It’s officially December, and winter Phish season has begun! As fall tour continues into its home stretch, fans around the country are preparing for their annual pilgrimage to New York City for Phish’s New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden on December 28th–31st.
One of the added perks of Phish in the Big Apple is the city’s 4 a.m. nightlife curfew, which opens the door to a slew of Phish After-Parties presented by CEG to keep the party going once the Garden party lets out. As an added bonus, this year, you can feel good about your late-night partying: $1 from every ticket sold to any of CEG’s Phish After-Parties will be donated to Phish’s non-profit, The WaterWheel Foundation.
Below, you can check out a full rundown of CEG’s NYC Phish After-Parties below, including Medeski Martin Metzger & Cline, Pink Talking Fish, Marco Benevento, Ryley Walker/Garcia Peoples/Chris Forsyth, Dead Sessions, The New Mastersounds, and more!
12/28: Medeski Martin Metzger & Cline @ Sony Hall [Tickets]
John Medeski and Billy Martin of esteemed avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood will come together with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Scott Metzger and Wilco’s Nels Cline for the very first time at this one-night-only improv master class on Saturday, December 28th. The four-piece supergroup will hit the stage at Sony Hall (Times Square) at 12:30 a.m., giving fans more than enough time to head uptown a few blocks and recoop for a second before they dive back into the abyss.
12/28: Pink Talking Fish performing Dark Side Of The Moon @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]
Take the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish and what do you get? The three-headed musical tribute monster that goes by the name of Pink Talking Fish. While PTF has been a part of CEG’s Phish After-Parties lineup for several years, this year’s shows each have an added layer of concept. At their first show on Saturday, December 28th at the Gramercy Theatre, Pink Talking Fish will perform Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety while incorporating Talking Heads and Phish tunes amidst the album cuts.
12/29: Pink Talking Fish Are Beastie Boys @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]
Following Phish’s second performance at MSG on Sunday, December 29th, Pink Talking Fish will expand their scope to include the music of the Beastie Boys for a special Pink Talking Fish are Beastie Boys blowout. Special guest DJ Logic will be on the 1s and 2s for show to help you fight for your right to after-party at the Gramercy Theatre.
12/29: Dead Sessions @ Hill Country [Tickets]
Everyone loves a good ol’ late-night Grateful Dead tribute show, and Burlington, VT’s Dead Sessions at Hill Country on Sunday, December 29th is the best one going during Phish’s New Year’s run. A long-running Phish MSG late-night tradition, this year’s Dead Sessions will feature an incredibly talented cast of musicians including Seth Yacovone, Adam King, Dave Diamond, Pat May, Trevor Ainsworth, and Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro. Hill Country is just a few minutes walk from MSG! If you get confused, just listen to the music play…
12/29: Marco Benevento @ le poisson rouge [Tickets]
Keyboard wizard Marco Benevento, well known for both his prolific solo output and his role in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, will conjure up a late-night disco dance party at Greenwich Village’s eclectic club le poisson rouge on Sunday, December 29th. Marco’s eponymous trio, which also features bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Dave Butler, never fails to deliver a memorable and engaging live performance. This one promises to be no different. We’ll see you “at the show“…
12/30: Electric In The Village: Ryley Walker, Chris Forsyth, and Garcia Peoples
@ le poisson rouge [Tickets]
After the third night of Phish’s NYE run on Monday, December 30th, guitarist and songwriter Chris Forsyth will come back to his home city to channel an evening of psychedelic roots music at le poisson rouge. He’ll be joined by Illinois-based fingerstyle guitarist Ryley Walker for some raga-inspired blues flair. Add in Garcia Peoples, the Brooklyn sextet that is blasting through new material and collaborations, and you get an electric late-night party in the Village that will keep you going until the last day of the decade.
12/31: The New Mastersounds @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]
After you welcome the new year with Phish at the Garden, get it started on a funky note at a late-night New Year’s Eve blowout at Gramercy Theatre with British groove squad The New Mastersounds. Following a 9 p.m. “early” show at the same venue, the quartet will come back for an after-Phish throwdown to mark the first CEG late-night of 2020.
For a full list of upcoming CEG Phish After-Parties, head to the company’s website.