Last night, Widespread Panic closed out their sixth annual Panic En La Playa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With the band decidedly not touring in 2017, their choice to entertain fans in festival and residency settings might just make for a better experience all around. The shores of the resort were graced with the southern rockers in rare form, welcoming special guests throughout their entire performance.
Half way through the first set, the band welcomed George Porter Jr. (bass), Karl Denson (saxophone), Erik Krasno (guitar) for their own “Sell, Sell,” adding Ivan Neville (keys & vocals) consecutively to Bill Wither‘s “Use Me” and “Red Hot Mama.” Thanks to Mrtopdogger, you can watch “Sell, Sell” below:
The funk-tinged rock and roll continued in the second set with Danny Hutchens (vocals) and Eric Carter (guitar) for “Henry Parsons Died” and “Can’t Get High.” The band returned to their roots for the middle chunk of their second set, rocking through a monstrous “Surprise Valley” > “Ride Me High” > “Surprise Valley” sandwich that jammed straight into an “Airplane” > “Takeoff Jam” > “You Should Be Glad” jam – sticking with the “Space Wrangler” theme of the evening.”Time Is Free” brought out Col. Bruce Hampton on guitar and vocals, before veering toward the end of their set with another rare “Time Waits For No One,” which hadn’t been played in 202 shows. A drum break led into “Contentment Blues” then into “Chilly Water” as the waves crashed the shore.
The band returned to the stage for a “Big Indian” and “Life During Wartime” encore.
Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream. You can also head to PanicStream for a full audio stream of the performance.
Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic en la Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 3/2/17
Set I: Sewing Machine, Conrad, Space Wrangler, Travelin’ Light, Dirty Side Down, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Steven’s Cat, Sell Sell*, Use Me**, Red Hot Mama*** (85 mins)
Set II: Henry Parsons Died****, Can’t Get High****, Surprise Valley > Ride Me High > Surprise Valley > Airplane > Takeoff Jam > You Should Be Glad, Time Is Free*****, Time Waits For No One > Drums > Contentment Blues > Chilly Water (104 mins)
E: Blue Indian, Life During Wartime (11 mins)
Notes * w/ George Porter Jr (bass); Karl Denson (saxophone); Erik Krasno (guitar)
** w/ George Porter Jr (bass); Karl Denson (flute & vocals); Erik Krasno (guitar); Ivan Neville (keys & vocals)
*** w/ George Porter Jr (bass); Karl Denson (sax & vocals); Erik Krasno (guitar); Ivan Neville (keys & vocals)
**** w/ Danny Hutchens (vocals); Eric Carter (guitar)
***** w/ Col Bruce Hampton (Ret.) (guitar & vocals)
[‘Dirty Side Down’ LTP 7/02/14 Las Vegas (182 shows); ‘Time Waits For No One’ LTP 4/05/14 Los Angeles (202 shows); Erik Krasno’s first sit-in with WP]
[Photo via WSP FB]