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O-‘Phish’-al: Jam band to play two nights at Riverfront Park

Phish will play two nights on the summer leg of its tour, July 18 and 19, at Live Oak Bank Pavilion. (Tom Dorgan/MoonFrog Media)

WILMINGTON — The rumors have been circulating in town and on Phish fan pages for weeks. Now, it’s o-‘Phish’-al: One of the most revered jam bands will be making its debut at downtown’s Riverfront Park this July.

Phish will play two nights on the summer leg of its tour, July 18 and 19, at Live Oak Bank Pavilion. A lottery is open for presales for anyone to enter through Monday, Feb. 27, available here. Tickets go on sale to the general public officially Friday, March 3, 10 a.m.

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Frontman Trey Anastasio has already played for Wilmington crowds with the Trey Anastasio Band in July 2021. He will be joined by his band members Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell this go round, as they embark on a 23-date tour across six cities.

The band formed at the University of Vermont in the early ’80s and have become known for their extended improvisational jams. They mix and blend genres of all music, from jazz to rock, funk to reggae to psychedelia.

Phish catapulted into fame with jam fans in the ’90s, and have released 11 studio albums and upward of 150 singles. The band has embarked on more than 1,500 shows in 30 years.

It will be the first time they have toured through Wilmington.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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