For the third in the band's Dinner and a Movie concert series tonight, Tuesday (April 7), Phish is inviting phans to relive the band's milestone July 25, 2017, concert at Madison Square Garden.
The 'Jam-Filled' night of the two-week takeover was the fourth show out of 13 at The World's Most Famous Arena.
The evening's setlist found the band breaking down and building up their songs with improvisation even more than usual. It also featured a half-hour version of keyboardist Page McConnell's signature song, "Lawn Boy."
All day leading up to the broadcast, The Garden is celebrating the milestone concert on its official social media with throwback photos, videos, phun Phish phacts and interactive content.
The Garden has been a favorite venue of the band over the years.
The 'Baker's Dozen' series was in many ways a celebration of the relationship between the band and the venue. Phish became the first artist to ever perform so many consecutive sold-out nights at MSG. And over the course of those shows, Phish made history in its own realm by performing 237 songs without a single repeat.
“There was no place else that we could have done that 13 nights without a repeat," guitarist Trey Anastasio once said of the 'Baker's Dozen.' "It just felt so utterly relaxed. I’d come back from the stage, I’d meditate, I feel like I’m at home. I could put a bed in that place at this point. So, ya know, I look forward so much to the New Year’s run. It feels like going home in a way that I never could have anticipated – ever. It’s the most comfortable room that we play in at this point in time.”
But there's more to a great venue than just walls and seats. There's also the people who run it. The band has often spoken fondly of The Garden's positive energy and welcoming staff.
"I mean, it's crazy when I go see games or go see other concerts, I walk backstage and I know everybody," Anastasio added. "They're so cool, so nice."
So Jam Night is the movie, but there's still a dinner component to this whole virtual affair.
As usual, the band discourages people from making extra trips to the store to get ingredients during this social distancing period. Make McConnell's recipe or just share your own version of it on social media using #phishdinnerandamovie.
In addition to providing entertainment and a recipe for Dinner and a Movie, each week Phish also encourages fans to make a donation to charity if they are able.
This week, the band is raising money for Volunteers in Medicine America, which has helped to build a national network of free health care clinics to care for the uninsured and underserved, with mostly retired medical professionals and community volunteers.
Photo: Courtesy of MSG