Trey Anastasio, frontman and guitarist for jamband Phish, said during a virtual concert last night that he has worn a Milwaukee Home T-shirt to bed every night for 6 years and (jokingly?) that he has never washed it. He also praised the beautiful Pabst Theater during the onstage remarks.
Anastasio is halfway through an eight-week virtual residency that takes place every Friday evening live from New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre from October 9 through November 27. The concerts are available for free exclusiverly on Twitch.
Some reported Milwaukee-based talent buyer and entertainment director Jason Burczyk gave the shirt to Anastasio (although Burczyk was unreachable via text and did not confirm). Jim Draeger, a longtime fan who worked at the Pabst Theater when Trey Anastasio Band played a concert there in February of 2014, saw the story on social media and said he was the one who gave the shirt to Anastasio.
"I worked the Pabst that night catering supper for the band with Kevin (Sloan) who introduced me to Trey. I gave him a Milwaukee Home T-shirt ... Trey was very appreciative and said I didn’t have to do that. I explained that I had to because I saw 23 shows in a row for free during the summer ‘03 tour. He also wore the shirt for the second set that night," writes Draeger.
MilwaukeeHome is a popular brand created by Melissa Thornton.
"We love Milwaukee," Anastasio says in the video.
See it for yourself here:
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.