Videos & Setlist: Trey Anastasio Makes High Sierra Music Festival Debut


Phish frontman Trey Anastasio made his High Sierra Music Festival debut this past Saturday night at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy, California. Anastasio and his Trey Anastasio Band outfit played two high-impact sets to close out the action at the Grandstand Stage on the penultimate day of the 27th annual High Sierra. While a full report and photo gallery from an incredible weekend in Quincy is forthcoming, a series of high-quality videos from TAB’s performance can be viewed below.

TAB opened with the instrumental “Mozambique,” which showcased the playing of trombonist Natalie Cressman. A strong “Gotta Jibboo” featured Anastasio giddy with joy throughout, though he was pretty much all smiles during both sets and the encore. Next up was a gorgeous cover of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference” along with one of TAB’s new originals, “Everything’s Right.” An extended “Curlew’s Call” and the always fun “Cayman Review” led into a cover of Bob Marley’s “Soul Rebel.” The “Money, Love & Change” that followed was the improvisational highlight of the set and included one powerful riff after another from Trey. A quick romp through the Page McConnell-penned “Magilla” was followed by “Valentine” and a potent “Sand” to end the first set.

Anastasio and his troupe began the second set with their recently debuted cover of “Delta Lady” by Leon Russell. Both “Alive Again” and “Burlap Sack & Pumps” showed off just how tight and dynamic TAB is with dozens of 2017 shows under their belts. “Ocelot” thrives with the horns and featured bassist Tony Markellis employing an envelope filter. Cressman then stepped into the spotlight to lead the band through “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. Next up was a fiery “Night Speaks To A Woman” which was followed by patient, throbbing versions of “Liquid Time” and “Plasma.”

Jennifer Hartswick had her turn up front for a cover of Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood” ahead of a “Shine”/”First Tube” sequence to end the closing stanza. For the encore, Trey and the TAB horns sang an a capella rendition of the Irish traditional song “The Parting Glass” before the full band delivered a stellar “Push On ‘Til The Day” to end their performance. Next up for TAB is a short September run. As mentioned, stay tuned for much more from High Sierra ’17.

Watch a series of videos shared by Jam Catcher:


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Set One: Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, It Makes No Difference, Everything’s Right, Curlew’s Call, Cayman Review, Soul Rebel, Money Love and Change, Magilla, Valentine, Sand

Set Two: Delta Lady, Alive Again, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Ocelot, Feel It Still, Night Speaks to a Woman, Liquid Time, Plasma, Clint Eastwood, Shine, First Tube

Encore: The Parting Glass, Push On ‘Til the Day

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