The improvisational band from Vermont returns to Atlantic City for a three-gig engagement at iconic Bader Field. Plus, Kirk Hammett on the upcoming Metallica Orion Music + More Festival.
Modern-day jam-band kingpin Phish returns to Atlantic City for three nights at Bader Field this Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, for the first time since performing a sold-out trio of shows in the resort in October 2010.
Single-day advanced general admission tickets are $60 and a three-day pass is $150, with children under age six admitted free. Gates open 5pm and the show starts 7pm each night. Go to baderfield2012.phish.com for ticket info, or you can charge tickets by phone at 800-594-8499.
Legions of fans follow Phish from city to city during concert tours, much like the group that served as its greatest inspiration, the Grateful Dead.
Phish’s forte is its live shows and, as was the case with the Dead, the propensity for its fan base to share amateur recordings with the band’s blessings. By design, no two Phish shows are ever alike, and the foursome (which formed at the University of Vermont in 1983) blends multiple genres like folk, roots rock, country, blues, reggae, bluegrass, jazz and funk. It is comprised of Trey Anastasio (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Gordon (bass, vocals), Jon Fishman (drums, vocals) and Page McConnell (keyboards, vocals).
“The unpredictable is part of the appeal of this band,” Gordon told Atlantic City Weekly in 2010. “That makes it fun for the fans and those who are in the band. We do things a little differently than other bands — we’ve always liked to play many different types of music. It makes it interesting for us. We like to challenge ourselves.”
The 142-acre Bader Field is one of the rare tour stops that has Phish playing three consecutive nights, and is also unique in that the band will be opening its doors to “The Freezer” in Atlantic City — an official Phish Archive merchandise store that includes originally printed items like posters and past-concert T-shirts. The Bader Field shows will also help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the band’s WaterWheel Foundation, which donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-profit organizations.
Concert goers will be offered free scoops of Phish Food (a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream), and have a chance to win two Vespa scooters donated and decked out by the Hippie Shop. All memorabilia sales at The Freezer will benefit the WaterWheel Foundation.
The weekend series will also feature a Beers of the World tent with more than 50 types of brews, including a fermented concoction made from cereal grains that’s a favorite among Phish fans. One of the brews at the show will be Sierra Nevada FOAM, a special pilsner brewed specifically for Phish events.
Parking at Bader Field is $20 per day, but several establishments are offering shuttle-service package deals that include rooms, tickets, transportation to and from the shows and other incentives. The Tropicana, Borgata and Sheraton are all participating. Go to baderfield2012.phish.com and click “travel packages” for more info.
The Tropicana will also serve as unofficial pre- and post-show party headquarters on Saturday night, June 16, when the New Jersey-based foursome Under New Ownership (UNO) performs originals, Phish songs and covers from other bands at Firewaters at the Trop from 2-6pm, and a second show starting around midnight. UNO is comprised of Gregg Jordan (keys, sax, lead vocals), Joe Magrino (guitar, backing vocals), Ilya Stemkovsky (drums) and John Macdonald (bass). The band has released three albums since it debuted at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park in April 2002 — Preface (2003), Across the Sky (2005) and The Good Times & Bittersweet Memories (2010) — and has a fourth album due for release this year called Tales From the Comfort Zone.
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