What began as essentially a goof – a chance to throw down some familiar dancy beats and jam for whoever felt like listening - lit a spark under an unseen powder keg of Phish fans in the Portland, Oregon music scene. Brett and Rob spent more time talking about the possibility of putting a Phish tribute together than actually practicing, prior to that first performance at local basement pub The Goodfoot Lounge, in February of 2012. Expectations for attendance were moderate at best, yet before the band played the first note, there was a line out the door, culminating in a jam filled celebration of the music of Phish to an over-capacity crowd! The demand for a repeat was high, and Shafty was born. If there's a motive, it's to recreate the energy of a Phish show, with the attitude of playful band-audience interaction at the forefront, sharp musical skill acting as a behind-the-scenes glue to hold it all together. Over the first year alone, the band played 80+ unique songs, ranging from spoken word moments such as Lengthwise, to epic compositions including You Enjoy Myself and The Curtain (With), already to multiple sold-out and near sold out audiences.
2013 saw a new lineup, with focused energy on compositions. Several shows that crossed the 4-hour mark reared their heads in the form of private events. On Halloween, Shafty chose the Phish album "Rift" in its entirety for the costume set. On New Year's Eve, Punch You in the Eye was the song of choice to countdown, with an extended introduction, replacing "Hey" with "10, 9,8 ..."; after midnight, the band debuted two songs from Phish's brand new upcoming album Wingsuit (6 months later officially released as "Fuego").
As the band embarks on their 2015 adventures, their songlist is growing strong, now at a staggering 175 songs, including brand new Phish material such as Martian Monster, Very Long Fuse, Shipwreck, and more from the most recent Halloween shows. Material from 2014's album "Fuego" have become reliable staples of sets. A notable "Story of the Ghostbusters" mashup made news on Jambase.com, and the usual hijinks of slicing, dicing, and unpredictably rearranging songs continue. The band has played outside of the Portland area - in Eugene, as well as other states including Washington, Idaho, and Montana.