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Trey Anastasio Hult Center for the Performing Arts Monday, December 10th 2018

It was back in the spring of 1999 that Trey did hist last acoustic tour that I remember. He has toured extensively outside of Phish but I can’t remember the last time he did an acoustic set. In 1999 Trey was touring with a trio. He would play two sets, first was all acoustic and the second was with his trio. Unfortunately I missed this show when he came to the 9:30 Club that May.

Dec. 10th 2018 Hult Center

That show I was really excited to see and disappointed I missed. That entire tour has gone down in the book of legends because of what it was. Being almost 20 years that I know of since he last did this I wasn’t as excited the second time around. It would be great to see him perform live but the novelty of an acoustic show wore off. He did it before and in much smaller venues. This time around his fame and popularity allow him to upgrade the tour. He even referenced playing at the Hilton Ballroom in Eugene and staying at the hotel that night. Now he is playing the Hult Center for the Performing Arts down in Eugene. Quite a step up from the 9:30 Club.

I took a half day to make sure I could get down to Eugene in time for the performance. It is only 2 hours from my house so theoretically I could have left work and made the show but I thought better to not risk it. The half day allowed me to run a few errands and arrive in Eugene with plenty of time before the show.

The entrance is down an ally. I missed it the first time especially at night.

First stop was some food and beer at Falling Sky Brewing. A nice brewery that honestly is hard to find. I walked around the entire block looking for it. It is actually down the alley that splits the block. A small place. Lots of long benches and a few high top tables. Brewing operations are off to the right. They where definitely brewing beer that night. The whole place smelled of malt

A well rounded brewery but they certainly specialize in malt forward beers. They actually have a list of all the beers they have brewed each year, the batch number and totals for ingredients used. You can see the trend towards more hop and then a switch to more malts in the past couple of years. Balanced selection of beers but again, mostly favoring malts. They offer food as well but a limited menu. Its a seasonal menu and the burger I got that night was good. It went well with my brown ale.

After some food and beer sampling it was just a short walk to the venue. A large crowd had formed outside the venue and in the lobby. Phish fans had descended on the Hult Center and were taking it over. A really nice venue with comfortable seats and not a bad view in the house. Just a really beautiful space for a performance. It was a huge stage with just a single rug, chair, side table and two guitars.

The song selection was what I would call “typical” for an acoustic show. See Trey’s early ’99 work and the performance he and Mike did in 2010 in Broomfield, CO for the Fourmile Canyon fire relief fund. Not all songs will fit the acoustic formula so in actuality the song selection is pretty limited. Still a good performance and song selection with interesting takes.

One thing that I really enjoyed with this show was the intimacy and the banter. Since it was just Trey on stage he was relatively chatty compared to a typical Phish show. We got some insight into the songs or how they came to be or where they where created. Trey told a story from I believe it was from back in 1993 at the Hilton Ballroom. Apparently it was a good show and Trey made an announcement about an after party in Jon’s room 637. Jon was a good sport about it and they had a good after party that night. This kinda of banter you just don’t get with Phish in a large arena.

A great trip down to Eugene to see Trey. I wish the crowd was a little more respectful of the venue. They also talked constantly and everyone kept taking flash photos. But the beer was cold and the food good. The Hult Center is a great place to see a performance and I look forward to Phish coming back to Eugene one day….really anywhere in Oregon would be fine.

Set 1 (start time 8:57pm)
1. Waste
2. We are Come to Outlive our Brains
3. Limb by Limb
4. Brian and Robert
5. Lifeboy
6. Farmhouse
7. The Inlaw Josie Wales
8. Bliss
9. Billy Breaths
10. Sample in a Jar
11. The Wedge
12. Mercury
13. Mountains in the Mist
14. Cool Amber and Mercury
15. Back on the Train
16. Water in the Sky
17. Joy
18. Strange Design
19. Steam >
20. Backwards Down the Number Line >
21. Blaze On
22. Down with Disease
23. Chalkdust Torture >
24. Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S. >
25. Chalkdust Torture
set over at 9:44pm

Encore (starts at 9:46pm)
26. All of These Dreams
27. If I Could
28. Talk
29. The Horse >
30. Silent in the Morning
31. More
house lights at 10:05pm

Copyright Aren Vandenburgh 2018.

