Live review: Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Day 2

Phish kicked down a monster at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Saturday. Following a meaty Friday night that featured all songs beginning with the letter ‘s,’ the Vermont squad on Saturday vanquished the gimmick and opened the proverbial fire hose of innovation, dousing the swollen park with some of the best playing of their lives.

Live review: Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Day 1

Something seemed suspect. Simple, Sparkle? Seriously? Such surprising songs to start a set. Then, with the opening, operatic notes of “The Sloth,” it dawned on many in Dicks Sporting Goods Arena, that, there, in the silky sod of Commerce City’s splendid soccer stadium, we were savoring the essence of Phish.

Feature: The Top 5 moments in Colorado’s “Phish history”

Phish has a long history with the Rocky Mountain state. In fact, when the group scheduled its upcoming Dick's Sporting Goods Park dates for this coming Labor Day weekend, they said so themselves on their website: "Colorado was the site of Phish's first extended tour outside of the Northeast, and the band has enjoyed a special connection with the community ever since." Here are five moments, in no particular rank, that will go down in Colorado's "Phish history." 1.

I Might Be Wrong: Go Phish

Oftentimes with this column, I have come under fire for being too negative or for lambasting for the sake of lambasting. Despite praising singular efforts, a whole host of albums (twice) or recommending certain shows, a common refrain has become, “Does this guy even like music?” Of course I do.

Hot Topic: Phish summer tour route raises questions

Phish dropped details about the first leg of its 2011 summer tour on Wednesday, releasing 18 dates that circle tightly across the East Coast. While at first disconcerting to not see any Colorado dates, the lack of any shows west of Cincinnati promises a second leg that will swing through the West.

Live review: Mike Gordon @ the Fox Theatre

Biting his bottom lip and bobbing his gray-mopped dome, Mike Gordon both filled and fueled eclectic grooves on Saturday at Boulder’s swollen Fox Theatre. The bubbling bassist who anchors the deep-end for the jamazonian Phish showed Saturday he can easily captain his own ship.

Live review: Phish @ 1stBank Center, Day 3

Opting for fleeting jams over groove, Phish closed its three-night Colorado run Tuesday with ascendant fireballs of four-way improvisation. Listing heavily toward in-the-moment psychedelia, the band steered clear of expected anthems, jostling the 1stBank Center crowd with rarities and the unexpected.