Widespread Panic returned to Wantagh, NY’s Jones Beach Amphitheater for the first time in 11 years as part of its summer tour with the Allman Brothers Band. The group played the beachside venue on the H.O.R.D.E. tour in 1992 and 1993 , but has not appeared at the shed since headlining in 1998 as part of the Travelin’ Light Tour with openers Sister 7, G. Love & Special Sauce and Guster. Halfway through the band’s set, Derek Trucks emerged to play guitar with Panic on a lengthy, eastern-influenced “Impossible.” After a run through “Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)” and “Blackout Blues,” the Allman Brothers Band’s Oteil Burbridge took the stage to play bass and scat with the group. As he left the stage, Warren Haynes then emerged for the package “Protein Drink” and Sewing Machine.”
Though the Allman Brother Band’s set featured less sit ins than expected, Jimmy Herring joined his former band for an extended “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” Herring and Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann also returned to the stage with the Allman Brothers Band at the end of the night for a show-closing “Southbound.” Both Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band will perform at Mansfield, MA’s Great Woods this Saturday.