Since 1998, Trey Anastasio
, best known from Phish
, has toured and recorded with several backup bands, including several side-projects organized and led by guitarist and composer. While active, his bands did not officially have a name. Fans commonly referred to them as Trey Anastasio Band
, or TAB
for short or "The Two for Five band". This group should not be confused with the current Trey Anastasio Band
, which was renamed in 2006 from its original name 70 Volt Parade
.Through its brief history, the band continued to add members, starting as a trio and ending as a dectet.
Trey’s band had it roots in his brother-in-law’s Vermont
nightclub, Higher Ground. On April 17, 1998, for the second show in the club’s existence, Anastasio put together a band of local Vermont
musicians for a one time performance under the name Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes. Among the five musicians onstage with Trey that evening were drummer Russ Lawton
and bassist Tony Markellis
. They debuted material that night that became part of the repertoire of both Phish and Anastasio’s solo career.
Less than a year later, on February 15, 1999, Trey performed a benefit show at Higher Ground for a local arts charity with Lawton and Markellis. Later that spring, the trio (as they are referred to on Anastasio’s website) went on a national tour of clubs and theatres. Most of the shows sold out, which featured a solo acoustic set by Anastasio and an electric set by The... Read More