Coventry To Hampton: Mike Gordon

Not including sit-ins, Mike has played live shows with: Benevento/Russo Duo, Leo Kottke, Ramble Dove, GRAB (Benevento/Russo Duo + Trey Anastasio), Bill Kreutzmann & Scott Murawski and finally toured with his own band. He released two studio albums, one with Leo Kottke titled Sixty Six Steps (2005) and one with his own band The Green Sparrow (2008).

On the personal front, Mike got married in 2008 and had his first child, a daughter named Tessa.

In addition to releasing two of his own albums, Mike also appeared on four releases by other artists, and they are:
Golem – Fresh Off Boat (August 2006)
Adrienne Young – Room to Grow (August 2007)
Bernie Worrell – Improvisczario (September 2007)
Freekbass – Junkyard Waltz (November 2008)

Mike’s Tour Dates:
with Benevento/Russo Duo

09/04/2004 moe.down, Turin NY
12/28/2004 TLA, Philadelphia PA
12/29/2004 The Paradise, Boston MA
12/30/2004 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
12/31/2004 BB King’s, NY NY
with Benevento/Russo Duo
04/27/2005 Georgie Theatre, Athens GA
04/28/2005 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
04/30/2005 Twi-Ro-Pa, New Orleans LA
06/10/2005 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
with Leo Kottke
06/19/2005 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride CO
06/21/2005 Boulder Theatre, Boulder CO
06/24/2005 Northwest String Summit, Portland OR
06/26/2005 Taos Solar Music Festival, Taos NM
06/28/2005 Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ
06/29/2005 Rialto Theatre, Tuscon AZ
07/01/2005 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO
07/02/2005 Mountain Winery, Saratoga CA
07/03/2005 High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy CA
with Leo Kottke

08/10/2005 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
09/15/2005 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS
09/16/2005 Mississippi NIghts, St. Louis MO
09/17/2005 The Blue Note, Columbia MO
09/19/2005 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC
09/21/2005 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
09/23/2005 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
09/27/2005 The Lensic, Santa Fe NM
09/28/2005 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
09/30/2005 House of Blues, Los Angeles CA
10/01/2005 Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
10/04/2005 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA
10/06/2005 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
10/09/2005 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
10/18/2005 Barrymore Theatre, Madison WI
10/19/2005 Park West, Chicago IL
10/21/2005 The Music Mill, Indianapolis IN
10/22/2005 Bogarts, Cincinnatti OH
10/23/2005 Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor MI
10/25/2005 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
10/26/2005 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT
10/28/2005 Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA
10/29/2005 Irving Plaza, New York NY
10/30/2005 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
11/01/2005 Starr Hill, Charlottesville VA
11/02/2005 9:30 Club, Washington DC
with SerialPod (Trey & Billy Kreutzmann)
12/17/2005 Civic Center, Asheville NC
with Benevento/Russo Duo
12/26/2005 The Music Box at The Borgata, Atlantic City NJ
12/27/2005 State Theatre, Falls Church VA
12/29/2005 Freebird Live, Jacksonville FL
12/30/2005 Jannus Landing, Tampa FL
12/31/2005 Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale FL
with Ramble Dove

05/29/2006 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT
05/30/2006 The Paradise, Boston MA
05/31/2006 Irving Plaza, New York NY
06/02/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT
06/03/2006 Pearl Street, Northampton MA
06/04/2006 Mountain Jam Music Festival, Woodstock NY
06/16/2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester TN
with GRAB

06/17/2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester TN
06/27/2006 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville NC (No Trey)
06/28/2006 Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
06/30/2006 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
07/01/2006 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
07/02/2006 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
07/03/2006 Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
07/06/2006 Tweeter Center Boston, Mansfield, MA
07/07/2006 Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY
07/08/2006 Darien Lake P.A.C., Darien Center, NY
07/09/2006 Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Bethel, NY
07/11/2006 Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
07/12/2006 Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT
07/14/2006 Marvin’s Mountaintop, Masontown, WV
07/15/2006 Masquerade Music Park, Atlanta, GA
07/16/2006 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
07/18/2006 Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
07/19/2006 Nautica Stage, Cleveland, OH
07/20/2006 Lakefront Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
07/22/2006 10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, MN
with The Rhythm Devils

