Phish announces 2010 summer tour

April 1, 2010

Need I say more?

I know this post is coming a little late, but I found out about this awesome news when I was in Miami two weeks ago and I felt that I had to share the information with you readers all again to refresh your memories because it is HUGE news.

Phish is going to return to the stage and play at venues across the country for a two-leg summer tour starting this June.

The tour will kick off on June 11 in Chicago and wrap up with two shows at Jones Beach in New York.  The first leg of the tour will end with a Fourth of July performance near Atlanta.  After a short break, Phish will be heading out west for the second leg of their tour with shows at the famous Greek Theatre outside Los Anegeles, Ca., Telluride, Co., and much more.

I have yet to see Phish since they returned in March 2009, but many friends and Phish heads have said that their shows are an amazing experience with the crazy jams capped off with their signature light show. I will be sure to pick up tickets for this summer tour.

Tickets for Phish summer tour go on sale to the public tomorrow, April 2 at 10am ET.  More tickets will be releasd to the public Saturday, April 3.

Phish 2010 Summer Tour Dates

6/11 – Toyota Park, Chicago, IL
6/12 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6/13 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
6/15 – Telos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
6/17 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
6/18 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
6/19 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
6/20 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
6/22 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6/24 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/25 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/26 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/27 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

6/29 – CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY
7/01 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
7/02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
7/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
7/04 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
8/05 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
8/06 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
8/07 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
8/09 – Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
8/10 – Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
8/12 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
8/13 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
8/14 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
8/15 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
8/17 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
8/18 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY


Meet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

March 11, 2010

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong always brings the party. That’s what they do, and they do great job performing that task.  Based out of College Park, Md., Pigeons has been rocking the local music scene since 2007, performing over 50 shows from basement parties to Byrd Stadium, Maryland Terrapin’s football stadium.

Pigeons is comprised of Jeremy Schon, guitar/vocals, Dan Schwartz, drums, Greg Ormont, vocals/guitar and Ben Carrey, bass. Fresh off of recording a new demo, FUNK E P, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is working hard on building their fan base and elevating their jazz-rock sound to new heights.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performs at the 8x10.

Check out my conversation with drummer Dan Schwartz about the origin of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and other features about this great local band.

Q: When and how did Pigeons Playing Ping Pong form?

A: Pigeons formed in the fall of 2007 when I agreed to jam with Greg/Jeremy, who were already doing the acoustic thing. We needed a place to jam, and Jeremy knew Ben from freshman year, so we all loaded our equipment into his house and he jammed with us and the connection was made.

Q: What is the reasoning behind your band name?

A: The name is based on an actual BF Skinner science psychology experiment on using a reward system to train pigeons to play ping pong. Plus, it’s highly marketable and sweet alliteration.

Q:What are some of Pigeon’s biggest influences?

A: Our top influences right now include Lotus, Phish, Soulive, New Deal, New Mastersounds, Perpetual Groove and the entire 90’s rock genre.

Q: How would you describe your band’s sound?

A: Funk/Rock/Jazz/Dance band that Jams. We don’t want to be pigeon-holed (pun intended) as a Jam Band.

Q: What has been your biggest show to date? What made that show so special to your band?

A: Our biggest show was our CD release party in February at the Santa Fe Cafe. The night was sold out and the energy was incredible. It was a culmination of a lot of hard work we put into the album and a lot of word of mouth buzz we generated. It was great seeing all our friends get into it.

Q: You guys just finished recording your demo FUNK E P. How was the recording process?

A: We recorded the entire album as a live instrumental take in one night at WMUC studios courtesy of engineer Ilia Kobrinsky. Then, Jeremy overdubbed crucial guitar parts and solo’s and Greg did his vocals over the instrumentals. Ilia then mixed and mastered the album over the next week or so. “Couldn’t We All” started with a beat I had made on Reason.

Q: Where do you hope to see Pigeons Playing Ping in a few years?

A: Our goal is to play All Good 2011, and Madison Square Garden 2012. You gotta have big hopes.

Q: Any tips and advice for local bands through your experiences to date?

A: Develop your sound. Master your craft. Then, learn the ins and outs of the business and use your creativity to make your presence known on a local level. Most of all, make sure you can have fun doing what your doing, because once people see you’re into it, it becomes infectious.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will be rocking the 8×10 next Thursday, March 25.  If you want to dance and have a good time, Pigeons is the band to see. Support this awesome local band.

Phish goes 3-D

March 11, 2010

That’s right. Get your 3-D glasses out, because your mind is going to be blown.

You think a band like Phish, who has been living off of tripping people out with their groovy music and crazy light shows for years, cannot push the envelope any farther.

C’mon, it’s Phish. They live for this sort of stuff.

Coming this April, Phish3D will be hitting movie theaters across the country. Phish 3D was filmed at Festival 8, the bands 3-day festival which took place over Halloween weekend 2009 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Ca.

Phish 3D will take some of the best performances from the band’s eight sets that weekend, including a special acoustic set and a set where the band dressed up in costumes and covered  The Rolling Stones’ album Exile on Main Street.

Since 3-D movies is the new popular trend in the movie industry, few bands have gone third dimensional.  One of the first 3-D band movies, Larger in Life in 3D, featured Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper and Relentless 7 and Gogol Bordello perform last year’s Austin City Limits Festival.

Now Phish will take on the challenge, and judging by their history, this movie should be a success.

Phish3D is going to be a crazy experience for die-hard Phish fans and music fans in general.  If you like music that will make you dance, light shows that will blow your mind and 3-D, I suggest you don’t let this opportunity pass by.