All of These Dreams Come True for Phish Fan

Longtime Phish fan Kristen Goess spent her 31st birthday watching her favorite band in action at Portsmouth, VA’s nTelos Pavilion. Please welcome Kristen to tell the story of her truly incredible day…

When Phish announced their summer tour this year, there was no question that I would be seeing them play in Portsmouth, VA. Why Portsmouth? The band’s show at the nTelos Pavilion fell on the date of my 31st birthday.

As a Mother’s Day gift this year, I surprised my mom with tickets to see my favorite band on my birthday. Some may see that as a pretty selfish gift, and maybe in hindsight it was, however when she found out she was more than thrilled. After all, she has seen her daughter travel the country and even out of the country to see this band since 1997. When Phish quit in 2004, I was so bummed that I would never be able to share with my mom what had been such a significant part of my life. When they reunited in 2009, I vowed that as soon as I felt was the perfect opportunity, I would take my mom to a show. A Mother’s Day gift at a Father’s Day show felt quite appropriate in a not-so-appropriate way, if you know what I mean.

Around 6AM on Sunday, June 19, I boarded an airplane out of Denver, CO after not going to bed all night in anticipation for the following day’s events. I had a connecting flight in Washington, D.C. that I had to make otherwise I would never had gotten to experience what ensued later that evening. I jogged through the Dulles Airport with 10 minutes to spare. As I boarded that aircraft, I began to get butterflies. I was almost at my destination.

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Picture Show: Phish – Portsmouth

Phish @ nTelos Pavilion – June 19

Photos: Kenny Pusey

Back on Sunday night Phish made their first leg-closing show a family affair by welcoming the band member’s fathers to help sing Harpua and their children to “jump in the tub” during Brother. Photographer Kenny Pusey was on hand to capture images from this memorable evening at the nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA.

[All photos by Kenny Pusey]

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Phish Portsmouth nTelos: Setlist & Skinny

We’ve come to the end of the first leg of Phish Summer Tour 2011. Tonight’s performance at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA is the 18th and last of the run. Phish has only played at the intimate venue once before this evening, back on June 15, 2010.

[From @Phish_FTR]

Phish played on Father’s Day for the third year in a row tonight. To mark the occasion, the band members welcomed each of their fathers to the stage during the show opening Harpua. This extreme rarity (10th version in 15 years) didn’t feature an extensive narration with guitarist Trey Anastasio taking a quick opportunity to welcome the audience to the show and explain that the tune was performed in honor of a fan a sign for their 31st birthday. The fan was birthday girl Kristen Goess who attended the show with her mother. She brought a sign that said “31 Minute Walls of the Cave” on the front and “For My 31st Birthday” on the back. Kristen not only got Harpua played in her honor, but Walls of the Cave as well (though not a 31-minute version). Trey then introduced all of the band member’s fathers who helped sing the call and response section at the end of the song making for a memorable moment.

[Photo via SpencerBC]

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Phish Summer Tour 2010: The First Leg

The first leg of Phish Summer Tour 2010 came to a close on Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA. We’ll have plenty of recaps of all sorts over the next week, but for now we wanted to present “just the facts.” We’ve put together a list of every setlist (via Phish.net) and have detailed our favorite audio sources, videos, reviews and photo galleries from each of the 18 shows Phish has performed thus far in 2010.

06/11/2010 Toyota Park Chicago, IL

Set 1: Down with Disease, Wolfman’s Brother, Possum, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Reba[1], Jesus Just Left Chicago, The Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus > David Bowie

Set 2: Light -> Maze, Ghost -> Limb By Limb[2] > Prince Caspian > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Run Like an Antelope[3], Show of Life[4]

Encore: Cavern > Julius

[1] No whistling.
[2] Ending vocal jam.
[3] DEG tease by Trey in intro. Fishman drum solo. “Jon Fishman” substituted for “Marco Esquandolas.” Lyrics changed to “Been you to have any stick.”
[4] Phish debut.

Notes: After Possum, Trey congratulated the hometown Chicago Blackhawks’ victory over his beloved Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals that ended two days before this show. Reba was performed without the whistling ending. Limb by Limb included an ending vocal jam. Antelope contained a Dave’s Energy Guide tease by Trey in the intro section. Antelope subsequently contained a Fishman drum solo. “Jon Fishman” was substituted for “Marco Esquandolas” and Antelope’s lyrics were further changed with “Been you to have any stick.” This show featured the Phish debut of Show of Life. [Setlist Source]

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Phish in Portsmouth: Setlist & Recap

Phish Summer Tour continued tonight at the cozy nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA for the fourth stop of the first leg, where the band showed they are still willing to

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Picture Show: The Brew @ The Music Hall

On April 10th, Hidden Track got the unique opportunity to spend the entire day with full access to the Massachusetts based jamband, The Brew as they prepared for their headlining performance at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. The concert – in front of 900 fans at the historic theater – was complete with sit-ins, video projections, a full lighting rig, one extremely colorful costume and eight hi-def cameras to capture it all.

The highlights from the evening included favorites Faces, Radio Swiss, and on the aptly named New Funk, where band members Joe, Chris Plante and Kelly Kane added some great explorations. Dave Drouin’s vocals and guitar work shined on a spot on cover of Boston’s Foreplay / Longtime and The Beatles’ Hello Goodbye with Matt Paine jumping in on pedal steel gave those with less familiarity with the original material, additional reason to cheer. The evening also saw 15-year-old Seth Campbell, resplendent in his Peruvian finery, sit in on First of Things and Eyes of the Giant, but it was his flute work on I Do Believe during the second set that brought the crowd to its feet.

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