Trey Anastasio, frontman of the popular and recently disbanded jam band, Phish, is still making music and now you can wear it too. Typically known for his guitar creativity, Anastasio even creatively raises money for charity. Anastasio, along with partner Relix Magazine, recently formed the Seven Below Arts Initiative to support artistic development in his native Vermont. Anastasio will donate a set of guitar strings from each show on the current leg of his “Bar 17” tour to be turned into bracelets, which will then be auctioned off.
In a recent press release from Relix Magazine, publisher Steven Bernstein said, “Since the initial creation of this campaign we’ve hoped to get Trey involved. He’s such an admired musician and his involvement means a lot to everyone on the campaign. This is an especially unique opportunity because fans will be able to purchase the bracelet knowing the exact location and time the strings were played.”
Tonight is the first of 8 shows that Anastasio will donate strings from. Tonight also begins the latest leg of his “Bar 17” tour which is in support of his latest solo album of the same name. The album, with multiple collaborators, was almost 3 years in the making before it was released.
Anastasio will wrap up this leg of the tour with back to back shows in Atlantic City, ending with a New Year’s Eve performance. If past Phish New Year’s Eve shows are any precedent, expect a great show and a unique spin on Auld Lang Syne.