Rumor in Telluride: Phish @ Town Park?
From the Aspen Times:
“We and AEG would like to invite the band to town, if we can,” said Craig Ferguson, president of Lyons-based Planet Bluegrass and director of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
With all of the speculation surrounding Phish’s upcoming summer tour, and the possibility of a stop in Telluride on August 9 & 10, it seems appropriate to take a closer look at the venue at some of its relevant history. From Telluride.com:
“Located on the east edge of town, toward the head of the valley, is Town Park. This is a place to have civilized relaxation and organized sports. Town Park boasts a wide variety of summer and winter sport venues and offers one of the best sceneries in North America…From its large stage, world class acts have played to happy throngs.”
Town Park is the home of three annual festivals, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Blues and Brews Festival and the Telluride Jazz Celebration. In addition, the venue serves as a rare tour stop for some of the finest artists including Bob Dylan and String Cheese Incident, who choose to treat their fans to the scenic mountain views of Telluride.
While many have seen the wondrous views at Red Rocks and the Gorge, Town Park offers a rare experience deep within the Colorado Rockies. Phish have been known to perform some of their best shows in scenic venues, with each offering its own unique feel. Although unlikely, our hope is that somehow this will come together. There is little doubt that if it were to happen, it would become a sure destination on many fans’ summer itineraries.
Now a little on the Dead at Town Park: On August 16,1987 the Grateful Dead rolled into Telluride, taking over Town Park under somewhat similar circumstances as Phish is in today (although somewhat more severe). After Jerry fell into a diabetic coma in the summer of ’86, that many thought he would not recover from, the Dead were put on indefinite hiatus.
Following Jerry’s recovery, he was forced to relearn guitar leading many to question his future in music. However, when the Dead returned to the stage the following year, it was with a renewed energy that returned a sense of hope to many people. 1987 would prove to be a year that few Deadheads will argue, shines brightly amongst those later in the band’s career. At these shows, Jerry was noticeably happier, showing a renewed sense of joy in playing his music.
“I see more light than I do darkness right now. There is a trend towards understanding” – Jerry Garcia 1987.
The show at Telluride is consistently said by many Deadheads to have been one of the finest and most scenic venues the band ever played. In terms of music, the first set is fairly standard, while the second set included a nice version of “The Other One” and some humorous banter from Jerry on “Brokedown Palace”. Click here to stream the show from Archive.org.
“The Other One” 8.16.87