LOST and Phish have a great deal in common. While the TV show has gone above and beyond the norms of television by incorporating what are otherwise outlandish scenarios, a hard-core faithful are still anticipating the next 19 episodes that will finish the show. Likewise, what the average music fan doesnt understand, a Phish fan will. Phish does its own thing, and when it seems like they will fail, they succeed over and over again, drawing a close-knit audience together into a community that is practically left to itself amongst the greater community around us.
The tie-ins between LOST and Phish do not end there. Neil Fontenot created 3 incredibly unique designs that incorporate the best of both worlds – Phish and LOST.
Printed on high quality pre-shrunk cotton Gildan tees (mens) and pre-shrunk Bella tees 52%/48% polyester (womens). New for Fall, Neil has long sleeve tees and hoodies in the Faraday design. The hoodies are limited in quanity Hanes cotton and have the Faraday design on the back with a Dharma/Phish patch sewn on the front. For ordering info/paypal instructions please paypal firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Neil’s Shirts – they make great gifts!!!!
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.
PHISH FALL TOUR 2009
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 http://phish.portals.musictoday.com . 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 Phish.com. To watch the official announcement video, visit http://www.phish.com/fall2009 .
This week’s PhanArtist is Erin Cadigan. Erin is a fashion designer and poster artists living in Brooklyn with her husband (who is also one of her best friends from tour) Martin.
Erin grew up in New Jersey where she saw her first Greatful Dead show in 1988. Over the next few years she was introduced to Phish and saw them for the first time in 1992. In 1994, a life long dream of driving across the country was fufilled. Living in her van, sleeping in squats, long drives to unknown destinations, jumping on Dead tour and catching some Phish shows; for her, nothing could have been better! The next summer she did it all over again and started to tour in earnest after graduating with a BFA in Illustration in 1996. Erin continued to tour and sell her shirts and posters up till the last shows in ’04, and was involved with PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish since shortly after its inception, and has taken part in multiple poster shows and can always be seen on the lot selling her work.
She is very grateful to all who supported her work over the years, and made the last 15 years the most extrodinary experience of her life.
Erin has recently hit the 300 show mark, which we have to give HUGE kudos to. Very impressive Erin!
You can see Erin’s work on Facebook, and her website, linked below
Christine Lafferty has been making some great shirts for some time now. In addition to the shirts below, she has a Charlie Brown ‘Chalkdust Torture’ shirt that caught my eye at Darien Lake, prompting me to get in touch with her for the blog.
You can get these shirts by paypal-ing email@example.com
Shirts include the aforementioned Chalkdust on white, and gray, and the shirts below. They are available in all sizes, plus in tie-dye. She can also tie dye any of the white chalkdust shirts by request
Christine also sells some clothing on skimadesigns.etsy.com. She make tons of kids dresses, shirts and adult shirts, skirts, etc.
She sells the shirts for $15, the tie dyes for $20. Check out Christine’s great shirts!
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 Phantasytour.com, the Ross Compressor Pedal made it’s way to Trey, and soon after, ideas starting popping up in his head.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Our first in a long series of fan creations introduces The Art of Jiggs, a fan from North Carolina who has been ahead of the curve with his creations. Here we exhibit some of his newest designs for the upcoming shows this fall
Jiggs was the original designer of the 7-11/7-below sticker
His newest creations include this sticker for 8.
The sticker was originally just a practice design, and blossomed into this final design. It’s a 4.25 inch black and white vinyl square. There were only 260 of these made, and currently there’s only about 80 left. these are 1 for 2, or 3 for 5.
This shirt was another in a line of logo parodies done over the spring and summer. The classic Super 8 inspired logo was a reference to the “do you have your hotel booked?” attitude that was rampant upon the announcement of the festival. There are only 4 left from the run, all XL, 2 long sleeve, and two short sleeve. 15 for short, 20 for long. – Since there are only 4 left, you may want to email him to see if there are any left before purchasing. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jiggs also came up with this recent Chris Kuroda sticker, seen below.
