Phish's Mike Gordon Plays Cincinnati's 20th Century Theater This Week

One of the highest-profile bassists on the planet, Gordon's Queen City visit comes on the heels of Phish's 13th New Year's Eve show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Mike Gordon might well be one of the highest-profile bassists on the planet, due largely to his consistent role as the stringed half of Phish's rhythm section over the past 37 years (barring a two-year hiatus and a five year “break up”). In that time, Gordon has become renowned as a fluid and inventive bassist whose contributions to Phish (which early on included answering fan mail, booking gigs and managing the band's finances) have been critical to the band's success and longevity. He’s also turned that well-deserved reputation into an acclaimed solo career.

Gordon was the last of Phish's members to work on a project outside of the band, with the Jazzgrass trio Grappa Boom in the early 2000s, which was followed in 2003 by his debut solo album under his own name, Inside In. Gordon has played in a number of subsequent side projects, including bands with Grateful Dead members, like SerialPod (which also featured his Phishmate Trey Anastasio), Rhythm Devils and the House Band, but he's been most active in his solo pursuits, releasing two collaborative albums with iconic acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke, four studio albums, including his last solo set, OGOGO. Released in 2017 via ATO Records, the layered, synth-laden and, of course, groove-heavy album was written with longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and recorded with drummer John Kimock, percussionist/vocalist Craig Myers and keyboardist Robert Walter (of Greyboy Allstars fame), all of whom are also in Gordon’s touring band.

Gordon has also released an official live album, 2013’s The Egg, but, in keeping with Phish's storied encouragement of taping live performances, he has issued seven other concert recordings from 2008 to 2016, and one from 2006, when the bassist sat in with the Benevento-Russo Duo for a set at 2005's Bonnaroo.

Although there doesn't seem to be any imminent plans for new studio recordings, Gordon's appearance here at the 20th Century Theater will fall about halfway through his 13-date winter tour schedule, which comes on the heels of Phish's 13th New Year's Eve show at New York's Madison Square Garden.



Mike Gordon plays the 20th Century Theater this Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets/more info: the20thcenturytheatre.com.

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