Phish Releases Summer ’93 Show At Portland, OR’s “The Schnitz”, Adds Full Concert Videos To LivePhish+
Phish has made a full recording of the band’s August 26, 1993, show at Portland, Oregon’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall available for download via LivePhish.com. The gig, which came toward the end of the Vermont quartet’s summer 1993 tour and featured a sit-in from off-kilter Seattle legend Baby Gramps, marked Phish’s only performance at the beloved venue.A description of the show from LivePhish.com reads:On August 26th, near the end of their celebrated summer 1993 tour, Phish played the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. “The Schnitz” is an historic Italian Renaissance style movie/vaudeville house that originally opened in 1928 with a capacity of 2,808. Home to the Oregon Symphony, the venue is well known for its excellent acoustics and opulent decor. Seattle’s Baby Gramps, “The Salvador Dali of Folk Music”, was the opening act in Portland and the two previous Pacific Northwest shows in Vancouver and Seattle. This was Phish’s only show at The Schnitz and they lit it up.A stacked Set I kicked off the festivities, featuring standout performances of Runaway Jim, Reba, Fee, Split Open And Melt, Esther, and It’s Ice > Harry Hood. Set II continued the onslaught with a blistering 2001 > David Bowie, the second such combination ever played. Other set II highlights included Jesus Just Left Chicago and a Fishman-Baby Gramps duet (on vacuum and guitar respectively) on Gramps’ Nothin’ But A Nothin’. Chalk Dust Torture and 1993’s last Free Bird encore sealed the deal.The recently released show from August 26, 1993, was recorded by famed Phish sound engineer, Paul Languedoc, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian, with Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro handling the post-production. The show—and a variety of individual songs—is now available for download here.Phish also released pro-shot videos of two full concerts for fans who subscribe to LivePhish+ via the LivePhish app. The band intends to rotate “a handful of cherry-picked concert videos within the app from time to time”, so it sounds like more full concert videos are coming down the pipeline. The first two releases are the July 31, 2013 show in Stateline, Nevada (which includes the instant-classic “Tahoe Tweezer”) and the July 13, 2014 show at Randall’s Island in New York City (which includes the instant-classic “Randall’s Chalkdust”).Setlist: Phish | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland, OR | 8/26/1993SET 1: Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Reba, Fee, Split Open and Melt, Esther, It’s Ice > Harry Hood, Golgi ApparatusSET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Lifeboy > Rift, Jesus Just Left Chicago, The Lizards, Hold Your Head Up > Nothin’ But A Nothin' > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust TortureENCORE: Free Bird Trey sang verses through megaphone. |  Simpsons signal. |  Baby Gramps on vocals.In the pause during Guelah, Trey said “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Neil Young,” prompting Page to tease After the Gold Rush. Reba included a Dixie tease and It’s Ice included a Simpsons signal. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Nothin’ But A Nothin’ featured a guest appearance by Baby Gramps, who was also the opening act.