Strange Design: Highway to Hampton Tour

Strange Design Embarks on "Highway to Hampton Tour" in Celebration of Phish Reunion

Strange Design
With less than two months until the legendary jam band Phish returns to the stage after calling it quits over four years ago, Phish "phever" has never been hotter. The Vermont rockers will perform three nights in March at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, one of the group's favorite venues and a site on which some of their most memorable performances took place.

But with demand for tickets vastly outnumbering the supply, many fans will not be able to attend these shows. Strange Design, a South Carolinian quartet which recreates Phish shows in their entirety, hopes to give these fans (or those too eager to wait until March) an opportunity to hear their favorite shows performed live in the coming weeks.

Much like the way in which Dark Star Orchestra performs sets from the expansive Grateful Dead catalog, Strange Design performs entire shows from the first twenty years of Phish's career. This unique approach has helped set them apart from other Phish tribute acts and garnered them critical praise: "This is not a band that plays its fourteen favorite Phish covers - they study and re-enact full concerts from an era when the band was the most dynamic force in live improvisational music... This is a band that makes it alright to admit you were a Phish die-hard, and will probably leave you recounting your favorite tour stories to complete strangers after the encore..." (Nick Levy, The Brooklyn Revue).

Strange Design strives to reconnect the dispersed Phish community by taking show requests from fans, accurately including all the extra-musical components that made Phish unique (trampolines, vacuum solos, choreographed dances, etc), traveling with a full light show, and recreating the energy, sound, and improvisational spirit of the different eras in Phish's career. In short, they want fans to relive the complete Phish concert experience in the intimacy of smaller clubs and music halls.

Strange Design "Highway to Hampton" Tour Dates:
Jan 28 - WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
Jan 30 - Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA
Jan 31 - Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
Feb 3 - World Grotto - Knoxville, TN
Feb 4 - Rhythm & Brews - Chattanooga, TN
Feb 5 - 12th & Porter - Nashville, TN
Feb 6 - Newby's - Memphis, TN
Feb 7 - Hanger Nine - Carbondale, IL
Feb 9 - Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
Feb 10 - Jake's Nightclub - Bloomington, IN
Feb 11 - The Dame - Lexington, KY
Feb 13 - Mad Frog - Cincinnati, OH
Feb 17 - The Whiskey - Annapolis, MD
Feb 18 - Sante Fe Live - College Park, MD
Feb 19 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
Feb 20 - Bill's Bar - Boston, MA
Feb 25 - Sante Fe Live - College Park, MD
Feb 26 - North Star - Philadelphia, PA
Feb 27 - 8 X 10 - Baltimore, MD

[Published on: 1/26/09]

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biscok1d Mon 1/26/2009 03:53PM
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Colonel Forbin Mon 1/26/2009 04:07PM
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Colonel Forbin

Any city you go to you can find at least three dead cover bands. Should be the same for phish!!!!

phisherman81 Mon 1/26/2009 04:13PM
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Will trade two 5th row Fox tickets for Baltimore and Philly...

lil*liz Mon 1/26/2009 04:14PM
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ah carbondale i may have to check it out

NittyGritty Mon 1/26/2009 04:18PM
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How about a fox ticket to sell?? I have been very unlucky with every lottery. Help a brotha out!! need my Phix

canoftunapudding Mon 1/26/2009 04:21PM
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these assholes are from SC and aren't doing any shows here? lame

KissTheSnake starstarstar Mon 1/26/2009 04:46PM
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what the fuck, exactly^

bands from SC but no shows here or even in NC...

every form of Phish is fucking me over.

folly210 Mon 1/26/2009 04:51PM
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Maybe because they did a carolina tour, including Charleston..last month.

O1Roggae starstarstarstar Mon 1/26/2009 04:55PM
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These guys are solid musicians and cool guys if they come near your town you should definately check them out. They actually recreate shows which is really cool instead of just piling random phish songs into a set like Phix did.

O1Roggae Mon 1/26/2009 05:06PM
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The "S" themed show.

A setlist request I sent to these guys a while back I'd still like to see tthem do the "S" themed show.

Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Stash-> The Sloth> Stash,Sparkle> Split Open & Melt

Set 2: Simple-> Swept Away-> Steep, Scent of a Mule-> Slave to the Traffic Light,Seven Below,Sneaking Salley through the Alley, Sanity, The Squirming Coil

E:Sleeping Monkey, Suzy Greenburg

jcaugh76 Mon 1/26/2009 05:39PM
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3 Fox or 3 Asheville for 3 nights Hampton

fishbone1 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/26/2009 05:45PM
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with ZMICK supporting at Canopy Club! go phish.

