The Birthday Boy – photo by Jeffrey Dupuis
Widespread Panic spent the weekend in Milwaukee with three dates at the Riverside Theater. The group performed 66 songs over the three nights without a repeat. Friday’s show marked the 47th birthday of drummer Todd Nance and he was justly serenaded by the audience before the group’s performance of “Coach.” The night also included the first version of “Heaven” in over a year, which concluded a segued run that began with “Airplane” and also included “Papa’s Home.” Saturday saw photographer Ryan Bishop add some percussion to “Use Me,” while the evening’s second set opened with a notable segued sequence that moved from “Time Zones” into “Stop-Go” into “Cream Puff War” and back into “Stop-Go.” The three night stand concluded with the return of Morning Drew,” the Bonnie Dobson song long associated with the Grateful Dead, which appeared mid-way through an improv-fueled portion of the second set, which began with “Walkin’ (For Your Love)” moved into “Under the Radar” then the “Dew,” which slipped into “Tie Your Shoes,” “Drumz,” “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” and “Blackout Blues.” The complete rundown of setlists can be found in Box Scores.
Widespread Panic is in Detroit on Tuesday at the Royal Oak Theatre.