Photo Credit: Kinsey Haynes
Last night, Widespread Panic continued their run at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The band is currently making up a string of New Year’s Eve 2021 dates that were initially postponed last winter due to fear over the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. On the third night of their stand in the Peach State, Widespread Panic brought forth a variety of favorites and a bust-out during the first half of the gig. Then, during the second set, they kept the heat on high as they delivered a handful of covers and mixed in segues.
Night three of the band’s home state sweep got underway with a memorable on-stage moment as Widespread Panic landed on the first-ever “You Got Yours” opener. The Bombs & Butterflies tune kicked off the night before the ensemble choose “One Arm Steve” as the start of an extended segue that continued with “Hatfield” and “Sleeping Man.” Then, to follow up the epic jammed-out portion of the concert’s first half, they ran through “Stop-Go,” which ultimately bled into “All Time Low.”
Dave Schools’ bass licks breathed life into the band’s grooves as they worked their way through the first half of their Atlanta performance, particularly on the night’s bust out, a run-through of “Tickle The Truth.” The latter was last played during a pre-pandemic gig on Aug. 23, 2019, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Then, they came out of the number on “Party at Your Mama’s House,” which bled into a set ending, “Ribs and Whisky.”
For Widespread Panic’s second set, they kicked things off on “Disco” before working their way through a cover of Bobby Rush’s “Bowlegged Woman, Knocked Kneed Man,” which ran into Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning,” only to be capped with a return to the second song of the set. “C. Brown” arrived before “Driving Song” and “Cease Fire,” which ran into “Jamais Vu (The World Has Changed)” and a “Driving Song” reprise. “Greta” was performed next and bubbled over into a set ending cover of BloodKin’s “Henry Parsons Died.”
For their encore, Widespread Panic started things off with the fan favorite “Blue Indian,” only to follow it up with a take on two songs by Vic Chesnutt’s side project, brute., on “Protein Drink” and “Sewing Machine.” Following last night’s concert, Widespread Panic will continue their stand at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta tonight. The band will finish their run tomorrow, with a Sunday night show, before taking some time off the road, and getting back together on Aug. 26 at Oxbow RiverStage in Napa, Calif. For tour and ticket information, visit widespreadpanic.com.
Scroll down to see last night’s complete setlist.
Fox Theatre – Atlanta, Ga.
August. 12, 2022
Set I: You Got Yours*, One Arm Steve > Hatfield > Sleeping Man, Stop-Go > All Time Low, Tickle The Truth^, Party at Your Mama’s House > Ribs and Whisky
Set II: Disco > Bowlegged Woman, Knocked Kneed Man > Smokestack Lightning > Bowlegged Woman, C Brown > Driving Song > Cease Fire > Jamais Vu (The World Has Changed) > Driving Song, Greta > Henry Parsons Died
Enc.: Blue Indian, Protein Drink > Sewing Machine
* First time opening a show
^ Bust out, last played Aug. 23, 2019