Trey Anastasio invites a 7-year-old fan on stage to sing “Bug” in Grand Rapids
Yesterday Trey Anastasio performed at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The solo acoustic show highlighted many raw and intimate interpretations of Phish and Anastasio’s solo discographies. Additionally, during the encore, Anastasio hosted a 7-year-old fan to sing “Bug” sharing an unprecedented atmosphere in the 1,900-seat venue.
Anastasio opened the performance in one set with “Blaze On” before steadily moving forward with an unhurried rendition of “Water In The Sky.” Anastasio then casually addressed the crowd and talked about Phish’s Big Cypress ’99 festival in the Florida Everglades. He continued with “Prince Caspian” and the classic instrumental “The Inlaw Josie Wales”.
Following the instrumental track, Anastasio recalled his time in Vermont as he was inspired by the lush natural beauty surrounding the amphitheater. He opened up about his time in New York during lockdown when he played his guitar in his living room while dreaming of times outdoors, surrounded by fans and nature like the one he experienced then and there. He continued to reflect – albeit now musically – with “Brian And Robert” and “Theme From the Bottom”. Fans sang with him on the latter much to his delight. He then played “Back on the Train” and a classic Closed single “Everything’s Right” on which the virtuoso improvises on guitar loops. He then played the romantic and beloved “Waste” and then “Snowflakes in the Sand” which was dedicated to a peacefully sleeping young viewer.
Anastasio continued with a couple of “Limb By Limb” which merged with “Ghost” and continued with improvisational loops with “Heavy Things”. The serene location allowed Anastasio to have a deep connection with the citizens of Grand Rapids and he invited them to add vocals to “Bouncing Around The Room” before rolling out more tender tracks like “Mountains In The Mist” and “If I Could”. Anastasio then closed the set with some rockier, fan-favorite Phish songs including “Possum”, “Twist”, “Chalk Dust Torture” and finally “Say It To Me SANTOS”.
After coming out for the encore and taking his seat again, Anastasio noticed a young fan with a sign that read, “Can I sing Bug with you.” After checking with the girl’s mother, he welcomed the 7-year-old on stage. After the introduction of the track, the young fan, whose name is Jovi Crusen, encouraged by the audience and a warm expression from Anastasio began to sing the lyrics of the Closed treasure. She handled the lead vocal on her own and inspired applause and cheers as she and Anastasio walked through the classic song, with the audience joining her on the hook shouting “Bug! / It Doesn’t Matter”. After the sound track, Anastasio said, “It was amazing, Jovi. You are so good. So good. You are amazing. She is incredible. So good. Wow! I don’t know what to do after that. Wow. Thanks.”
Anastasio then continued the jubilant encore with “A Life Beyond The Dream”, which led to “Wilson”. He closed the show with a pair of “Rise/Come Together” in “The Lizards.”
Anastasio will perform another solo acoustic concert at the Kresge Auditorium in Interlochen, Michigan tonight.
Which video captured by fans of Jovi Crusen and Anastasio below:
The Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, Michigan.
June 20, 2022
Set I: blaze onwater in the skyPrince CaspianStep-Family Josie WalesBrian and Robertbottom themeBack on the trainEverything is fineWasteSnowflakes in the sandMember by member > Ghost > heavy thingsBounce around the roomMountains in the mistIf I couldOpossumTurnchalk dust torturetell me SANTOS
Enc. : BugA life beyond the dream > WilsonRise/Assemble > Lizards
-  Trey acoustic solo.
-  Trey on acoustic guitar; with Jovie on vocals.
- This entire show was performed by Trey in solo acoustics with the exception of Bug (Trey brought Jovie, a girl who had held up a “Can I sing Bug with you” sign, from the audience on stage to sing the song).
Setlist via Phish.net