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Miami posters featured at Mock Show

This upcoming NYE run in Miami has one of the best events Phish fans have to offer: the semi-annual Phish poster convention, MOCK SHOW: Epic NYE


Fans going to Miami will have some great music at night, but more importantly, what to do during the day?  On Wednesday December30th at Epic Hotel (located just blocks from American Airlines Arena) Mock Show will take place from 10am-3pm and feature dozens of artiststhat Phish fans are familiar with, as well as new faces to the community of Phish artists.

Even if you have never bought a poster outside the lots, or dont know what to expect, go to Mock Show and check out the art. Part gallery and part exhibition, posters will be on sale from artist’s portfolios with donations made to HeadCount, the beneficiary of charitable donations made at Mock Show.

Check out our gallery of art that is available for sale at Mock Show!

PhanArtists such as Ryan Kerrigan, Tripp, AJ Masthay, Isadora Bullock, Fred Hosman of HoscoPress, Bruce Horan, Erin Cadigan, Uncle & Aunt Ebeneezer, Noah Phence, Ryan Jerzy, Jamie Huntsman, Vince Naro, and Franky Scaglione will have their art on display, as will Michael OrtizJon Lamb of LikeMindedProductions, Ian Millard and Drew Findley of Subject Matter Studios. Mock Show creator and PhanArtist Jason Kaczorowski will be showcasing hisconcert/festival and celebrity portrait photography in a special exhibition.

Included amongst the artists are non-profit organizations Waterwheel FoundationMockingbird FoundationPhanArt (thats us!) and the main beneficiary from the event, Headcount. Headcount will be sponsoring an exciting opportunity for patrons to engage themselves in the democratic process of voting by helping stage a juried art event wherein patrons will receive ballots upon entry (and previously online) to “vote” for the their artists spanning various categories including “Best of Show”, “Best New Artist”, “Best Mock Show Poster” among others.

These votes will be tallied and awards will be presented during a catered VIP banquet ceremony Thursday, December 31st, 2009 from Noon-4pm. The awards ceremony will feature an additional surprise roster of artists exhibiting in a currently undisclosed location. Check back November 30th when tickets go on sale to learn how you can be one of only 100 special VIP guests to attend this inaugural awards ceremony dubbed “The Posties” where the coveted “Golden Tubes” will be distributed to artists voted best in their field. You’ll have a unique opportunity to talk candidly with artists, browse an exclusive collection of fine art on display, attend the afternoon’s inaugural “Posties” ceremony all while enjoying a premium open barand delicious hors d’oeuvres. More information at on the Mock Show website starting Monday, November 30th, 2009 when tickets go on sale.

Join the PhanArt Street/Lot Team!

phanart sticker

PhanArt is looking to recruit fans to join in with the search for new fan-art in the lots at Phish shows!

All you need to do is get some flyers out at shows Phish, Phix, Strange Design, anything Phish related or where fans congregate, even Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s, Yonder Mountain, Disco Biscuits, and other types of live music scenes. We can send you flyers in the mail or one to print off at work.

Download/right-click and save the flyer below, print and cut out a few sheets to hand out to phans at shows!

PhanArt Flyer

email us at

Plus, you can help us in our quest to catalog and document all the art that is out there!  Simply look for new lot art at shows – take pictures of new lot art – posters, shirts, stickers, paintings, anything – and send them in to If you have 10 new items we havent seen, we will send you a free lot shirt! All for wandering Shakedown Street and taking pictures of lot art. Sound simple? That’s because it is! No strings attached!

Thank you phans!


PhanArt Pete Radio Interview Mon 11/23 @10pm

This Monday, 11/23, PhanArt Pete’s interview will air on The Acoustic Record with ‘Java’ John Goldacker.  ‘Java’ discusses with Pete the recent 8 festival, the Phish lot scene and economy, the creativity inspired by band, as well as the PhanArt Blog.

Tune in at at 10pm.  Locally, you can tune in at 89.5 FM Melbourne

‘Java’ John Goldacker is an artist living on the Space Coast of Florida with his wife and son.  Java paints murals, design logos, draws and paints portraits, aas well website design and more.

'Java' John

Goldacker is also a PhanArtist featured in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish who made two great posters – one for Big Cypress, and another for IT



Indoor Lot at the OnCenter Before 11/22 Syracuse Show – Free for Vendors and Phans!

syracuse-orange-mascotOtto Owns Phish Lot, rumored to sit in with Phish

Some very intelligent folks who rune the OnCenter Complex in Syracuse have come up with a great idea: an indoor lot scene that is free for phans to take part in, selling their lot goods inside, away from the cold Syracuse winter (it comes early, trust me)

Inside the OnCenter from 9am-730pm will be vendors such as SoundGarden (Cuse’s own great record store), Henna tattoo Artists, Massage Therapist, Tarot Card readers, (beer) Belly Dancers (10 heady points if you know that song reference) and many book vendors.

