In Focus: Widespread Panic Let it Rock at The Capitol Theatre

Widespread Panic kicked off their sold out 3-night run at The Capitol Theatre with a traditional tribute to the Grateful Dead, playing “Let it Rock,” an occasional feature of setlists, off 1974’s Mars Hotel. From there the band performed a show of originals with a few choice covers thrown in late in the second set.

Set 1 highlights included “C Brown,” a 10 minute “Shut up and Drive,” “Pleas” > “Henry Parsons Died” and “B of D” > “Conrad” to close the set out. Set 2 opened up with “You Got Yours” that segued very tightly into “Up All Night,” which has been taken out for excellent stretched out jams as of late. Fan favorite “Ribs n Whiskey” was met with huge cheers from the crowd, and Panic tour manager Steve Lopez hopped on percussion with Sunny Ortiz for War’s “Slippin into Darkness,” which paired with J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” to close the set. An encore of “Pilgrims” and Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama” closed out Night 1 of Widespread’s first show at The Capitol Theatre since 1991, and fans are pumped for what Saturday and Sunday night will bring. Stream last nights show courtesy of Panicstream.

Friday, March 22

Set 1: Let It Rock > Radio Child, C Brown, Dyin’ Man, Shut Up And Drive > Pleas > Henry Parsons Died, Sundown Betty > B Of D > Conrad The Caterpillar

Set 2: You Got Yours > Up All Night > Blackout Blues, Party at Your Mama’s House > Ribs And Whiskey, Steven’s Cat > Fishwater > Drum Solo > Drums And Bass > Fishwater > Slippin’ Into Darkness* > Travelin’ Light

Encore: Pilgrims > Red Hot Mama

Saturday, March 23

Set 1: Wondering > Mr Soul, Hope in a Hopeless world > 1×1, Christmas Katie > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Who do you belong to?, Though Sausage, Bowlegged Woman > Action Man > Bowlegged Woman

Set 2: Saint Ex, Hatfield, Ride me High, Stop Breaking Down, Machine > Barstools > You Should be Glad > Contentment Blues > Goin Out West, Chilly Water

Encore: Puppy Sleeps > Flatfoot Floozy

Sunday March 24

Set 1: Holden Oversoul > Makes Sense to Me, Let’s Get Down to Business, Little Lilly, Airplane, Jaded Tourist, Blue Indian, The Last Straw, Life During Wartime

Set 2: Lawyers, Guns and Money, Little Kin, Love Tractor, I’m Not Alone, North > One Kind Favor, Bust it Big, Mercy > The Other One Jam > I’m So Glad, Postcard, Ain’t Life Grand

Encore: This Part of Town, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys > Disco > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature