Widespread panic closes race in North Carolina

Widespread Panic wrapped up its three-night run at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC last weekend, July 16-18.

They opened the night two out of three with “Ribs And Whiskey” in “Wondering”. Drummer Duane Trucks kept the pace with Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz on bongos and congas. WSP also covered Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” and the 1993 song “Hatfield”.

For their second set, they started with a cover of War’s “Slippin ‘Into Darkness” supported by the band’s signature groove, followed by “Greta” and a cover of “Life While Wartime” by the Talking Heads.

They then performed “Happy Child,” a song that hadn’t been heard live for almost 20 years since the first Bonnaroo. Guitarist Michael Houser, whose guitar lines defined the song, passed away shortly after this performance. They closed the second night with “Chilly Water” and kissed with slow jams from the heavy percussion island “Vacation” and “Porch Song”.

Last night, July 18, after a rain delay, Widespread Panic played a long set as the final stop in the series at Riverfront Park. It was keyboardist JoJo Hermann’s birthday and they started off with the track “Tall Boy” followed by “Space Wrangler” and the honky-tonk jam “Imitation Leather Shoes“.

The band closed the show with “Big Wooly Mammoth”, “Henry Parsons Died” by Bloodkin and “Ain’t Life Grand” with John Bell on mandolin. The encore slowed the pace with JJ Cale’s “Dream Song,” “Travelin ‘Light,” and Neil Young’s “Last Dance” in the finale.

Check out the full list below via Panic Stream

Riverfront Panic Amphitheater in Wilmington, North Carolina

July 17

Series 1: Ribs & Whiskey, Wondering, C. Brown, Wreck Me, Dyin ‘Man, Chainsaw City, Hatfield, For What It’s Worth

Series Two: Slide Into Darkness, Greta, Wartime Life, Driving Song, The Last Straw, Happy Child, The Last Straw, Happy Child, Driving Song, Genesis, Arleen, Cold Water

Again: Vacation, Song from the porch

July 18

Tall Boy, Space Wrangler, Blackout Blues, Stop-Go, You Got Yours, Faux Leather Shoes, Little Kin, Disco, Little Lily, Pilgrims, Bear’s Gone Fishin ‘, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Ride Me High, Rebirtha, Big Wooly Mammoth, Henry Parsons is dead, that’s not life

Again: Song Song, Travelin ‘Light, Last Dance

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