Two of the biggest jam-oriented groups to come out of the last few decades are, undoubtedly, Phish and the Dave Matthews Band. Both bands have been touring forces for many years, but in 1994, the DMB were still cutting their jib as newcomers to the scene. Phish had been around for eleven years at that time, amassing something of a cult following with their relentless dedication to the road. For a handful of shows in 1994, these two bands came together—including one show that happened exactly 23 years ago today.
As the DMB gained popularity in the Southeast, the group was recruited to open up for Phish at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL. While there have been many crossovers between Dave Matthews Band and Phish over the years, this one assuredly takes the cake. Phish’s encore opened with a major drums jam featuring Phish’s Jon Fishman and DMB’s Carter Beauford. Before long, every member of both bands was on stage, pouring their hearts into a version of Daniel Lanois‘ song “The Maker.” Fortunately, we can listen to a great recording of this jam session, courtesy of DMB Discography.
The full Phish show is no sloucher either. Opening up with “Wilson” and featuring big jams on “2001,” “Runaway Jim,” and “You Enjoy Myself -> Catapult -> You Enjoy Myself,” this was one for the ages. Check out full audio below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium.
Setlist: Phish | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre | Pelham, AL | 10/15/94
Set 1: Wilson > Sparkle > Simple -> Maze, Glide, Reba > Down with Disease > Golgi Apparatus
Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Runaway Jim, Halley’s Comet -> Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself -> Catapult -> You Enjoy Myself, Amazing Grace, Foreplay/Long Time, Bouncing Around the Room, Suzy Greenberg
Encore: Drums, The Maker
 Carter Beauford on drums.
 Phish debut; Dave Matthews Band.
2001 contained Flash Light teases. Foreplay/Long Time was performed acoustic. The encore featured the first Phish performance of The Maker with a Dave Matthews Band guest appearance. Carter Beauford appeared on stage with Fish during the preceding jam. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.