Phish’s ‘Chairman of the Boards’ | Live on NPR this Friday at Noon ET

Yet again, NPR’s live concert series gets into “jammy” territory.

This Friday, March 30th, they’ve got former Phish keyboard wizard, Page McConnell, streaming live from the World Cafe on Philly’s WXPN at noon ET. This will be a nice treat to fans who couldn’t grab tickets to his upcoming (sold-out) show at the Gramercy Theatre, in NYC on April 4th.

The “Chairman” is set to release his solo debut on April 17th. It’ll be interesting to see how this album compares to his previous side-project with bassist Oteil Burbridge and drummer Russel Batiste: Vida Blue. I remember Page’s instrumental work with Vida Blue being pretty darn cool, but overall his songwriting tended to lack some sort of depth (perhaps a bit stinted after years of being overshadowed by the behemoth songwriting team of Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall). We’ll see.

If you’re curious about Page’s first solo project, here’s a video EPK, including an interview and some audio from the upcoming release:

Page McConnell EPK [YouTube]