The Tahoe Bluegrass Ball of 2011

Best show of the year in my book, whatever tour or festivals you did, if you missed this you really did miss out.

At the Horizon Casino in Stateline, NV an amazing collaboration took place as soon as Phish stepped off stage at Harvey's Outdoor Arena. The Travelin' McCourys, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Jeff Austin, and some very special guests (Jon Fishman..). The show raged up til 4am with Jeff visibly in party mode, and Fishman came in with an enthusiastic giddy laugh of excitement when first entering the room. This was the best after party imaginable. Billy, Emmitt, and Jeff were out and about throughout the two nights of the Phish run, seeing them around and meeting them randomly in the hotels or in that dungeon of a venue for the Bluegrass Ball. Billy seemed irritated with the sound, rightfully so as the sound guy consistently messed up, but that didn't spoil the fun or stop Nershi from enjoying a tecate fueled jam session.

Highlights included a few covers and other favorites; "Love Me Two Times", "Whole Lotta Love", "Whipping Post", "Death Trip", "Cuckoo's Nest", and "Jellyfish".

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