AJ Masthay Summer Tour Poster Subscriptions

From AJ Masthay:

A quick reminder that I’ll be releasing a very limited number of subscriptions for my 1st Leg Summer Tour prints tomorrow, Friday April 1st (no foolin!) at 12 noon EST. Just a little taste of one sketch is shown below. There will be two subscription options, Regular and Enhanced, with the enhanced giving you your choice of 2 of the 6 prints to be hand drawn with sketches in the borders. Additional details can be found on the subscription page of my website.

I’ll also be releasing my latest print for the jamband Boris Garcia out of Philadelphia. If you haven’t heard of them they are definitely worth checking out!

Feel free to get in touch with me at aj@masthaystudios with any questions. See ya in Bethel!

How can you support music education in schools?

With major cuts to education being implemented in state budgets throughout the country, the need to support students is at an all time high. When the ax falls on school budgets, the first to go are typically the arts and music programs. In this day of strained budgets and a heavy emphasis on test-intensive subjects such as science and math, schools in less well-to-do towns and city neighborhoods are often not so lucky. When the time comes for costs to be cut, the arts are seen as expendable — if not frills, then at least not essential to an education that will turn out productive members of America’s economic machinery. The arts and education have been intricately intertwined since the Greeks set up their first schools, with a focus on philosophy, art, mathematics and music, the first three relating to and impacting directly the most important of those, music.

A music education is critical in the development of a well-rounded education and helps to prepare students for life with a greater focus on self-discipline, improved focus and increased ease in learning and synthesizing abstract information. To ignore music is to set our students back in their academic progress and limit their capabilties in future endeavors. Treating music, art and even foreign language as an unnecessary appendage that can be cut as needed lessens the ability for the youth of the nation to develop strong backbones in the academic rigors that are avoidable when the budget ax falls, namely Math, Science, History and English.

The Mockingbird Foundation is a leading grantmaker in music education for children, the Foundation has now made over 300 grants in 47 states. Proceeds are generated through comprehensive books including three editions of The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band & Their Music, innovative recordings, special art prints, creative donation premiums, and fan community events. At the beginning of Summer 2016, The Foundation announced that Phish fans have donated over one million dollars to charity.

The Mockingbird Foundation is entirely volunteer, with no salaries, paid staff, office space, or endowment — thus distributing all possible funds to education grants. No member or volunteer benefits financially from the Foundation, all proceeds from Mockingbird projects are donated to tax-exempt organizations.

Since 1994, Mockingbird has cultivated intellectual property on Phish and their music through phish.net, making it the leading provider of historical information about the band. It has published three editions of The Phish Companion as well as a Phish cover album,Sharin’ in the Groove. Through strategic partnerships, The Foundation contributes content to a dozen other Phish related site and four mobile apps.

With Board Members, phish.net contributors and volunteers across the country, Mockingbird exists almost exclusively online. Born from a Usenet newsgroup and started as a mailing list, it now sustains via online forums and blogs on phish.net, Facebook and Twitter.

Make a donation, apply for a grant or sign up for their newsletter.
What can YOU do to support music education?

Buy goods on Amazon through Mockingbird

Make a direct donation to The Mockingbird Foundation

Buy a copy of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, a 400+ page coffee table book featuring the art made by Phish fans over the course of the band’s first 21 years.

Pick up a copy of The Phish Companion or Sharin’ in the Groove

Each artist and Phish fan taking part in this website voluntarily donates money from sales (typically 10%) or art to be used in future auctions to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation.

Tell your representatives, school board and friends to support the arts and music education in schools, as they are vital to ensuring that students stay competitive and well-rounded in their education through academic reinforcement.

To apply for a grant from The Mockingbird Foundation, visit their funding page.

– PhanArt Pete Mason

Bethel Woods Print by Ben Whitesell

From Ben Whitesell, new to PhanArt!

Welcome to what I hope is the first of many Phish Fan Art Concert Posters that I will be creating for Phish’s Summer Tour. I am working closely with friend and collaborator Doug Whitworth, a true Phan, on several different concepts that will both stretch my creativity and hopefully put a lot of interesting work out there for the Phish community. Hope you enjoy!

Bethel, NY will be a LIMITED run poster — only 100 prints will be available. It’s first come, first serve and once the 100th print is sold we will close for purchasing. Posters can be printed in various sizes (16″ x 10.7″, 24″ x 16″, 32″ x 21.3″, etc…) and printed on various paper qualities with framing options.

Posters can be purchased at imagekind

For more of Ben Whitesell’s work visit: www.benwhitesellblog.com

This Week in PhanArt History: Northwest Tour 1993

New from PhanArt in 2011 is our weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete. If there is a piece of art or genre of PhanArt you would like to see, leave a suggestion in the comments below.

