Phish at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH June 19 2019
It was a hot and sticky afternoon in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, home of the beautiful Blossom Music Center, where Phish unpacked their bags for the 6th show of their 2019 summer tour on Wednesday, June 19th. But the thick air and warm temperatures most definitely did not put a damper on the excitement. It was all smiles in the parking lot and those carried into the venue, the crowd roaring as Phish took the stage.
The fans graciously transferred their energy to the band, who clearly fed off of it, treating everyone in attendance to a spectacularly played first set that pulled from their vast catalog, mixing in songs dating back to their beginnings such as Divided Sky, as well as much newer tunes like the show-opening Soul Planet, which had everyone up and moving right off the bat. The first set also featured “Everything is Hollow,” the Kasvot Vaxt number which was played for the first time since its Halloween 2018 debut, as well as “About to Run,” from guitarist Trey Anastasio’s recent Ghosts of the Forrest project.
Those who made the trek to northeast Ohio were in for a treat of a second set which was highlighted by a “Birds of a Feather” that went DEEP, taking on many different shapes and sounds and clocking in at almost 24 minutes. “Birds” featured some beautiful and creative lighting which illuminated both the stage and the inside of the pavilion, before the band segued into the Mike Gordon/Scott Murawski penned tune, “Crazy Sometimes.” Ballad “Miss You” followed and allowed fans to catch their breath for a few minutes as a comfortable breeze made it’s way into the pavilion before the quartet finished off their set with “Everything’s Right > Chalk Dust Torture > Slave to the Traffic Light.” Everything was right indeed. The forecast had called for rain on and off all day but spared fans taking in the show from the lawn, as precipitation didn’t make an appearance until after the show.
The band left the stage around 10:30, earlier than usual and possibly because of the approaching storm, but this gave them time for a special two song encore. Leading off was “Split Open and Melt,” making it’s first appearance in the encore slot since November 12th, 1991, a span of 1,318 shows! But they weren’t done there – they followed the almost 15 minute “Melt” with the Phish debut of “A Life Beyond the Dream,” another song pulled from the Ghosts of the Forest catalogue that featured soaring solos from Anastasio. A beautiful way to send their fans off into the night.
Phish has come out firing in 2019 – if you are on the fence about catching them this summer, stop what you are doing and buy yourself that ticket! You will not regret it. The band looks to keep their momentum going as they head head into their next show this Friday, June 21st, at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC.
The Moma Dance
Kill Devil Falls
Your Pet Cat
Back on the Train
Everything is Hollow
About to Run
I Didn’t Know
Walls of the Cave
Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan
Birds of a Feather
Chalk Dust Torture
Slave to the Traffic
Split Open and Melt
A Life Beyond the Dream