08/16/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT
08/17/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
08/18/2006 The Birchmere, Alexandria VA
08/19/2006 Gathering Of The Vibes, Mariaville NY
10/17/2006 Sunoco Theatre, Harrisburg PA
10/18/2006 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville NJ
10/19/2006 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus OH
10/21/2006 Stranahan Theatre, Toledo OH
10/22/2006 House Of Blues, Cleveland OH
10/24/2006 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
10/25/2006 Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI
10/29/2006 Vegoose Festival, Las Vegas NV
with Bill Kreutzmann & Steve Kimock
09/21/2007 Kauai HI
With Bill Kreutzmann & Scott Murawski

01/05/2008 Docelunas, Jaco Costa Rica
With his band

06/30/2008 The Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
07/04/2008 High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA
07/06/2008 Rothbury Festival, Rothbury MI
07/12/2008 All Good Music Festival, Masontown WV
07/19/2008 Mile High Music Festival, Denver CO
08/02/2008 Gathering of The Vibes, Bridgeport CT
08/03/2008 Fillmore at TLA, Philadelphia PA
08/05/2008 Toad’s Place, Richmond VA
08/06/2008 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
08/07/2008 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC
08/08/2008 Music Farm, Charleston SC
08/09/2008 Masquerade Music Park, Atlanta GA
08/12/2008 The State Theatre, Falls Church VA
08/13/2008 Highline Ballroom, New York NY
08/14/2008 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY
08/15/2008 Waterfront Park, Burlington VT
08/22/2008 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
08/23/2008 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR
08/24/2008 Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco CA
08/26/2008 Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles CA
08/29/2008 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO
08/30/2008 Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellevue CO
08/31/2008 The Slowdown, Omaha NE
09/02/2008 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis MN
09/03/2008 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI
09/04/2008 Park West, Chicago IL
09/05/2008 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
09/07/2008 The Paradise, Boston MA
12/27/2008 Lupo’s, Providence RI
12/28/2008 The Music Hall, Portsmouth NH
12/29/2008 Pickle Barrel Club, Killington VT
12/30/2008 Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington VT

A collection of guest appearances and covers that Mike has performed, by no means a full list:

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Guest Appearances, Etc:

09/03/2004 moe.down, Turin NY (w/moe.)
01/01/2005 Knitting Factory, New York NY (w/The L. Cool Trio)
06/24/2005 Northwest String Summit, Portland OR (w/YMSB)
08/12/2005 B.B. King’s, New York NY (w/Electron)
09/01/2005 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Benevento/Russo Duo)
09/30/2005 The Mint, Los Angeles CA (w/Leo Nocentelli)
12/10/2005 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Keller Williams)
03/11/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/RAQ)
04/06/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Benevento/Russo Duo)
04/29/2006 UVM, Burlington VT (w/Gov’t Mule)
07/01/2006 PNC Bank Arts Center, Homdel NJ (w/Phil Lesh & Friends)
07/06/2006 Tweeter Center, Mansfield MA (w/Phil Lesh & Friends)
07/12/2006 Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Essex Junction VT (w/Phil Lesh & Friends)
09/04/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Little Feat)
10/29/2006 Vegoose, Las Vegas NV (w/Phil Lesh & Friends)
11/11/2006 Nectar’s, Burlington VT (w/Toubab Krewe)
12/??/2006 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Victor Wooten)
04/20/2007 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/RAQ)
09/05/2007 Bonz Smokehouse. Morrisville VT (w/Mud City Ramblers)
10/27/2007 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/The Breakfast)
11/02/2007 Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT (w/Ratdog)
11/03/2007 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Brett Dennen)
01/25/2008 Club Metronome, Burlington VT (w/Turkey Bullion Mafia)
01/31/2008 Nectar’s, Burlington VT (w/Yarn)
02/16/2008 Nectar’s, Burlington VT (w/Melvin Sparks)
04/17/2008 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
06/02/2008 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Dark Star Orchestra)
07/12/2008 All Good Music Festival, Masontown VT (w/The Bridge)
07/23/2008 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Sound Tribe Sector 9)
10/04/2008 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Assembly Of Dust)
10/11/2008 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Electron)

