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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

OK. So I think we can all agree that seeing movies in 3D is pretty cool. You get to sit in a dark theater with buddy holly glasses on and watch various objects pop out from the screen right to the tip of your nose. What a viewing experience. But how far are you willing to go to have this experience? Is it worth paying extra money for?

Today, theaters nationwide will be raising their prices for 3D shows and even regular movies, too. The main companies affected by the price increase are AMC Enertainment, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and Cinemark Holdings, Inc.

Prices will vary from theater to theater, but the Wall Street Journal reports that some ticket price sales will jump to as much as an extra $5 per ticket. You could be paying close to $19 to see a 3D movie!

And get this, theaters aren’t responsible for announcing the increase. So the next time you go to see a 3D movie, you might be in for a bit of a shock.

Of course, the newest trend is making every movie in 3D. In the next year, there are numerous films to be released that will fall into that category. Harry Potter, Phish 3D, and Toy Story are among those. Is it me, or is someone trying to steal your money here?

The last time I checked, the American economy wasn’t doing so well. I seriously doubt that raising the price to see a movie will help the situation. It is now up to the consumer to decide if they MUST SEE that new 3D movie in theaters or wait for it to come out on DVD. In some cases, it might be a decision between that and dinner.

I choose dinner.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally here! Last night, the famous jam band Phish released their long awaited summer tour dates. Fans were eager to get the dates to plan their summer tour schedules. All across the web, rumors were buzzing about possible dates for months.

Actually, the rumored dates I had previously posted weren’t too far off.

The summer concert series will kick off on June 11 in Chicago and will wrap up August 18 at Jones Beach, NY. The tour has 29 stops along its journey, all of which won’t let down fans. If you’re looking for some advance ticket sales, check out Music Today. (That will go on until March 26 at midnight.)

Here they are —

June:
11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
13 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
15 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Pavilion at Harbor Center
17 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
18 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
19-20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
24-25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
26-27 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
29 Canandaigua, NY CMAC

July:
1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
2 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
3-4 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park

August:
5-7 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
9-10 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
12-13 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
14-15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
17-18 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

This announcement of their summer tour also comes with a secondary announcement. They will now have their own 3D movie, called Phish 3D. The movie will consist of footage shot during Phish’s Festival 8, a 3 day festival that happened over this past Halloween and covered numerous Rolling Stones songs. It will be released some time this April. Visit the website to sign up for more information as it becomes available.

Well, I’d say Phish fans are certainly getting their jollies this month. Now, let’s see how fast those tickets sell out!

UPDATE 3/25/10: An official trailer for Phish 3D has just been released. Check it:

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Iggy Pop and the Stooges celebrate their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Last night, at 8:30 sharp, a ceremony took place which inducted some of the biggest names in music into its highly esteemed ranks. That’s right folks, I’m talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010 inductees ceremony.

The ceremony kicked off with Phish playing a cover of ‘Watcher of the Skies’ by Genesis, and then lead singer Trey Anastasio bestowed the honor upon the musical group.

Various covers were performed by other bands as well, including Maroon 5, Rob Thomas, Chris Isaak, and Faith Hill.

Here is a complete list of the inductees:

  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Genesis
  • The Stooges
  • ABBA
  • The Hollies
  • David Geffen
  • Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
  • Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
  • Jesse Stone
  • Mort Shuman
  • Otis Blackwell

On the whole, everyone seemed a little nervous onstage last night as songs were played, groups were introduced, and speeches were made. However, the positive vibe and good cheer was certainly in the air as new and old musicians alike paid their tributes to the inductees.

If you would like more information about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there is much to see and do on their website. Just click the link.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Instead of dutifully watching the Oscars like a good little patron of the movie business, I went out to a concert and enjoyed music last night. In a previous blog post, Mike Gordon on Solo Tour, I had mentioned that Mike Gordon (of the band Phish) has been on an eight show tour in between his gigs with his more famous band. Last  night, the tour brought him to my town.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The venue he booked, the Sherman Theater, is not by any means a large venue. When I heard that Gordon had sold out his last show in Troy, NY, I was worried about the crowds I might find in my small theater. To my surprise, there were very few people in attendance at this show. The amount didn’t even fill the front section of the pit. Be that as it may, Gordon did not hold back on the audience. He gave them a show for the books.

He and his musicians took the stage, as Gordon made a comment about my town being “a ghost town with a really good vibe.” He plowed his way through a number of great songs with good jams, and even threw in a little piece of ‘Meat’ for the Phish fans in the crowd. He was joined by his opening act, Danny Barnes, who played a mean banjo on a few of the songs. Barnes has opened for other jam bands as well, including Keller Williams.

Here’s the whole kit and caboodle:

Set I: Only a Dream, Can’t Stand Still, Pretend > Can’t Stand Still > Pretend, 15 Step > Midnight, Where the Soul of Man Never Dies, Middle of the Road, Cruel World, Soul Food Man

Set II: Dig Further Down, Hap Nappy, She Said She Said, Crumblin’ Bones > Morphin’ Again, Another Door

E: Country Boy

Besides the music, the band had a lot of fun visual aspects to its show. There were bubble machines set up on both sides of the stage, crazy lights, and a stage set up as a tribute to the upcoming spring season — butterflies, lights, and pussy willows covered its surface. The best parts were the darting green and red point lights that cut through the audience and filled the venue.

Overall, a good show. I have to say that if you go to a Mike Gordon show expecting to hear Phish songs you will be let down. He does play his own music with his own band and rarely throws in Phish. But if you’re just looking to listen to some good jams, than it’s for you.

