This show was a Benefit for VPIRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group). It was not listed in the March or April 1989 Phish newsletters but is believed to have occurred at this time and place. During McGrupp, Fish used a brand new electronic drum machine. Trey introduced the machine by saying that Fish learned a new song on it and that the person who could name the song would win a special prize. Fish played the bugle Charge fanfare typically played before the start of a horse race, and Greg Ehle yelled out "And they're off!". Greg was disappointed to learn that his "special prize" was a date with Fishman. Attendance for this show reportedly suffered due to no alcohol being served. At one point, Trey said "Welcome to the VPIRG Benefit. A good cause. Before we go any further, I just want to make sure that whoever lost their birth control pills last night with one more day of real pills to go. They're right here. Here at Johnson State. We figured that that person was a little bummed. They're hanging off Fish's bass drum..." This version of Split Open And Melt included a drum solo.