‘Lizards’ In The Rain: Phish Restores The Faith In Hartford [Videos/Photos/Review]

first_imgSETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images As if ever there was any doubt, Phish put their critics in line with what was, hands down, their best performance of summer 2016. Sometimes we need that one show, a special moment in time, to remind us fans just what it is they love about Phish. Last night was that show.It seemed that the SPAC run of shows were “fun,” an optimistic way of saying that any Phish is good Phish, but yeah, we’ve known better Phish. That sentiment was in the rear-view mirror after last night’s performance at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. With a “YEM” that featured Page McConnell and Mike Gordon swapping instruments, flawless versions of Gamehendge classics “Tela” and “The Lizards,” and some major jams all in the same show, well, it reaffirmed the band’s true greatness. It was really a one-of-a-kind celebration.The show started modestly enough, with the third-ever and second “Pigtail” of the summer. The Trey Anastasio penned tune was a confusing start, never really taking hold with the audience, but “The Moma Dance” brought them right in it. It was no SPAC “Moma,” but it didn’t need to be. Tight and funky, the jam took off and never looked back.“Birds Of A Feather” kept that energy high and included a “They Attack” quote from “The Birds,” but it was really the song “Meat” that signaled the start of a special show. The Mike Gordon-led tune made its first funky appearance of the year, taking hold with its stop and go composition. The band kept the tour debuts coming with “Vultures,” yet another relative rarity played for the first time this year. The band executed the song to perfection, though somewhat awkwardly segued into “Free.” The “Free” jam was loose and rocking, getting into the groove before a unique coda section from Anastasio ended the song.The next song was the biggest bust out of the night, as Phish brought out “Let Me Lie” for the first time since August 10, 2010 (229 shows). The slower song made its first appearance with the Trey Anastasio Band, and Phish dabbled with it throughout the earliest days of the 3.0 era. It was fitting for the set’s cool down moment to be a major bust out highlight in its own right, and also fitting for its lyrical message.The set cruised on with great versions of “Halley’s Comet” and “Julius,” but it was the set closer that really wowed. For the first time in two years, Phish put their opus “You Enjoy Myself” in the first set. They really let the song breathe too, concluding the composed sections with an excellent and playful jam session, starting with Anastasio on the Marimba Lumina behind drummer Jon Fishman. With Anastasio plugging away, Gordon and McConnell switched instruments, allowing the keyboardist to stand before the crowd and rock on the bass. The jam eventually came to a gradual conclusion, ushering in a wild vocal jam to cap off the set.It’s worth mentioning that the skies threatened rain throughout this entire performance, with some speculating that the seemingly-longer-than-usual first set was a precaution against any incoming storms. While a light mist flowed in and out throughout the first set, the rain would remain a threat throughout the set break and second half of the show.Though Anastasio teased the opening chords to “Tela” upon first picking up his guitar, it was Gordon who brought in the opening notes of “Down With Disease.” This unfinished version was the improvisational highlight of the night, as Phish did what they do best: jammed. At times light and melodic, at times dark and energetic, the jam clocked in at a full 18-minutes and came to a natural conclusion. “Sand” picked things back up with some old fashioned funk, before the band brought out their first taste of Gamehendge for the night in “Tela.” The McConnell-led song was executed flawlessly, as fans looked on with bewilderment.The winds from beyond the mountain swept into “Carini,” as the raging rocker also signaled a gradual crescendo of precipitation. The “Carini” itself moved from its dark progression to a lighthearted jam, which in turn segued into “Twenty Years Later.” The Joy track kept the energy flowing, and the band and rain both picked up during an energetic “Run Like An Antelope.” Not much needs to be said about “Antelope;” it was its usual rocking self. The set closed with a beautiful version of “Backwards Down The Number Line,” a song that inspires mixed feelings from fans. With a moderate rain falling from the skies, this was quite a euphoric set-ender.As the rain continued to fall upon the lawn, Phish returned for an encore, bringing fans to their knees from the opening notes of “The Lizards.” An absolute fan favorite, the unexpected song was an absolutely perfect ending to a top tier performance. The song was played eloquently, as Anastasio confidently navigated the song’s wordy lyrics and final melody with ease. The rain fell through the song, but its presence only enhanced the experience, as if the weather was the “hose” manifested.To end the show, the band brought out their only cover of the night, a rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” Some fans are vocal about their lukewarm feelings toward “Loving Cup” encores–always a seemingly “safe” choice from the band. But after “The Lizards,” this particular cup went down just right, serving as a perfect exclamation point on a top-notch show.You can watch high quality crowd-shot footage from the show below via YouTube user LazyLightning55a:“Free”“Carini”“Tela”“The Lizards”“Loving Cup”SETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16Set 1: Pigtail, The Moma Dance, Birds of a Feather, Meat, Vultures > Free, Let Me Lie, Halley’s Comet > Julius, You Enjoy Myself[1]Set 2: Down with Disease[2] > Sand > Tela, Carini > Twenty Years Later > Run Like an Antelope > Backwards Down the Number LineEncore: The Lizards, Loving Cup[1] Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page on bass, Mike on keys for portion of the jam.[2] Unfinished.Notes: The Birds was quoted at the end of BOAF. Let Me Lie was last performed on August 10, 2010 (229 shows). Portions of the YEM jam featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on keys, and Page on bass. DWD was unfinished.[Photos courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]As Phish gears up for their 13-night “Baker’s Dozen” run at Madison Square Garden later this month, Live For Live Music has put together an extensive schedule of late-night shows to keep the party going until the wee hours throughout the NYC residency. Check out our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the details.last_img read more

