It’s formally December, and Phish followers across the nation are starting to rely down the times till the Vermont jam band returns to New York Metropolis for his or her annual New Yr’s Eve residency at Madison Sq. Backyard. The four-night run is scheduled to happen as soon as once more on December 28th-31st, and followers can be greater than able to tackle the lengthy vacation weekend with their jam heroes. Phish definitely have their work minimize out for them after final yr’s New Yr’s Eve efficiency, however figuring out this band, they most undoubtedly may have one thing wild prepared for his or her upcoming return to MSG.
Top-of-the-line elements of the four-night run happening in New York Metropolis is that the state’s four a.m. curfew legal guidelines permit for loads of late-night enjoyable, which, right here in “The City That Never Sleeps,” can really feel like 4 additional nights of Christmas. So for native New Yorkers on the lookout for a Phish pre-party to hit after work earlier than heading to MSG, or followers in from out of city who’d wish to take advantage of their journey, CEG has you coated! Check out a number of the greatest pre and post-Phish events happening in the course of the 2018 New Yr’s Eve run under.
12/28: Hayley Jane & The Primates @ The Chopping Room [Tickets]
Hayley Jane & The Primates‘ music includes a potent mix of sounds and styles that any music fan would want to hear out of a modern rock and roll band. Fronted of course by their talented lead singer, Hayley Jane, this band from Boston finds a fun balance of melodic power with a looseness that keeps the music flowing with ease. The band has earned a regional reputation of being one of New England’s prime roots rock/Americana acts, and with a brand new studio album launched in 2017, We’re Right here Now, Hayley Jane and her gang of Primates could have loads of energizing tunes to get followers prepared and warmed up for the opening night time of the Phish run.
12/28: Chillfam Allstars Play Michael Jackson @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]
What higher solution to cost into the beginning of the Phish run than by dancing all night time to “The King of Pop” as performed by members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Pet, Pink Talking Phish, Eric Krasno Band, and extra. The full lineup options Elise Testone (vocals), Eric Gould (bass), Zack Burwick (drums), Kito Bovenschulte (percussion), Richard James (keys), Danny Mayer (guitar), Natalie Cressman (trombone), Rob Volo (trombone), Matt Wayne (sax), and Justin Stanton (trumpet). This collaborative effort will shake the inspiration of The Gramercy Theatre that may make followers really feel like they’ve stepped into Studio 54. Costumes aren’t required for this present, however contemplating that the majority people shall be coming from Phish and heading straight into the Michael Jackson universe, anticipate for issues to get slightly bizarre when songs like “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, or “Rock With You” start blaring out of the audio system. It additionally goes with out saying that this late night time get together on December 28th is one that may encourage followers to don’t cease till they get sufficient…
12/28: The Werks @ The Slicing Room [Tickets]
The Werks‘ sound could easily be described as a wonderfully fun combination of groovy rock guitar riffs to go with a plethora of strong, psychedelic jams. Since forming out of southern Ohio back in 2005, The Werks have earned a dedicated national fanbase and are steadily building a demand for their presence at major music festivals. They have the undeniable ability to bring the energy for large audiences at events like The Peach, Electric Forest, and Summer Camp festivals, as well as taking the party indoors for more intimate experiences at New York’s Slicing Room the place they’ll be on December 28th. The band’s capability to collectively chase each other by way of improvisational teamwork has set them aside from their contemporaries, as The Werks have grow to be virtually a essential a part of the jam circuit. Their night time one social gathering shall be a must-see addition to this yr’s NYE afterparty schedule.
12/28: Of Clocks & Clouds @ Rockwood Music Corridor [Tickets]
Of Clocks And Clouds are considerably of an anomaly inside the jam scene. Whereas many guitar-based jam bands typically go for a lighter sound, this New York-based rock quartet (just lately expanded from a trio) don’t draw back from their love for heavier, darker themes. They’ve continued to push themselves over the previous few years whereas creating right into a machine able to holding an power firing on all cylinders from begin to end. The current addition of a keyboardist has allowed the group to drastically increase their on-stage talents, permitting for guitarist Joe Salgo and bassist Max Devlin to actually take cost of a jam and take the music additional into the unknown. The intimacy of their afterparty at Rockwood Music Corridor’s Stage 2 will present the right late-night environment as followers ought to nonetheless have recent legs on night time one of the brand new yr’s run.
12/29: Stella Blues Band @ The Slicing Room [Tickets]
It wouldn’t be a real Phish NYE run with out some Grateful Lifeless, and Stella Blue’s Band is certainly one of New York Metropolis’s extra dependable Lifeless tribute acts. Named after considered one of Jerry Garcia’s most beloved ballads, Stella Blue’s Band doesn’t depend on the softer aspect of the Lifeless catalog to get followers on their ft. The seven-member band has all the things a Deadhead or curious fan would need out of a Lifeless present expertise, with track alternatives starting from early, primal Lifeless to the songs that crammed the setlists all through the 1980s and into the 90s. With night time two of the Phish NYE run happening on a Saturday, followers gained’t have to fret about ditching work early to make it to this four p.m. pre-show celebration on time. Followers also needs to assume that Bob Weir‘s weekend anthem, “One More Saturday Night”, will certainly be discovering its method into the setlist earlier than the pre-show involves an finish.
