Phish kicked off their 13 night residency, dubbed "The Baker's Dozen" in typical madcap musical brilliance at New York's Madison Square Garden. Each performance has it's designated donut flavor. Setlist song choice is clearly affected by the nightly donut flavor designated. With free donuts as the doors open nightly as the only clue to what's to come musically when the band takes the stage, to date there have been no musical repeats (check out this Google doc to see what they have and have not played so far on the "Baker's Dozen" run). Time will tell if that streak continues throughout the run. Madison Square Garden is no regular venue, New York City is no regular town. The frenetic energy of Times Square clearly engaged the fans in attendance, and I suspect the band itself. For my ear, night one was the strongest of the two. But both were strong performances of improvisation, playing, and with entertainment on both sides of the stage.
Enjoy this look at the sights, and imagine the sounds of the opening shows for Phish's Baker's Dozen.
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A big thanks to Gina Elliott Proulx for capturing these live music memories for The Lot Scene! Be sure to follow Gina on her Instagram page HERE.