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September 06, 2011

The Phish Tales Are True! Phab Four to Play CV Expo on 9/14

Rumors have been swirling for a couple of days now that VT's Phinest would be throwing an Irene benefit gig within the next week or so, somewhere in the state. Well, guess what? According to a press release just sent out by Higher Ground Presents, it's on. The band will play the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the show and mechandise sales will benefit the band's own charitable fin, er, arm, the Waterwheel Foundation, as well as the Vermont Community Foundation, in a larger effort to aid the state's ongoing flood recovery efforts. 

Tickets are $75 for general admission, and $250 for the "Friend of Waterwheel" package which includes a ticket, a sweet parking spot, a poster and beer, apparently. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. and should be sold out by roughly 10:02 a.m.

Anyway, you can read the entire press release below. And thanks, boys, for lending a hand.

PHISH will play a special benefit show at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT Wednesday, September 14. Doors open at 5:30; show begins at 7:00 pm. The show will be Phish's first in Vermont since 2004.

"It's been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm," said Phish keyboardist Page McConnell. "Vermont is very much a part of who we are as a band. We're really looking forward to playing this show and we hope the money raised will make a difference in the recovery and rebuilding effort."

General admission tickets will be $75 and will include a free MP3 download of the entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording) that can be redeemed at shortly after the band steps off stage. In addition, a special "Friend of WaterWheel" package will be available for $250. It will include preferred parking, a reserved box seat, a limited edition poster and access to a Vermont craft beer tent. 

A very limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets' online ticketing system at The ticket request period is currently underway and will end on Wednesday, September 7, at noon ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 AM ET. In order to ensure that a large allotment of tickets is available to local residents, the public onsale will be in-person only. The box office location will be announced this Friday at , by email update and on local radio stations. There will be a limit of two tickets per person whether individuals are purchasing in person or during the online ticket request period. In-person purchases will be cash only.

Proceeds from the concert and merchandise sales will be directed to The WaterWheel Foundation and The Vermont Community Foundation to aid in the recovery of the Green Mountain State.

The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band's various charitable activities. Fans can donate to The WaterWheel Foundation through PayPal at and specify that they would like their contribution to go to Vermont flood recovery efforts. The Vermont Community Foundation was founded in 1986 and is Vermont's largest homegrown philanthropic foundation, managing a collection of over 600 charitable funds that invest more than $18 million annually in Vermont through grants, loans and other investments. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Foundation worked with donors and other partners to facilitate donations for relief and recovery efforts, including the establishment of a fund to benefit Vermont farmers affected by the storm. Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

Time: Doors 5:30pm, Show 7pm

Date:  Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Location: Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Jct. VT 05401

Ages: all ages

Tickets: $75 general admission, $250 "Friend of Waterwheel" (plus applicable fees) Limit 2 per person

Tickets Go On Sale This Saturday, September 10, At 10:00 AM ET

Purchase location to be announced Friday, September 9.


Just wondering if Phish that floundered in the Northeastern mud a few years back, ever made good to those ticket purchasers that were stuck on I91 and not able to get to the muddied concerto. Just wondering, anybody know?
Or is this a way to enlighten their drug driven career, by making it look like they really care?

First Shumlin goes out to make some flood victims feel good, and he's accused of being a shameless campaigner. Now Phish plays a show that could raise as much as a million dollars for flood relief, and they're accused of having false intentions. Jeez. Why don't reasonable people ever comment on newspaper websites?

I don't like their music, but Phish should be commended for this. It's nice to see famous people using their celebrity to produce some tangible good.


Yes, Richard, anyone who was unable to get to the Coventry show was offered a refund for full face value plus all convenience/service fees.

Now please go crawl back into your hater-hole and don't come out until one of your favorite bands does something this selfless to help out a community in need.

It's good to know that this crisis has resulted in no shortage of bile. Sheesh.

Thank you Phish, not bad for a bunch of dirty hippies.

Regardless if we like Phish and the music they make - Regardless if we approve of the scene at their concerts -Regardless if we respect their place in society...
The Phish community, the band themselves and as individuals, their crew, and organization many of whom live beside us as neighbors in Vermont- are actually doing SOMETHING to help our devastated communities and residents who desperately need this help.. if nothing else.. a good deed - does this make you want to do something too? does for me.

"does this make you want to do something too? does for me."

You had to wait for four rich guys to announce that they were going to dick around on guitars* for a few hours before you wanted to do something?

Indeed it is nice of the phish boys to play one of their music concerts; a series of them or PPV webcast would be even better. They have more leverage to bring in $ than just about anyone who would have a reason to care.

*Credit to David Cross

Same hater-hole as "Richard dik hed Sckull" for you Jimmy. You're worth as much as he is.

What? I said they're doing a good thing. What's your problem?

Geez. Phish, Waterwheel, and all those involved ARE WORKING FOR FREE to put this all together and ALL the money is going to help Vermont. Whoever you are should be thrilled with this. They will raise alot of money for Vermont and we need it. I lost everything in the recent flood so its personal.
Thank you Phish, Waterwheel, Higher Ground, and everyone else involved, including clean-up volunteers, and all who have put their time in. I feel blessed to live in this state. Those of you who want to complain, leave.

Going to Phish?

Please plan your route and arrive early. CV Expo is on Rte 15 in Essex Junction, and is known for traffic problems and congestion. If coming from I89 South, try using Exit 11 and Rte 117 to Essex Junction (Not Exit 12 and Rt 2A - as Rt 2A suffers extreme congestion in the afternoons). Many will also try Exit 15 onto Rte 15 East (4 miles to Expo). From the north, I89 Exit 17 to Rte 7 South, turn left on Rt 2A to Essex. (There is no exit 15 in the south-bound lane).

Pass it along to your out-of-town friends. Good luck getting tix.

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