arts center to broadcast Phish NYE show

By Jim Stanford on December 20, 2011

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In what hopefully will be a prelude to the band playing in Jackson Hole soon, Center for the Arts will broadcast Phish’s New Year’s Eve concert live from Madison Square Garden in New York.

The show will be streamed on the arts center’s HD screen and digital sound system. The Vermont jam band will play three sets, stretching from approximately 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. MST. Tickets are $10, all general admission.

Phish usually has a few surprises in store for New Year’s, particularly the countdown at midnight. The band often glides to the stage aboard a giant hot dog, and last year at MSG (above) welcomed a chorus line of international dancers for a “Meatstick” extravaganza. The song won’t make sense to anyone unfamiliar with Phish, but it does make for an entertaining spectacle.

Wyoming is one of a handful of states Phish has never played, although the band spent a couple of days off in Jackson in 2003 between shows at The Gorge and Salt Lake City. Bassist Mike Gordon sat in with Steam Powered Airplane at the Stagecoach and Wort Hotel, while drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell went whitewater rafting in the Snake River Canyon. Fishman said the band would like to play here, but the following year Phish broke up and did not get back together until 2009. We have been unable to lure them back since.

The best part about the virtual New Year’s at CFA is that the show will let out in advance of midnight in Jackson, affording fans the opportunity to ring in 2012 with musicians playing in person.


Posted under Holidays, Music

12 Comments so far

  1. PJ December 21, 2011 6:34 am

    Sweet vid. Not sure I want to spend time in a chair on new years, though.

  2. Don Kushner December 21, 2011 10:03 am

    Thanks for the article Jim! We’ll also have video screens & audio in the lobby, (where the beer is!) Should be a good scene to prime the pumps for the rest of the night (At the Deadlocks at the Pink Garter)

  3. John December 22, 2011 4:21 pm

    It would be nice if some day we had an amphitheater in Jackson they could play at.

  4. UnderTheBridge December 22, 2011 10:37 pm

    Phish? Pish Posh. Give it up already. Before you know it you will turn into The Rolling Stones or Thor forbid, Areosmith. Could be worse, it could be Wide Spread Panic, oh, sorry I mean “The Panic”.

  5. Sam December 24, 2011 4:49 pm
  6. js December 26, 2011 3:53 pm

    In the long run, John, I agree. But in the meantime, the hillside will do. Put ‘em in a field and let ‘em fight it out!

    Sara from Center for the Arts adds the following:

    A PHISH a day keeps the doctor away!
    The Center for the Arts will be giving away one ticket each day between now and December 30 to the New Year’s Eve Digital Programming of PHISH: LIVE from Madison Square Garden. The simulcast of the New Year’s Eve concert begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 10:30 pm MST (mid-night-thirty New York time). Each day you have 3 chances to win a ticket. They are: commenting to this post, by emailing, by tweeting us @jhcenterforarts using the #phishaday, and by RSVPing to the event on our Facebook events page.
    Tell us why you love PHISH, something cool about PHISH, or why you deserve to win. One lucky winner will be chosen at random each day!
    (Winners from Dec 24-26 will be notified on Dec. 27).

    Happy and safe holidays to all our Phish Phans.

  7. Tie Your Shoes December 26, 2011 4:02 pm

    UndertheBridge…sorry the Chiili Peppers are not streaming….don’t really understand what you are trying to say with your post, but the 4 bands mentioned in your post are 4 classic groups. Sitting in a chair on NYE watching Phish play does not do it for me either, but at least it’s another option for something to do.

  8. CactusFunkBombs December 26, 2011 9:22 pm

    If you plan on sitting during ph NYE- you’re at the wrong show!
    Memories of nye at msg through the 90′s are enough reason to rage the stream!
    Viva la couch tour! …..With next day pow= bliss!!!

  9. Doc December 27, 2011 7:06 pm

    The P-heads who need to see the live show over a TV feed are in need of serious mental health services.

  10. Woolly December 27, 2011 9:59 pm

    Don’t be the only one left on the block…

    Come hide with the herd and float with the flock!

  11. Chad December 28, 2011 2:51 pm

    Note to self: Start “hippie-stank removal from Center chairs” business.

  12. js January 4, 2012 2:15 pm

    This was a fun time. Probably about 100 people showed, some dancing in front of the stage. I’ve seen two musical events at the center, counting Rattle and Hum on St. Patrick’s Day a few years ago, and hope they do more screenings like this. PJ20 please!

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