PHISH! New Video Clips of the Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from March 2009


I started digging my way through the 2 terabytes or so of uncut, backlogged video I have to process.  Behind every folder is something I have forgotten that I filmed, and I am uncovering some really fun stuff!

Here’s a handful of clips from when Greggity and I flew the famous mockingbird from Columbus, OH to Hampton, VA for the Phish reunion shows on March 6-8, 2009.  The clips I had sitting in a folder were, in order:

Army of One
Down with Disease JAM
Tweezer Reprise

Enjoy! Also check out Greg and I chatting with Chris Kuroda, Phish’s lighting designer, during the Hampton 2009 run, all four parts:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Ready?  Get your coffee, have a seat, and rock out!

PHISH! 2009 Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

A Short LDI Walkthrough

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone!

I put together this short LDI walkthrough for those who weren’t there – it’s only 3 minutes and it’s not all-inclusive, but I think you’ll dig it anyway.  There’s nothing political, nothing about war, nothing about the Presidential election — it’s just pure light enjoyment!  Check it out!

JAM CRUISE 10 with Chris Kuroda and Jeff Waful, Part Deux

Part TWO of the very excellent Lighting Workshop that Chris Kuroda from Phish and Jeff Waful from Umphrey’s McGee have on Jam Cruise 10.  Thanks Jeff!

Jeff Waful, Huey Lewis, and “The Umphreys” – Jeff Waful +1 Episode 2

Oh please – stop doing whatever it is you’re doing and watch this video.  Jeff Waful, the lighting designer for Umphrey’s McGee (and a f*cking cool guy, taboot) has another episode of his stellar concert industry interview show Jeff Waful +1 on the Relix Magazine website, and after Warren Haynes on the first episode, he has raised the bar that extra bit that gives creed to what we’re all doing out here – living the dream.

Modern Rock Diaries Plays Oklahoma City on Friday!

My buddy Clinton Trench and the band he’s in, Modern Rock Diaries, is playing Oklahoma City on Friday!!  Check out this video, it’s pretty awesome.  I’m gonna be talking to Modern Rock Diaries drummer and light man pretty soon, as their entire lighting rig is MIDI.  Friday night at The Blue Note in OKC!

Check out the video, it is black and white and full of awesomeness.

Tickets are eight bucks in advance, ten at the door.  ROCK!

Thanks, Joe Bonamassa, Now I Have to Clean My Face Off the Wall

Oh my. This guy is electricity.

I’m a big fan of the blues, I’ve always wanted to hop onboard with a blues or jam band and light the living bejesus out of their show.  My very close friend Kat Dicken turned me onto this guy Joe Bonamassa this weekend, and I have to say I have listened to nothing but since Saturday night.  Hey Joe, need a lighting designer?  You, my friend, blew my brain all over my apartment with this song last night, just FYI:

Stop!” at the Royal Albert Hall:

and then of course there’s this giant tune, “The Ballad of John Henry,” also at the Royal Albert Hall:

Oof.  Wow.  I needed this music so bad, what a passionate player!  Have an amazing day, everybody!  I hope this is as inspiring to you all as it is to me!

Lighting Engineer, or Lighting Crew Member, or Lighting Electrician

Check out this video – the Institute of Physics put this video out, which chronicles the day of a music festival being loaded in and executed.  The video is a UK music festival – the Ashfield Music Festival.

Thanks, IOP!

Phish in 3D in Selected US Theatres, April 30, 2010

Phish, as you all know, is loved by  So when I see something that says “Phish to Debut 3D Movie in April 2010,” I zheet my drawers.

So hey – did you all hear that Phish is doing a 3D movie of their Festival 8 show in Indio, CA from October?  Check out a trailer for the movie.  I’m pretty excited:

PHISH 3D – IN THEATERS APRIL 30TH from Phish on Vimeo.

And, in true pot reference fashion, a pre-view performance is going to take place in 9 cities on April 20 (or 420 to those of you who are still not getting the reference).  None of them are DALLAS, though.  GAA!

Boston – Showcase Cinemas Revere - Tickets
Burlington, VT – Majestic 10 Williston - Tickets
Chicago – Muvico Rosemont 18 Theatre - Tickets on sale 3/31
Denver – Location TBD (we’ll update you soon)
Houston – Studio Movie Grill Center City - Tickets
Los Angeles – Rave Motion Pictures 18 (formerly The Bridge) - Tickets
New York – Pavilion Theatre Brooklyn - Tickets
Raleigh/Durham, NC – Wynnsong 15 - Tickets
Washington, D.C./Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Corner 14 - Tickets

Prince and The Revolution Lighting

(What a great picture, El Chubasco!)

Do you ever have that feeling when a burst of creativity is changing?  I view creativity and artistic progress as climbing a mountain landscape – sometimes you’re climbing, sometimes you’re falling, and sometimes you’re stuck walking on a plateau not going up or down.  I just hit a climb.

Somehow a big burst of creativity finds its way to you, and you have to nurture it.  It needs food and water, love, and music.  This weekend I spent several hours ripping old CDs onto my desktop so that I could have new (old) tunes to groove on.  For me, music is a huge combination of passion, old memories, smells, and colors of light.  I needed something different than what I have been listening to – after buying a DJ Spooky album a few weeks ago and being introduced to Rodrigo y Gabriella, I felt the creativity coming.

So, as I listen to all of this stuff I listened to almost a decade ago, I thought it would be cool to go find lighting images of these bands I like from back in the day (or recently).  The first artist I found was Prince – I’ve seen him and his various bands several times over the last decade, and his music is some of the funkiest stuff out there.  Whether or not you care for his music, check out the video and images below – it’s great stuff!

I’m still trying to track down production staff information for the various tours – I’ll update this post if I find anything.

Purple Rain, Live in Tokyo:

Purple Rain – I think the first time it was ever played live, Part 1:

Part 2:

Some shots from ian-n on Flickr:

A shot from ebotunes:

Thanks to marypcb on Flickr for this one (Mary has great shots, check them out):

Stay tuned!  I’ve been listening to a TON of old stuff!

A Day in The Life of Jeff Waful, LD of Umphrey’s McGee

Talking to fellow lighting designers and seeing how they do things is one of my favorite parts of writing – just recently I had the absolute pleasure of having a nice long chat with Jeff Waful of Umprey’s McGee, and this morning I awoke to an email from Jeff about a two-part video he’s posted on his day.  From the bunk to the coffee, to the venue, to the focus, to the dinner, to the show – and then the out.  We end at the bunk again, as we always do on tourdays.

This is a great look into the life of a rock and roll lighting designer.  It’s well worth the watch.

Jeff, I will be buying you and Wade some drinks at some point soon.  Stay tuned.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Thanks, Jeff!

(and for all of you people out there who thought it would be awesome to assume his last name was not pronounced like that wonderful flat thing that goes with syrup and sausage, it’s actually pronounced “waffle.”  I’d like to see a waffle light UM like this Waful does, though.)