Phish’s Mike Gordon to make first stop on solo tour this week at Charleston Music Hall

Trey Anastasio (left) and Mike Gordon of Phish at the North Charleston Coliseum in 2010. Gordon is making a stop in Charleston on Friday as part of his mini solo tour.

Mike Gordon, the quirky bassist of the long-time jam band Phish, is making Charleston the first stop on his mini solo tour this summer. For fans, it’s a rare chance to see him live in Charleston, especially considering Phish has only played here twice in its 32-year history, the last time being in 2010 at the North Charleston Coliseum. While it only takes a half-attentive listen to peg Gordon’s music as an off-shoot of Phish’s sound, the bassist’s solo work sets itself apart by taking a more structured approach to song-writing, thanks in part to his longtime collaborator, guitarist Scott Murawski. That’s not to say it’s traditional by any means. Gordon wears his weirdness like a badge of honor, much like George Clinton and many other funk musicians who came before him. Audiences can expect him to incorporate some of that whimsical strangeness into his performances, with elaborate stage designs and light rigs, glowing instruments, and even a large keyboard at the front of the stage that fans near the front can actually play. After his month-long stint of solo shows along the East Coast, Gordon will hit the road again in July with Phish for the band’s routine late-summer tour starting in Bend, Oregon.

When: Doors at 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston

Price: $29.50 in advance, $33.50 at the door

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