It has been spotted on Kuroda’s own light board!
The sticker is still available, by the way…1 for 2, 3 for 5.
KURODA STICKER PAYPAL:
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts and stickers will go to The Mockingbird Foundation, supporting music education nationwide.
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
Bruce Horan’s poster ‘Phenway’, created for the Phish show at Fenway Park, Boston, on 5/31/09. It measures 9.5 X 13 and features a baseball-esque fish, or a fish-inspired baseball. Either way, a great piece of art to remember the start to a great first summer tour back for Phish.
Horan is a featured artist in PhanArt, and has graciously donated multiple posters to be auctioned off for benefit of The Mockingbird Foundation
Today, we feature the first in our monthly series of charitable organizations in the extensive live-music community. The Mockingbird Foundation is a leading provider of historical information about the band Phish and its music. Conceived in 1996, and founded in 1997, the Foundation is operated entirely by volunteers, without any salaries or paid staff. It fundraises for music education for children by celebrating the music of Phish. Its comprehensive books, innovative recordings, creative donation premiums, and special events for the Phish fan community have raised more than $250K and funded scores of grants so far. The Foundation will release a second edition of The Phish Companion this summer, will announce its next round of grant recipients in October, and will announce some important management changes in one week.
The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization of Phish fans, founded to raise money for charity. The original project was the compilation of the most factually accurate and delightfully literary book on Phish’s music available, with contributions from as many fans as possible. The Foundation now produces a wider range of resources and diversions for fans, including a Phish cover album. No member or volunteer benefits financially from the Foundation in any way, and all proceeds from Mockingbird projects are donated to tax-exempt organizations. The Foundation’s primary purpose is charitable, out of love for and thanks to Phish for their inspiring music.
The Mockingbird Foundation is an unconventional organization: it has no salaries, paid staff, office space, or endowment — thus distributing all possible funds to charity. It exists almost exlcusively online, using the Internet to avoid travel and other expenses typically associated with grant-making entities. The Foundation has earned 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from Internal Revenue Service, thus making donations tax-deductible. Such contributions to the Foundation are applied directly to the next round of regular grants in the funding cycle. (source: mbird.org)
The Mockingbird Foundation is also the recipient of all net-profits from the sale of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, the book for which this website was created. So far, we have raised nearly $1,000 for MBird, and that number will only increase in time.
Pick up a copy of PhanArt today, and help support music education nationwide!
Today we feature out first in a long series of PhanArtists, those creative individuals who were part of the first incarnation of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, and have continued to share their artists creations and endeavors with the Phish community.
Aaron “AJ” Masthay burst into the concert print scene in 2001 with his editions of linoleum blockprints. Traditionally trained at the Hartford Art School, AJ designs, carves, and prints every piece of art by hand. With art firmly based in realism, he uses multiple colors, subject matter, and composition to draw the viewer in. AJ recently moved his shop, Masthay Studios, and is now located out of West Hartford, CT.
AJ has created some amazing prints in the past year, including the Bass Bomb for Hampton, Bass Bomb 2 (thanks to a huge response for the first print), Red Rocks TRex, The First Official McLovins Posters, and an amazing Geisha poster for the PhanArt kickoff party in February.
AJ is one of the great artists to emerge from the Phish scene, and stands to produce great things for many years to come.
Check out his work at www.masthaystudios.com
AJ’s newest is a tryptic for the shows in Indio, CA, at the end of October. 3 amazing posters, The Horseman
(Limited edition of 66, 7 color lino block print), Gill-o-tine (Limited edition of 131, 8 color lino block print), and Satan’s Stew
(Limited edition of 66, 8 color lino block print)
While the Gill-o-tine prints will be available individually (#’s 67-131), #’s 1-66 will only be offered as a set of three. Onsale date and time for all prints is Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 12 noon EST. Prints are limited to 2 per person.
A Matching set of all three prints – $100.00 plus shipping
A Single Gill-o-tine print – $35 plus shipping
Check out these images below, as well as on his website