I did manage to get a video of ‘Meat,’ but be warned — the sound quality is pretty awful. I was standing too close to the speakers. Still, if you want to check it out, click here.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

After perusing around the internet for quite a bit, I happened to stumble across some very interesting tour rumors for Phish this summer. Fans have been eagerly awaiting some sort of announcement from the band.

Because of the successful 2009 tour, the band decided that it would play a 2010 tour as well, but have not yet released any information as to when and where those shows will take place.

Most likely, summer tour dates will not be released until later this season. After all, it is only February. We still have a ways to go. In the meantime, the rumors keep circulating.

Direct from the MN Live Music Blog, here are some possible tour dates:

> > > June 11 Deer Creek Noblesville IN
> > > June 12 Deer Creek Noblesville IN
> > > June 13 Deer Creek Noblesville IN
> > > June 16 Huntington Park Columbus OH
> > > June 18 Verizon Wireless Charlotte NC
> > > June 19 Virginia Beach Amphitheatre Va Beach
> > > June 21 HersheyPark Stadium Harrisburg PA
> > > June 23 Merriweather Post Columbia
> > > June 25 Aarons Amphitheatre Atlanta GA
> > > June 26 Aarons Amphitheatre Atlanta GA
> > > June 27 Aarons Amphitheatre Atlanta GA
> > > July 12 Jones Beach Wantagh NY
> > > July 15 Citi Field Flushing
> > > July 16 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel
> > > July 17 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel
> > > July 18 Susquehanna Center Camden NJ
> > > July 19 Susquehanna Center Camden NJ
> > > July 21 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto
> > > July 31 TBA Denver
> > > Aug 5 The Gorge George
> > > Aug 6 The Gorge George
> > > Aug 7 The Gorge George
> > > Aug 9 MGM Grand Las Vegas
> > > Aug 10 MGM Grand Las Vegas
> > > Aug 12 Verizon Wireless Irvine

Keep in mind, once again, that nothing has been confirmed thus far. These are simply rumors.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I am a huge Phish fan. I love ’em. They make me happy when I am sad and excited when I am feeling lethargic. I just turn on that music and a different part of me comes alive. Although I’ve only seen the band live one time, I have not since had a better concert experience. Therefore, I have categorized my concerts by the following: those before Phish and those after Phish.

I hope he invites Chewbacca to the show.

Since the beginning of last year, the band has been touring once again, after a hiatus that was very uncertain. The band seems to be quite content with the status of their muscianship. They are adored by many fans. However, one member of the band is stepping out to do a solo tour. 

Phish’s bassist, Mike Gordon, is doing a month long set of shows across the eastern United States. He will start on March 5 in New York and end on March 14 in New Hampshire. Mike will be joined by several other musicians on his tour: Scott Murawski (guitar), Todd Isler (drums), Tom Cleary (keyboards), and Craig Myers (percussion). Visit Mike Gordon’s website for complete tour information.  

For those of you in my neck of the woods, this is good news. Mike will be coming right to our very own Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. That show will happen on March 7. It makes me smile from my head down to my feet.

The news of this tour comes as no surprise, as it seems the members of Phish have a lot of making up to do. I would never go as far to say that they deserted their fans. They didn’t — but many fans were devastated when the band stopped touring. I suppose this is Mike’s way of saying, “sorry guys.”

Thanks, Mike. We all appreciate it.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally happened to me after all these years. That’s right, I finally went to my very first Phish show ever! Let’s just say this — I went on Tuesday night. It is now Friday and I can’t stop daydreaming about it, listening to my live Phish albums, and wanting to go back for more. This band has had a lot of time to perfect their shows…and they certainly have.

After releasing their first album in 1986 and touring for nearly twenty years, the band went on a haitus, a break that was much needed for certain members who had started overdoing the drugs (I won’t mention names here.) Nonetheless, that time gave them all a time out and a chance to think about what they wanted for the future of their music. Now they’re back, armed with a slick light show and some seriously funky beats.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The crowd in the Wachovia Center Tuesday night was ridiulously large. I never knew venues of that size existed until now. (I also never would have guessed I would end up with a club box seat complete with my own private bar, bathroom, and sitting area.) Everyone in the entire place seemed to be grooving simultaneously, with smiles and good vibes permeating the walls of the arena.

Here’s the setlist from the November 24 Philadelphia show:  

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture>Bathtub Gin>Cities>Camel Walk>The Curtain With>The Wedge>The Moma Dance>Reba>Golgi Apparatus>Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Set 2: Possum>Down With Disease>Twenty Years Later>Harry Hood>The Mango Song>Mike’s Song>Simple>Slave to the Traffic Light>Weekapaug Groove

Encore: A Day in the Life

From the very first note of Chalkdust, I knew I was in for something great. When they went into a real funky Moma Dance, I was in heaven. Everyone was singing along with Reba one minute then, jamming out to Possum, then going into a free fall whirlwind of musical pleasure when they heard A Day in the Life.

Phish’s sound has certainly gotten stronger over the years, and I don’t see this band disappearing any time soon. They are loved by too many fans, have too much talent, and have the drive to keep on keepin’ on. I don’t even know which song was my favorite…they were all wonderful, amazing, beautiful, great. Check out my videos from the show by clicking on the song names below:

The Moma Dance

Simple

Weekapaug Groove

A Day in the Life (Encore)

If anyone I work with happens to read this post, I’m sorry, but I just might have to quit my job and go on tour with Phish. 🙂

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