Jam Band Community Racial Equity Commitment Statement

I am part of the predominantly white jam-band community because I love Phish, the Grateful Dead, Disco Biscuits, Goose, JRAD, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, or similar performers; and I join in a new chorus: I say loud and clear that #BlackLivesMatter, and that none of us can breathe easy until all of us can breatheContinue reading “Jam Band Community Racial Equity Commitment Statement”

June 2, 2020 music industry blackout

June 1, 2020 Trey, Mike, Page, and Jon: Phans for Racial Equity, BrianRobert, GrooveSafe, Mike Side Dyke Side, Access Me, and Ben &Jerry’s would like to express our sincere appreciation for your decision to participate in the music industry’s “Blackout” Tuesday by postponing this week’s Dinner & A Movie broadcast and for contributing through WaterWheelContinue reading “June 2, 2020 music industry blackout”

First Annual PHRE Retreat

Phriends – We can’t thank you enough for joining us at our first annual PHRE retreat on May 30th, 2020! We had many amazing conversations throughout the day, and over 100 people attended our public forum. We are so excited to continue moving this work forward and fight for racial equity in the scene andContinue reading “First Annual PHRE Retreat”

PHRE response to incident at MPP

June 28, 2019 Community Leaders & Merriweather Post Pavilion Staff: We write to express our grave concern about an incident of racial harassment reported by one of our members at Merriweather Post Pavilion (MPP) following the Phish concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019; and to request that you take immediate action to investigate this incidentContinue reading “PHRE response to incident at MPP”

PHRE response to reports of violence at the Gorge

There are credible reports of two troubling incidents at the Gorge, which may or may not be related–but which are each unacceptable on their own and would be even worse if connected. First, there is photographic evidence of the presence of people with swastika tattoos who may identify as Neo-Nazis.  These people may have beenContinue reading “PHRE response to reports of violence at the Gorge”

Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk

In 2017, an article published on Headcount.org – Phish Scene So White, Let’s Talk – started a heated discussion among Phish fans about whether our scene was welcoming and inclusive for people of any race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. While there was a not-insignificant amount of backlash from the article, there were also peopleContinue reading “Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk”