Once again, Da Mock Show was a great success. Using donated pieces of art – shirts, posters, stickers, pins, badges, etc…, plus a % of PhanArt sales, we were able to raise $200 to benefit The Waterwheel Foundation. Special thanks to Jason Kaczorowski for setting up yet another successful poster show, Julie and Vanessa for helping setup and run the table with me (PhanArt Pete) and to all who stopped by and picked up something from the table and supported the artists and The Waterwheel Foundation.
We also had some donations at UIC to note:
Six merit badges from Patchy McPatcherson (not his real name)
Dead fish eye pin from John Warner of JDub Allstarsand coming soon….. doctorflufftees.com
Lot life for two posters and 10 Superball NY license plate stickers
With the 1 year anniversary of Phish 3.0 upon us, we took a look at the PhanArt Archives and found we had over 60 pieces of art collected from our time at the shows, in the lots, and at Best Poster Convention III. Here are some of our favorites, a mock-top 10, since we couldnt choose just 10.
Many are familiar with HeadCount, a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to facilitate participation in democracy. Since its inception in 2004, the organization has registered over 150,000 voters. It is now taking a step forward, motivating members of the music community to be involved, active citizens. HeadCount’s Board of Directors includes Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, other well known musicians, and the very top managers, promoters and media publishers in the live music industry. HeadCount has a great deal of causes they educate the masses on, including Food and Farm Policy, Health Care Reform, Personal Liberty, Gulf Coast Recovery, Human Rights, and Sustainability and Conservation, as well as a “Midterms Matter” initiative to Get Out the Vote
On 12/30 at the Hyatt in Miami, FL, Mock Show was held in its 2nd installment this year, and the 5th overall Phish poster convention ever. It was a great success and featured dozens of artists from PhanArt, including Ryan Kerrigan, AJ Masthay, Tripp, Andrew Abis, Erin Cadigan, Bruce Horan, Fred Hosman, as well as new PhanArtists Uncle Ebenezer, Vinny Naro and Franky Scaglione among many, many others.
This was also the first installment of the Phish poster awards at Mock Show, presented by Head Count. Golden Tubes were awarded to the following:
The Heavy Pets played an amazing set of music, their first ever full acoustic set, right across from the PhanArt table! Location was perfect in all possible ways!
Some info about HeadCount: HeadCount is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to registering voters and inspiring participation in democracy through the power of music. More information can be found at www.HeadCount.org.
Some info about Mock Show: Mock Show is a nomadic art exhibition staged around Phish’s multi-night runs which allows both fan artists and professional established artists associated with the band to showcase their talents to art enthusiasts while raising money for local and national charities.
Ok, so the title of this post is a bit misleading – there were really only 2 other runs – NY->VA in 02/03, and Miami 03/04, and these pale in comparison to the amazing music, weather, phans and overall good time had by thousands in Miami December 28th-31st.
Overall, this is in the top 5 all timeNew Years runs, right behind the 2 nights in Big Cypress, the 1998 run at MSG and on par with the 1997 run through the Northeast. Amazing music that was well played and full of bustouts galore to satisfy even the most ardent Phish fan.
We provide you with brief reviews created by PhanArt Pete with help from Tim O’Shea, both of whom made it through a week in Florida with all that 2009 could throw at them and made it into 2010 watching the sunrise on the beach while Lady Gaga chilled nearby.
Monday 12/28 – A good start
A smooth start to the show, a My Soul bustout followed by Roggae‘s amazing return to the lineup. My Soul is a personal favorite, having been seen in Albany for the first couple shows I saw in 97 and 98. Undermind was good, Bouncin and Poor Heart gave a chance to grab a drink from the vendors on 300 who had no lines, period (best venue ever for that). Stash was played perfectly, IDK and Beauty were nice, Possum rocked the set out and got us ready for set 2 madness.
Set 2 with Mike’s to open got us moving, but the Light destroyed the theory/hope that they would play ALS->Light on 12/31, but no complaints. Still having not listened to it, i heard something resembling DEG, and even if it’s not that, its a jam that is possibly on of the best of the run. H2, groove, Alaska and BDTNL were all well played and kept the crowd dancing. Makisupa->Hood was another highlight, complete with some unreal jamming before devolving into Contact. Zero to close it out and First Tube for yet another rocking ending.
