April 24, 2009

Bonnaroo.com to Stream Clifford Ball Set & Offer Free Big Cypress Song Downloads Starting May 5

Bonnarroo announced its second installment of Bonnaroo 365, a new program that lets Internet users check out sets from Bonnaroos past, will feature streaming footage of Day Two, Set Two from Phish's Clifford Ball DVD box set beginning May 5th.

Of course, The Clifford Ball was the first of seven, two-day spectacles Phish laid out for us all, including The Great Went a year later, followed by Lemonwheel in 1998 and the Grand Daddy of them all, Big Cypress Dec. 30th and 31st, 1999 and from midnight to 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 1st, 2000.

Additionally, Bonnaroo 365 will offer four "classic live Phish tracks" available as free audio downloads. Bathtub Gin from Aug. 17th, 1997 at The Great Went is available to everyone, while the remaining songs, Gumbo --> Sanity from Aug. 15th at Lemonwheel, Piper from July 18, 1999 at Oswego Country Airport, and Sand --> Quadrophenic Toppling from Jan. 1, 2000 at Big Cypress, can be downloaded, also for free, after signing up to become a Bonnaroo Community member. Sign up is free.

Here is the complete Clifford Ball set that will be streamed at Bonnaroo.com:

Phish - The Clifford Ball - Day Two (8/17/1996) - Set Two

The Curtain
Runaway Jim
It's Ice
Run Like An Antelope
Golgi Apparatus
Slave To The Traffic Light

According to the Bonnaroo website, "The Clifford Ball itself holds a great deal of significance for Bonnaroo, as this event as well as the band’s subsequent festivals were some of the major inspirations in Bonnaroo’s creation."

Bonnaroo 365 features select performances streamed periodically at no charge on Bonnaroo.com The program debuted with the complete Raconteurs' set from Bonnaroo 2008, according to Bonnaroo.com.

On a personal note, I have always wanted to see footage of Big Cypress, that magical period of three days that myself and 84,999 other Phish-heads spent in utter bliss at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades (and I guess other than scouring You Tube for grainy video I'm still going to have to wait). Normally, Big Cypress would only have been about a 50-minute drive from where I grew up in Juno Beach, Florida (about 20 minutes north of West Palm Beach) but with the traffic jam on Alligator Alley leading into the show the short jaunt turned into a 16-hour marathon of traffic and debauchery.

But we sure had some powerful pills. Oooooooooooohhhhhhhhh Yyyyeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

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