Monday 05/17/2021 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Sessions Announced!!

The all-volunteer Mockingbird Foundation is proud to commemorate 25 years of providing music education to America’s young people by presenting The Mockingbird Sessions, a three-day celebration of music, education, and community.  This will be a free event streaming on Fans.com, and will bring together a diverse group of musicians, educators, and foundations to promote music education throughout America.

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of people and multiple studios across the U.S., Mockingbird Sessions includes artists such as Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, and Christian McBride in a once-in-a-lifetime quartet with harpist Mikalea Davis; The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio; The Yonder Mountain String Trio; Paul Hoffman (from Greensky Bluegrass); and many others in unique pairings and groups that were curated specifically for this event.

Masterclasses will also be presented, showcasing the artistic philosophies of various artists and instruments, like the bass panel featuring Reed Mathis, Karina Rykman, and Chris Wood and hosted by Dr. Stephanie Jenkins (noted host of the Phish Studies Conference in 2019).  Testimonials by grantees will be sporadically shared during the weekend as well, and a limited edition print from artist Cory Rowe will be available for purchase.

And we're hoping other Phish fans, especially our community here at Phish.net, can help spread on the word on social. We're using the hashtag #mbird25, of course, and we've created two URL shorts: mbird.org/mbird25 is an evolving splash page for attendees, and mbird.org/25 goes to a conventional press release for journalists. (Please send it to a couple; you might be surprised when they get back to you!)

Monday 05/17/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 465

Welcome to the 465th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of May - shout-out to @PhreePhish for one of the clips! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of both mystery clips. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Tuesday 05/11/2021 by ucpete

Reworked Phish Summer And Fall Tour Announced!

After much anticipation, Phish has announced a reworked Summer and Fall tour beginning in Arkansas and ending with a four night run in Vegas. Some shows are onsale now, and a request period has opened for others. If you already have tickets, they will be transferred to the new dates unless you ask for a refund in the next month. See the announcement on phish.com for details.

Monday 05/10/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 464

Welcome to the 464th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of May - shout-out to @Zands for one of the clips! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Monday 05/03/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 463

Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer on the blog before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree that I threw together for you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Welcome to the 463rd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of May. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Monday 04/26/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 462

Welcome to the 462nd edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult puzzle of April - thanks to MJM HoFer @Zands for one of today's clips! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of all three mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Monday 04/26/2021 by Lemuria

4,000 Donors To Mockingbird!

A few weeks ago, we announced an approaching milestone, and promised a Mockingbird t-shirt and sticker to the 4,000th unique donor to the Mockingbird Foundation. That milestone's been passed, and we'd like to thank user @wharfrat1, to whom we'll be sending those thank yous this week.

This is a year full of milestones for Mockingbird. The 10,000th donation came on January 1st, and disbursements will surprass 500 grants and $2M total distributed sometime this summer. We appreciate everyone's ongoing support for music education. Grants for the 26th competitive round will be announced this June.

Tuesday 04/20/2021 by ucpete

2021 Delucia Award Nominations Welcomed

The Mockingbird Foundation is proud to announce the continuation of the DeLucia Awards, recognizing outstanding examples in music education. Established in 2004, and previously awarded in 2010, 2015, 2017, and 2019, the DeLucia Awards honor Mockingbird founder Craig DeLucia, and seek to recognize demonstrated passion for teaching music through the use of unconventional genres, methods, instruments, environments, and/or other aspects of music education.

The awards are administered by educator, saxophonist, recreational cellist, and Mockingbird board member Matt Sexauer, assisted by a fantastic panel of musicians and educators. The process begins with an online form, which opens today, April 1st. Nominations close this year on April 25, at 5 p.m. EDT. Announcement is anticipated for mid-May.

As in previous instances, there may be up to five DeLucia Award recipients in a given year, with the first place recipient awarded the DeLucia Prize, a monetary complement of $1,000. This year for the first time, four runners up will be awarded $250. The recipient(s) will have demonstrated a passion for music education such as by teaching in an exceptional, innovative, or unique manner; impacting their communities in a substantial way; or using unconventional techniques, discourse, or concepts in their roles as music educators.

The Mockingbird Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit run entirely by volunteers, supports music education for children by fundraising through Phish-related projects. Organized by Phish fans in 1996, formally incorporated in 1997, and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Foundation has since distributed over $1,800,000 through 492 grants in all 50 states.

The Foundation is also the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through www.phish.net since 1994 and having published three editions of the popular books The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music.

Monday 04/19/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 461

Welcome to the 461st edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the third of April - thanks to MJM HoFer @Zands for today's clips! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of both mystery clips, which are connected by a theme. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Thursday 04/15/2021 by Lemuria

Updated Timeline

We've made massive updates to the Phish.net Timeline, not only catching up on the four years it was behind, but backfilling scores of earlier events and milestones for Phish.net, the Mockingbird Foundation, and related efforts. We've also added historical links to almost every entry, emoji to help navigate the ~220 entries, and prospective entries for 2021, which is shaping up to be quite a year...

