Phish Summer Tour 2019: Alpine Valley Night 2 – Setlist, Recap & The Skinny

By Nate Todd Jul 14, 2019 11:36 am PDT

Phish settled in for the second concert of a three-night run at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin on Saturday night, a storied Phish venue that will boast 20 shows after the completion of the 2019 run. “Settled in” is an appropriate phrase for Saturday night’s show. First, the night before was a heater. Second, the Vermont quartet needed a little time to really lock things in. But third, and despite the second, the band seemed to be having a blast.

Phish got the show on the road rowdy enough with “AC/DC Bag.” It took a bit to sync up on “NICU,” but keyboardist Page McConnell (aka Leo) took a tasty, melodic organ solo. One can’t help but think about the “Leo Trio” show from Alpine in 2003. Next up, it was guitarist Trey Anastasio‘s turn to get melodic with work on the poignant “Shade.”

Bassist Mike Gordon then led the band through “Funky Bitch,” which certainly turned things up a notch. “Blaze On” followed, and it was a good sign when Page reached up to adjust a knob on his Moog synthesizer as the band jumped into their first improvisation of the night. Anastasio and McConnell played off each other well and the band brought the jam to a nice, slow build that ended with Trey utilizing a flanger over Page’s synth in a short but sweet Type II excursion. Mike stepped up again for “Ya Mar” ahead of “Frost,” a song from Anastasio’s 2012 album Traveler, played for just the fifth time by Phish.

“The Sloth” was something of a turning point in the first set and got the crowd going. It seemed as if they were on to something and huddled before forging ahead with “Fuck Your Face,” which saw Trey reeling off some raunchy licks.

The opening strains of “My Friend, My Friend’ filtered through next. The somewhat sinister tune saw Anastasio conjuring some frenzied feedback from the Languedoc but closed out with a serene ending. A clever ruse indeed. Appropriately, the penultimate song of the first set was oft-quoted “The Final Hurrah.” That much I know. The first frame came to a close with “Character Zero,” which contained a swampy scorcher of a solo from Anastasio.

“Halley’s Comet” kicked off the second set and the band seemed to still feel the unbridled energy from the second half of the first set. “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” followed. This tune has offered up some great ambient jams, with the 2019 Charlotte version coming to mind. At Alpine, McConnell rolled out some spacey Rhodes work with Gordon and Anastasio getting noodley.

Speaking of Charlotte, Phish slid into “Runaway Jim” next, soaked in effects from Mellotron-like Moog to crunchy flanger. Light wizard Chris Kuroda also got those shimmering, bouncing lanterns going. Topping off at just over 11 minutes, the Alpine “Jim” was no Charlotte version, but it gave way to a block of improvisation that impressed nonetheless.

“Jim” led into “Undermind,” which saw a rapid-fire organ solo from McConnell and some twangy stuff from Anastasio. Drummer Jon Fishman is always the rock. But the drum solo on “Undermind” gets a rise out of the audience every time. The chunky opening notes of “Ghost” came next. The number got into some jamming with bendy notes from Trey and Mike that worked into a spooky section that saw the band backlit by a curtain of spectral lights. After a crescendo, Anastasio coaxed the band into a major jam before bringing it back down.

“Golden Age” appeared, with Trey heading right into the lyrics, which can elude anyone. After the initial triumphant section, a funky jam bounced back and forth from major to minor before jumping “Back On the Train.” It was the hottest jam of the night and brought to mind an episode of “Hee-Haw.” The second set closed out with a classic “Harry Hood.”

It’s always folly to assume anything with Phish. Say for instance that they would conclude the previous night’s “Tweezer” with a “Tweezer Reprise,” considering how the latter has been handled on the tour. But they did one better, and an encore debut no less. The Kasvot Växt favorite “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” — with Trey singing the lyrics he forgot to sing on Halloween — brought the evening to a close in energetic fashion.

The Skinny

The Setlist

The Venue

Alpine Valley Music Theatre [See upcoming shows]


18 shows — 08/10/1996, 08/09/1997, 08/01/1998, 07/24/1999, 07/08/2000, 07/18/2003, 07/19/2003, 06/25/2004, 06/26/2004, 06/20/2009, 06/21/2009, 08/14/2010, 08/15/2010, 06/30/2012, 07/01/2012, 08/08/2015, 08/09/2015, 07/12/2019

The Music

13 songs / 7:40 pm to 8:59 pm (79 minutes)

9 songs / 9:31 pm to 10:58 pm (87 minutes)

21 songs / 19 originals / 2 covers


8.81 [Gap chart]


The Sloth

The Sloth - LTP 12/29/2018 (27 Show Gap)

Harry Hood -- 14:01

Fuck Your Face -- 2:36

Rift - 1, Billy Breathes - 1, The Story of the Ghost - 1, Farmhouse - 1, Undermind - 2, Big Boat - 1, Misc. - 12, Covers - 2

The Rest

74° and Partly Cloudy at showtime


Capacity: 37,000

Fan-Shot Videos (Captured by lifeboyfourtwenty)

Back On The Train

Harry Hood


Runaway Jim

Ya Mar

Phish From The Road Photos


JamBase Collections