Widespread Panic Live at Coney Island Boardwalk Night 2 & at the Mann in Philly (Reviews & Photos)

Photo by Mike Geller

By Christopher Snyder • Photos by Mike Geller

On Saturday evening Panic brought their talents to Coney Island in Brooklyn. Right out of the gate the band treated the crowd with an energetic version of “Disco”that highlighted Mississippi native, JoJo Hermann on the keyboards, nestled in the back of the stage. You knew right away that this was going to be a special evening with the rock veterans. Keeping with the old school setlist the group dug deep into their catalog with a spacey version of “Arleen.” Leading the group in the tune were Domingo Ortiz and Duane Trucks in the rhythm section. Laying down some funky bass lines was Mr. Dave Schools stage right, during the fan favorite. The 75-minute first set concluded with a spectacular rendition of “Conrad,” with John “JB” Bell leading the charge on guitar and his well known raspy vocals.


The second set started off strong with “Tail Dragger” and the rarity “Pigeons”, off their 1991 self titled album. This gave the chance for the guitar wizard Jimmy Herring to really shine. On the heels of announcing that the group will no longer be touring come 2017 they are not holding back from bringing out all their songs in their catalog. Highlighting the second set were magical versions of “Driving Song” and “Fishwater”. You could tell at this point in the evening that the band was firing on all cylinders.

Closing out the two night run at Coney Island the band kept with the theme of rarities and treated their faithful to “Ribs & Whiskey” and the Talking Heads classic “Life In Wartime”, sending fans out in the Brooklyn streets with smiles from ear to ear.

Setlist via Everyday Companion

09/10/16 The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
1: Disco, Stop-Go > Rock > Heroes, Airplane > Arleen > C. Brown, Genesis, Conrad
2: Tail Dragger, Pigeons > Jack > Driving Song > Tie Your Shoes > Pilgrims > Driving Song, Goin’ Out West > Fishwater > Bowlegged Woman > Fishwater
E: Ribs And Whiskey, Life During Wartime

Photo by Karl McWherter

By Christopher Snyder • Photos by Karl McWherter

In the jam band scene there is a popular saying: “Never miss a Sunday show.” Widespread Panic brought their rock & roll show to The Mann Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday night. With the announcement that this may be the last year the group does in the near future, diehard fans are making sure that every show possible in the next few months.

With the thumping bass lines from longhaired, Dave Schools, the music veterans began the evening with a rocking version of, “Walk On”. The opening number got the City of Brotherly Love fans excited for the evening. One of the most noteworthy tunes in the first set was, “Glory”, off the 1997 effort studio, Bombs & Butterflies. The song gave the chance for the veteran rockers to to really show their talent. On lead vocals, John “JB” Bell belted out the lyrics while the rhythm section of Duane Trucks (Drums) and Domingo S. Ortiz (Percussion) kept the energy flowing with their backbeats. Mid-set the five members brought the heat, firing on all cylinders with their performance of “The Last Strawthat flowed seamlessly into “Big Wooly Mammoth”, the spotlighted John “Jojo” Hermann on vocals/keyboards. Closing the set was a spectacular rendition of the 1967 Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield) song, “For What It’s Worth.

With the crowd energized from the first set, the group came out with a strong version of the Bob Dylan number, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” featuring Bell on lead vocals and the one and only Jimmy Herring performing a wonderfully executed guitar solo. “Impossible,” an eighteen year old gem, segued nicely into a version of “Drumsthat featured Richie Nagan (Shakers) and Sikiru Adepoju (Talking Drum) to compliment Trucks & Ortiz. Bringing the evening to a conclusion, and sending fans off into the Philadelphia night, was “May Your Glasses Be Filledand “Postcard”.

On Sunday evening in Philadelphia, Widespread Panic, proved that you should truly never miss a show. With three decades under their belt, the Southern rockers proved that they are still on top of their game.

Setlist via Everyday Companion

09/11/16 The Mann Center For Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
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
2: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, You Should Be Glad, It Ain’t No Use > Blight, Impossible > Drums* > Saint Ex, Proving Ground, Action Man
E: May Your Glass Be Filled, Postcard
* with Richie Shakin’ Nagan on shaker, Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum


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