About PhanArt

On a mountain with my dog

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 in Chief at UpstateLIVE.com, coaches youth soccer and continues to help the ever-expanding Phish Art community grow. Read a recent interview with RiseandVibe.

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 Kindlefor Nook,  and now for iTunes.

Pete self-published a children’s book on his dog Halley’s life and travels, A Well Traveled Dog, after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Pick up a copy here.

Pete is currently working on a book on music festivals with longtime editor and friend Tim O’Shea.


Bela Fleck and his Banjo Concerto ‘The Imposter’, March 2013 (UpstateLIVE)

An Interview with Dopapod’s Neal Evans and Rob Compa, playing Albany, Syracuse and Rochester this weekend (UpstateLIVE)

JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic and Missing Cats, September 2012 (UpstateLIVE)

Alan Evans of The Royal Family, September 2012 (UpstateLIVE)

Scott Murawski of Max Creek and Mike Gordon Band, August 2012 (UpstateLIVE)

Looking toward 2012: Gathering of the Vibes founder talks history, legacy & present (Honest Tune)

Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits and Conspirator, April 2012 (UpstateLIVE)

Greg Bell, on his 20th anniversary as a local music promoter in Albany, NY (UpstateLIVE)

Tony Markellis, June 2011 (UpstateLIVE with Surrender to the Flow)

Reid Genauer on Reuniting with Strangefolk (Hidden Track)

The Strangefolk Story Part 2 – April 2011 (Hidden Track)

The Strangefolk Story Part 1 – March 2011 (Hidden Track)

Mike Gordon, November 2010 (UpstateLIVE)

Interview with The McLovins, September 2009 (State of Mind)

Music Articles

UpstateLIVE.com Articles and Reviews

Jambands.com Articles and Reviews

Gathering of the Vibes 2013 (Jams Plus Media)

Gathering of the Vibes 2012 : Gratefully holding tight to its Dead roots at Seaside (Honest Tune)

Sealing the Deal: Hangout 2012 Thrives in its Junior Year (Honest Tune)

Trey Anastasio Band Song Histories – When and Radon Balloon

StrangeCreek Music and Arts Festival review (Jambands.com)

Musings on Protest Music, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (Relix.com)

Strangefolk: A Great Long While in the Making (Hidden Track)

Recap: The Return of Strangefolk (Hidden Track)

Amnesty International Dylan Tribute Album (HeadCount)

Protecting Your Hearing: A Guide to Earplugs (Hidden Track)

Review: Trey Anastasio at Carnegie Hall  (PhanArt)

A Phans View (Jambands.com)

Summer 2001 Road Trip Revisited

Non-Music Articles

Huffington Post Articles

New Electoral Math would have made Romney President (HeadCount)

Movie reviews (Albany, NY) (Nippertown)

Forget Chris McCandless. Has Craig Medred gone into the wild? (Alaska Dispatch)

High 5: Seeking Natural Relief for Chronic Depression (Kaia Magazine)

The Benefits of a Weed (Kaia Magazine)

What’s Next for Occupy? (HeadCount)

Would You Confuse ‘Chikin’ with Kale? (HeadCount)


The Real Housewives of Phish Tour

How to Fold a Poster

Shit Phish Fans Say

PhanArt: The Movie!

PhanArt’s YouTube Channel

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