From November 7, 1996 at Rupp Arena on the campus of the University of Kentucky, Phish has released a new show in their archival series on LivePhish. The performance came less than a month after the release of Billy Breathes, and features several tracks from that studio release, including “Character Zero,” “Waste,” and “Free.”Among other highlights are an extended, jammed out 27-minute version of “Bathtub Gin,” Pink Floyd’s “Bike,” played by request and stumbled through by Jon Fishman, as well as a climactic “Frankenstein” encore. You can listen to the show below from this audience recording:Read the entire description of Phish’s new archival release via LivePhish.com below:On November 7, 1996 Phish played their only show to-date at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY – best known as the home of University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball. Opened in 1976 with a capacity of 23,500 and named for former UK Coach Adolph Rupp, the venue was dubbed “the largest sporting arena in the country.” Phish rolled into Cats country just three shows after their Halloween Remain in Light show and midway into a 35-date national tour. The band’s sixth studio album, Billy Breathes, was released October 16th. Fall tour started that same day and was heating up on the heels of multiple guest drums and percussion appearances by The Fringe/Surrender to the Air’s Bob Gullotti and Santana’s Karl Perazzo. The band built upon that energy with driving beats, heavy keys and Trey’s percussion setup to propel the music into a new groove-driven amalgam, foreshadowing what was eventually called cow funk. A Live One had been out for more than a year, but multitrack tapes were still spinning to capture the magic at Rupp Arena – where more than 10,000 UK students and Phishheads got far beyond their $20 worth of vast jams, deep exploration and rarities.Rupp Arena set I highlights included a Chalk Dust Torture opener, the only Weigh of fall tour and a hot Stash. Waste and the tour’s first Guyute came next, followed by a Free > Tela combination that featured the Billy Breathes hit single paired with fall’s only Tela. An incendiary Character Zero closed the set. The Rupp’s set II kicked off with a Suzy Greenberg opener that set up the experimental, top-shelf (longest-ever at the time) Bathtub Gin. The Rupp Gin was a masterpiece that showcased a multiverse of creativity capped with a warped OUTro that melted right into Hold Your Head Up. After Bathtub Gin > HYHU, Fish emerged from behind his kit with his Electrolux vacuum for the only Bike of fall tour. A monumental You Enjoy Myself ended set II and alluded to the Frankenstein encore which put the exclamation point on one of the great sets of fall ‘96.11/7/96 was recorded by Paul Languedoc to digital multitrack and mixed and mastered by Jon Altschiller. The show is available 3/7/16 via: the LivePhish+ App and as MP3, FLAC, and full-resolution FLAC-HD downloads at LivePhish.com.Setlist: Phish at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY – 11/7/96Set I: Chalk Dust Torture, Weigh > Rift > Guelah Papyrus, Stash, Waste, Guyute, Free > Tela, Character ZeroSet I: Suzy Greenberg > Bathtub Gin -> Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy MyselfEncore: FrankensteinTeases:Dave’s Energy Guide tease in Bathtub GinNotes: Trey teased Dave’s Energy Guide during Gin. Fish humorously stumbled through Bike, which was played by request. [Setlist via Phish.net]
In 2005, Matisyahu found himself on a Bonnaroo stage with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. While Matisyahu had been known for his spiritualized take on the roots-reggae genre, the vocalist impressed with a barrage of beatboxing and lyrical gymnastics to accompany Anastasio’s improvisational style. Though mainstream success saw Matisyahu emphasize lyrical spirituality over musical exploration, the singer’s new approach is sure to please fans of the jam style.Matisyahu’s current touring band is comprised of some of the best musicians in the business. The band features guitarist and longtime staple of the downtown New York improv scene Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and long-time Matisyahu collaborator Stu Brooks, percussionist and Cyro Baptista, go-to-drummer Tim Keiper, and virtuoso keyboardist BigYuki. As a musical unit, what they produce is greater than the sum of its parts. Of course, it’s Matisyahu’s ability to improvise vocally that makes these performances so unique.As Matisyahu explains, “When I started out I was relatively mixing two black and white things. I was a very specific brand of Chabad, Hasidic orthodox judaism, even though I came to it from a mixture of things, I became very defined as that: I decided to define myself that way. My very first record, a roots reggae record, was very black and white: a Hasidic man making roots reggae music, and over the course of the last 10-15 years, I became more interested in texture and the gray area.”Last week, Matisyahu launched a college campus tour with Nadim Azzam, promoting a message of peace and unity throughout the country. Backed by this new group of musicians, Matisyahu has shared with us a montage capturing the infectious improvisation that his band is bringing to fans on a nightly basis. Enjoy the short film below:Talking about his shows, Matisyahu says, “I don’t write a setlist, I write a list of songs. I take time between songs, sometimes up to 30 seconds or even a minute of silence to decide what the next song should be. I don’t prepare: I prepare my voice and body, but mentally the process is to let go of all preconceived notions of what the show is going to be for that night. If the show the night before went a certain way, the goal in preparation for tonight’s show is to try to not recreate that.” This is certainly a mentality that all jam fans can appreciate.Matisyahu’s college tour continues tonight, Monday March 28th, at the Newport Theatre in Ohio State University. While tickets are limited to students, staff and families, you can stream the show by following this link! We’ll be sharing major updates from Matisyahu’s tour, so don’t miss out!Matisyahu is also hitting the road with 311 this summer, with dates spanning July and August. You can catch all of Matisyahu’s tour dates on his website. Check out the campus tour schedule below:MATISYAHU with Nadim Azzam Campus TourMonday, March 28 – Ohio State University – Newport TheatreWednesday, March 30 – University of Wisconsin – Capture TheatreMonday, April 4 – University of Michigan – Hill AuditoriumTuesday, April 5 – University of Illinois – Canopy ClubSunday, April 10 – University of California Berkeley – Lower SproulTuesday, April 12 – University of California Los Angeles – Schoenberg HallThursday, April 14 – University of California San Diego – Sun God LawnTickets are exclusive, limited to students, staff, and family.