We toyed with the idea of going to Orchard Lounge for the post-show, but a long drive down from NY, even with a night in Orlando made it tough to stay up late. The sweet suite we got at the Best Western Atlantic beckoned to be given Rock Star Treatment there instead. Based upon reports, IHOP was enjoyed by all.
Tuesday 12/29 – Right near da beach. Boy-eeee!
Quick, name the movie that comes from. Answer at the end of this day’s review.
A full day to relax, finally, after 3-4 days of holidays, packing, running around, and preparing for these 4 days. We headed to the beach, scared the locals and Europeans staying at our hotel and wandered into the ocean, which was much warmer than expected. The sandbar and the rolling waves made for a good pre-show exercise regime that worked pretty well. Stretching and getting into dancing mode takes effort and practice it turns out.
We headed to the lots and sold some Miami NYE shirts for Jiggs and Twitter shirts for ourselves, met up with Paulie from Coventry Blog, Brandon from Green Crew and made some new friends here and there.
This was at the time I found out that it takes TWO hours to find drugs in Miami! I was amazed! Now, I dont partake in anything more than beer, but from what the others around us in the lots, it took them up to TWO hours to locate things that were expected to be available much easier. Scarface lied to us. Turns out it wasnt a documentary.
The show proved to be the 2nd best overall from the run (in our opinion). Golgi to open and Maze to follow again got the show on the right foot, with a Driver to set us up before the funk set in deep. Oh but wait, we’re gonna drop The Connection on you first! The second time this radio single from ’04 was played and it was well received. The words still hung true, the fans loved it, and then we got Wolfman‘s, which was good and high energy, but nothing standout/spectacular. Ocelot was Ocelot, Reba was amazing, Access Me was a good version even though the crowd didnt seem to react much to it. Either fans dont know the songs at times or they are still reacting with jaws agape. Divided Sky had the longest silent note ever, and Cavern was called by Tim to end the set.
Set 2 started ever so perfectly with Kill Devil Falls rocking the start of the show and then a BOMB of a Tweezer dropped on the crowd. Thank Trey that this song has found its old jamming style. A segue into Prince Caspian showed that this song is more than the old ‘Fuckerpants‘ of yesteryear. Once that ended, we were bring you one of the Jams of the Weekend! Jibboo->Wilson->Jibboo->Heavy Things->2001. Starting out with one of my most overseen songs (Jibboo) made it unique by dropping a Type II out of there and headed into Wilson before heading BACK into Jibboo! My legs hated me later, but the band simply couldnt keep me down. Segueing into Heavy Things led to some later jamming from Trey in a song that is otherwise standard most of the time. But they spaced it out and eventually made it into 2001 for the Dance Party Miami U.S.A. to begin in earnest. Funky and more dancier than lately, a bit energetic, and then a good call with Slave to rest our (my) legs. Sleeping Monkey and Tweeprise for a solid encore.
So did you guess Half-Baked? Nice work Phanner!
Wednesday 12/30 – Mock Show FTW! Phish saves the day
Mock Show at the Hyatt in downtown Miami was as successful as previous ones and featured more artists than ever (it seemed like it at least). New PhanArtists Franky Scaglione and Vinny Naro were there and set up nearby, along with Ryan Kerrigan, AJ Masthay, IsadoraBullock, Andrew Abis, as well as David Welker, who made designed the RIFT cover art, plus an exhibit by Jim Pollock and the first ever Acoustic Set by Ft. Lauderdale natives The Heavy Pets! We have some great pics of this as well, since hte PhanArt table was right across from the stage.
Overall, Mock Show was a success – sold a few PhanArt books, made money for Mockingbird, sold some shirts, cleaned Jiggs out of “A laser pointer doesnt make you Chris Kuroda” stickers, and had a great time meeting folks from Facebook, Twitter, email, lot, old shows, etc… Mock Shows are the greatest gathering of bona fide talent out there amongst all music-centric artists and should continue to be a great success at Phish’s next extended run of shows this coming summer. Thank you to Julie P for coming in and helping out with the PhanArt table!
Night 3 made Night 2 look like an acoustic Particle show. To better describe this night, I quote Trey Monkeystasio– “12/30/09 is gonna make 12/30/97 look like 12:30 at Applebees!” And indeed, this was true. From the first notes of Soul Shakedown Party, it was ON. Jim was present, then JESUS! Good lord have I listened to TOO MANY bands cover this song before I finally heard it! Dixie Cannonball was a great listen, I’m glad they are working some countryish tunes back into the mix, especially since Ramble Dove and The Green Sparrow seem to have been left out of the rotation yet again. Stealing Time took its place as a bona fide rocker before, but that is getting more and more solidified each day. Corrina bust out was unreal, and 10 years to the date as well! This boded well.
