Phish Reminds Fans That “Most Shows Spell Something” At Dick’s, 5 Years Ago Today

first_imgFive years ago, Phish opened up their third-annual Labor Day weekend run, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Following 2011’s legendary “S” show, during which every song played including the encore started with the letter “S”, and 2012’s gargantuan renditions of “Light” and “Sand”, fans showed up to Phish Dick’s in 2013 with high expectations, and the band thoroughly delivered.In addition to a lengthy list of other highlights, both sets on 8/30/13 wound up producing top-tier renditions of fan-favorite Phish songs—from first set’s “Icculus” and “Esther” to the debut cover of Little Feat‘s “Easy To Slip” to the eventual conclusion that Phish was continuing their tradition of setlist wordplay, as the first letters of the songs played at this show, when reversed, revealed the message “Most Shows Spell Something.”Phish’s “Most Shows Spell Something” show from 8/30/13 at Dick’s is a show that still gets love and attention. As we await Phish’s 2018 return to Dick’s this weekend, you can relive the “Most Shows Spell Something” with footage of  “Icculus” and “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’” played in Commerce City, Colorado, five years ago today.Phish – “Icculus” – 8/30/13[Video: LazyLightning55a]Phish – “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’” – 8/30/13[Video: LazyLightning55a]Setlist: Phish | Dicks Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 8/30/13Set One: Ghost, NICU, Icculus, Heavy Things, Theme From The Bottom> Esther, The Moma Dance> Ocelot, Stash, Lawn Boy, Limb By Limb, Easy To SlipSet Two: Punch You In The Eye> Sand, Say Something> Walls Of The Cave> The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony> Harry Hood-> Silent In The Morning> Twist> Slave To the Traffic LightEncore: Oh! Sweet Nuthin> Meatsticklast_img read more

Ag Forecast 2007

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaChuck Lee scanned the 160 farmers, lenders and others at the Georgia Ag Forecast 2007. “You want to know what it’s like?” he said. “I’ve got four boys, and ain’t none of them coming back to the farm.”The final speaker of the breakfast meeting Feb. 20 in Statesboro, Ga., Lee punctuated the morning with a tough assessment.”My father struggled to support a family farming 100 acres,” he said. “I’ve struggled trying to support a family farming 2,500 acres. I have to wonder how many acres we’ll have to farm to support a family in 40 years.”The sellout crowd heard good news and bad from the economists on the program. The forecast of the upcoming farm season included prospects for the 2007 federal farm bill.Lee drew a laugh with the punch line of a story about economists, characterizing their information as “entirely correct and entirely useless.” But he added, “The information we’ve heard here is not useless.”Uncertain timesThat’s why Georgia Ag Forecast 2007 was created, said Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Agriculture needs good information.”With the new farm bill and competition with other countries, I’ve never seen a time when things were more uncertain,” Angle said. “That’s the reason for the Ag Forecast.”The program was created to be an annual series. This year’s series began Feb. 19 in Macon, where 130 people attended. More than 200 attended in Albany Feb. 21, and 150 are expected to attend in Gainesville Feb. 28.Joe Outlaw, a Texas A&M University economist who has worked in farm policy analysis for two decades, said “only an idiot” would make forecasts on the farm bill. “So here goes,” he said, predicting only a 25-percent chance of major changes.Outlaw said the next farm bill will likely have more emphasis on renewable fuels. He predicted some tightening of payment limits, more funds for conservation programs and little other change.Corn prices upHe and UGA economist John McKissick said the growing demand for corn for ethanol creates opportunities for farmers who can grow it.Just a year ago, McKissick said, corn was at $2 a bushel and ethanol at $4 a gallon. “Now it’s just the opposite,” he said. “Ethanol is $2 a gallon and corn is $4 a bushel.”The three main markets for corn, he said, are ethanol production, poultry and livestock feed and export markets. The U.S. has about 100 ethanol plants now and will soon have 70 more. The added demand has driven corn prices skyward. But the historically high prices haven’t dampened the export demand. “Exports are up,” he said.While that’s good news for farmers who can switch acres to corn, it’s terrible news for Georgia as a whole, McKissick said. The state gets more than half of its farm income from poultry.Big-time lossesIn 2006, he said, Georgia poultry growers used 212 million bushels of corn. Cattle farms pushed that usage to 230 million bushels. But farmers here grew only 28 million bushels. “Even if we double production,” he said, “it won’t make much of a dent in the deficit.”That’s bad. “Every time the corn price goes up $1,” McKissick said, “there’s a $200 million net loss in the Georgia economy.”And many farmers can’t quickly change to growing corn. Lee said the enormous cost of equipment limits his “fairly diversified” farm’s flexibility. “When you buy a six-row cotton picker,” he said, “you’re committed to growing cotton.”Lee said he hopes one of his sons will change his mind about not coming back to the farm. “I hope we’ll always have farmers,” he said. “We just have to continually grow in what we do.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more