Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre has hosted some of the most iconic residencies in music from the Allman Brothers Band to Steely Dan, but never before has the venue hosted a virtual residency.
That changes Oct. 9 when Trey Anastasio and MSG Entertainment present The Beacon Jams, an eight-week virtual residency streamed exclusively on Twitch. The series will be free for fans and run for eight consecutive weeks through Nov. 27 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The Beacon Jams performances will have no live audience and will feature acoustic and electric performances as well as home audience interaction, alongside an array of surprises. All proceeds from The Beacon Jams donations will benefit Phish’s long-running non-profit, the WaterWheel Foundation, and its new Divided Sky Fund (DSF).
The series is being held in partnership with Relix magazine and proceeds will be used to deliver help to those affected by addiction and further plans to open a treatment center in Vermont.
“When we thought about playing the Beacon, I was reminded of the meaning of the word,” Anastasio says. “A beacon is a beam of light, often from a lighthouse, which sends it out to sailors who are lost at sea and all alone. They look for the beacon and it guides them home.
Anastasio added that the series was partially inspired by Twitch and Beacon owners MSG Entertainment.
“When the idea to do these benefits was born, everybody at MSG Entertainment jumped in and partnered with us and the Divided Sky Fund, which is very kind of them,” he says. “This is an opportunity for forward motion.”
Darren Pfeffer, executive vice president, MSG Entertainment adds “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Trey on this very special and first-ever virtual residency at the Beacon Theatre to benefit two immensely important causes – the Divided Sky Fund and the WaterWheel Foundation. As we navigate the live music scene through this socially distant world, we couldn’t think of a more natural way to bring live music to so many fans for such a great cause.”
Will Farrell-Green, head of music content at Twitch adds “Over the course of this virtual residency, fans of Trey and Phish will be able to attend performances from anywhere in the world, while feeling like they are right in the front row of the Beacon.”
The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s charitable endeavors. The Foundation raises money primarily through its Touring Division, partnering with local non-profits in communities Phish visits on tour and with national organizations during times of need. The Foundation has donated millions of dollars to hundreds of non-profits. The Divided Sky Fund will focus on delivering quality care and compassionate treatment for those suffering from addiction. Fans will be encouraged to donate throughout the eight-week event; net proceeds from merchandise sales during The Beacon Jams will go directly to the DSF.
“I’ve been sober for 13 years,” Anastasio says, “It’s a great blessing in my life. We started talking about the idea of a treatment center about a year ago. I was worried that the project would get derailed because of the pandemic but it didn’t – it actually picked up steam; things are really rolling along now. The Beacon Jams emerged as a way to raise money for it while also allowing me to play for the fans again.”
The Beacon Jams Twitch stream is brought to you in partnership with Relix.
To watch The Beacon Jams, go HERE.