How well? What’s the Use? was next! God bless the guy who was shouting this to them from behind the stage. And then the notes we had been hoping to hear – TELA!!! Tim and I took one look at each other and hugged that we FINALLY got our Tela! Dreams do come true with Phish, they really do. Gone was cool, but really, after Tela, the WOW factor had set in.
Even though I’m over the hump on # of shows, I still had never caught Rocky Top, I always missed it by one or two shows. I had my drink in hand as i heard the opening notes and walked through my curtain to 118, only to find a guy about to walk into me, spilling my tasty beverage. Nothing was keeping me from Rocky Top, and as such, I made sure that I got past him and to my seat before Gordo sang the opening line. Chalkdust and Bowie for the nice double rocker close. Bowie had a slightly extended hi-hat intro, something that is needed in the future – BUILD the anticipation Fish!
Set 2 we moved behind the stage to hang with Julie and Tracy for some severely underrated seats and shots (these will be well worth seeing when we get the pics up). Sand started out but wasn’t a Camden rocker, but simply apt. The Curtain With was solid before an unexpectedly amazing Lifeboy. The jam out of this song was great. (Overheard on Lot/Twitter: Do atheists love or hate Lifeboy?) A Type II’d Back on the Train was the rocker of the night, and even the jam into Wading was amazing. Velvet Sea is best described in this case as a ‘Lifeguard Song‘, a phrase we can attribute to Paulie from Coventry Blog. Definition: a song played to tell everyone to sit down, rest, relax, grab some water or tasty beverage and then wait for the next song; a break song. See: Velvet Sea, Bug, Farmhouse, Joy, Let me Lie, etc…
HYHU for ‘another’ vacuum solo proved to be a great crowd-interaction by inviting up ‘Rich‘ from the floor near the stage to come and do a vacuum solo, as Fish had completed his final solo of the ‘aughts’ (worst name ever) on the 28th. So Rich started out slowly but got the hang of it and gave us an above-average vacuum solo for us to enjoy. Not bad at all bro! To top it off, Rich is now the luckiest guy on earth and eternally famous in Phish-lore for decades to come. So we must ask – do you know him? If so, we want to hear from Rich! Have him email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Free was a great way to start ending the 2nd set, but the highlight of the night and possibly jam of the run was Boogie on Reggae Antelope. Teases of the guitar riff in Antelope make this version A#1 to listen to if you haven’t already. Frankenstein with Keytar allowed Page to strut towards the front of the stage and rock out with this number. By the time we left the arena, it was officially New Years Eve and time to party down on the beach. While my favorite dive bar in the country would have to wait another night, the beach gave us a nice light warm breeze.
Oh, and we saw people having sex in a hot tub. It was a good thing we saw this, because our plans for the 31st involved going in that hot tub. STDs averted.
Thursday 12/31 – Good riddance 2009, HELLO 2010
Few words describe 2009, most of them vulgar. It sucked, to put it very mildly. But Phish was in Miami, Tim and I were dressed as Crockett and Tubbs – pulled it off really well with fake badges and aviators, even had a kid thing I was a NARC. How cute.
We found ours seats Page Side diagonal behind the stage and made sure the drinks and supplies were in order (confetti and mardi gras beads and other things for the ladies). I think Tim and I wound up seeing about 15 or so shows together this stupendous year for Phish, and it was highly appropriate to see that through the end at New Years. Party Time opener was expected, but instead we got AC/DC Bag, the opener of the year, followed by a rocking 46 Days and a 10 years later version of Water in the Sky. A sick Gin and Punch gave way to the funk being dropped out for Moma. This so far was a greatest hits set of set openers and gave way to even more bustouts.