Submitted to PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish by Brendan, aka Weatherman on PT, this shirt is the only one known to have been sold by fans on Spring 1993 Tour, one of the most extensive in Phish History. Brendan noted that he got this shirt, his favorite of all fan shirts he has bought over the years, that he picked this shirt up on 3/25/93 or 3/28/93. This is the era when Phish PhanArt started to become more common at shows and became an entrenched part of the Phish community

Hug Japan charity pins for relief efforts from CrazyRedBeard

From Jon Blake, aka CrazyRedBeard:

Hi guys…we here at CRB Productions have been profoundly impacted by the recent events in Japan. We like to believe that we think globally and act locally, giving where we can and working in fields where we believe we can be of use. But in this case, we wanted to create something that could offer some small token of our humanity and love to those that have been affected by the heart wrenching happenings in the east.

With this in mind, we give you the CRB Hug Japan relief effort pin.


The red circle represents the emblematic dot of color in the Japanese flag…we’re only making 100 for now and all proceeds after recouping costs will go to aid relief efforts in Japan. If there is a certain organization you’d like your donation to go to, please let me know. I was thinking of splitting it between Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and Global Giving.

Pins are going to production now: I am asking $15 per pin and $5 for shipping. If you get more than one pin, you only pay the $5 shipping once.

Just so you know, there is no white border around the character hugging the red dot. Just the little fella and the flag logo. :)

# of pins

Phish and JEMP Records to release “Japan Relief”: Field of Heaven, Fuji Rock Festival, Japan 7/31/99

From Phish and  JEMP Records:

In response to the recent earthquake and tsunami that the people of the northeastern part of Japan have endured JEMP Records is releasing “7/31/99, Field of Heaven, Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, JAPAN” as benefit CD at & download at Phish Dry Goods and livephish.com to benefit Peace Winds America http://peacewindsamerica.org. 100% of the funds Peace Winds America collects for disaster relief will go to support operations through their sister organization, Peace Winds Japan. Relief operations began March 15th and are currently underway in Miuyagi Prefecture, where Peace Winds is on the ground providing food, clothing, medicines and temporary shelter to survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

7/31/99 was recorded by Paul Languedoc and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. We’d like to thank Fred and the folks at Nugs.net and Music Today for donating their efforts to this cause.

The expected release date of the download at livephish.com will be April 15th. The expected ship date of the CD from Phish Dry Goods (drygoods.phish.com) will be May 10th. Click Here to pre-order

About the show:

Immediately following their 1999 U.S. summer tour, Phish traveled abroad for their first ever shows in Japan. Fuji Rock Festival took place on multiple stages and the festival had specially designed the “Field Of Heaven” stage for Phish to play three consecutive nights of complete, two-set headline shows.

This release features Phish’s entire show from July 31, 1999 – the middle, Saturday night as well as “What’s The Use?” from their soundcheck on July 29th. The July 31st show crackled with energy, intermingling classic and new material with an exploratory vibe that meshed with the atmosphere of respect and beauty.

Set one had many high points including standout performances of “My Friend, My Friend”, “Back On The Train”, “Limb By Limb” and “Character Zero”. Set two started in the stratosphere with a “2001” > “David Bowie” opener that proved the most experimental music played at Fuji Rock transposed against the gentle beauty of “Wading In The Velvet Sea”. Set two also featured one of the all-time great renditions of “Prince Caspian”, a smoking “Fluffhead” and mystical “Simple”. The encore provided a chance for friend and fellow musician Nawang Khechog to address the crowd about Tibetan human rights and perform with Fish on vacuum for a meditative jam with Fish and with the whole band on flute for a special “Brian And Robert”. Japan proved a perfect host for Phish, the Field Of Heaven has survived ever since as part of Fuji Rock Festival and Phish has maintained a strong connection with Japan, weaving Japanese lyrics into “The Meatstick” as recently as New Year’s Eve 2010-2011.

In the past, charitable downloads at LivePhish.com have raised over $100,000 for four non-profits: the Harbor House of New Jersey (The Headphones Jam), the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fund (Katrina Relief) and the American Red Cross (Haiti Relief). Additionally, the Mockingbird Foundation receives funding on an on-going basis from the proceeds at LivePhish.com.

Donations for Mockingbird, Winter 2011

Special thanks goes to the following artists who were featured on PhanArt in the past two months. They have been undoubtedly generous and their donations will in turn support the efforts of Mockingbird Foundation to promote music education throughout the country.

Isadora Bullock – Three 2009 posters (Red Rocks, Jones Beach, Philly) and three 2010 posters (Telluride, Deer Creek, Charleston)

MYFE. Designs – 5 pins from their collection

SIMON OSSITT Antelope Neck Tubes $10

Brian Kushner and PHANBADGE – 2 sets of 7 festival merit badges

Ian Millard – Antelope Poster (#16/25)

Jeff Crookes – 2 sets of 4 Lego Band Members

Caimen Ruff – $30 and 2 posters

Tyler Davio Mugs from NYE -$100

Grand total to start 2011: $140 plus 6 posters and much more! Thank you all!