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Phish phuels phlood relief in VT

$1.4 million dollars toward healing the wounds of the Green Mountain State. Thanks, phellas.

The Phish benefit concert Wednesday night at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction raised more than $1.2 million for flood recovery in Vermont, according to the band.

Money was raised through ticket sales, merchandise, the concert webcast and concessions, Phish said in a news release Friday.

“It was amazing and inspiring to see so many people come together through music to aid the great state of Vermont,” guitarist Trey Anastasio said in a statement. “We’re so grateful to the businesses and individuals that helped us raise as much money as possible for the recovery process.”

Of course, not everything went off without a hitch. Wonder what this guy’s problem was…..

Jason Wigmann is in downtown Burlington, Vermont, reporting for after the Phish Essex benefit concert, when some random douche punches his balls, and quickly walks away. When confronted he denies the whole incident! Holy Cajones!!!

Then there was this huffy-ass reporter for Seven Days who thought she was too funny by half.

No sooner had word gotten out about the phoursome’s show then dedicated Phish phollowers the country over grabbed some hula hoops, a couple djembe drums, a few pallets of Cheetos and their best water bongs, hopped in their vanagons and hightailed it to Vermont….Vermont has been good to you, no? We gave you Phish and Ben & Jerry’s and phlannel and weed. That’s right – we invented phlannel. And weed. We might have even invented patchouli, white-people dreadlocks and barefoot dancing. So consider giving back. Then when you go back to New Jersey, you can tell all your phriends how you helped save Vermont. So heady, brah.

She wasn’t. Read the thread………

Wow, this is so ugly. I hope people don’t think all Vermonters feel this way. And anyone who thought of volunteering is probably now thinking twice about it…you make us look like a-holes. Thanks.


Word. In fact, Lauren Ober pissed so many people off with that she had to eat her some crow. White meat or dark?

Judging from the negative reactions to the blog post, I clearly didn’t achieve what I set out to with the piece: to entertain and inform. As some have already pointed out, this piece was a “phail.” I acknowledge that, and I’m sorry.

Editors’ note: Opinions expressed on our staff blog do not necessarily reflect the views of editors or staff at Seven Days. Many of us are longtime Phish fans, and all of us appreciate what the band, and its fans, are doing for our state.

But a couple people pissing in the punch bowl didn’t take anything away that Phish brought home in the end.

The money will go to Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation, to be distributed for flood recovery. The band will work with the foundation to determine how the money will be used…Phish continues to accept donations for flood recovery; contributions may be made on Phish’s website:

And the beat goes on…….

On Sunday, Oct. 9, during Columbus Day weekend, Vermont-based Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will return to Burlington, where in mid-August they drew 7,000 people to their inaugural outdoor festival, Grand Point North, on the banks of Lake Champlain. But this time they’re driven by a far more serious purpose. They’ve put their heads-and hearts-together and organized a concert to raise money to go directly to Vermont businesses, farms and families devastated by flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene. GPN will headline a benefit at the historic Flynn Theatre, marking their first-ever performance at the venue, supported by special guests to be announced.

Their goal for this special event, which they’ve dubbed “Goodnight Irene: Flood Relief Benefit,” is $100,000, and they’re hoping to exceed that amount, aided by the traditional lure of Vermont’s breathtaking natural beauty. The show will take place just as the state’s foliage explodes into brilliant autumnal colors, thus doubling the appeal of a glorious fall weekend in this picturesque town of 40,000. Tickets are $30 for balcony, $50 for floor reserved, and $250 for Gold Circle (includes cocktail reception and meet and greet).

Rock and roll rebuilds. We’re gonna get through this and rock out doing it.  


  1. Actbriniel

    Major kudos to Phish for their outreach to fellow New Englanders.  Hope everything comes together quickly to recover from the floods kes.

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