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Shane Smykla and an Amazing Trey Canvas Painting

Sometimes the youngest phans are well, noobs, sometimes they are cool, and sometimes they blow your mind. Shane Smykla from Ballston Spa is a 15 year old high school student and Phish fan. Completing this canvas print under the tutelage of Jeremy LebeDiker, his art teacher and fellow Phish fan (art from Jeremy coming soon).

Shane got into the Grateful Dead before he started listening to Phish. He fell in love with the band after watching Bittersweet Motel at a friends house after and Allman Brothers/Doobie Brothers show. So far Shane has only seen Phish once, on 8/16/09 at SPAC. (Great first show!) More shows are in the future for Shane this summer.

The painting measures 24″ x 36″ and is done ‘Acrylic Jazz style’ on canvas. He spent a month and a half completing the work. Shane is asking for $160 for this painting, or best offer. You can email him to work out a price for the painting. (shanesmykla@yahoo.com)

10% of the final sale price will benefit The Mockingbird Foundation.


The Art of Jeremy Lebediker

Jeremy Lebediker, a long-time Phish phan (since back in the late 80’s) is an artist and art educator originally from Syracuse, New York. Mr. Lebediker’s paintings and drawings have been displayed throughout the New York capital region and have been featured at the Varga Visionary Art Gallery in New York, and the Mimosa Gallery in New York. His work has also been displayed at the esteemed Woodstock School of Art and at the Saratoga Arts Council Gallery.

Many originals are for sales and commission work is welcomed. Additional work can be viewed on www.redbubble.com/people/lebediker

Contact him at lebediker_2000@yahoo.com

These paintings were originally created in acrylic for the 2009 summer tour. It measures 8X10 and is signed. The prints are matted and created using archival ink.

The prints are $30 each with free shipping or $100 for all 4 plus $10 shipping.  10% of each sale goes to The Mockingbird Foundation

Prints


Reba Alliance shirts from Jiggs

Born out of a Star Wars username discussion on Phantasy Tour, these one color front Reba shirts combine two worlds of geek. The shirt is printed on Gildan 100% cotton preshrunk Ultras (6.1 oz). The shirt color is a sport grey. The ladies shirts are the same, but a slightly different cut. Men’s sizes start at $14, ladies at $15, with XXLs being an additional $2 each.

Get one here


Every Phish review by Phish fans (but mostly the fluffing of v3.0) (satire)

Ok, the show just ended, and from my iPhone, I have decided it is important to share with everyone my unbiased opinion of the show I just saw and also to fluff the shit out of this band Phish whom I love so much. I just can’t write anything bad. Also, I’m gonna ignore everyone I came here with and just write what I want in the hopes people like my reviews.

Anyways……ZOMG! BEST SHOW EVER! Seriously, if you weren’t here, you will forever have a hole in your soul where this show should have been. Why didn’t you drive to Ypsilanti for this show? Seriously, we ALL knew it would be THE sleeper show of the tour and that makes me so much headier than you. Because guesstimating which show will be the ‘sleeper show’ makes me 100% accurate (since I said at one point or another that all shows were potential sleepers, negating the word itself) and boosts my credibility with heads on par with the likes of Tom Marshall – the greatest songwriting partner ever!

So here’s the setlist:
Set 1: Ya Mar, Cars Trucks Buses, It’s Ice, HYHU->Love You->HYHU, Down with Disease->Possum, Secret Smile (75 minutes)
Set 2: 2001->Anything but me, Lizards, Reba->Julius, 46 days->Free, YEM (95 minutes)
Encore: Character Zero (10 minutes)

See? You missed this! How awesome am I for rubbing that in? But hey, you’ll be listening to it in 20 minutes anyways so who cares? (I do, I need this, and I have nothing else) Ain’t technology great like that?

Yet again, Phish has outdone themselves even when last night you thought they couldn’t have outdone themselves anymore – they go and blow your mind again. They welcomed the crowd with an amazing version of The Mustangs ‘Ya Mar’, and although you probably know that The Mustangs wrote this song they have played since the 80s, I’m gonna get some “cred” from mentioning that again. Yes, I have listened to The Mustangs version quite a bit, but Phish does it better. Trust me.

