Widespread Panic arrived in the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday night, kicking off a three-night stint at Washington DC’s National Harbor Theatre.
After starting the first half with “Wondering” and the semi-political “Hope In A Hopeless World,” WSP found their first serious jam in a mid-set “Rebirtha.” Later, after busting out Mikey Houser’s “Travelin’ Man” for the first time since June 2014, the band served up a double dose of The Band, playing “The Shape I’m In” (last played 10/22/16) and “Ophelia” before closing out set one with “Porch Song.”
Set two opened with a rocking “Old Neighborhood,” but the most talked about moment of the night came later on, when the band extracted a version of the Beatles “Come Together” from a “North” jam/drum segment. The sextet hadn’t played the Beatles favorite in over a decade (11/4/05). The evening’s second half ended with a segue into the Til’ The Medicine Takes track “Surprise Valley.”
Widespread Panic encored with a pairing of “Radio Child” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” considered by many to be the first song ever performed by the band in 1986.
Widespread Panic continues their Washington DC run on March 16 and 17, before they make their way back down south for Florida’s Wanee Festival.
Check out Thursday’s full setlist below:
March 15, 2018
National Harbor Theatre, Washington, DC
Set I: Wondering, Hope In A Hopeless World, Steven’s Cat, Rebirtha > Jam, You Should Be Glad, Travelin’ Man%, The Take Out, The Shape I’m In^, Ophelia, Porch Song
Set II: Old Neighborhood, Visiting Day, Can’t Get High, Airplane > Jaded Tourist, North > Drums > Come Together^^ > Surprise Valley
Enc: Radio Child, For What It’s Worth
%Last Time Played 6/25/14
^Last Time Played 10/22/16 Milwaukee
^^Last Time Played 11/04/05 Denver