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Phish knocked down jam after jam at their long-awaited Sleep Train Amphitheatre show on July 23.

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Phish headlined Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 23, 2016.
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Phish is comprised of Trey Anastasio (guitar/vocals), Jon Fishman (drums), Mike Gordon (bass, pictured) and Page McConnell (keys
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The band tore through 21 songs over two sets and an encore.
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The band got their start back in 1983 in Burlington, Vermont — more specifically, at the University of Vermont.
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At their first gig, they were billed as Blackwood Convention (which is a term for the card game contract bridge).
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Early on, they promoted themselves as basically a Grateful Dead cover band.
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The group is known for their unique brand of musical improvisation — mixing genres and styles together at ease.
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Their oft-lengthy jams involve funk, psychedelic rock, folk, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass and pop music.
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They’ve sold over 8 million albums and DVDs in the U.S. alone.
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In 2004, Phish went on hiatus for five years, until they reconvened in 2009 for three consecutive concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
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Since their self-titled debut, they’ve released 14 studio albums — the latest titled, “Fuego” in 2014.
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Surely, you know about this: The band has an ice cream flavor named after them — Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food. Yum!
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All of Phish’s share of the proceeds from that ice cream are donated toward environmental work to restore Lake Champlain, a natural freshwater lake in Vermont and New York (and also Quebec).
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Fun fact: Phish appeared as themselves in a 2002 episode of “The Simpsons” called “Weekend at Burnsie’s.”
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Phish’s first set on July 23 included the following songs: “Farmhouse,” “555,” “Water in the Sky,” “Ghost,” “Ass Handed,” “The Sloth,” “Martian Monster” into “Reba” into “Tube” into “Wolfman’s Brother,” and “Walls of the Cave.”
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Their second set was comprised of: “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (Richard Strauss cover), “46 Days” into “Piper” into “Twist” into “Backwards Down the Number Line” into “Carini” into “Harry Hood” into “Loving Cup” (Rolling Stones cover).
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The band capped off their show with a two-song encore of “Sleeping Monkey” and “Tweezer Reprise” (with “Ass Handed” lyrics).
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