Tonight (April 21), Phishing will webcast their performance from July 9, 2019 in Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena as the fifth episode in their ongoing archival webcast / kitchen series, Dinner and movie. You can tune in below as of 8:30 p.m. ET and catch our initial review of the show here.
Phish – Mohegan Sun – 7/9/19 – Dinner and movie Ep. 5
This last episode of Dinner and movie presents the most recent performance to date, after the “F— You Face” show on 08/31/12, 07/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”, Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” party on 07/25 / 17, and Magnaball night two (08/22/15).
While 7/9/19 is the most recent show to be included in the series, it is also unique in that it was not webcast in real time when it did. which means that this is the first time that these not entrants will have the chance to see the performance (aside from the pro-shot video of “Beneath a Sea of Stars Pt. 1” shared later in the week).
Phish – “Under a Sea of Stars Pt. 1” [Pro-Shot] – Mohegan Sun – 7/9/19
This first of two nights at the home of WNBA‘s Connecticut Sun marked Phish’s debut at the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut reserve casino. Even though this was the band’s first gig at this particular venue, they have a long history in Connecticut that goes back to their early days. The only other CT stops since 2009, however, had been in the state capital of Hartford. Many of those Hartford 3.0 performances produced notable highlights, like the 6/18/10 show which ended with a double dose of “Tweeprise” after the band neglected to “cover” their “Tweezer. ” To Hershey Park a few days before.
With a capacity of just 10,000 seats, Mohegan Sun was also the smallest venue in Phish performed throughout the 26-date summer tour. Despite taking place on a Tuesday and Wednesday, the 2019 Mohegan Race quickly sold out after it went on sale, making it one of the toughest tickets of the summer.
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Tonight’s episode of Dinner And A Movie features the Phish Show on July 9, 2019 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The full show (not previously webcast!) Will air for free tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on webcast.livephish.com or here on Facebook. This week, Trey is sharing his family’s eggplant parmigiana recipe. You can find it at: https://phish.com/news/dinner-and-a-movie-ep-5-7-9-19-uncasville-ct/ Tag us at #phishdinnerandamovie. We have selected Sweet Relief Musicians Fund as the beneficiary of this webcast. All donations made through the WaterWheel Foundation today will be returned to them. Donate anytime at phish.com/waterwheel. Since 1994, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has provided financial assistance to career musicians and workers in the music industry struggling to make ends meet when faced with illness, disability or age-related issues. Funds raised will be used to pay for medical bills, accommodation, clothing, food and other vital expenses for those affected due to illness or loss of work. For more information visit https://www.sweetrelief.org Photos from 7/9/19 by Rene Huemer
The group took to the stage at the Mohegan Sun on Tuesday July 9, 2019 after two days off after two nights at Fenway Park featuring a long set performance delayed by rain the previous Saturday night. Perhaps the unusual nature of Fenway’s Closest prompted Phish to think creatively, as this performance ended up being particularly unusual on several fronts, from outings to debut, to many setlist quirks and good sequences. executed.
The excitement started right out of the gate with an “Energy” opener, marking Phish’s first rendition of the Apples in stereo cover since the song’s brief tenure as the basis of the summer 2013 setlist (a gap of 226 shows). As Trey Anastasio joked before leading the band in the air, “I just taught him this song, so we’ll see… you know by now, Mike [Gordon]? “
Mike had no trouble picking up “Energy” as he helped pilot the song straight into the improv space. After working through McConnel PageI synth-funk driven, Trey’s nimble riffs and a few dark sonic spaces, Jam has found its way into a familiar major key progression.
Trey jumped on that intuitive opening, pitching the introductory chords to… “Weekapaug Groove” ?! The rest of the group followed suit and soon enough they entered headfirst into the very first two-niche “Weekapaug”.
You could hear Trey laughing as he started singing the chorus of the song, possibly imagining the internet freaking out as they tried to figure out the last time a “Groove” was played without “Mike’s Song” before him. (Note: The other two of the cases in which Weekapaug “appeared on a setlist without” Mike’s “returned in 2003, and both referred to the missing prelude, with the 02/22/03 version capping a” Mike’s Groove started the night before and on 12/02/03 featuring the lyrics to “Mike” in the “Tweezer Reprise” which followed “Paug”).
