Brian and Robert featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Snowflakes in the Sand and Strange Design were performed by Trey solo acoustic.

This show was part of the "TAB - Classic TAB September 2023 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 2023-09-18

Review by miTfan3

miTfan3 My life took a turn in 2023 when, after several years of apprehension, I started listening to Phish. Just before the pandemic, the Grateful Dead entered my life and I spent several years taking the headfirst dive. After immersing myself in their culture and experiencing the blowout of Dead and Co’s Final Tour, I was ready to embrace something new, and Phish instantly came forward.

Within that very same week, Trey announced he was bringing Classic TAB to my favorite hometown venue. A small 1500-seat venue with ornate designs I had seen many shows in over the years, but never a name as big as Trey Anastasio. By the time the night finally arrived, I got fully into the world of Phish and was extremely looking forward to seeing Trey play in front of me.

Monday night and the line was around the block before doors opened. The place was absolutely packed by showtime. I got my favorite spot behind the elevated rail behind the soundboard. Practically standing eye-to-eye with Trey as he and Classic TAB tore into his solo material and a healthy smattering of Phish jams. They might not go Type 2 in this lineup, but they know how to groove real hard and Trey was up there clearly having a blast playing to a small room. Something I imagine has become somewhat rare for him.

Some of the best guitar playing I’ve ever seen in person. They took the jams tonight to some staggering heights and cathartic releases. This four-piece arrangement on one hand had a “back to basics” feel, but at no point felt simplified. They dug deep and gave Richmond one of the best shows we’ve had in ages, and we’re lucky enough to get some pretty great shows in town or nearby.

I feel extremely grateful to have made this show and have this experience. My first time seeing Trey perform and I know it won’t be the last. See you next year at my first Phish shows!
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