Widespread Panic closed out their three-night run at Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Wilmington, N.C., this past weekend, July 16-18.
They opened night two of three with “Ribs And Whiskey” into “Wondering.” Drummer Duane Trucks kept the rhythm along with Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz on bongos and congas. WSP also covered Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” and 1993 tune “Hatfield.”
For their second set, they began with a cover of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness” backed by the band’s signature groove, followed by “Greta,” and a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime.”
They then played “Happy Child” a song that had not been heard live in almost 20 years since the first Bonnaroo. Guitarist Michael Houser, whose guitar lines defined the song, died shortly after that performance. They closed out the second night with “Chilly Water” and encored with percussion-heavy island slow jams “Vacation” and “Porch Song.”
Last night, July 18, after a rain delay Widespread Panic played one long set as their last leg of the series at the Riverfront Park. It was keyboardist JoJo Hermann’s birthday and they lead with the key-heavy track “Tall Boy” followed by “Space Wrangler” and honky-tonk jam “Imitation Leather Shoes.”
The band closed out the show with crowd-pleaser “Big Wooly Mammoth,” Bloodkin’s “Henry Parsons Died” and “Ain’t Life Grand” with John Bell on the mandolin. The encore slowed down the pace with “Dream Song,” J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” and Neil Young’s “Last Dance” as the finale.
Check out the full setlist below via Panic Stream
Widespread Panic Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Wilmington, N.C.
Set One: Ribs & Whiskey, Wondering, C. Brown, Wreck Me, Dyin’ Man, Chainsaw City, Hatfield, For What It’s Worth
Set Two: Slippin’ Into Darkness, Greta, Life During Wartime, Driving Song, The Last Straw, Happy Child, The Last Straw, Happy Child, Driving Song, Genesis, Arleen, Chilly Water
Encore: Vacation, Porch Song
Tall Boy, Space Wrangler, Blackout Blues, Stop-Go, You Got Yours, Imitation Leather Shoes, Little Kin, Disco, Little Lily, Pilgrims, Bear’s Gone Fishin’, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Ride Me High, Rebirtha, Big Wooly Mammoth, Henry Parsons Died, Ain’t Life Grand
Encore: Dream Song, Travelin’ Light, Last Dance