HBD-CK5! Happy Birthday to Phish’s Chris Kuroda
Happy Birthday to Chris “Topher” Kuroda. Regarded by many as the fifth member of Phish, hence the “CK5″ moniker, most fans intimately know his work through his instrument of choice each night — the light board. And I’m always looking for a reason to link to some of Kuroda’s work and his birthday is reason enough. Here are a few of my favorites from this year
First up is the Crosseyed -> Slave from Atlantic City. Favorite part, the 9 minute mark… ROYGBIV heaven.
Below is the three-song punch from Worcester’s first night. Notice during the peak in the Boogie Jam (23 min mark) how locked Trey and Chris are. Pretty awesome stuff in the moment.
The (20-22:00) minute mark in the video below is one of my favorite examples of Phish and Kuroda working together. The lights and ambient jam blend seamlessly as the band goes from a psyched out Piper into the softer tune, Billy Breathes.
Happy Birthday CK5!
(Sticker from Jiggs’ Lot Site)
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Aaron is originally from the east coast (Warren, MA) but currently resides on the West Side in Santa Monica, CA working as an editor for the Fox Sports Network. Besides live music (Phish, Wilco, Bill Frisell), he appreciates street art, photography, Wes Anderson films, and traveling. Follow him on twitter and instagram.
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