kicks off a three-night stand in tonight at Northerly Island and LivePhish will be webcasting all weekend long for us sorry souls still on . Flashing back to last year at the same venue is a mixed bag for most — rain delays, postponements, Harpua, two “ Caspians” and a special three-set show on Saturday to make it all up to everyone. The Windy City’s weather looks more promising this time around 80’s and partly cloudy skies on the horizon.

Even though we’ll never be able to predict the weather, there’s a pretty good we can forecast that will bring the improv to . Summer Tour has already featured enough top-shelf jams to fill up one of your old nanos and there’s no reason to believe the improv will slow. Last Sunday’s “Chalk Dust > Light > ” is as good as it gets so heading to Chicago are understandably excited. There is still a lot left on the table too. ’s renewed focus and the “a lot less ” quote holding true, we’re still pondering when tunes like “Llama”, “Lizards”, “Fee”, “Guelah Papyrus” “Vultures”, “The Mango Song” and “Saw it Again” will make their 2014 debuts. YEMblog’s efforts to get “Lushington” voted in by fan’s on ’s “Favorite Phish Song” Reader’s poll was a success but still hasn’t played it!

A few Phish-related items hit the newswire this week, too. Earlier today Phish fan and guitarist posted a link to ’s Instagram account where there’s a video of the two of them riffing on Phish’s “Divided Sky”.

Also, referenced in an interview with Rolling Stone when asked about playing shows off-the-cuff.

“Yeah, we occasionally do that, just for the fun of it. But it’s not like I’m Phish, you know. – Paul

Good to see Phish is on Paul’s radar.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Chicago, here’s a rundown of events:
– All weekend long The Rock Bottom will be throwing a fundraiser and offering a hoppy red ale called “Sample in a Jar” that will be sold in mason jars with the Mockingbird Foundation’s logo. Go support this great cause.
“North American Scum becomes LCD Soundsystem” (featuring and members of , , Spart Parts) with special guests The Coop Friday, July 18, 2014 at Concord Hall.
Particle & Friends, Phish After-Party on the SPIRIT OF CHICAGO , Saturday 7/19
PhanArt will be hosting a Poster and Pin Exhibition at Plaza Hotel from 12-5pm on Sunday, 7/20.
Dopapod After-Phish Party, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Concord Hall.

I wonder which after-party Cactus will turn up at, or will he end up at Second City again like last year?

Have a great weekend everyone!

(h/t: Surrender to the Flow)
(h/t: Surrender to the Flow)

Besides being an avid concert-goer, currently working at Fox Sports and serving as co-editor / writer for LIVE music blog, while living in Santa Monica. Tweets @phortin.