The high energy that was built up in the first song carried over to every single other song in this show. Every. Single. One. That’s right fans, this show was a 9/10, but I’ll make that a 10/10 in a few paragraphs. Just watch me fluff.

CTB was sweet, and abbreviating it is even cooler, am I right? Next up was It’s Ice. Holy shit. It’s Ice WAS AMAZING! Page was ON man, he was ON! Even that part in the middle he has always played pretty much the same – that was unique as shit! I love Page because he has Parkinson’s (I heard it on PT, so it must be true). But at least he has a Lear Jet to make trips to the Mayo Clinic and he looks good in his new shirt. There, I don’t have to mention Page anymore. That’s all you need to know – his song, his shirt, his health and his jet. Let me now get to blowing (reviewing less than critically) Trey and Mike because they are the greatest guitarists EVER!

First, let me tell you that Fishman can channel, that’s right, he can fucking CHANNEL Syd Barrett. I should know, I listened to tons of Pink Floyd although nothing from the Syd era. Trust me though, you need to seek this Love You out. The vacuuming goes on for a good 8-10 seconds longer than normal.

Ok, so Trey comes back to his guitar and we get Down with Disease! Let the shredding begin! Mike dropped bass notes like he always does, but this time was even cooler than 3 nights ago because it’s fresher in my mind. So I’ll put this one down as best of tour. Debate OVER. Until they play another DWD. Then THAT ONE is the best ever!

The band got all experimental towards the end and by the band, I mean Trey. He is like the best part of Phish, so let me talk about him. Trey is a god. Literally. He heals wounds. He has urinated in my ears and gotten rid of wook flu. He did drugs and learned from it, therefore, he is a god. When he segued into Possum, I was one of the first to note this and you can tell from my Tweet on it. What, you aren’t following me on Twitter? Follow me: @Phishphluffer420

Even though Gordo sings Possum, I’ll have you know that Trey is the star of this and all songs really. He built up a massive crescendo, a word I looked up to mean ‘build up’. Doing what they do best, they played the song really well and other phrases and strings of words that show I can be critical of the band while really just fluffing the hell out of them. Furthermore, let me compare Possum to one of Phish’s influences, Frank Zappa. Trey loves Zappa a lot and you can tell because Possum sounds JUST LIKE Easy Meat! I know this because I downloaded Zappa’s entire discography the other day because I heard Trey was influenced by him. Even though Easy Meat doesn’t sound a bit like Possum, or vice versa, I’m gonna make this judgment and you can just agree with me because that’s what this review is here to do – gain your trust by reassuring you Phish is incapable of flaws since they came back in March of 2009.

Then Trey decided to play Secret Smile. I cried. Others went to the bathroom or to get beer. I don’t know why, this song is amazing. It encompasses everything I love about Phish: Trey, an acoustic guitar, and the other 3 just sitting back and watching Trey be a god.

Set break was 40 minutes long and fans stretched their legs, bitched about Secret Smile, and relaxed. I sat idly by on my iPhone taking notes about the show.

The boys opened up second set with a Type-II laden version of 2001, which was originally called Also Sprach Zarathrusta. I know this because I Googled it. The jamming kept going places, here, there, that place, voici, voila, aqui, and so on until the continuity was broken up very nicely by a rough transition into Anything but Me. You should know that I LOVE this song! It is awesome and I cried when they played it on Letterman back in 2003 even though the song sucked. But I assure you, I love this song and every Phish song, even Loving Cup, which is one of their best compositions.

Trey’s senior thesis was broken out with a version of Lizards that was like all the others, but different, and better. Then they busted out Reba, which they played the tits off of. That’s right, tits. It’s a double pun because they played it really well, hence, the tits came off and Reba is a woman’s name so she would presumably have tits. They came off is what I’m trying to tell you. They should bag it and tag it. LOL. See what I did there? I am a comedian!

The flawless segueing into Julius wasn’t flawless, but remember, I have to keep fluffing the band so just take my word for it. It was FUCKING FLAWLESS! Julius reminded me of a song by that band that sings Legs, but I can’t tell too much about that because I don’t listen to that kind of shit. Unless it turns out Trey was influenced by them. In that case I’ll download and listen to the entire discography in a matter of hours just to get deeper into Trey’s mind. I’m thinking of dying my hair red by the way. What do you think? Yeah?! I think it would look cool too!

