(October 5th, New York, NY) – Phish is returning to Madison Square Garden for its 10th time with a four-night run to celebrate the New Year. CEG Presents will once again host its traditional series of Phish Pre and After-Parties at multiple New York City venues near Madison Square Garden. This year’s group of musicians features a wide array of notable jam scene and Grammy Award-winning talent to cater to Phish-heads from all over the country. Each band will start before or after Phish performs at MSG, with the initial lineup including Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, VT stalwarts Dead Sessions, the up-and- coming southern rockers Marcus King Band, interpretive classical pianist Holly Bowling and Thankful For Amy, an Amy Winehouse Tribute performed by Elise Testone and very special guests. All announced shows are currently on sale, with any more announcements to come. Refer to www.phishafterparties.com and the concert schedule below for more details.
Thankful For Amy: An All-Star Tribute to Amy Winehouse ft. Elise Testone & very special guests TBA
More Info: In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, Elise Testone has toured extensively performing original music with her own band as well as participating in a number of successful collaborations, including The James Brown Dance Party. Testone has also appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, and Good Morning America. Testone’s original music has drawn comparisons to legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Lauryn Hill.
(Thankful for Amy will also perform an 8pm show at The Cutting Room on the same night. Tickets here)
Date: Thursday December 29th, 2016
Time: Pre-Phish 3:00pm Doors 4:00pm Show | After-Phish 11pm Doors 12am Show
Venue: American Beauty
Ticket Price: $20 Advance $25 Day of Show (purchase Pre-Phish tickets here, After-Phish tickets here)
More Info: The music of The Grateful Dead transcends time, age and space. Their high energy, soul touching jams and family like environment was a core part of the counter-culture experience. Over the past 16 years Dead Sessions has grown to become one of the favorite Grateful Dead experiences in the Northeast. Playing since 1998, the collective is known for their authentic but unique renditions of Grateful Dead classics, thick with heartfelt jams that make the most jaded Deadhead rejoice. Dead Sessions is composed of a rotating cast of musicians throughout the country, but the roots of origin are easily traced to the Green Mountain State. With an unmasked joy that pours off the stage and blurs any boundaries with their audience, the Sessions are beloved from both the casual fan to the dedicated Terrapin warrior. Dead Sessions have included members of Trey Anastasio Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Grippo Funk Band, Assembly of Dust, Raq, Gordon Stone, Doug Perkins, Turkey Bouillon Mafia, Seth Yacovone Band, Liquid Dead and more. Special guests have ranged from your neighbor “down the farm” to Mike Gordon of Phish.
The Marcus King Band
More Info: Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 20 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Band, the young phenom’s 2nd full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records. Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls, “soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock,” the album highlights King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.
More Info: Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. Having attended over 300 shows by the Burlington-based quartet, she became obsessed by their famous rendition of “Tweezer” from Lake Tahoe on July 31, 2013. It led Holly to transcribe this 37-minute improvisational masterpiece note-for- note and arrange it for solo piano. The process, both painstaking and fulfilling, inspired her to transform other Phish songs and well-known live jams into solo piano interpretations. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world.
More Info: Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. The convergence of musicians from white and black America, has naturally established a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.
(Snarky Puppy will also perform 8pm shows on 12/30 and 12/31 at Irving Plaza. Tickets here)