…. and it was fantastic.
Currently in the midst of a final tour of the Northeast (for the time being), Widespread Panic gave the Mann Center one last rocker for the ages.
While the crowd barely sprinkled from underneath the pavilion onto the lawn, the energy was comparable to that of a sold out show. When the opening song is Neil Young’s “Walk On,” you know it’s about to go down.
Running through the first set with ferocity featuring cuts from all around the discography like “Glory” and “Big Wooly Mammoth,” it was hard to believe the band is about to slow it down.
Set 2 saw the band really getting into the groove of the night. Another opening cover, this time in the form of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” put a more somber feel out. This was quickly cut short, as the band jammed into a powerful string of Panic jams, with, for lack of a better term, was bonkers. They even showed their drum and percussion chops with a huge “Drums > Drum & Bass” solo before hopping into “Saint Ex.”
The southern rock jam staple that is Widespread Panic never fails to impress. We will surely miss Panic tour in the Northeast.
Setlist via PanicStream.com:
Widespread Panic at the Mann Center – 9/11/16
Set 1: Walk On, Makes Sense To Me, This Part of Town, Glory, Visiting Day, Old Neighborhood, The Last Straw > Big Wooly Mammoth > For What It’s Worth (66 mins)
Set 2: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, You Should Be Glad, It Ain’t No Use > Blight, Impossible > Drums* > Drums & Bass* > Saint Ex, Proving Ground, Action Man (89 mins)
Encore: May Your Glass Be Filled, Postcard (11 mins)
Notes: * w/ Sikiru Adepoju on Talking Drum; Richie Shakin’ Nagan on Shakers