After a relatively classic “Moma Dance”, Jon fishman moved into the “Maze” drums intro. Rather than directly starting the song, Fish took a moment to sing along, layering a rare reading of “Lengthwise” to the beat. Without missing a beat, Gordon stepped into the fold with his menacing, pounding bassline. “Maze” was now on and what a hot “Maze” it was.
After a pair of Big boat tunes from “Petrichor” and “Things People Do”, the band hammered the first set with a rocking “Sample In A Jar” and a long, agile and tempo-changing “Bathtub Gin” that built and exploded as great “Gins” are known to make.
The second set started off with “Soul Planet”, which abruptly turned into a wobbly “Moma” style funk, followed by a darker vampire driven by Baker’s Dozen-style. McConnell Page atmosphere. The brief but powerful jam slipped and moved angrily before Jon fishman locked in the rigid rhythm and similar to a walking Ghosts of the forestis “wider”. Trey seized the unexpected signal and led the group into Phish’s debut of the song. As Trey explained later, these beginnings were both unforeseen and unforeseen. When Fishman, who had performed the song several times with Trey earlier in the year on the Ghosts of the Forest tour, introduced the “Wider” beat, Anastasio went with the flow, trusting Gordon and McConnell to learn how to the fly. The loose and free-spirited nature of performance made it worth revisiting.
The second set continued with a follow-up in “Undermind” and a review. Kasvot Växt centerpiece, “The Last Hurray”. The group did well back to the Ghosts of the Forest with a psychedelic and stellar read of “Beneath A Sea of Stars Pt. 1” which served as a focal point for the ensemble’s jam and featured some “A Love” teases. Supreme “delicately inserted from Trey and Mike. As the song progressed the band played freely with melodic tonal texture and floating sound layers, as if a Grateful dead “Space” jam came out and bought a Languedoc. It intentionally seemed a bit directionless, leaving the crowd excited about the texture experience by the time it was over.
Then, after a series of new songs to set the scene, the “Ghost” left the forest and returned to his old story for a funky trip to the casino. “Birds of a Feather” followed, with Page’s now usual “The Birds” teases (“they attack”, storytelling samples) and a few notes from “Third Stone From The Sun” (a wink instead?) teased by Trey before the guitarist cranks up the sustain for a hair-raising build to a soaring peak.
A break then came with the lazy singing ballad of “Waste” before “Golgi Apparatus” took the fans back to the early days to close the second set. As the group took their seats for the encore, Trey asked the crowd, “Are you in a hurry to get out of here?” As a resounding “no” echoed from the crowd, the group treated them with the feverishly sought-after “Foam”. This “Foam” marked the very first encore rendition of the ’80s Phish classic, as well as its first appearance since 7/22/17 at Baker’s Dozen (a gap of 79 shows, the second longest gap between “Mousses” in the song’s story). The “Contact” and “Plus” that ended the three-song encore were just the icing on the cake.
Below you can check out the setlist and view a photo gallery of the performance courtesy of the photographer Andrew Blackstein.
Tune in at 8:30 am as Phish takes us back to last summer with the very first broadcast of 7/9/19 at the Mohegan Sun.
Setlist: Phish | Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Connecticut | 07/09/19
SET 1: Energy -> Weekapaug Groove, The Moma Dance> Maze -> Lengthwise -> Maze, Petrichor, Things People Do> Sample in a Jar, Bathtub Gin
SET 2: Soul Planet -> Larger -> Undermind, The Final Hurray, Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1, Ghost -> Birds of a Feather, Waste> Golgi Apparatus
YET: Foam, Contact, More
 Phish debut.
This show featured the first Energy since August 4, 2013 (226 shows) and Wider’s debut in Phish. Trey and Mike teased A Love Supreme in Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1. Ghost featured an Under Pressure tease from Trey and a Weekapaug Groove jam with lyrics. Birds of a Feather featured samples of Page’s The Birds and Trey’s Third Stone From the Sun teases.