Phish returns for three-night stand at Saratoga; Janet Jackson; Dead & Co. announce SPAC shows

Phish, Janet Jackson, and the Grateful Dead spawned supergroup Dead & Company have  announced they will each stage concerts at SPAC this summer. Phish will return to Saratoga this summer for a trio of shows during the July 4 weekend.

The band’s tour begins June 22 in Minneapolis and concludes Sept. 4 in Colorado. Phish will perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3. (That cry-like noise you just heard was the lawn). All shows start 7:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are being offered via a ticket request period, according to the band’s website.

The request time ends just prior to midnight on Feb. 21 and ticket request status emails – that is, whether your ticket request is granted - will be sent by Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Tickets via Live Nation – priced at $65 amphitheater, $45 lawn plus applicable fees – will go on at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26. via LiveNation.com or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Among the earliest performances by Phish in Saratoga Springs were appearances at Aiko’s (9 Caroline St.) in March 1990, and in the Skidmore College gymnasium later that same fall. The band first appeared at SPAC in 1992 on a bill with Santana, and has performed at the venue (by my count, give or take) a total of 19 times.

Dead & Company - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, and Bob Weir with Oteil Burbridge & Jeff Chimenti will perform at SPAC June 21. Tickets are: $149.50, $99.50, $75.50, $50, lawn $40, and go on sale Friday.

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour will stage a show at SPAC on Aug. 26. Tickets are $125, $89.95, $59.95, $39.95, lawn $29.95, and go on sale Saturday. Janet Jackson, the sister of the late Michael Jackson has had a successful musical career, although history will probably best remember her for a 2004 appearance during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII.

ICYMI: LiveNation also announced a four-show “mega-ticket package” which provides entry to four upcoming country music concerts at SPAC.

The shows feature headliners Miranda Lambert (June 24); Luke Bryan (July 31); Toby Keith (Aug. 14), and Florida Georgia Line (Aug. 28). The package price points are: $500 (one reserved lower pavilion ticket in the same seat to all four shows with Premier parking); $325 (one reserved balcony ticket in the same seat to all four shows), and $149 (one lawn ticket to all four shows).

Tickets, available at megaticket.com, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman last week released the results of a wide-ranging investigation into the concert and sports ticket industry. “Ticketing is a fixed game,” in which many tickets are never made available to the general public in the first place, Schneiderman reported.

According to the investigation, more than half of all tickets -- 54 percent – are reserved for insiders,” and “venues and ticket sellers like Ticketmaster regularly tacked on fees that added more than 21% to the face price of tickets.”

The report mostly addresses the New York City area but also looked at some venues upstate like the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, reports the New York Times.

The complete report may be downloaded HERE.