I received some inquiries from phans who liked my Bakers Dozen poster about whether or not I was planning on doing a poster of each night. It never crossed my mind until I heard them open with Junior Senior’s ‘Shake Your Coconuts’. It sounded like a party, it was exciting, I regretted not being in a position in life where I could attend all 13 nights, and I was, in fact, very inspired to draw each night. Before I continue further, for those who have no idea what the hell is going on, Phish played 13 nights at Madison Square Garden. Each night, the band gave away a different donut from Federal Donuts and this particular evening’s donut was coconut.
Originally I thoughts of walking coconuts and dancing donuts but nothing felt right. I was also in the process of working on a painting of Esther and was afraid I would bite off more than I could chew if I took on this task. Fast forward to the end of Summer Tour, and I found myself still blown away by what the band had just pulled off but wondering if the high had worn off for the rest of the fans. I remember the indescribable feeling after coming home from Big Cypress. I knew I had experienced something so special, I couldn’t imagine what it would take to top that. To this day, I am still amazed by that experience. The Bakers Dozen is the new Big Cypress. 13 nights at Madison Square Garden with not a single repeat? That’s amazing. That’s fucking amazing and Phish fans, in my opinion, are probably the luckiest music fans in the history of rock n roll to be offered experiences such as these. These moments should be relived and celebrated as often as they can. So I figured, fuck it. I will just go ahead and start kicking out some Bakers Dozen illustrations and see how fans react. Worse comes to worse, I build my portfolio.
So here is Night 1 of the Bakers Dozen. I wanted it to look like how I envisioned the Garden during that opening song. It had to take place somewhere in New York so I decided on an apartment party. Every song is represented in this illustration. Seven Below and Everything’s Right are probably the hardest to pick out. Here is the setlist off of JamBase.
Set 2: Tweezer > into "Billy Breathes".” href=”http://phish.net/song/seven-below” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Seven Below > Billy Breathes > Sparkle, Everything’s Right > Slave to the Traffic Light > Suzy Greenberg, Coconut
I was worried Suzy Greenberg looked too crazy. I mean, I believe it’s a man’s (the Dude of Life) anger over a woman rejected him? Is that correct? But interpreting Suzy Greenberg visually was a challenge. Everything’s Right is quite subtle. It’s represented with the sunrise off in the distance. “And long night’s over and the suns coming up.” Seven Below was another challenge. I piggy-backed off of Tweezer. “Blue, splinter and glow
New crystals of snow”. I don’t know. Too weak? It’s hard to represent certain lyrics, man!
Well, keep an eye out for Night 2 I suppose. And this will be available in my Etsy store as soon as I make sure the print quality is satisfactory.