LIVE: Phish @ Glens Falls Civic Center, 10/23/13

November 12th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Trey Anastasio

Trey Anastasio

Review by Patrick Daley
Originally published in The Glens Falls Chronicle
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In the opinion of this concert-goer, who attended his 10th Phish show on Wednesday, Oct. 23, here at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the whole feel of that evening was one of contentedness, gratitude, support and definitely intimacy.

This Glens Falls show was something special for the band, for the Phish community and for Glens Falls.

You could feel it in the buzz before the show.

It was apparent in the thoughtfulness of the songs they chose to play.

Guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio confirmed it in a personal address to the Glens Falls Civic Center audience.

You could even hear it in the musicians’ nerves at the beginning of the concert.

Phish didn’t have to play here.

They typically play arenas three and four times the size of the Civic Center.

But Glens Falls proved that community, care and gratefulness can outweigh ticket sales and bring top-tier artists to town. There’s no place like home.

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LIVE: Phish @ SPAC, 7/6/12

July 26th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Jam > Ghost…

LIVE: Phish @ SPAC, 7/7/12 (Second Night)

July 11th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Phish @ SPAC, 7/7/12 (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

The list of songs covered in improvisational fashion by Phish — from Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” to the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” — reaches into the hundreds after the band’s decades of touring.

On Saturday night during an unprecedented three-show run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, the Vermont jam-pranksters played an even more cover-heavy performance than usual, starting with first-set versions of the Rolling Stones’ “Torn and Frayed,” Talking Heads’ “Cities” (whose “Psycho Killer” appeared the night before), Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” and Frank Zappa’s instrumental “Peaches en Regalia” (which is rumored to cost Phish tens of thousands of dollars a play, per Zappa’s estate).

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INTERVIEW: Tony Markellis of the Trey Anastasio Band… and More!

November 29th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Tony Markellis

Tony Markellis

For most music fans, Saratoga Springs bassmaster Tony Markellis is known simply as the bass player in the Trey Anastasio Band. But he’s so much more than that. His musical career has spanned nearly four decades, and along the way, he’s lent his considerable musical talents to everyone from David Bromberg to the Mamas & the Papas.

But he’s also one of the major movers & shakers on the Nippertown music scene, performing with and often producing some of the Local 518’s best musicians – from Michael Jerling and Rosanne Raneri to Jo Henley and the pre-Railbird Sarah Pedinotti Band.

Now he’s helping to shine a light on some of that local talent by curating and performing at a series of shows at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs. The series kicks off at 10pm on Thursday with a show by the Mississippi Hot Dogs, featuring Markellis, Kevin Maul and Railbird’s Chris Kyle and Chris Carey. Admission is $7.

So we thought we’d take this opportunity to chat with Markellis about his own musical career and the wealth of talent to be found here in Nippertown:

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Phish Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend at Bethel Woods

February 22nd, 2011, 2:15 pm by Greg

Just a couple days after the Trey Anastasio Band played the Palace Theatre in Albany, his other band announced that they’ll be kicking off their 2011 summer tour with three nights at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, which sits on the site that hosted the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August, 1969.

Phish Summer 2011 Tour from Phish on Vimeo.

Phish will play Friday-Sunday, May 27-29 at Bethel Woods. Tix are $60 for reserved seating; $45 for the lawn. Admission to each show includes a free MP3 download of a soundboard recording of each entire show. An online ticket request period is under way here.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 11.

No date for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has been announced yet.

Phish Bypasses Albany on Fall Tour

August 26th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg



Sorry, Phish fans. It looks like Trey Anastasio and the boys won’t be landing in Albany on their upcoming fall tour. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that you won’t have far to travel to catch up with them. The tour – which kicks off in Colorado on Sunday, October 10 and concludes with a Halloween extravaganza in Atlantic City three weeks later – will be making stops nearby at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, October 20 and at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. on Thursday and Friday, October 23-24.

Page McConnell, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

June 15th, 2010, 1:12 pm by Greg



“The first records album that I ever bought? I’m trying to remember if this would have been the first…

I had a lot of singles, but in terms of an album, I did have ‘The Monster Mash’ at a pretty early age.

But it was probably one of the Beatles albums. I bought the blue and red albums – you know, the double-album compilations – at a pretty early age. Right after ‘The Monster Mash.'”

Keyboardist Page McConnell and the rest of his Phish bandmates roll into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Saturday to kick off a two-night weekend stand.

The first album that Mike Gordon ever bought
The first album that Jon Fishman ever bought

Jon Fishman, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 25th, 2009, 2:05 pm by Greg

JonFishman“The first one I ever bought? Well, it might have been a Queen album. Either that or a Led Zeppelin album, maybe. I was probably about eight years old or something. But I can’t really remember.

Actually, the first one I ever bought was probably something by Captain Kangaroo. I used to but Halloween sound effects albums. And there was that one that I had called ‘News of the World’ that was like some guy talking, introducing all of these famous news clips like the Hindenberg crashing and stuff like that.

My mother got me a Mahavishnu Orchestra album at a garage sale, and that changed my life. I think I was around 13. ‘Visions of the Emerald Beyond.’ She bought it because it had a nice cover.”

Drummer Jon Fishman reunites with his bandmates in Phish for a two-night stand at the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday and Saturday (November 27-28).

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