Appearing With Other Members Of Phish:

04/30/2005 State Palace Theatre, New Orleans LA (w/Trey)
05/14/2005 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY (w/Trey)
11/11/2005 Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica NY (w/Trey)
10/11/2006 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (w/Trey)
07/21/2007 Simpsons Movie Premiere, Springfield VT (w/Page)
07/06/2008 Rothbury Music Festival, Rothbury, MI (w/Trey)
09/27/2008 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT (w/Page & PBS)

Credits: A big thanks to HT taper extraordinaire SGordo for his assistance in compiling many of the recordings you are hearing. And, I would like to thank all the loyal tapers that have made this type of piece possible. Whenever possible, I am including the taper’s name, though I will admit that for some of the recordings, I do not have source info.

01/01/2005 (Thanks to Brian Porter)
06/16/2006 (Thanks to Jesse K.)
06/17/2006 (Thanks to Brent Stober)
07/11/2006 (Thanks to Dave Boedicker)
07/12/2006 (Thanks to Ed Guidry)
07/20/2006 (Thanks to Mike Murphy)
06/30/2008 (Thanks to Clinton Vadnais)
08/03/2008 (Thanks to Craig Taraszki)
08/05/2008 (Thanks to Craig Davis)
08/06/2008 (Thanks to Ben Nelson)
08/15/2008 (Thanks to Chris Moore)
08/23/2008 (Thanks to Carl Shoemaker)
09/07/2008 (Thanks to Andy Murray)
12/28/2008 (Thanks to Jason Adler)

And finally, before I go, a note that while I have made every effort to make this piece as comprehensive as possible, I could still use your help. Did I miss a tour date or a sit-in appearance? Your feedback and contributions are always appreciated – if you have something to add, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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27 Responses

  1. Great work. What a fantastic resource. Looking forward to the other ones, although seems like Mike had the most productive time “off.”

    Now who’s got my Hampton tix? 😉

  2. this takes a lot of work. great job Dave-O. Does this feature put HT past it’s original limit/quota on Phish-related pieces for a while? haha.

    also, didn’t realize Mike appeared on Bernie Worrell’s album in ’07. Anyone have this? worth picking up?

  3. Am I missing something? Didn’t make Mike 4 albums? Two w/ Kottke and two solo? I must have my timeline off- were Clone and Inside Out really released before Phish broke up? That must have been hiatus version 1.0.

    Man does time fly. Mike has been active- and prolic ever since the first hiatus- and can’t seem to stay still for more then a few months at a time (this is a very good thing!).

  4. This is an amazing compilation and an unreal job DaveO. There is so much here that I have never even heard…and am enjoying learning it prior to Hampton. Very good work (as always)!

  5. oh my…more than you could ever WANT to know about MG lol….i m kidding, kind of..thanks for all the music compiled here..

  6. ^^yes, 8/16-17/06 were Rhythm Devils.

    Also, for several years (and he still may), Mike played every Tuesday night at the Honky Tonk Sessions at Radio Bean in Burlington.

  7. Didn’t Mike sit in with Assembly of Dust this past year (10-6-08) at the Higher Ground in Burlington for a couple of songs?

  8. Well done. Cactus has been very successful post-Phish. I’m ready to hear him back with the guys….and I hope they bring Weekly Time out as a Phish tune this time, seeing as that’s where it originated in the Billy Breathes sessions but was never played live.

  9. great list… gordo also joined the rhythm devils when they played the earth fair outside grand central. and did mike play at the jammy’s this year? or another year?

  10. haha fishman’s will be two paragraphs long

    guested with: yonder mountain a buncha times

    built: green energy windmills and 2012 bunker

    we believe jon fishman is still alive at this moment, as phish is reuniting

  11. Nice work Dave-O!

    Here’s a sit-in addition:
    Gordon sat in with Leo Nocentelli at the Mint in Los Angeles on 9-30-05 (after his HoB show) on “Hey Pockey Way”.

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