46 days was busted out, even though a bust out technically is a way to describe a rare song that is played once in a blue moon. But I’ll stick with that because it came out of nowhere as I expected something else more obscure which would be every song. But then, the jam transformed into this improvisational thing that was like the best part of the show. It was pseudo David Byrne meets Miles Davis meets Zachary Taylor meets Moby Grape. Yes, it was that awesome! Don’t know who some of those musicians/former presidents are? You should continue reading what I write, because it will educate you all about how Phish is flawless and just so fucking awesome. I am crying because I can’t tell you enough how flawless they are. They’re just perfect since they came back, that’s all I’m saying. Then they segued into Free which was very funky with Gordo plucking the bass strings really loudly. I like this enough to say it was ‘phunky’, even though you may be irked by the use of the letters ‘ph’.

After Free, there was much talk on stage and then YEM. This was cool too. I would write more about how the show ended on a high note with a sick vocal jam, but my ‘Thesaurus for Phish Fans Reviewing Shows’ has been worn down and I don’t know what else to say. YEM was cool? No, that’s not it. Ground-breaking? Well, not really…. maybe it was mesmerizing? YES! THIS YEM was MESMERIZING! The energy! The trampolines! The vocal jam! God, I love this band. I need to rub one out now.

The encore was Character Zero which has gone back to being more than what it was in 2000 – the staple of every other show. Now that it’s back to being an every third show song, I find that this version was more amazing than 3 nights ago and probably cant be topped. That is, until the next time they play it.

This cannot possibly get better! Yes it can! More shows! All shows will be better than the last!

We can only assume that Phish is going to continue to get better and better and soon Trey will ascend to heaven and be seated at the right hand of Jerry. But until that happens, I’ll be fluffing the shit out of the band in the hopes that the journalists who cover Phish will meet me halfway and improve their biased reviews. I mean, seriously, don’t they realize how amazing Phish is? You’d think we were all pot smoking hippies or something.

Shirts for summer 2010 from PhanArtist Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers, PhanArtist and Poster maker has two new T-shirts for summer 2010.  Both shirts are available in sizes medium, large, and x-large. The Cavern Tee is heather gray while the NO2 Tee is royal blue. Shirts are screen printed on Gildan 100% Cotton

Each shirt is $15, including shipping and handling. Steve has agreed to donate $1.00 of each shirt to benefit the Mockingbird Foundation.

As an added bonus, everyone that purchases a shirt will be entered in to a drawing* to win a poster bundle. Bundle consists of: (1) Festival 8 poster (1) Albany poster (1) Syracuse poster (1) Miami poster (1) SPAC poster (pic coming soon). Each limited poster is signed and # by Phanartist Steve Rogers.

*Drawing will take place on July 30th and winner will be notified by email. Customers will need to register in order to be accepted for free drawing. Drawing is %100 free, there are no fees beyond purchase of a shirt.

To order T-Shirts and register for drawing please click the link below. Once you are at the store, to register for drawing just click Register on the menu.

Steve Rogers shop

You can find Steve with these shirts and posters and more at Hershey, Hartford, SPAC, Great Woods, Camden, Merriweather, Canandaigua, Alpine Valley and Deer Creek

Mike Wren Concert Photography Exhibit May 22nd

Mike Wren will have his first ever art show, opening on May 22 at 42° in Glens Falls. The exhibition is of live music photography captured throughout the Northeast over the past five years from artists ranging from Phil Lesh (and some very special friends), Phish, moe. and The Disco Biscuits, to Kaki King and Keller Williams.