Fans can vend too!  This is your pre-show too!  It is FREE for you to take part! So if you have something to sell, whether it be clothing, art, or something else. PhanArt will be there selling the book, shirts, stickers and posters, as well as displaying some of the latest fan-art from 8! To register, all you need is to contact Michelle at the OnCenter at 315-435-8000 to register and you are in! No Cost! No Fee! No Fee? Maybe a Fee during the Phish show, that would be heady. Been since 7/29/03 since I caught one.

But I digress…..

Phish fans can come to the OnCenter, check out the scene inside, and listen to some local bands, including The Lost Marbles, Soul Risin‘, and Dark Hollow (on stage from 2-6pm – this will be an AWESOME pre-show)

It’s gonna be cold, cold, cold, cold in the ‘cuse, so take advantage of this indoor, warm environment to sell your wares and make some money for tour!

Note: Glass vendors- sorry, no dice on this. I checked with them and they just aren’t cool like that. Sorry, but they just wouldn’t say yes.

Beyond the glass thing, this is a PhanArt Recommended, PhanArt Approved event! (PRPA)


News link from

SYRACUSE, NY – Onondaga County’s Oncenter will host a free Pre-Phish Party prior to the Nov. 22 Phish concert at the War Memorial Arena.
The party will be inside the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, next door to the War Memorial, starting at 9 a.m. It will last until the start of the show starts at 7:30 p.m, Oncenter officials said in a press release.

The goal is to create a place for these fans to hang out and escape the weather prior to the show. “We want to show the community and the promoters that we care and we’re willing to go the extra mile to make fans truly have an experience when they come to an event at our facilities,” said Mike Spaulding, director of ticketing and event bookings for Oncenter.

Admission is free and entertainment includes live music from local bands, vendors and contests. One Pre-Phish Party attendee will win a pair of tickets to the see the sold-out concert.

Local bands will play starting at 11 a.m. Food, beer and other items will be available.

Oncenter officials urged those planning to attend the party to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Welcome to the PhanArt Blog!!

Greetings to all!! Welcome to what we hope will surely be a unique site for fans of Phish to utilize for their benefit, and the benefit of charity.

The PhanArt Blog is designed to provide Phish Fans with a one-stop location for fan creations, including shirts, posters, stickers, and any sort of lot art that fans have pre-tour and post-tour. PhanArt Blog will have art from all walks of life, from the one-and-done fan who puts his cool idea onto a shirt, to professional artists within the Phish community who have been incorporating their love for Phish into their talents for many years, creating some of the most sought after Lot Art.

Furthermore, the PhanArt blog is FREE! Anyone who made a shirt or poster or anything to sell on lot (Phish related, of course) can be a part of the site in 3 easy steps.
Step 1. Agree to be a part of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, adding to an already extensive catalog of fan created art, the most unique in the world!
Step 2. Send us a paypal button code or email address for sales, along with a picture and description of what it is you made (phanart AT
Step 3. (suggested) Give 10% of your total sales to The Mockingbird Foundation ( and support continued musical education in communities nationwide! Report the total back to us to include in the total contributions from PhanArt and friends

**PhanArt Blog does not charge you to be part of this site. Think of us as a middle man, helping you get your creation out there to fans nationwide!!**

What can you expect from PhanArt Blog?
Well, aside from a central location for all Phish fan creations, with new items posted on a daily basis. You can expect to see lot shirts and posters BEFORE the tour, as well as those hard to find items after the tour, especially if you didnt have the cash or trade for it on lot.

Tuesdays we will feature Phish fan businesses, from T-shirt companies to Organic foods.

Thursdays we will feature an artist from PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with websites, bios and links to contact these fantastic and hardworking creative artists.

The First of each month will be dedicated to non-profits throughout the jamband community, and how you can help out and donate to them and support their causes. If you know of a charity we should post, please contact us!

You can stay in touch with us on Facebook and on Twitter

Stay in touch with us for updates on Phish, notifications of Great Phish Art and cool creations inspired by the band we love to travel to see.

Updates will come throughout the week, add the RSS feed and check back often as we are fine-tuning the site and we are already getting fan creations submitted for the blog. Lots of great creations out there, finally all in one central location!

Syracuse Phish tickets raffle

Wiseguys Comedy Club and Walk up Radio will be auctioning off 2 sets of 2 Phish tickets to the 11/22 show at the War Memorial in Syracuse. Fans 21 and older need to simply go to the comedy club on Wednesday 11/11 and/or 11/18 and Register to win. They will announce the winner on the 18th.

On the 18th, Walk Up Radio starts at 8pm.  During Walk Up Radio, featuring guest hosts Gerry Macnamera (#3, basketball legend and epic legend) and former Tight End Chris Gedney, one pair of tickets will be given away.

Trivia starts at 9pm, so stick around for that, as the second pair of tickets will be awarded shortly thereafter.

The tickets are for seats in Section 2, row R, seats 6-9

Visit Wise guys Comedy club online at and Walk Up Radio at and follow them at

Wise Guys is located at 201 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY

Hotels in Albany, take 2

A few weeks ago, we came up with some good hotels to check out that are near downtown, but not all the way on Wolf Road.  here is an additional hotel that is very close to The Knick (aka The Times Union Center, but please don’t call it that) and affordable for a few fans to share a room.

also, the hotel is managed by a Phish phan, so file this one under ‘lookin out for the fellow phan’

The Comfort Inn, Glenmont NY

$109-119 each night

A 6 minute drive to The Knick – at this late in the game, you really cant beat that folks!

