Phish's Trey Anastasio Announces Free Weekly Live Concert Series From NYC

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

October 1, 2020

Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is going back to work.

In partnership with MSG Entertainment, Anastasio is launching an eight-week virtual residency at New York City's legendary Beacon Theatre, starting Friday, October 9, at 8 p.m. ET and continuing every Friday through November 27.

Each show will be streamed for free exclusively via Twitch. Viewer donations will benefit Phish's WaterWheel Foundation and its Divided Sky Fund. Proceeds will be used to deliver help to those affected by addiction and to help advance Phish's plans to open a treatment center in Vermont.

"When we thought about playing the Beacon, I was reminded of the meaning of the word," Anastasio says. "A beacon is a beam of light, often from a lighthouse, which sends it out to sailors who are lost at sea and all alone. They look for the beacon and it guides them home."

While there will be no in-person audience at any of the 'Beacon Jams' performances, Anastasio promises both acoustic and electric sets, plus audience interaction via the livestream and plenty of surprises.

He continued: “Sometimes gifts come wrapped in strange packages. A lot of this is thanks to Twitch and our friends and family at MSG Entertainment. When the idea to do these benefits was born, everybody at MSG Entertainment jumped in and partnered with us and the Divided Sky Fund, which is very kind of them. This is an opportunity for forward motion.”

Anastasio's 'Beacon Jams' series comes in addition to Phish's bi-weekly 'Dinner-and-a-Movie' concert series. Launched in late-March, Phish has been sharing a free archival concert and a recipe to fans, dedicating each broadcast to benefit a new charity.

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