Trey Anastasio, October 25th 2008 The National

Not to long ago I saw that Trey Anastasio was putting together a fall tour.  He got back together with the original TAB members and put together a small tour, the tour closer was scheduled for The National in Richmond, VA.  After missing out on Trey’s first tour in the Fall of ’99, I definitely wanted to see this show.  It would be the four piece band, in a small local club, and tour closer, I just couldn’t pass up on tickets.

Trey Anastasio
Trey Anastasio

I headed south to Richmond from my house in the early afternoon.  I wanted to get down long before the show and just chill and relax for a while.  Take a walk around the city and get some food at a great Cuban restaurant, Havana 59.  Since the following day I was headed to False Cape State Park for a few days of camping, I got a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza in downtown, right on the water.

The weather driving down was rainy and just plan miserable the whole way.  Even with the heavy traffic and rain I made it to downtown Richmond in good time.  I checked into the hotel land took a stroll around the downtown area.  What always amazes me is how few people there are downtown Richmond.  It was late Saturday afternoon and the place was a ghost town.  Everyone works in the city but lives in the burbs.

After a depressing walked I headed over to Havana 59 for some good food, a few drinks, and a cigar.  I have eaten here several times and the place is great.  The food is a little expensive, but drinks are reasonable and I just love the atmosphere.  Things are so laid back in this place, this is why I keep coming back.  Well the food too.  I had the pork chop with pineapple salsa, peanut mashed potatoes and grilled portobello mushrooms.

The National
The National

After one last drink and a short smoke it was time to walk over to the venue, The National.  When I got there I was a little worried.  There was no crowd outside or line waiting to get Will Call tickets.  I knew the show time was 8pm, but rarely does any band start on time, especially Trey/Phish.  So when the time was 8:45 I thought I had time before the show started, so I quickly got my ticket and walked into the venue.  There were of course police and security but I was like a ghost in the night to them.  When I got inside I could hear Trey and the boys already ripping it up on stage.

In my 14 years of seeing concerts I think I have arrived late three times, this being the third time.  I was disappointed but could only blame myself for my tardiness.  The place was packed and I was late, so the only open spots were in the back.  Trey was ripping a sweet version of Sand, so at least I had not missed much.

I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to see Trey in such a small venue.  He played a lot of great songs from his career as a solo artists.  I was a little disappointed that more Phish songs were not played, with the upcoming reunion and all, I was hoping for more.  I got shut out of tickets so this was my best chance to hear some Phish.  I guess in some ways it makes sense not to play any.  But I did hear some new songs from Trey and his new album.  I must say they are…..different.  They don’t suck or anything.  These new songs are much more thought out, the lyrics and music.  More….mature.

I wish that every band I see could be how I remember them.  But as artists I can’t ask them to do that, and I would not like it if they did.  Artists are continuously changing and reinventing themselves.  Sometimes it’s a good change, sometimes it’s not.  <cough>Soulive adding various vocal members of the band.<cough>

By the second set I was able to move much closer to the band.  Between sets there is always a mass exodus of people.  Mostly they want to go smoke, so they piled out front into a small quarantined section.  The other half gets in line for beer.  I was able to do all this early.  By the start of the second set got some fresh air outside and had a beer in hand, 20′ from the stage.

The second set was very different from the first.  More new songs with a much slower tempo than the first set.  Trey also played several acoustic songs solo.  This is reminiscent of the first Trey tour where he would play the first set acoustic and the second set electric with the full band.

It was a great show that night and a wonderful tour closers.  I found some simple stats of the tour and it would appear this show was a little better than average.  Actually it looks like the entire tour was the same.  Pretty much the same set list every night, nothing to special any night, etc…  As for any word on Phish there was only one mention of the upcoming reunion.  Trey mentioned that Hampton was a short drive away and that we should all start camping out now.  You could feel the energy in the room build when Trey talked “Phish”.

What a perfect way to spend a Saturday, some sight seeing, good food, and a kick ass concert to end the evening.

Set 1
Push On ’til the Day
Ooh Child
Tube Top Flop >
Cayman Review
Backwards Down the Number Line
Money Love and Change

Set 2
Sweet Dreams Melinda
Mr. Completely
Gotta Jibboo
Sitting in Limbo
Water in the Sky*
Strange Design*
Sample in a Jar*

Burlap Sack and Pumps
First Tube

*Trey solo acoustic