On Saturday night, Trey Anastasio wrapped up his solo acoustic tour with his second performance of the weekend at Boulder, CO’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall.
To start of his final night of the tour, Trey Anastasio opened up the show with the debut performance of “Sigma Oasis”, and then remarked, “I’m not sure if that’s a philosophy or a song, but that’s the first time I’ve sung it. I like it as a philosophy we’re already here, there’s no place to get.” Trey continued with “Talk”, “Twenty Years Later”, and a breezy rendition of “Winterqueen”, before diving into his first story of the evening. The guitarist reflected on his longstanding admiration for the state of Colorado, pronouncing it “God’s Country.” Anastasio continued exclaiming, “I gotta tell you guys about our first time seeing the Rocky Mountains. I’m glad I wasn’t in a covered wagon. I was in a seven-plus plush conversion love van with Page [McConnell] driving and the air conditioner on. Better then pulling the wagon over the Rocky Mountains.”
Trey Anastasio – “Sigma Oasis”
[Audio: Fatah Ruark]
After the trip down memory lane, Trey unveiled the second debut of the night with “Sunset Days”, a love-filled tune that speaks to growing old with your one-and-only. Trey moved on with “Driver”, before storytime continued with a hilarious Mike Gordon story that was previously shared at a solo acoustic show in Ithaca, NY. “This guy in front of me was being such an idiot and driving 45 miles per hour on the highway … I pull up next to him, and it’s Mike, and he’s writing in his journal on the steering wheel.” Trey was reminded of the story because Mike recently got rid of his beloved seafoam green Volvo and purchased a new Tesla.
A silky-smooth segue of “Everything’s Right”, “46 Days”, and “Light” followed, highlighted by some impressive improvisational work and utilization of his looping effect. Trey continued into “Guelah Papyrus”, followed closely by “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” and a well-received “All Of These Dreams”. Kasvot Växt’s “We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains” was next, before Trey told an amusing story about the fictional Scandinavian prog rock band’s origins. While spending time in Nashville recording the forthcoming debut album for his new band Ghosts Of The Forest, Trey found himself deeply fascinated with Nashville’s honky tonks, and the vast array of music blasting out of the bars. Trey continued explaining that whenever he heard a catchy groove, he would take out his iPhone and record a contagious beat or melody that came to him. Trey’s recent exploratory time in Nashville led to the birth of Kasvot Växt, arguably Phish’s most creative and innovative set of music to date. Trey wrapped up the story proclaiming, “If it wasn’t for drunken bridesmaids in Nashville, there would be no Kasvot Växt.”
Trey Anastasio – “Everything’s Right”
[Video: Gregory Marcus]
“Joy” was next, followed by “The Wedge”, “Twist”, and a sparse, sing-along “Prince Caspian”. Trey moved into “Lifeboy”, with the venue so quiet that a pin drop could be heard. Playful acoustic takes on “Tube” and “Gumbo” followed, which in turn flowed into “Maze”. Finally, “Carini” made a late-show acoustic appearance, before Trey brought the set to a close with “Mercury” into “Wilson”, as the attentive crowd sang along.
Trey opened up the encore with his instrumental staple, “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, followed by one last story of the evening. Trey remarked on catching up with longtime friend and legendary concert promoter Don Strasburg before the show, and explained how Don was instrumental in bringing Phish out to Colorado for the first time. Trey’s story prompted him to move into “Summer of ’89”, before bringing to show to a close with “More”.
Trey Anastasio – “Summer of ’89”
[Audio: Fatah Ruark]
Setlist: Trey Anastasio Solo Acoustic | Macky Auditorium Concert Hall | Boulder, CO | 12/15/2018
Set: Sigma Oasis, Talk, Twenty Years Later, Winterqueen, Sunset Days, Driver, Everything’s Right > 46 Days > Light, Guelah Papyrus, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, All of These Dreams, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Joy, The Wedge, Twist, Prince Caspian, Lifeboy, Tube, Gumbo, Maze, Carini > Mercury, Wilson
Encore: The Inlaw Josie Wales, Summer of ’89, More
 Trey solo acoustic; first acoustic performance by Trey. Name tentative.
 Trey solo acoustic.