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PHOTOS: Phish Dick’s Sporting Goods Park day two review

Phish at Dick's 2014 Night Two

Phish performs at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Aug. 30, 2014. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Amid a swirling wind of manure, marijuana and rain, Phish found greatness on Colorado’s plains Saturday with a show for the ages.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park = Phish’s home.

In a sprawling exercise under threatening skies, the Vermont fourtop shone a thousand different ways on Saturday. It was bombastic, from the first frame’s disco “Moma Dance” through an all-time “Carini” to the merry fluidity of “Fluffhead.” It was song-y, with four new songs from the band’s latest album “Fuego” in the first set. It was improvisational inspiration with dark, groovy dance parties built around a smoldering “Light” and the spicy new “Fuego.”

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JAS Aspen Snowmass: From jazz to Earth, Wind and Fire, OneRepublic

Earth Wind and Fire @ Red Rocks

Earth, Wind and Fire brought hit after hit to Red Rocks on Tuesday. Photos by Joshua Elioseff, heyreverb.com.

Before winning Grammy awards and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singer Philip Bailey remembers traveling to Aspen to play covers of Sly and the Family Stone, Bread and Three Dog Night for the locals and summer vacationers.

“I was right out of high school and playing Latin percussion, like congas and stuff, and we’d spend a few weeks living in a house up there each year,” the 63-year-old Denver native said over the phone this week. “It brings back a lot of memories being there, and I can’t wait to show the guys in the band how beautiful it is since I always brag about it.”

That band, of course, is Bailey’s longtime squeeze of Earth, Wind & Fire, just one of the acts playing this weekend’s JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience.

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Phish at Dick’s: Will its return to Colorado become the stuff of legend?

Phish - Day 2 @ Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Phish performs at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the second night on Aug 31, 2013. Photos by Daniel Petty, heyreverb.com.

Phish returns to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this weekend for a fourth Labor Day run, stepping into a venue that has emerged as a celebrated turning point in the Vermont quartet’s storied history.

Who would have thought that the Commerce City soccer stadium would become the stuff of Phish legend? And that legend runs deep in Colorado, where the band first wandered between Telluride bars in 1988.

Phish’s 26-year history in Colorado has culminated with its trio of Dick’s stands, displaying the band’s engrossing, unpredictable frivolity and humor alongside the exploratory grooves that keep fans frenzied. Yes, the magical McNichols Arena shows in November 1997 were overwhelming odysseys into the deepest funk, but Dick’s commands more space on the band’s Colorado trophy shelf.

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