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Jazz Is Phish Pays Tribute To Prince With ‘Purple Rain’ Encore [Watch]

Phish-inspired collective Jazz Is Phish took the stage at the Ardmore Music Hall outside of Philadelphia, PA last night, playing a monster set for the phans in attendance. The group is known for their instrumental interpretations of Phish classics, and they did not disappoint, bringing out classics like “You Enjoy Myself” and “Ghost” to open the show.

Among the many highlights from the Phishy performance was a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” coming in to close out the show in the encore position. The cover has been a staple of Phish’s repertoire since its debut in 1993, performed with drummer Jon Fishman on lead vocals. While Fishman sing-alongs are often played in jest, there’s no denying that “Purple Rain” is a fan favorite among Phish – and Fish – performances.

With that in mind, Jazz Is Phish took the Prince classic and made it their own last night. Bassist Anthony Wellington spoke about performing with Victor Wooten at Paisley Park for Prince’s birthday, and reflected on the opportunity to meet Prince at the event. Watch how it all goes down below, thanks to Chris Cafiero:

For fans heading to New Orleans for Jazz Fest this week, do not miss Jazz Is Phish’s performance on what we’re affectionally calling ‘Tribute Night’ at The Howlin’ Wolf. The late night show, held after the NOLA Crawfish Festival on April 26th (during the “daze between” Jazz Fest) features an all-star Amy Winehouse tribute, a set from Turkuaz playing The Band, a Phish-inspired set from Holly Bowling, covers from the Joe Marcinek Band, and Jazz Is Phish! What a night of music!

For details about that upcoming performance, head here. Last night’s setlist can be seen below:

Setlist: Jazz Is Phish at the Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA – 4/21/16

Set: You Enjoy Myself, Ghost, Alumni Blues-> Letter To Jimmy Page -> Alumni Blues, Camel Walk, Meat, Brother, Lawn Boy, Dinner And A Movie, Fikus (Anthony Wellington Solo), 46 Days-> NICU, Michael Ray Solo, Weigh, Foam, CariniGolgi,  Aparatus

Encore: Purple Rain