Pete Mason is a Special Education teacher living in Albany, NY with his dog Halley. He started PhanArt shortly after Phish’s final shows in 2004 as a way to preserve the legacy of the Phish community. With the help of friends (both old and new) he compiled, edited, laid out and oversaw the creation of a 400+ page book that is unlike any other, seeking to preserve the legacy of Phish fans through PhanArt. Pete has traveled across the country, visiting all 50 states in the process of seeing Phish and other bands. Pete is also the Editor NYSMusic.com and continues to help the ever-expanding Phish Art community grow. Listen to a recent interview on Tom Marshall’s Under the Scales podcast.
His second book, PhanFood: From the Kitchen Pot to the Parking Lot is a collaboration with Taraleigh Silberberg (The Healthy Hippie). PhanFood is a collection of recipes from Phish fans and friends including appetizers, drinks, salads, healthy food, desserts and other delicious concoctions. PhanFood benefits the food pantry of Burlington, Vermont and the towns Phish plays in each tour. To order PhanFood, pick one up here.
In December, 2012, Pete published his first e-book, “The Evolution of the War Film Genre: From Westerns and World War II to Vietnam”, detailing the changing war film genre over the past 80 years. Pick it up for Kindle, for Nook, and now for iTunes.
In 2014, Pete self-published a children’s book on his dog Halley’s life and travels, A Well Traveled Dog, illustrated by Ryan Kerrigan, after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Pick up a copy here.
Late in In 2015, Pete and Ryan Kerrigan published their second collaborative effort, The Alphabet Book, For Little Phans: From Antelope to Zero. Pick up a copy here.
In 2016, The Grateful Book of Letters was published, the third collaboration between Mason and Kerrigan. Pick up a copy here.
Bela Fleck and his Banjo Concerto ‘The Imposter’, March 2013
An Interview with Dopapod’s Neal Evans and Rob Compa, playing Albany, Syracuse and Rochester this weekend
JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic and Missing Cats, September 2012
Alan Evans of The Royal Family, September 2012)
Scott Murawski of Max Creek and Mike Gordon Band, August 2012
Looking toward 2012: Gathering of the Vibes founder talks history, legacy & present
Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits and Conspirator, April 2012
Greg Bell, on his 20th anniversary as a local music promoter in Albany, NY
Tony Markellis, June 2011
Reid Genauer on Reuniting with Strangefolk
The Strangefolk Story Part 2 – April 2011
The Strangefolk Story Part 1 – March 2011
Mike Gordon, November 2010
Interview with The McLovins, September 2009
NYSMusic.com Articles and Reviews
Jambands.com Articles and Reviews
Gathering of the Vibes 2013
Gathering of the Vibes 2012 : Gratefully holding tight to its Dead roots at Seaside
Sealing the Deal: Hangout 2012 Thrives in its Junior Year
Trey Anastasio Band Song Histories – When and Radon Balloon
StrangeCreek Music and Arts Festival review
Musings on Protest Music, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Strangefolk: A Great Long While in the Making
Recap: The Return of Strangefolk
Amnesty International Dylan Tribute Album
Protecting Your Hearing: A Guide to Earplugs
Review: Trey Anastasio at Carnegie Hall
A Phans View
Summer 2001 Road Trip Revisited
Huffington Post Articles
New Electoral Math would have made Romney President
Movie reviews (Albany, NY)
Forget Chris McCandless. Has Craig Medred gone into the wild?
High 5: Seeking Natural Relief for Chronic Depression
The Benefits of a Weed
What’s Next for Occupy?
Would You Confuse ‘Chikin’ with Kale?
The Real Housewives of Phish Tour
How to Fold a Poster
Shit Phish Fans Say
PhanArt: The Movie!
PhanArt’s YouTube Channel