42° is located at 23 Park St, on the corner of Park and Elm, in Glens Falls, NY. The exhibition will run through the weekend of June 20, with the PhanArt poster show and Phish’s return to SPAC, and proceeds will benefit The Mockingbird Foundation

The Mockingbird Foundation is a charitable organization founded to support
music education for children. The foundation was set up in 1996 by fans of the band Phish and has since raised over $600,000 through donations and sales of the book The Phish Companion as well as the Phish tribute compilation CD Sharing in the Groove. (www.mockingbirdfoundation.org)
42° Art and Glass Gallery specializes in independently blown glass pipes from
regional and national artists as well as displaying and selling limited edition
prints from artists inspired by the music of Phish. 42° is located at 23 Park St, on the corner of Park and Elm, in Glens Falls, NY. Approximately 15 minutes north of Saratoga Springs via I-87 off of Exit 18.

Phish fan art Posters Bundle! Andrew Abis, Phish3d, Steve Rogers and Drew Suto PhanArt!

We have a new auction up on Ebay of posters donated to PhanArt for auction to benefit Mockingbird Foundation

BID BY CLICKING HERE!

1. Andrew Abis Red rocks poster, signed and numbered, 72/185, measures 15 x 22

2. Steve Rogers Miami New Years print, signed and numbered 11/50, measures 11 x 17

3. Drew Suto Fall tour cover art for Surrender to the Flow phanzine #23 33/50, measures 11 x 17

4. (3) Phish 3D movie posters, from the live concert film, Phish 3D

These posters were donated by the artists for this auction, and all profits from the winning auction price (not including shipping and handling) will benefit Mockingbird Foundation for music education (www.mbird.org) All posters are in mint condition unless otherwise notes and will come rolled in the same tube. Shirt will ship separately with sticker.

This auction is sponsored by PhanArt Blog – www.phanart.net/blog – committed to archiving and compiling the art of the fans of Phish, both online and in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish.

New prints from AJ Masthay for Summer 2010!

Featured below are two of AJ Masthay’s new prints for summer 2010, Hershey and Merriweather.  You can find ordering info at www.masthaystudios.com

7 color linoleum block print

Signed/Numbered limited edition of 75

13.5″x23″ Stonehenge paper stock

$35.00 plus shipping

Limit of 2 prints per person

7 color linoleum block print

Signed/Numbered limited edition of 75

13.5″x23.5″ Canson Edition Bright White

$35.00 plus shipping

Limit of 2 prints per person

The Soulshine Poster Art Show at Summercamp

The Soulshine Poster Art Show is an exhibition of artisans who create
handmade concert posters utilizing the time-honored process of fine art
printmaking.

The event is hosted in eulogy to Lisa Rosemann artist, live music
devotee and spirit of our community – who left us to paint her greatest
masterpiece this May.

Visit the Soulshine Tent Fri-Sun 10am-4pm to learn more about the art of printmaking and return home with a valuable collectible. View a special exhibition of The Art of Lisa Rosemann and bid on posters autographed by many of the musicians performing at this year’s 2010 Summer Camp Music Festival with proceeds benefitting charity.

Fred Hosman www.hoscopress.com – Omaha, Nebraska
Trippwww.tabootart.com – Denver, Colorado
Tim Ripley - www.timothyripley.netfirms.com – Chicago, Illinois
Jake Powellwww.jakespenart.com – Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Kyle Baker - www.kylewbaker.com – Chicago, Illinois
AJ Masthay www.masthaystudios.com – West Hartford, Connecticut
Jason Kaczorowski www.jasonkaczorowski.com – Chicago, IL
Memorial Exhibition to Lisa Rosemann - www.soulshinestudios.com - Antioch, IL

Soulshine Poster Art Show
Jason Kaczorowski Events Incorporated | 4636 N. Ravenswood Chicago, IL
60640 | ph 312.671.7678 | e jason@jasonkaczorowski.com

Summer Camp Music Festival
Jay Goldberg Events | Mike Armintrout | 1115 W. Oregon, Suite A Urbana, IL
61801 | ph 217-278-7400 | e mikea@jaytv.com

PhanArt and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

A few months ago, word got around that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was opening an archive wing and was seeking donations.  We donated a copy of PhanArt, and a few issues of Surrender to the Flow fanzine to the hall, and recently got a thank you letter that you can read below.

So when that Phish exhibit opens up in say, 2020*, you may wind up seeing PhanArt and Surrender to the Flow in the same company as the Hotdog and other Phish memorabilia!

*our guess

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