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Published: 2018/02/15

Trey Anastasio Dishes Out Four Acoustic Debuts, Including "Avenu Malkenu," in Washington DC

Since opening his solo acoustic tour one week ago, Trey Anastasio has dug deep into both the Phish back catalogue and his own solo material. Last night’s show at the Sixth & I historic synagogue in Washington DC was no different. Anastasio debuted the acoustic versions of “Avenu Malkenu,” “Pigtail,” “The Curtain” and “Show of Life.”

The show kicked off with an energetic “AC/DC Bag” before mellowing with a “The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday,” and a venue-appropriate “Avenu Malkenu.”

“Avenue Malkenu” is a Hebrew Prayer recited during the high holidays, and Phish has been paired it with “TMWSIY” since their first known concert in 1987 at Nectar’s. It was last performed by the full Phish ensemble on 8/21/2015 at Magnaball but, as previously stated, “Avenu Malkenu” has never been played by Anastasio in a solo acoustic setting.

Later, Anastasio played “The Inlaw Josie Wales” (which has appeared in every solo show this tour, except Feb. 10 in Cambridge Mass) and “Strange Design” (another favorite this tour), before eventually finding his way to his first-ever rendition of “The Curtain,” which was last played by Phish on 8/28/2012. He also sandwiched a debut “Pigtail” between “Farmhouse” and “Bathtub Gin.”

Before a set closing “Wilson,” the guitarist played an acoustic “Show of Life” for the first time. The encore featured a trio of “Brian and Robert,” “Bouncing Around the Room” and “More.”

Trey Anastasio continues his solo acoustic tour on Friday Feb. 16 in Durham, NC.

Trey Anastasio
Sixth & I, Washington DC

Solo acoustic

AC/DC Bag, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu*, Water in the Sky, Theme From the Bottom, Wolfman’s Brother, Everything’s Right, Miss You, Back on the Train, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Strange Design, Blaze On, Tide Turns, Sand, The Curtain*, Farmhouse > Pigtail* > Bathtub Gin, Waste, Show of Life*, Wilson

Enc: Brian and Robert, Bouncing Around the Room, More

Notes: *Solo acoustic debut

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