Widespread Panic to Release Charleston Shows on DVD and Blue-ray
Widespread Panic will release their recent two-night run at Charleston, SC’s Family Circle Stadium on Blu-ray & DVD through TourGigs. Panic performed at the outdoor tennis arena on October 4 and 5, 2013. Umphrey’s McGee opened both shows and members of the group sat in with Panic at various points throughout the multi-day stand. The shows will also be available as a download.
Official show notes from the run read:
Widespread Panic took the stage at the Family Circle Stadium in South Carolina for the first night of their two night run. After warming up with a killer set by openers Umphrey’s McGee, the Charleston crowd was ready to rock and the stadium bleachers were packed with Spreadheads rising all the way up to the sky! The opening notes of “Ribs and Whiskey” brought on an uproar from the energetic fans and gave JB a chance to showcase a bluesy slide guitar riff. A spectacular jam through “Surprise Valley”>“Blight”>“Surprise Valley” came next as Jimmy Herring kicked off the sandwich with the instantly recognizable opening riff. During “Blight”, Sunny and Todd had a chance to give the fans their first taste of drum section jam – a tease of the incredible percussive jamming that would fill the weekend. Later in the first set, JoJo danced his fingers along his piano while singing the fan-favorite track “Greta,” a clever song about the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry.
Set two maintained the high energy of the night with classic Widespread Panic songs blended into covers masterfully adapted to fit the famous Panic sound. “Makes Sense To Me” and “Pigeons” were blended with stand out performances of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” and JJ Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” and “Ride Me High”. As “Travelin’ Light” segued into “Rebirtha,” Schools inspired cheers of recognition and joy with his iconic bass riff. The band played “Porch Song” with crowd lights on and every fan in the stadium had their arms in the air – havin’ a good time! When the band returned for an encore of Cat Stevens’ “Trouble,” JB serenaded the crowd underneath a spotlight before playing a high energy “Climb To Safety”. The fans left exhilarated, looking forward to another incredible show by Widespread Panic the following night!
For the second and final night of their stop in Charleston, Widespread Panic took the stage at Family Circle Stadium before thousands of cheering fans. JB picked up his guitar and admired the fans, commenting “Some of y’all are wayyyy up there!” The band broke straight into fan favorite “All Time Low,” setting the stage for another high-energy night. Next was “Saint Ex” from Panic’s most recent studio album, “Dirty Side Down.” “Chilly Water” had fans ecstatically tossing water in the air during the chorus. The beautifully written “Pilgrims” let the fans slow to down and appreciate one of Panic’s inspiring older songs. To close the set, the band played a rocking rendition of Neil Young’s “Mr. Soul,” giving Lighting Director Paul Hoffman a chance to show off his beautiful rig, illuminating the stadium with gyroscopic cones and spotlights of all colors. To top it off, the beautiful ASL interpreter Edie Jackson was feeding off the energy in the venue, signing the lyrics for audience.
JoJo kicked off the second set with the opening piano riff to “Tall Boy,” singing with the support of the band and fans. “Barstools and Dreamers” showcased just how funky Schools can get with his bass riffs, as the song ended he said “Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time,” indicating the beginning of their cover of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.” At this point in the show, Umphrey’s McGee members Jake Cinninger (lead guitar) and Joel Cummins (keys) joined the stage. The next ten minutes included a jaw dropping call-and-response guitar solo trade between Jimmy and Jake. Umphrey’s McGee percussionist Andy Farag then joined Sunny to provide double percussion for a thrilling version of “Red Hot Mama.” In the second section of the song, Joel and JoJo were trading piano solos back-to-back. A rhythmic “Drums” was up next, with Todd, Sunny and Andy Farag providing a groove for the fans to boogie to. The second set maintained the intensity and energy, blending fan favorite songs. As Panic took the stage for an encore, JB was showcased playing his mandolin for “End Of The Show,” before capping off the weekend with “Ain’t Life Grand.” These two spectacular shows are sure to have Spreadheads talking for years to come!
Widespread Panic will perform in Atlanta, GA on December 30 and 31. After their annual Panic en la Playa destination event in March, the band will perform in Wilmington, NC on April 11 and 12 as part of the Azalea Festival.