With Phish’s “Billy Breathes” album underway and Trey’s “Surrender to the Air” album in the can, the band traveled to New Orleans to play JazzFest for the first time. They played a 1-set show on the Ray-Ban main stage at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Tickets cost $10.00 and Phish played before The Funky Meters. Audience taping was not allowed at this show and there was no mail order ticketing. Ya Mar contained a When the Saints Go Marching In tease. Michael Ray sat in on trumpet for Cars Trucks Buses. The vocal jam out of You Enjoy Myself segued directly into the first two verses of Wolfman’s Brother, which were performed A cappella. David Bowie included a Caravan jam. Cavern included teases of The Rover. This show was released, along with 11/7/91 II (with ARU) from Tipitina’s, as “New Orleans Relief” following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with all proceeds benefitting the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Tipitina’s Foundation. “When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast a few weeks ago, donating the proceeds from Phish’s JazzFest performance in 1996 seemed the perfect way for the band and their fans to help bring the city’s mojo full circle. In true New Orleans fashion, the beauty and joy of music can uplift spirits and help support the city’s incredible network of artists and musicians.” Following this show, the band members spent some time in New Orleans enjoying JazzFest. On 4/28/96, Trey sat in with Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots at the Fairgrounds and, later that night, Trey and Page joined Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe for a show at Jimmy’s Place that was later released on the Michael Ray album “Live at Jimmy’s”. The band then returned to Bearsville Studios to finish recording and and mixing “Billy Breathes”.