Live Phish is back, and so is the setlist art! After some technical issues trying to access the site, I can now finally update with new art for tour as well as illustrated setlists! Expect several posts in the next few days.
This show featured the Phish debut of I Never Needed You Like This Before. Trey teased Let It Grow in Down with Disease, which was unfinished. Weekapaug was incomplete. This was the rescheduled date from the show that had been postponed due to coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
Mike’s Song and Tweezer both contained BEK teases, with the ones in Tweezer taking place well before the segue into BEK. Fans of stage banter will want to seek out the second set for Trey’s humorous response to the crowd’s Destiny Unbound chant before Halley’s. The “Marco Esquandolas” lyric in Antelope was changed to “Michael Esquandolas.” This show was released as part of the Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97 box set.
For the last 20 weeks, Phish has been doing a weekly stream called Dinner and a Movie. They have been streaming past shows, some recent, some very old, and some never before seen. For many of us, this is a source of calm and happiness in such a turbulent world. For me it’s also an opportunity to create some setlist art! Although I’ve created some of them before, there’s something about posting a set right after as if it were a live show. The most exciting are the shows I haven’t created before. I’ve been posting the setlists on social media ( twitter, instagram, facebook, reddit) as I would during a regular tour.
I’ve had people ask about the setlist art, and yes, it is all available for sale! I decided to create an easier way for people to find the Dinner and a Movie setlists in my shop. You can now find every setlist in one listing. I also have them available as a digital file, which you can print yourself in any size you wish or on anything you want!
I will be adding more setlists every week, and I’m slowly working on older setlists as well. Can’t find the setlist you are looking for? I also do commissioned setlists, which can include a personalized header, and would include an 11×17 print, any original artwork I create for the setlist art, as well as a digital file!
I’ve just released my newest print, inspired by lyrics from the Phish song “Tube”. This was originally going to be my poster for their shows in Atlantic City. I was halfway through with the drawing when it seemed obvious that there were no concerts happening this summer, but wanted to finish it (mainly for therapeutic value!) It’s drawn using micron pens, with the smaller details created using a .005 sized pen. I had a lot of fun with this, and it includes many hidden Phish references, as well as some randomness here and there.
I’ve drawn this image several times throughout the last 10 years or so. The first one was an 18×24 ink and watercolor illustration, and several others were simpler 8×10 canvases, as well as some hand drawn sticker versions.
Prints are signed and numbered, limited to an edition of 50, printed on 13×19 high quality glossy paper (110# cover). Each order ships with extras.
While most of the Phish Dinner and the Movie webcasts have been shows I had previously created an illustrated setlist for, I was very excited for this one! I had heard about this show for years, and had tried to find video for after reading about what went on during this show. I was very excited to watch this show as well as make a setlist for !
The jam during Bathtub Gin featured Trey jumping up and down in time with a syncopated jam, as well as strong Drowned teases. Near the end of the jam, Trey mentioned how good it was to be back home and named the four newer songs that were played. The beginning of Bowie included Radar Love teases from Mike and a Birdland jam and Wolfman’s included a Bathtub Gin tease. The jam out of Theme, as well as Funky Bitch, featured LeRoi Moore on saxophone. The jam with LeRoi included a segment where he played two saxes, Trey played three guitars, Mike played two basses and the Cracklin’ Rosie cymbals, Fish had four drumsticks and Page was lying across his keyboards playing as many as possible. At one point, Trey grabbed two drumsticks and played them on Fish’s cymbals and his guitar before tossing them into the crowd. LeRoi also teased the Woody Woodpecker theme during the jam.
Another coloring page for you folks! This is a page iof some of my earliest song illustrations, this page was created for night 2 of MPP 2014. To save a copy, you can right click the image above and “save as”, or just download the PDF file here: Song Art coloring page . If you do print and color one in, I’d love to see it! You can post it online and tag me ( @joseeen on twitter, @phish_art on instagram) I’ll be posting more coloring pages in the next couple days!
So it seems folks (and their kids) were fans of my last Phish coloring page, so I decided to make another one! This one is based on Reba’s recipe and is one of my oldest Phan Art pieces. To save a copy, you can right click the image above and “save as”, or just download the PDF file here: Reba Coloring PDF . If you do print and color one in, I’d love to see it! You can post it online and tag me ( @joseeen on twitter, @phish_art on instagram) I’ll be posting more coloring pages in the next couple days!
 Lyrics changed to “It’s Phish in Mexico time.”
This show was webcast via LivePhish and featured multiple bustouts: Torn and Frayed was last played on July 7, 2012 (285 shows), Shipwreck was last played on October 31, 2014 (189 shows), and Shake Your Coconuts was played on July 21, 2017 (100 shows). The return to Free contained Rescue Squad and Shipwreck quotes. The lyrics in Shake Your Coconuts were changed to “It’s Phish in Mexico time.” Trey teased Walk This Way in You Enjoy Myself.
 Performed over Plasma.
 Lyrics changed to “you’ll be dancing on the beach.”
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Shafty was last played on June 10, 2012 (302 shows) and Sea and Sand on July 20, 1998 (670 shows). The second Shafty was performed over Plasma. Page teased the theme from Speed Racer in The Lizards. Bathtub Gin was dedicated to the people at CID who organized the event and in honor of the fact that everyone had a hot tub in their room and also included a Gimme Some Lovin’ tease from Page before transitioning back into Shafty. Blaze On’s lyrics were changed to “you’ll be dancing on the beach.” Blaze On also included Plasma teases. Possum contained Back on the Train and Shafty teases and ended with a Plasma tease. Trey teased Another One Bites the Dust in Also Sprach Zarathustra. Trey teased L.A. Woman in I Always Wanted It This Way. No Men In No Man’s Land included Shafty and Woman from Tokyo teases. Weekapaug Groove contained No Men In No Man’s Land quotes as well as a Smoke on the Water tease from Trey.
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Willin’ was performed for the first time since October 31, 2010 (349 show gap) and featured Trey on drums. On stage, Fishman changed from his Jimmy Buffet style beach tuxedo into his mumu after Willin’. Page then teased Hold Your Head Up. Trey teased Tired of Waiting for You in Tube and Dave’s Energy Guide in Tweezer. Manteca was performed for the first time since July 19, 2016 (136 show gap) included Tweezer teases from Fish and Trey. Sweet Jane was performed for the first time since July 23, 2017 (100 shows). Makisupa Policeman was played over backing music and quotes of You Sexy Thing. Waves contained Soul Planet quotes. Trey teased The Star Spangled Banner in Tweezer Reprise.
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Simple contained an Under Pressure tease and an In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida tease and quote. Undermind contained Manteca and Plasma teases. Trey teased Simple in Fuego and Back on the Train. Fee featured Trey on megaphone.
My final block print of 2019, created for Phish’s NYE run. The 14th in my yearlong series inspired by the work of Albrecht Dürer. This print was inspired by part of “The Tapestry of Michelfeld” (date ND) and includes several birds found in Phish songs, as well as Trey’s dog Marley. As I researched the image, I found it interesting that it was actually based off a tapestry made about a 100 years prior, this being a recreation of it. Prints are currently available in my shop.
It’s been quite a year working on all these block prints! I didn’t expect that it would take nearly all my free time, but it was a fun experience. For those asking, yes there will be a Dick’s Run linocut, hopefully before the end of the month. I had opted to not make one at the time, mainly since I was back at school teaching, and had too many other things on my plate.
As for what 2020 brings, I’m still not sure. A new year will bring a new theme and possible medium for my Phish prints, although I see myself going back to printmaking for some song illustrations or Grateful Dead inspired work.