, attached to 1989-12-31

Review by Powderhound

Powderhound Very strange night in the Boston World Trade Center. They were not even given a formal convention room or hall in the building. They basically just set up a very small, short stage in the front main lobby. Risers probably only 8 inches off the lobby floor. The band's hotline had a message of, "Wear your most creative formal wear." Most of the Phans already on board and any Deadheads going to check 'em out knew what that meant so there were some good crazy costumes. My buddy rigged up a Tux jacket and top hat w/ army pants wrapped in battery powered Christmas lights. Sort of standard personal festival lighting today. But back then it was pretty remarkable. Sadly it was not a great show and I don't think they were even selling beer there. Then I got invited back to the SHOCKRA band house for the afterparty. SHOCKRA was a GREAT Funk band that was opening gigs for Phish. The Bass player was giving Gordo lessons. They were going to do a set in their basement, (as I had seen a few times before). Then Phish was going to play a late late set. Well, my college buddies started hitting the wall and wanted to leave the party after the Shockra set. I decided it was to crazy packed of a seen to find a place to crash later and then find a way back to campus in the morning so I left with my buddies always regretting missing a Phish basement party. I did see Trey and said hello upstairs so I knew he and Fish were there. About 10 years later I met a kid that was there that night. Turns out his older brother is Jimmy Jazz from G Love and they were at the show and house party. He told me Phish never did play a set after Shockra so I did not miss that stealth show.


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