Trey Anastasio’s ‘The Beacon Jams’ Raises $1 Million For Divided Sky Fund

By Andy Kahn Nov 30, 2020 8:30 am PST

Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio’s The Beacon Jams helped raise more than $1 million for the Divided Sky Fund, which will go toward building an addiction rehabilitation center in Vermont. According to an article by Jordan Hoffman in Vanity Fair, representatives for Anastasio confirmed that “over $1 million” was donated during the eight-week, Friday night livestream concerts held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Anastasio began The Beacon Jams series on Friday, October 9 and concluded last Friday, November 27. The performances featured various Trey Anastasio Band lineups, anchored by bassist Tony Markellis, drummer Russ Lawton, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and percussionist Cyro Baptista, along with trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, trombonist Natalie Cressman and saxophonist James Casey. One night featured Ghosts Of The Forest which includes Phish drummer Jon Fishman. Others who regularly contributed to The Beacon Jams were pianist Jeff Tanski, vocalists Celisse Henderson and Jo Lampert, and the Rescue Squad Strings (Anja Wood on cello, Rachel Golub on viola and Katie Kresek and Maxim Moston on violin).

The Divided Sky Fund was established through Phish’s long-running non-profit the WaterWheel Foundation. The addiction treatment center in Vermont will be built in partnership with Ascension Recovery Services.

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