Phish co-founder Trey Anastasio has already stopped by Seattle once this fall, when he debuted his piece “Petrichor” with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He’s back for more with the quartet that launched the “jam band” movement, but that is probably more accurately described as dedicated to grooving than jamming.
The 31-year-old, Vermont-spawned group turned a corner this year with “Fuego,” an album that not only grooves mightily but, with songs like “The Line,” “The Winter Queen” and “Sing Monica,” traces bright pop-vocal arcs that make it difficult not to sing along. Reviews of the summer tour reported more songs and fewer jams, with an always shifting set list that features a generous sampling from “Fuego” as well as tunes from its entire career, including its cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Ballad of Curtis Loew.”
For what is often called a “cult band,” Phish draws remarkably large crowds and loyal album buyers — 8 million sold, and counting. “Fuego” debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and was chosen as one of the “10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far” by Rolling Stone.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $41-$56 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).