In one of the greatest bargains ever, Phish’s first West Coast show was on The Catalyst’s “Dollar Night” where the cover charge was only one dollar.
Debut Years (Average: 1988)
Song Distribution

This show was part of the "1991 Winter/Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1991-03-28

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover The first West Coast show the band ever played cost $1. Let that sink in for a minute. Considering the price, this performance is outstanding, even if there's very little to make it stand out for the era.

From the sound of the tape, the turnout is pretty good and some of the audience is clearly familiar with the material. After Divided Sky, Trey tells the crowd “We’re finally here, after years of trying to play California.”

During a clean but otherwise unremarkable YEM, the band's vocal jam includes them repeating "Take off your jacket now".

Trey introduces Fishman by saying "“His first performance ever in Color- excuse me, California."

Fishman's solo includes an explanation of the source of his new vacuum. "I bought this for $69 I Colorado. In Steamboat Springs. My other one’s an Electrolux but it’s dying. I found this at a vacuum sale. It’s got as much power per square inch as an Electrolux."

The early Chalkdust starts off a little tentatively, but finishes nicely. An historic night, even if there's little that's musically memorable about it.
, attached to 1991-03-28

Review by thelot

thelot Nice digital audience recording for this show. It sounds like a decent turn out at The Catalyst for Phish’s debut performance in California. Imagine paying a $1 cover and seeing this set!

They open with a well played Golgi. They follow this up with an inspired version of Sky. Trey comments “we’re finally here after years of trying to play California”. You can tell by Trey’s inspired play and the great reception that he is super pumped for this show! Cool intro to Cavern. Trey’s work in Landlady would make Carlos Santana proud. Fantastic YEM with a cool VJ! Fun intro to MSO. Trey refers to Page as “The Cruiser” again, as he did during the MSO in Steamboat. Smokin’ hot Bowie! Nice Page solo at the end Coil. Trey introduces Henrietta to the stage for his first ever performance in Colora…um excuse me, California. Before Love You, Fish mentions that he picked up a new vacuum cleaner in Steamboat for $69 bucks! Fun Vac solo for the California crowd! Rippin’ Chalk Dust to wrap up the set! Unfortunately, the encore is cut from the recording. ;) Great set of music for a buck!
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