Pro-Shot Video: Phish Shares Mammoth ‘The Moma Dance’ From SPAC

By Andy Kahn Jul 5, 2016 10:00 am PDT

Sunday night Phish concluded a three-show stand at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York. The third night finale was not without its flaws, but a clear highlight of the concert and the entire SPAC run was the second set “The Moma Dance” and the ensuing exploratory jam that followed. Official video of the 18+ minute excursion has been posted by Phish.

Coming after the first-ever second set opening “Soul Shakedown Party,” the first Phish set two performance of “The Moma Dance” since November 29, 2009 at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine soon became the longest rendition in band history. The unexpected “Moma” jam evolved out of the song’s structure into Type II territory, building on a dark motif established by Mike Gordon’s effects-heavy bass notes and Page McConnell’s ethereal electric piano. Over the course of the subsequent sequence of improv Trey Anastasio settles into a chunky, pulsating melody while drummer Jon Fishman darts in with fill after intensifying fill.

Pro-shot video of “The Moma Dance” from SPAC can be viewed here:

Phish’s Summer Tour continues on Wednesday, July 6 at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.

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