Guyute has always been a personal favorite of mine (PhanArt Pete) and seeing Trey with the New York Philharmonic makes the song even better, even in concert with Phish! Swept->Steep was awesome to hear after 9+ years, but DEMAND? WHAT? WHATWHATWHAT? WOW! The only thing that could have made Demand better was a Melt Jam outro, but no, we arent complaining. The segue into 7 Below was top notch and a Lawn Boy Julius kept us pumped for the rest of the year of Phish
Set 2 came out with a Rock and Roll-> Piper for a good 20 minutes+ of glowsticks and dancing, a Simple->Theme was solid, before a much needed Shine a Light (lifeguard song) came in next. Ghost was possibly the jam of the night, a no-flub tight fast-paced version with a good funk jam that kept growing and growing before spacing out into something totally different. As it got ambient and spacy, loops were thrown in and before you knew it, Mike was speaking the lyrics to N02! From where we were sitting, few knew what this was. Folks, ya gotta do your homework and all, but it is problably for the best you got a big WTF reaction to N02, something stay true for the WAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWA that IS N02.
Suzy ended the set in standard rocking fashion. It was time to prepare for Midnight. Drinks were in hand, brahs were finding their way to better seats, the kids behind me were appreciative of the Don Julio I shared with them, and the boom was lowered for the net for the prank. The cannon made its way on stage as well. Good work to the guys who took care of this, it came off flawlessly! (Anyone know the setbreak music between 2 + 3? We would love to hear this again. Good work Kuroda!)
The expected Party Time opener was well-received by the crowd and the energy only built as the ball was lowered in the last minute of 2009 before being left on the stage, turning all of AAA into a gigantic disco ball.Numbers were counted backwards, old Scottish Drinking songs were played, and hugs were had everywhere! I even hugged a dready brah next to me! Phish makes you do crazy shit!
As was expected and called well in advance, DWD was the first song of 2010, just like it was the first song of the last decade from Big Cypress. The jam for this overshadowed by the thousands of balloons that worked their way around the crowd and arena over the course of the next few minutes. Fluffhead had more crowd interaction. Sara from Pittsburgh came on stage (Fish in a wig and dress) and the antics began, Fluffhead was played, laughs were had.
Note – we love this crowd interaction stuff, but not just because we get cool fans on stage to take part in a song or other onstage antics. Rather, we have the best possible reaction by the band and their management to the Naked guy from 12/5/09 in Charlottesville. The latter does NOT need to become a trend, and was noted as such in the recent Editorial by Christy Articola in Surrender to the Flow. This is a good faith effort by the band to protect for their safety and keep fans in the crowd and the band safe on stage.
Joy for a nice relax in the new year, Coil for the same, and YEM to rock the house down one more time.
The encore of Blue Moon was apt on this night of a second full moon this year, complete with complete thank you’s to all, and then Loving Cup to end the night.
We wandered off into the night, amazed at the four nights of music we just witnessed, and found our way to a cab a few blocks north. A trip to the Sunrise Cafe (Collins and 42nd st.) was the best decision for the New Year, and we enjoyed the beach and Don until the sun rose. Just like 10 years ago.
A bit older, a lot wiser, a bit more grown up and still able to travel and see music as much as is needed; welcome to 2010 where we can only hope things get better. Where there is hope, there is love.
Well, after digging out of the 18 inches of snow that dumped on us over the weekend, I for one am ready to throw on my sandals and enjoy some Miami warmth!
If you’re not aware, I’ll be hosting a booth at the upcoming Mock Show Miami on December 30, 2009. I’m once again honored to be participating with artists such as Jeff Wood, Jim Pollock, David Welker and numerous others. Details on the event can be found at www.amockshow.com. Stop by and say hello if you’re in town!
I’ll have a couple new releases for the event, including the one pictured here:
For those not traveling to Miami, I’ll be putting a portion of the edition up for sale on my website tomorrow, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 12 Noon EST. The remaining prints will be available at Mock Show.
Please feel free to contact me at aj@masthaystudios with any questions. Hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!
As you may have heard on the news recently, an investigation by county and state officials revealed that our original location – The EPIC Hotel – had recently installed a water filter powerful enough to remove chlorine from its city-supplied water – a move that unfortunately encouraged unbeknownst bacterial growth. Scientists have discovered an outbreak of a rare pneumonia causing bacteria known as Legionnaire’s Disease has been seemingly linked to the Epic Hotel.
While we believe that the hotel will re-open before Mock Show, our first and foremost concern is the safety and well being of our attendees and exhibitors. We acted immediately to procure a new location to assure the satisfaction of our guests.
Subsequently please note that the Mock Show will now take place at the Hyatt Regency Miami.
The Mock Show will be held in the Jasmine and Hibiscus ballrooms located on the Terrace Level of the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel.
