WaterWheel Foundation Turns 25, Celebrates With Aquarium Rescue Unit Tribute
Originally posted on Seven Days
WaterWheel celebrates its 25th birthday on Sunday, September 25, with a blow-out at Nectar’s — a fitting location because the downtown Burlington club helped propel Phish from humble college band to world-touring juggernaut. Ben & Jerry’s will present the event, featuring a live podcast from Osiris Media, a network of music-centric podcasts.
Hampton, a legend in the Atlanta jam and southern rock scene, died playing on stage in 2017 at the Fox Theatre during a 70th-birthday celebration. His music was massively influential to Wagner, who calls the Aquarium Rescue Unit “arguably one of the most influential jam bands of all time.”
Since its creation, WaterWheel has donated over $3.7 million to more than 500 nonprofits through its Touring Division, which raises funds in communities where Phish performs. In addition, it has raised $2 million for organizations directly working to protect Lake Champlain, $2.5 million for various other Vermont groups, and another $1 million to benefit more than 30 beneficiaries via the foundation’s Dinner And A Movie campaign, where the band’s past live shows are screened.