Why I live in … Celebrity chef Matt Golinski shares why he loves living on the Sunshine Coast

first_imgPomona is still a beautiful little country town a lot like the one I grew up in.People are friendly and helpful and it has a great sense of community. A small Queenslander cottage in Pomona right near Mt Cooroora!I have no desire whatsoever to move from where I am right now.The only things I’d like is one more bedroom and a bit more land so I could grow more food. Celebrity chef Matt Golinski with a snapper at Main Beach, Noosa. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Matt Golinski is an Australian celebrity chef best known for his regular appearances on the television show Ready Steady Cook.Golinski’s love of food started at an early age. Growing up on a tropical fruit farm on the Sunshine Coast surrounded by fresh produce has influenced his style of cooking throughout his entire career. By the age of 12, he had decided he wanted to be a chef, and 31 years later his passion for the industry he loves only continues to grow by the day.Today, he still lives on the Sunshine Coast and shares his property dreams with The Sunday-Mail. I live in a small Queenslander cottage in Pomona that I’ve spent a lot of time doing up.I love the feel of these types of houses, despite all of their faults they have so much character and almost have a personality of their own.I love being in Pomona because it’s still a little country town with great people and I love Mt Cooroora. I love the kangaroos, kookaburras, king parrots, the cat bird that bangs its head against my pizza oven, the sound of whip birds and frogs.Even the bandicoot that digs holes all through my garden.I like that I can look out any window and see beautiful lush greenery. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago What would you change about your home? The old classic: buy the worst house in the best street. What do you love about your home?center_img What is the best thing about your suburb? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? I’d give it one more bedroom and another quarter of an acre of land so I could have a bigger garden. Where do you live and why? What was the best piece of property advice you were given?last_img read more

City leaders want Promise Zone designation

first_imgIn a vote last Friday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously supported the call for a resolution that would include South Los Angeles in the city’s federal Promise Zone, a program that could qualify the district for millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements.Zoned out · The Price School of Public Policy evaluated the needs of the districts that were selected in the first round as well as South Los Angeles. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan Los Angeles was one of five cities across the United States selected for the program. The designated districts chosen from the first round included Hollywood, MacArthur Park and Koreatown.“The first round had a series of grant requirements to be eligible to apply that no organization in South L.A. had received at the time,” said Connie Llanos, communications director and strategic advisor for Council District Nine. “This time around, the government has lifted this requirement.”The Promise Zone designation would give South Los Angeles preferential status to collect federal grants.“We have been organizing community partners to make sure we put in a strong application in this highly competitive process,” Llanos said. “We garner support from elected officials on local, state and even federal levels.”Introduced by Obama’s State of the Union Address last year, the Promise Zone Initiative aims to form partnerships between cities and their local communities and businesses with the goal of bolstering the middle class through providing more educational opportunities, improving public safety and making affordable housing more accessible.“The needs of South Los Angeles are undeniable,” Llanos said. “It has a poverty rate of 46 percent, which is three times that of the nation and almost double the city of Los Angeles. Beyond that, crime rates and unemployment are well above the national average, and the school dropout rate is still chronically high.”The Price School of Public Policy has played a role in assessing the needs of the districts selected in the first round as well as the needs of South Los Angeles, with the hopes that it will be included with the second wave of selections.“Our promise is to help the Promise Zone with their evaluation efforts and to develop a framework to help them create measureable progress within the zone,” said Gary Dean Painter, professor and director of graduate programs in public policy. “This involves meeting with community stakeholders and extending measurements to South L.A.”Regardless of Promise Zone status, though, the Price School aims to measure community vitality across the county, focusing on places of need like South Los Angeles in addition to the selected districts.“We want to do an evaluation of the first Promise Zone and the hopeful second promise zone,” Painter said. “We use categories of indicators such as economic, educational, housing, public health and safety to analyze how things are doing. While we start with communities of need like South L.A., our effort is to extend the set of indicators to, ultimately, the whole county.”Llanos has high hopes for South Los Angeles in the upcoming application process, which has a nationwide deadline this Friday.“The need itself, coupled with some real promise by local organizations really creates a perfect narrative for why South Los Angeles should be included in the city’s Promise Zone,” she said.The impending resolution is now in the hands of Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Obama administration will not make decisions about the second round of selections until next year.“We think with the collection of voices, in addition to securing the mayor’s support, we can effectively campaign for this designation,” Llanos said.last_img read more