Tuesday 04/13/2021 by sethadam1

Jambase Releases Phish Tribute Album, "Cluster Flies"

Popular music concert website JamBase has announced a surprise covers compilation aimed at reimagining Phish’s 2000 album, "Farmhouse."  "A true reimagining of Farmhouse, the songs on Cluster Flies are presented in an entirely new sequence with five bonus tracks alongside the 12 others on the original album, all expertly mastered by engineer Joe Lambert." reads the website, clusterflies.com.  

Spanning 17 Farmhouse-era songs, the limited-edition 3LP release features custom artwork and a poster designed by Phish collaborator Jim Pollock. Phish covers were recorded by Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss, Club d’Elf, Daniel Donato, Chris Forsyth, Neal Francis, Jennifer Hartswick, Amy Helm, Lindsay Lou, Reed Mathis, White Denim’s James Petralli, Strand Of Oaks, Sylvan Esso, William Tyler, Sadler Vaden, Vetiver, Ryley Walker, and a supergroup led by Tim Palmieri

You can purchase Cluster Flies and see the entire track listing at clusterflies.com. By purchasing a copy, you'll also be supporting JamBase, who has been faithfully following and reporting on the music community throughout this pandemic.  You can check out "Sand," the first of the tracks to be released, below. 

Monday 04/12/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 460

Welcome to the 460th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the second of April - thanks to MJM HoFer @justino for today's clips! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and dates of the mystery clips. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Monday 04/05/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 459

Reminder: For the first MJM of each month, only folks who have never won an MJM are allowed to answer on the blog before the hint. If you have never won an MJM, please answer as a comment below. If you have previously won an MJM, but you'd like to submit a guess before the hint, you may do so by PMing me; once the hint has been posted, everyone should answer on the blog. If that's confusing to you, check out the handy decision tree that I threw together for you. If you're not sure if you've won before, check in the MJM Results spreadsheet linked below.

Welcome to the 459th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the first and easiest of April - shout out to recent MJM HoF inductee @Zands for today's clip! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of the mystery clip. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Wednesday 03/31/2021 by phishnet

NO JOKE: FIRST VIDEO OF "THE PENDULUM" WILL BE RELEASED APRIL 1ST

On April 1st at 4:30 pm EST, Tom Adams (@Reelife_Tom) of Reelife Documentary Productions will release never-before-seen video of Phish performing a "The Pendulum" jam, filmed during the soundcheck before the 12/7/90 show at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. According to phish.net's records, "The Pendulum" was last played on April 1st, 1986 - meaning tomorrow is the 35 year anniversary of its last live (and what was thought to be its only recorded) performance. Tom has released a teaser video of additional footage featuring Marley getting kicked out of the venue:

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Monday 03/29/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 458

Welcome to the 458th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult puzzle of March. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of all three mystery clips. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Monday 03/22/2021 by ucpete

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 457

Welcome to the 457th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the fourth of March - one of this week's clips comes courtesy of MJM legend @justino. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the song and dates of both mystery clips. Each person gets one guess to start – if no one answers correctly in the first 24 hours, I'll post a hint. After the hint, everyone gets one more guess before Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Stay safe!

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Thursday 12/31/2020 by Lemuria

Mockingbird Announces Year-End Grants

Round 25 GranteesThe entirely volunteer Mockingbird Foundation, started and run entirely by fans, has announced sixteen new grants totalling $111,771 in its 25th round of competitive funding for music education for children. Two of these grants were 50% funded by the band's own Waterwheel Foundation, and a third was 50% funded by the Kristy Anastasio Memorial Fund. Mockingbird has now made 491 grants totalling more than $1.8M.

There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to Mockingbird this year - and we'll start reviewing inquiries for Round 26 in less than three weeks. We hope to celebrate the Foundation's 25th birthday in 2021 with our 500th grant, and several other landmark achievements - help us get there!

Monday 12/07/2020 by ucpete

First Video Of Phish With Santana Surfaces

YouTube user "Nosmo King" has uploaded for the first time footage of Phish playing with Santana, captured on July 31, 1992 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. The setlist has been added to phish.net and you can watch the video here:

The entire band sat in for "Elmore's Blues," and Trey stayed on for "Blues for Salvador." At one point, Santana comically introduces Mike as "Mark." Thank a taper!

Saturday 10/10/2020 by Robert Ker (bobbker)

EVERYTHING'S RIGHT

Once, legions of drug-rock bands traversed our land; now there are but a few. 

These musical acts roamed the countryside, transforming our convention centers and civic auditoriums from respectable venues for trade shows and high-school basketball games into fishbowled gateways to psychedelic escapism. The locals fled their schools and blue-collar jobs to descend upon these concerts, entering the decompression chamber of the parking lot—be they of the Shakedown or heavy metal variety—before embarking on odysseys that, for one night only, cast them far afield of their daily routine. Think about the young crew driving off to get Aerosmith tickets at the end of the 1970s-set movie Dazed and Confused; for many people, these concerts were as far as you could get from your hometown without actually leaving your hometown....

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