Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.
 Bob Weir on guitar.
 Bob Weir on guitar and vocals.
 Phish debut; Bob Weir on guitar.
This show featured the Phish debut of Samson and Delilah and Playing in the Band. West L.A. Fadeaway was last played October 6, 2000 (383 shows). Samson and Delilah through Playing in the Band featured Bob Weir on guitar. Weir also sang vocals on Samson and Delilah, Miss You, and West L.A. Fadeaway. The soundcheck’s Blues Jam featured a verse of Funky Bitch from Trey and Walking Blues featured Weir on vocals.
This show featured the debut of Running Out of Time. Mike teased the theme from The Godfather prior to Golden Age. Trey teased Woman From Tokyo in Suzy Greenberg. The soundcheck’s I Always Wanted It This Way included Immigrant Song quotes from Trey and Fish.
I’m happy to present my latest poster, this time for Phish’s 2016 Fall Tour. Printed on multiple blocks, these prints are hand pulled, printed on 11×14 paper, and limited to a small edition of 20.
I hadn’t planned to do any posters for this tour (aside from the illustrated setlists) after having created 13 posters for each show/run of summer tour (having summers off gives me a lot of free time). With school back in session, and a bunch of new responsibilities (guess who’s mentoring the gifted students!) I didn’t think I’d have time to work on anything for this tour. That mentality didn’t last too long. I ended up creating this poster idea, inspired by the song “Cars Trucks Buses”. I wanted to try something new for this poster, the summer tour ones being ink and watercolor as well as digital. I decided to go back to block printing, having enjoyed working in that medium for my 2016 Riviera Maya posters.
I decided to try something new for this poster, so I opted for a multi block linocut. I had never done this before, so it was a bit of a challenge. I used 3 blocks, first one for the background, a second for the color of the car, truck, bus, and the banner, and the final for the linework. Registration was the trickiest thing, trying to make sure all the blocks lined up on the final print.
I had some fun with the background color, mixing around colors in the yellow-red range, the end result being that every background is unique for every print. Registration issues made the edition small, but I now have lots of freebies to give out with orders! I might also do a small color variant edition, as well as some hand colored version if there is a demand for them. Prints are available at www.phishart.com, as well as my etsy shop (where you can also check out my summer tour setlist posters.
I recently had the time to do some much needed maintenance to my Shop, as well as to this site. I’ve streamlined my shop, and at the same time added more items. Through the power of scroll-down menus, I was able to add setlists from previous years. I’ve also changed up this site, including updating the setlist archives. It’s now easier to go to a specific show or tour with endless scrolling.
I have previous year setlists on sale, including deals if you purchase multiple show runs! I also have 2016 show posters available for all the summer tour shows. Sadly, I doubt I’ll be able to do show posters for all of Fall tour (it’s been a busy school year so far) but I might do a poster for all of tour, possibly a block print. I’ll of course be creating setlists for fall, and with them new song illustrations. I’m also opening up commissions for any show setlists for only $25! You tell me the show, I create the setlist with header art, at a very limited edition of 10. I can also do multiple shows for a discounted price. You can contact me below if interested, or hit me up on various forms of internet (FB, IG,Twitter links on the side menu). And as always, a dollar from every setlist sold is donated to Mockingbird Foundation as a thank you for allowing me to use their setlist notes for my setlist art!
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Mike teased Light Up or Leave Me Alone before Stash. Fish performed the first part of Ass Handed in a swing style. Trey teased Stash during The Wedge. The Birds was quoted at the end of Birds of a Feather. Runaway Jim contained a Seven Below tease.
 Trey on Marimba Lumina.
 With closing bass solo.
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Simple featured Trey on Marimba Lumina. Squirming Coil ended with Trey, Fish, and finally Page walking off, leaving Mike to take a bass solo to finish the song for the first time in Phish history..
 Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike and Page on percussion.
This show was webcast via LivePhish. Trey teased San-Ho-Zay during Weekapaug and teased Crosseyed during Steam, Piper, Light, First Tube and Walls of the Cave. Piper featured a Fishman-driven improvisation with Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike and Page on percussion. Piper, Light, First Tube, and Walls of the Cave also included Crosseyed quotes.
Back in May I had posted about my ambitious summer project, a poster for every show/run Phish played this summer. I surprised myself when I first announced it, wondering if this was a good idea. I was still going to do the illustrated setlists, and those can take a lot of time on its own. But here we are in August, and I can say it was a success! 13 posters, 11 different kinds of fish, and a few epic beards in 2 months. It was fun working with detail again, it had been a couple years. This was also my first time drawing fish, so I learned a lot doing that. This project also allowed me to more acquainted with the digital medium. Everything I learned has been self taught ( I avoided digital in college, and learned just enough to edit photographs), and I can say I can do a lot more now than 2 months ago. I’ll be working on Lockn and Dick’s soon, taking a little break to work on some other things. Stay tuned for more!
This summer also marks my 3rd year making my illustrated setlists. I was a bit worried, because I had told myself a while ago that I wouldn’t make them anymore if they started to feel like a chore. At this point, I have the process streamlined, and can create them quickly (I might make a post about the process), but no longer feel that I have to create them right when the show is occurring. Previous years found me showing up to streaming parties with a laptop, drawing pad, and a scanner! By allowing myself to create them at my own pace, so I was able to continue this year without that feeling of “got to do the setlist..” This also gave me the chance to redraw a lot of older songs, especially the ones played frequently, as well as several versions of new songs, which were also played a lot this tour.
The setlists by the numbers:
457 total songs
205 different songs
21 bustouts (had to draw a lot of these)
9 new songs (most with 2-3 variations)
41 new illustrations for songs commonly played
All posters are available in my etsy shop, and I’m offering both poster and setlist for only $25 (plus shipping) !
Notes: Demand was played for the first time since December 31, 2009 (258 shows). Alumni Blues and Letter to Jimmy Page were played for the first time since August 3, 2013 (114 shows). Cry Baby Cry was played for the first time since November 21, 1998 (496 shows). Sing Monica was dedicated to producer Bob Ezrin, who was in attendance. Walk Away was played for the first time since October 29, 2013 (100 shows). Fee featured Trey on megaphone.
Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. This show featured the debut of Ass Handed. The Old Home Place was played for the first time since June 28, 2012 (155 shows). Crosseyed contained an Under Pressure tease from Trey. Ghost featured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike and Page on percussion. NMINML was teased in Ghost, CDT, and 2001 and quoted in Ghost. Crosseyed was teased in Stash, Ghost, CDT and quoted in NMINML, Ghost, 2001, and Cavern. What’s The Use? was teased in Stash, Ghost, CDT, and Cavern. Fish quoted Makisupa in Wilson. Mike teased Ramble On in GTBT.