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Published: 2011/08/12

Jon Fishman Joins The Bluegrass Ball

Jon Fishman with Yonder Mountain String Band in 2008

The Bluegrass Ball took place this past Tuesday and Wednesday at The Horizon Casino in Stateline, NV. The official bill included such artists as The Travelin’ McCourys, Emmitt-Nershi Band and Jeff Austin with additional guest musicians promised as well. On Tuesday the guest in question proved to be Phish drummer Jon Fishman, who made his way over to the venue after his band wrapped up its performance at the nearby Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena. Fishman moved behind the drum kit during a set that saw Austin, Drew Emmitt, Bill Nershi and some of the McCourys on stage. Music extended until nearly 4AM and the musicians collaborated on a number of traditional bluegrass numbers as well as covers of “Love Me Two Times,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Whipping Post.”


There are 5 comments associated with this post

Dee August 12, 2011, 17:10:53

I was there and I didn’t think it was going to work with Fishman but it was pretty great

corey August 12, 2011, 16:53:28


Dana August 13, 2011, 11:05:07

@dee… Fishman did like a whole tour with yonder in 08 I think. He can drum to pretty much anything.

andrew August 14, 2011, 15:06:58

Fishman didn’t do a whole tour with them. He played a few shows with them, and it kicked ass. Red Rocks, Fox Theathre, and a few others, but not a whole tour. I think only like 4 or 5 shows.

kye August 23, 2011, 12:06:57

Either way with phish in the mid 90s all of phish brought a bluegrass expert on tour with them and if you havent yet you should check out the phish bluegrass sessions documentary. It is quite great. People dont give fish enough credit he really can play anything.

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