Above: Oteil Burbridge and Col. Bruce Hampton, http://colbruce.com/
A number of additional musicians sat in with both the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic this past weekend. Friday night the two bands played Birmingham, AL’s BJCC Arena and DJ Logic—who has two area shows of his own—added turntables to Panic’s mid-show drum segment. Soon after, Derek Trucks emerged to play guitar on “Maggot Brain.” As the song segued into “Time Is Free” Col. Bruce Hampton and Oteil Burbridge emerged for a mini-Aquarium Rescue Unit reunion (the two musicians played with Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring in the classic incarnation of the band). Later in the evening, Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann sat in with the Allman Brothers Band on The Band’s “The Weight” and “Key To The Highway,” while bassist Dave Schools emerged for “Dreams.” Schools was then joined by John Bell for “Highway 61 Revisited,” shortly before Herring returned to the stage at the end of the night for the lone encore of “One Way Out.”
Widespread Panic headlined the BJCC Arena the following night and brought out DJ Logic once again for “Dyin’ Man.” The group also invited out several members of the Allman Brothers Band: percussionist with Marc Quinones and Warren Haynes emerged for War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” Gregg Allman sang the group’s second cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman” and Haynes returned to play guitar on “Bust It Big.” Likewise, during the Allman Brothers Band’s support set Bell took the stage for “And It Stoned Me” and Col. Bruce Hampton returned for “Smokestack Lightnin’.”
Finally, Sunday night the two groups appeared at Raleigh, NC’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Panic played first and invited out Haynes for a run from “Ribs And Whiskey” into “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” and back into “Ribs And Whiskey.” Later in the night, Bell sang with the Brothers on a cover of Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Herring played guitar on “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and Schools, Hermann and Herring all helped close the night with “Southbound.” The extended tour will continue in Knoxville, TN this evening.