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Phishin’ With Adam Chase: Cruising The Land Of The Brave And Free

Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.

L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights

As the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed MatisyahuCraig Brodhead from TurkuazRyan Jalbert from The MotetBrock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual GrooveRyan Dempsey from Twiddle, and Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks. In the sixth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, drummer Adam Chase (musical director of James Brown Dance Party, Jazz Is Phish, and The Chase Brothers) describes his relation with the band Phish ahead of the James Brown Dance Party shows at Highline Ballroom in NYC on Friday, 7/28. Tickets available here (for early show) and here (for late show).

The July 28th presentations of the James Brown Dance Party will feature Fred Wesley (James Brown, The JB’s), Fred Thomas (James Brown), Antwaun Stanley (Vulfpeck), Binky Griptite (The Dap Kings), Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Talib Kweli) and Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), alongside The Chase Brothers. Special guests from the Knicks City Dancers will also be in attendance. When a group of all-stars like this gets together, there’s no saying what’s going to happen but this show is sure to be the funkiest all-star tribute in show business!


Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.

Adam Chase: The first time I saw Phish was Virginia Beach 97′. I just started high school and my parents decided to take me to see my favorite band. Little did they know, they would be introducing me to a crazy counterculture that surrounded the music. The show was very special as they debuted “Ghost,” “Piper,” “Dirt,” “Dogs Stole Things,” and Leroi Moore from Dave Matthews Band sat in on saxophone. The highlights for me were the funkiest “Bathtub Gin” I had ever heard and a mind blowing “David Bowie” with teases of Weather Report‘s “Birdland” in the intro. What really made the night unforgettable was our car breaking down on the way to the show. We ended up hitchhiking and making our way to the show in the back of a pick up truck. Great way to get introduced to Phish.

L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?

AC: Phish is a rock and roll band that borrows elements from classical music in their compositions with elements of jazz theory in their improvisation. I feel the music of Frank Zappa is highly noticeable in both their compositional work and their use of humor in their music.

L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?

AC: Either too many or not enough depending on who you ask. lol.

L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?

AC: My favorite Phish experience was seeing Phish in Vegas in 2000. I was a freshman in college and hitch hiked from Colorado to the shows. As was a music student and when it came to Phish, I was really into the more complex compositions. That weekend the band played “Fluffhead,” “Col. Forbin’s Ascent,” “Famous Mockingbird,” “Dinner And A Movie,” “Esther,” “Curtain With…” Besides being some of their most impressive compositions, they were also the first times I saw those songs, which is always nice for a Phish fan.

L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?

AC: Guelah Papyrus (Asse Festival) and All Things Reconsidered are my favorite tunes as they are the fugues and I love fugues.

L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?

AC: I guess seeing a naked guy chase Trey on stage in Charlottesville could qualify, though I wish I could unsee it.

If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights  for all the info.


Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night Shows

July 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)
July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)
July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *
July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)
July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)
July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)
July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *
July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *
July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *
July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix) *
July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)
Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *
Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **
Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)
Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)

* (L4LM & CEG Presents)

**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)