There is a complimentary tram located in the Hyatt Regency that will get you to the American Airlines Arena, or, you if you want to soak in that beautiful Florida sun, you are still within walking distance of the venue.
We have taken great strides to minimize the inconvience to all Mock Show patrons. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com.
New Additions and More Value at Mock Show!
– The Heavy Pets will perform a special full band acoustic set at Mock Show
– Our new location allows for easier access to the FREE tram that will get you to the American Airlines Arena.
– Coupons from the Mock Show artists will be given to all Mock Show attendees. These coupons feature over $75 in savings at the Mock Show and over $215 in savings overall – also included – FREEBIES, GIVEAWAYS and CONTESTS.
– Each Mock Show attendee gets a FREE calendar featuring art from 13 of the Mock Show artists.
– HeadCount will be holding raffles (FREE to enter when you vote on your favorite Mock Show posters) and a Silent Auction.
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 FrankyScaglione will have their art on display, as will Michael Ortiz & Jon Lamb of LikeMindedProductions, Ian Millard and Drew Findley of Subject Matter Studios. Mock Show creator and PhanArtist JasonKaczorowski will be showcasing hisconcert/festival and celebrityportrait photography in a special exhibition.
Included amongst the artists are non-profit organizations Waterwheel Foundation, Mockingbird Foundation, PhanArt (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.
Sold-out concerts will not be the only attraction for Phish fans descending on Miami as 2009 draws to a close. Mock Show: EPIC NYE, a poster exhibition at the Epic Hotel on Wednesday, Dec. 30th, will feature the best poster art paying homage to Phish while raising funds for the nonprofit civic engagement organization HeadCount.
In keeping with HeadCount’s mission of “inspiring participation in democracy through the power of music,” HeadCount and the Mock Show organizers are planning several activities to make the Mock Show a true celebration of democracy. The first starts now, as HeadCount.org hosts a “Mock Election” to select the best Phish-inspired poster art of 2009. Voting begins today at http://www.headcount.org/mockshow.asp and results will be announced at the Mock Show. Winners in each category will be presented the coveted “Golden Tube.”
Artists with multiple nominations – all of whom will have their wares on display at the Mock Show – include Jim Pollock (PollockPrints), A.J Masthay, Ryan Kerrigan, Isadora Bullock, and Justin Helton (Status Serigraph). Categories include “Best Official Phish Print,” “Best b Print,” and in a special nod to HeadCount’s mission, “Best Political Art.” HeadCount will also hold balloted voting at the event to recognize the best posters createdspecifically for the Mock Show and Phish’s New Year’s Eve concerts.
Mock Show: EPIC NYE will encompass nearly the entire 14th floor of Miami’s luxurious EPIC Hotel – located within walking distance of the American Airlines Arena where Phish will perform later that evening. The exhibition begins at 10am and is open until 3pm that afternoon. Tickets are on sale at http://www.amockshow.com/ and include a complimentary commemorative 2010 calendar featuring work from many of the artists featured in the exhibition.
Over 30 exhibitors will display original art created in homage to Phish. Miami-based 101/exhibit Gallery will hold a special showcase of rare Pollock prints and originals. Atlanta-based Jeff Wood (Drowning Creek) will also be displaying his wares at the Mock Show for the first time. Other exhibitors include DavidWelker, Sei Ray Ho (Us & Them Studio), Fred Hosman (HoscoPress), Tripp (Taboot Art), Ian Millard, Erin Cadigan, Drew Findley, Bruce Horan, RyanJerzy, Jon Lamb and Michael Ortiz (Like Minded Productions), and HeadCount Art Director Jamie Huntsman (Bittersweet Creations).
This is the second Mock Show exhibition this year following the inaugural event in Denver, Colorado in August that attracted nearly one thousand art collectors. The event raised over $10,000 for charity, supporting other music-related nonprofits the Mockingbird Foundation and the Waterwheel Foundation. At the upcoming event, HeadCount will receive a portion of proceeds from the sale of the event poster, created by artist David Welker. Welker is most recognized for his Phish album cover art on the 1993 release “Rift.,” which Relix magazine listed as one of the most iconic album covers of all time. HeadCount will also be selling poster tubes and event t-shirts at the show and holding a silent auction for items donated from Relix Magazine, Lava Lite, LLC, Bambu, and Mock Show promoter and professional event photographer Jason Kaczorowski. Plus, Mock Show attendees will be able to conveniently register to vote at the HeadCount table.