The Scene: Jam Bands Play The Part of Community Organizers [Washington Post]

No band exemplifies that ethos more than Phish. The band, a major influence on the newer generation of jam bands, plays Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday as part of the group’s first tour in five years. The tour sold out minutes after going on sale, according to Billboard, making Phish one of the summer’s toughest tickets. Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins remembers seeing Phish as a fan more than 15 years ago. As an audience member, he observed certain ideals that he says he and his bandmates carry forth every night on stage: “They respected their fans’ level of intelligence, never playing down to them.”

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