Safe travels to the hometown of PhanArt!


Phish Announces Fall Tour, Confirming what we (mostly) knew


Dates via

We finally have confirmation of Fall Tour, with alot of expected dates, and two that are head scratchers, but either way, its another couple states and a few cities to bring our traveling economic stimulus package to.

The Dates:


11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI

Ok, random, but Detroit needs Phish more than anyone these days. Please, wear patchwork kevlar to the show folks.

11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Cincy is producing some decent shows, as those in Feb ’03 will attest. Let’s work the magic some more.

11.22.09 War Memorial at Oncenter, Syracuse, NY

When we got confirmation on this show this past weekend up in Syracuse, the first though was ‘that seems a bit odd’, especially since the War Memorial only seats 8,000. The first show since fall of 1994 at the War Memorial will be a doozy. Prepare yourselves Syracuse Orange, prepare.

Prediction: Otto sit in on ‘Big Orange Furry Creature from Mars’

11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

Two nights before Halloween in Philly? Sure. At any rate, it will be a great holiday season for the nitrous mafia

11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY

HOMETOWN SHOWS!!!! Granted, living here, we knew this was happening for a few months now, but confirmation is still a tasty beverage.
There will be great post shows at Red Square (Zach Deputy) and Jillians (Raisinhead), as well as bars that stay open till FOUR AM.

Get yourself a decent hotel by reading here

11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME

Ok Maine, thats cool. Good ’99 show there. I’ll take a day to rest on that one.

12.02.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC
12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC
12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC

Another amazing 3 night run at MSG! Cant say much more about this one

12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
A bit surprising to see this one, but it had the earliest confirmation. The UVA kids never had a headier crowd at JPJ

A limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets’ online ticketing system at . The ticket request period is currently underway and will end Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, October 23rd, with additional dates going on sale Saturday, October 24th. For full show and ticketing information, please visit the Tourdates page at To watch the official announcement video, visit .

Get those orders in folks!

Phish’s Tramps are OUR Tramps! The True Story of GBOTT (Get Back on the Tramps)

You know those trampolines Trey and Mike bounce on? They are the result of the efforts of Jim Tewksbury and a few other folks who sought to get the boys new tramps, as the old ones were destroyed at show-that-must-not-be-named. With the help of, the Ross Compressor Pedal made it’s way to Trey, and soon after, ideas starting popping up in his head.


Jim’s story:
With money left over from the Ross Fund, sixtwenty294, bailedwiththehay, who_is_she, Julie Parker, myself and a few others commenced a multi-fronted campaign to buy new tramps for the band, and we began bombarding John Langenstein, Chris Kuroda, the gals at the Phish office, everyone we could contact and think of.

We asked that they keep a lid on the GBOTT (Get Back on the Tramps) project, as to keep it a surprise for the guys.

tramps o9~March

We initially wanted to get the tramps in through a staff member and then pass them up from the stash spot on the sound/lightboard, to the band, handing them forward through the crowd, as to complete the circle from Coventry.

We tried valiantly for months. Finally, Adam Bollinger, aka bailedwiththehay got a response from Langenstein, about two weeks before Hampton. John and Adam met up on the Wednesday prior to the shows and John brought the new tramps in.

Mission accomplished.


However, we were shot down initially by Red Light Management, stating that the guys couldn’t use our tramps for liability reasons.

Well, as it turned out, according to Langenstein, the tramps Phish had purchased had a broken spring, so they used ours.

After the show, Adam emailed Langenstein:

i have tried to find you around the lots and inside so i could shake your hand and thank you for helping with the trampolines. i know you are busy but can you please tell me if those were our trampolines they used friday night?

…he responded….

Good morning.
I can confirm that they indeed were YOUR trampolines.
I can confirm that the band knew they were YOUR trampolines….
Thank you very much !
See you in the lots…



There you have it folks! The true story behind the Tramps. So when they play YEM at Indio, remember that the fans got them for the band, and the band knows it. It just doesnt happen with any other band!

Photos by Jim Tewksbury

Phish in Albany = get a hotel room close and wisely

Phish is playing in Albany 11/27 and 28, and we have a little issue with hotels in Albany – there arent many near the venue, and the ones that are within walking distance are more-than-likely sold out by now. These include the Crown Plaza, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn. In the past, friends have gotten hotels, only to find out they are very far away from The Knick (currently the Times Union Center, but dont call it that, please) and that cabs in Albany take forever to sometimes show up for a pickup.

So as a courtesy to Phish fans coming into my hometown for Phish this Thanksgiving, 3 hotels that are close to the venue, a short drive to downtown, and as of this posting, had vacancy at decent rates.

You can tell ’em PhanArt sent ya, but this isnt quid pro quo. We just want you to be cozy. And not in no-mans land

Motel 6

Red Carpet Inn

Clarion Hotel