12/29: Pink Talking Fish @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]
One of many cool elements of experiencing this three-headed musical monster that’s Pink Talking Phish is that the themes are continually altering all through the set. One minute followers can discover themselves getting down with Talking Heads‘ funky dance beats, and the next they’re getting into a trance of epic rock psychedelia by way of the musical car that’s Pink Floyd. There’s in fact the Phish component to the band’s present as nicely, so anybody who might not have heard their favourite Phish music from the band in the course of the present earlier that night simply might discover themselves listening to it at this Gramercy Theatre afterparty. Followers don’t need to think about what three of their favourite cowl bands combining into one may sound like, as any preconception will probably be changed with actuality when Pink Talking Phish maintain the dance social gathering going properly into early Sunday morning hours.
12/29: James Brown Dance Celebration @ The Slicing Room [Tickets]
James Brown paid the fee to be the boss together with his unparalleled showmanship, and now his energy-fueling music can be making its option to The Slicing Room following Phish night time two on Saturday, December 29th for an evening of epic R&B and soul. The all-star forged of musicians, together with one in every of Brown’s bassists, Fred Thomas, will assist lead the get together with one of many funkiest tribute experiences round. Additionally included on the invoice are Robert Walker and JM Kimock of Mike Gordon Band, in addition to Chris Rob from Talib Kweli’s band, The Chase Brothers, and Adam Dotson, so there shall be no scarcity of expertise when the Saturday night time afterparty retains the power going late into the night time. Get on up!
12/30: Jazz is Phish @ The Slicing Room [Tickets]
The Chase Brothers might have a busy night time on Saturday, however they’ll be again in motion on Sunday afternoon for a Phish pre-show at The Chopping Room with their instrumental tribute challenge. Jazz Is Phish could also be a comparatively new enterprise, however their spin on previous Phish favorites helps the music to constantly evolve whereas reinterpreting the band’s materials into their very own funky jazz fusion. The incontrovertible fact that they use parts of jazz to reinterpret Phish’s music permits for limitless depth and variety of their prolonged jams and collaborative group effort, because the idea of “jamming” was all the time initially impressed by what gamers have been doing with the music over within the jazz world. This all-star act has included members of Phish’s Big Nation Horns, Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Pet, Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones, and extra, so this present ought to have greater than sufficient musical ammunition to revive any drained soul from the night time earlier than as day three will get going at four p.m. on Sunday.
12/30: Expost @ Arlene’s Grocery [Tickets]
Native rock band Expost shall be main the best way on Sunday night time for an afterparty themed round a full-album efficiency of the Velvet Underground’s Loaded LP in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Phish’s “LOADED” Halloween in Vegas again in 1998. The present at Arlene’s Grocery will truly happen proper across the nook from the place Expost performed their first present after forming again in 2012, and have performed numerous occasions within the years since, in order that they’ll really feel proper at residence for an evening in entrance of their hometown followers in addition to anybody brave sufficient to catch them for the primary time following Phish that night. The night time’s efficiency on December 30th will embrace two full units of music beginning at 11 p.m., so followers had higher be ready to get completely LOADED when the band hits the stage following Phish on Sunday.
12/30: A Household Affair – A Tribute To Sly Stone @ The Chopping Room [Tickets]
There have been few artists who might combine rock, funk, and psychedelic soul into one package deal like the best way that Sly and The Household Stone did. That potent mixture of musical enjoyable will fill The Slicing Room on December 30th when The Nth Energy’s Nate Edgar, Snarky Pet’s Justin Stanton, Talib Kweli’s Chris Rob, The Chase Brothers, Adam Dotson, and extra all take the stage for an all-star occasion that can be simply what the physician ordered to maintain followers going by night time three. Anybody who has ever skilled a Turkuaz or Snarky Pet live performance ought to know what to anticipate when these musicians take the stage to assist followers “Dance To The Music” nicely into the early hours of Monday. There was just one Sly Stone, and there’s just one actual celebration within the metropolis that weekend the place followers will have the ability to dive proper again in and get misplaced inside his funky universe.
12/31: The New Mastersounds @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]
The last, climactic night time of the Phish NYE run doesn’t have to return to an finish after Phish wraps up their marathon efficiency at MSG. There are few bands who can instantly command a room with their power and showmanship like The New Mastersounds, who will take the stage for a late night time set on the Gramercy Theatre for one final hurrah of 2018 in the course of the very first hours of 2019. The band comprised of Eddie Roberts (guitar), Simon Allen (drums), Pete Shand (bass guitar), and Joe Tatton (organ/piano) are not any strangers to New York Metropolis, as they routinely play the town both on land or on boat. They’ll be on dry land this time round, and greater than prepared to assist followers cost into the brand new yr with loads of robust jams and late night time grooves that may make everybody in attendance overlook that 2018 ever existed within the first place.
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