Colonel Forbin Mon 1/26/2009 05:49PM
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Colonel Forbin

2 Burgettstown for 2 second night at Wantagh!!!

audiojosh Mon 1/26/2009 11:42PM
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saw them in cbus last fall.. was not expecting such a show. va and pa for the real thang tho!

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well since chattanooga is a tribute/cover band town.

of course they stop here.

but never, never, would we get UM, Moe, Sts9, greyboy allstars, garaj mahal,

DSO, SKB, or gov't mule.

Saw Phix once, I liked it, guess I will have to go see SD lay it down.


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nevermind.. its a damn WED night. can't go. work comes too early.

jerZ Tue 1/27/2009 05:14AM
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For anyone who hasn't seen these guys, it is sooo worth it. They cover Even some of the more complex jams really tight. They played a Bowie and Divided Sky that blew me away. They rock- and they love Phish

bgriffin Tue 1/27/2009 06:16AM
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lookin for 2 fox for alpine run....

shutupkids starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 06:50AM
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drivemetofirenzi Tue 1/27/2009 07:07AM
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Saw these guys about a month ago in Atlanta at Smithes ole bar. They recreated the 7-3-97 germany show. i went in excited to see some guys playing phish tunes and didnt realize that they completley recreate the show. By the end i was high in phish spirit. i was rather impressed,tickets were 8 bucks, definantly worth your money.

jerZ Tue 1/27/2009 07:32AM
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Got two Hampton Saturday for two Jones Beach opener. Can't sell them, really just want to trade for summer tour tix

Broesau star Tue 1/27/2009 07:54AM
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folly210 Tue 1/27/2009 08:02AM
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"though I've never heard of them"

Way to try to make a point with nothing to stand on.

Its just fun.

D-Line Tue 1/27/2009 08:41AM
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-Nomad- starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 09:03AM
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how bout push that Nashville show back to February 7th and have late for a YMSB after party

timmyp Tue 1/27/2009 10:05AM
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why do people buy tix to shows they have no intentions of going to? i know so many people that would LOVE to go to just one of the phish shows, but were not able to get tix. if you picked them up for a friend, or thought you could go at first but now can't, fine. but if you bought hard to get tix strictly for the purpose of trading them, it does not make you better than a scalper in my mind. just how i see it.

finkle Tue 1/27/2009 10:09AM
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Well if it isn't mimi cuntsnatch spewing her hatred gibberish on another phish related board....i really hope you didn't get any tickets of the lottery.

I got deer creek and both alpines!!!!!!! FUCK YEAH i am lucky

jerZ Tue 1/27/2009 10:30AM
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Timmyp- how bout being a little less judgmental when you don't know everyone's business. What if the person bought them thinking they could go but has several children, and are having a hard time finding a sitter so they could go to an indoor show, so they are trying to trade them for a show that they could bring their kids to- just they way I see it

drivemetofirenzi Tue 1/27/2009 01:25PM
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Hey mimi guess what your still a cunt bag. strange design picked kind of a lame song title to go by but theyre on point. Theyre top notch musicians who happen to love phish and are good enough at playin there music that they get to tour doing it. Its not about recreating the phish experience. its a fun show to go to the bar and see with your phish buddies. we get it you dont like phish. go scrub the sand out of your puss cuz honestly thats the phishiest thing on this whole damn website.

danalog Tue 1/27/2009 01:44PM
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you guys should check out my newest Phish cover band, called 'Access Me'.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 07:18PM
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UH Oh hahah MIMi's just to good for a coverband haha whats a joke, hey how does it feel to be a jambase celebrity, set those career goals real high huh

EVILFUNK star Tue 1/27/2009 07:40PM
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vomit! what a cheap scam a phish tribute is. the real money is in sci tributes anyway!

jimmystewart420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/28/2009 07:57AM
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This band is awesome. they came through Augusta, Ga twice in the last 3 months and killed it both times. they really do a good job recreating the Phish experience........Come Back please

cUB_nAsTY starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/28/2009 09:39AM
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who did you all black mail/murder to get all these phish tickets

O1Roggae starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/28/2009 09:46AM
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good show 91 Capitol Theatre, NY

Check it out

timmyp starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/28/2009 04:05PM
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jer-z - i wasn't being judgemental about one person having problems getting a babysitter. there's more than one person out there doing this and it's not because they're all looking for babysitters. if you read my post again, you will see that i said "if you thought you could go at first but now can't, fine..." no big deal, just wanted to see if anyone else felt the same way.

NICU971 Fri 1/30/2009 08:36AM
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I got my Phish tix!

jenofeve Mon 2/2/2009 11:44AM
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Strange Design will be in NYC soon too. Fri. April 10th at Sullivan Hall.