Friday Night Highlights: Trey Anastasio Preps ‘The Beacon Jams’ Compilation

Watch "What's The Use?" featuring remixed audio to preview the digital-only collection out this Friday.

By Scott Bernstein Nov 22, 2022 8:32 am PST

While live music was paused in the fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio offered fans exciting events for eight consecutive Fridays with his The Beacon Jams livestream series. Anastasio will issue The Beacon Jams compilation digitally this Friday, November 25 featuring standout moments from the virtual residency held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Each Friday from October 9, 2020 through November 27, 2020 Trey took the stage sans audience at The Beacon Theatre for both solo performances and with a variety of collaborators. Anastasio pulled from his solo songbook as well as the Phish catalogue to form the setlists, often reworking the material to create fresh arrangements. Those who performed with the guitarist included The Rescue Squad string quartet, members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Phish drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Jeff Tanski as well as Celisse and Jo Lampert. Founding TAB bassist Tony Markellis took part in the run, marking his final performances with Trey before his death the following April.

The Beacon Jams consists of 18 tracks spanning 145 minutes. Anastasio co-produced the compilation with longtime collaborator Vance Powell, who handled mixing duties. Proceeds from the album will go towards the Divided Sky Foundation to help Anastasio fund a residential recovery program/facility in Ludlow, Vermont. Over $1.2 million in fan donations was raised for the cause during the residency.

“I absolutely loved The Beacon Jams,” Anastasio stated. “We would end on Friday night, the stream would click off, and I’d go home and start planning the next one. With each passing week, we all got more comfortable. Everyone was making discoveries.”

“What made it feel successful to me was that we weren’t trying to recreate a live concert,” Trey added. “What I was hoping was that it would be a fresh form of entertainment – turning lemons into lemonade. I feel like that turned out to be the case.”

Preview the pending compilation by watching “What’s The Use?” from October 23, 2020 with remixed audio below:

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The Beacon Jams Tracklist

  1. Corona
  2. A Wave of Hope
  3. What’s The Use
  4. And Flew Away
  5. The Moma Dance
  6. The Silver Light
  7. Pebbles and Marbles
  8. Bouncing Around the Room
  9. Carini
  10. I Never Left Home
  11. Money, Love and Change
  12. Last Tube
  13. Quantegy
  14. You Enjoy Myself
  15. Goodbye Head
  16. Tube
  17. Slave to the Traffic Light
  18. First Tube
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