Phish, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers and More Close Out Bonnaroo 2019
Phish returned to the stage at the sold-out Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night, performing two sets to close the event.
Not unlike their Friday offering, Phish relied mostly on originals over their performance, opening with two newer, “3.0” tunes – “Set Your Soul Free” and “Blaze On.”
Between songs, guitarist Trey Anastasio laughed with the crowd, asking if they still had energy left after the long weekend, and jokingly called the following “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” a “message song.”
Set one’s standout moment was possibly the well-placed “Reba,” with Anastasio hitting his guitar peak as lighting designer Chris Kuroda bathed the massive stage in white light.
After a choice “Free”> “Sand” segment, Phish served up a funky “Wolfman’s Brother,” with an impressive bit of vocal improv by all four members of the band.
The funk continued with a set-closing “Cavern,” and after a brief intermission, the band kicked into overdrive opening with “Mike’s Song”> “Fluffhead,” marking first time in Phish history the two classic compositions were paired together.
Phish jammed through set two with a show-stopping “Twist” which bobbed and weaved through high energy cuts like “Weekapaug Groove” and “No Men In No Man’s Land” before working its way backwards, creating a palindrome segment that would find its way back to “Twist.”
Next, Phish offered more improv through “Fuego”> “Ghost” (shouting-out Father’s Day in the former with their “world’s greatest Dad” lyric) and brought the second half to a close with a fun-filled “Bathtub Gin.”
“Thanks everybody. Thanks for having us. See you next time,” Anastasio said as the jam came to a close.
For their encore, Phish got dark with a sneering “Wilson,” before going deep into “First Tube,” with Anastasio running around the stage and eventually hoisting his Languedoc guitar into the air in victory.
Phish’s summer tour continues on June 18 in Toronto.
Earlier in the day on the same main What stage, Brandi Carlile offered a powerhouse set (even though she noted she had had a late night and was feeling “a little delicate” Sunday morning), welcoming out country artist Tanya Tucker—whose upcoming album, While I’m Livin’, Carlile produced—for her Bonnaroo debut. Later on in the afternoon on the What stage, The Lumineers continued the collaborative Bonnaroo spirit by bringing up Nashville’s own Rayland Baxter, who helped the band with their cover of the Talking Heads classic “This Must Be the Place.”
The full final day of Bonnaroo 2019 also featured music from Cardi B, Mac DeMarco, The Wood Brothers, Walk the Moon and more. The day began, however, with the late-night spillover from Saturday, as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performed in That Tent and blew through a extended set of Grateful Dead favorites and more, fittingly closing out their performance with a cover of Dr. John’s “Such a Night,” nodding to the late New Orleans legend whose album Desitively Bonnaroo inspired the festival’s name.
The members of Phish also got in some music-viewing on Sunday, as Anastasio and Mike Gordon were spotted at The Lemon Twigs’ set, and Anastasio even shared a side-stage video of him at Cardi B’s performance.
Check out Phish’s Sunday Bonnaroo setlist and full show video below:
June 16, 2019
Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn.
Set I: Set Your Soul Free, Blaze On, Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Reba^, Free > Sand, Wolfman’s Brother, Cavern
Set II: Mike’s Song > Fluffhead > Twist -> Weekapaug Groove -> No Men In No Man’s Land -> Weekapaug Groove -> Twist > Fuego > Ghost > Bathtub Gin
Enc: Wilson > First Tube
^ No whistling