces joining him and his solo outfit.The band delivered a set full of tried-and-true live TAB favorites including “Money, Love & Change,” “Sand,” “Burlap Sack & Pumps,” and “Cayman Review,” and more recent tunes like “Dark & Down,” “Shine,” and “Everything’s Right,” which got heavy play in both the TAB and Phish rotation this past summer.In addition, TAB issued a rendition of Page McConnell-penned Phish jazz ditty, “Magilla.” As if the instrumental somehow summoned its creator, McConnell himself emerged to lend his chops to a set-closing “First Tube.” Page and Ray Paczkowski both avail themselves impressively, adding extra sonic girth to a tune with which they are both intimately familiar, considering its prevalence in both the Phish and TAB live repertoires. The McConnell guest appearance marked his first in a Trey solo show since November 8, 2005 in New York City, when he simultaneously played keys with then-member Les Hall and fellow guest John Medeski, also on “First Tube.”With a Phish-y sit-in already accomplished, the crowd was unaware what surprises the band had in store for the encore–the last gasp of music from a weekend filled with skilled performances and talented artists. What would Trey do next?When Anastasio walked back onstage, he did so with a different–though excitingly familiar–group of musicians: Grace Potter and one more Phish bandmate, bassist Mike Gordon. The sit-in came as a surprise to many: Mike hadn’t sat in on one of Trey’s sets since his solo performance at 2008’s Rothbury, when Phish was still “broken up,” and despite the fact that they were featured on more than one of the same festival lineups this past summer, the two had not joined forces onstage at any of them. However, those paying attention on social media may not have been so shocked, as Gordon specifically referenced the possibility of a Burlington sit-in this week. In a Facebook Q&A ahead of Friday’s release of his own new solo album OGOGO, Gordon addressed the lack of solo band collabs this summer:The Internet: Loved seeing you at High Sierra this year! Did you & Trey decide to not be a “guest” during each others’ sets on purpose??? Also, do you prefer indoor venues or festivals??Mike Gordon: Trey and I were there on different days, and giving each space, but we did talk, and this weekend we’ll both be in the same town, so you never know!Anastasio, Gordon, and Potter, began the show’s encore with a trio performance of Phish’s “Water In The Sky.” From there, Trey had one more trick up his sleeve, as he welcomed saxophonist Dave Grippo, a founding member of TAB and a member of Phish’s storied Giant Country Horns, who toured with the quartet back in 1991. Grippo added extra brass texture to “Push On ‘Til The Day” to send the Vermont crowd home with smiles on their faces.Watch fan-shot footage of Trey Anastasio with Grace Potter and Mike Gordon at Grand Point North in Burlington, VT below via YouTube user gayanastasio:last_img read more