The Vida Blue is Phish keyboardist Web page McConnell’s first solo project. When Phish made a decision, after 17 years, to consider an indefinite hiatus, McConnell was certainly minimal prolific bandmember with regards to both structure and extra-curricular musical actions. Nearly per year following the break started, McConnell journeyed to New Orleans, where he convened using the Allman Brothers Music group bassist Oteil Burbridge (a mainstay in the jam music group picture Phish helped ferment) and Funky Meters’ drummer Russell Batiste. McConnell acquired known Burbridge for over ten years, as Phish acquired often shared expenses using the Aquarium Recovery Device, Burbridge’s seminal early-’90s music group. Batiste and McConnell acquired first enter into get in touch with while focusing on a monitor for ENABLE YOU TO GET A-Healin’, an advantage record, with Phish bassist Mike Gordon among others. The trio improvised a great deal of music, which ranged in build as McConnell attempted acoustic pianos and different synthesizers. Turntablist DJ Reasoning joined them for the session. Eventually, the music group latched onto an electric sound, not completely unlike the brand new Offer. McConnell shaped a number of the materials into music, adding lyrics, as well as the band’s self-titled debut was created. The music group played their 1st concert events in past due 2001 in Burlington and NY. At the second option overall performance, on New Year’s Eve, these were became a member of by Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon. The Vida Blue started to tour in earnest in early 2002, playing little night clubs and theaters through the entire country, often using younger jam rings (like the New Offer as well as the Slip).