Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB at Wonderland Forest: Debuts, Phish Classics and More

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB pulled their tour into Wonderland Forest in Lafayette on Friday, May 17 and delivered a rousing night of debut songs, Phish favorites and rarities. 

Trey treated an appreciative audience to a mix of electric and acoustic music that delivered both high energy and subtle thrills. The setlist was a testament to the band’s versatility and musical prowess, spanning both familiar classics and experimental improvisations. From the infectious groove of “Gotta Jibboo” to the introspective “Water in the Sky,” each song pulled the crowd in and sent them on satisfied.

Wonderland Forest is a newer venue in the Syracuse area and a great place to see a show.  It’s ten miles south of the city near Lafayette, sitting on 400 acres of forests and fields.  When you initially enter the venue you walk down a gravel path through trees until entering a pristine clearing with a lovely pond.  Vendors are clustered around the water, with a small stage for an opening act to use in the back.  Walking further into a forest lit by brightly colored lights once the sun sets, you come to a beautiful amphitheater nestled in a grove.  

As dusk descended upon this verdant expanse, eager concertgoers gathered under the canopies, their whispers mingling with the rustle of leaves, anticipating a night of transcendental music.  They weren’t disappointed. Trey took the stage a little after 8 pm, opening with a driving, pulsating “Sand,” followed by some nice soloing on “Back on the Train.”  He continued with “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan” and then “Steam” before pulling out the acoustic guitar for “Heavy Things.”  The crowd was then treated to the debut of a never before played song called “It’s Happening Again,” followed by the first performance of “Windora Bug” in three years.

Set Two featured a few songs off of Phish’s upcoming album Evolve like “Oblivion” and “Pillow Jets” as well as Phish classics like “Ghost” and “Blaze On,” and Trey Anastasio originals.  After finishing, the band took the stage for a two-song encore, with Trey pulling out the acoustic guitar for “Water in the Sky” and then finishing with an electric “Prince Caspian.”

As the final notes of the encore faded, the crowd walked away happy – many no doubt on their way to catch the next stop in the tour. It was a high-energy night of music, only marred by a little rain, and a satisfying experience. Trey and Classic TAB’s playing was imbued with a sense of purpose and passion that resonated with every note. They are bringing their A-game on this tour and it is not to be missed.

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB – Wonderland Forest, Lafayette, NY – Saturday, May 18, 2024

Set 1: Sand, Back on the Train, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Steam, Heavy Things, It’s Happening Again, Windora Bug, I Never Left Home, Gotta Jibboo, I Never Needed You Like This Before

Set 2: Drifting, Oblivion, Ghost, Outside the Lines, Broken Into Pieces, Pillow Jets, Liquidate the Moon, Blaze On, A Wave of Hope, 46 Days

Encore: Water in the Sky, Prince Caspian

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