A Widespread Panic concert is a melting pot of all things excess, and no show is like any other. The group brings out all the stops in a performance that tends to go on and on with riveting covers, extended jams, and solo spotlights from all major members of the band. It is a force to be reckoned with, and the ever changing setlist speaks volumes of their tireless work ethic and creativity.
Every set is different than the last, so it is difficult to pinpoint any continuing patterns that contribute to their approach. The group has a few openers they bring out, and they are usually big and hook friendly as well as long. The group has opened with Neil Young’s “Journey Through the Past,” which is not even a popular song compared to other Neil Young hits. This makes for an odd choice, almost as odd as their other opener choices “Tall Boy” or “Diner.”
The group has a tendency to dive deep into their artistic canon. Though “Chilly Water” is a popular and common folk rock ballad, others are far less so. “Bear Gone Finishin” and “Blue Indian” are two of their most popular songs in general, yet they are as commonly played as deep album tunes such as “All Time Low” and “Rebirtha.” This dichotomy is interesting for fans, and very like their famous hippy precursors.
Fans can generally rely on “Driving Song” to appear on the setlist, as well as their laid back number “Pilgrims.” “Aint Love Grand” is one of those instances where fan popularity coincides with how often it is played. In this case, it’s a reliable one to hear. While its hard to pin down a setlist, here is an array of popular choices that regularly show up.
Journey Through the Past
Don’t Be Denied
Time Fades Away
And It Stoned Me
Bust it Big
Pickin’ Up the Pieces
Climb to Safety
Who Do You Belong To?
You Got Yours
Angels on High
Devil in Disguise
Auld Lang Syne
Burning Down The House
Let the Good Times Roll
Bust It Big
Spill The Wine
You Should Be Glad
Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
Ain’t Life Grand
Why does Widespread Panic get compared to the Grateful Dead so often?
Fans and critics alike call them the modern day Grateful Dead. Widespread Panic has all the archetypes and attributes to make this a very logical call, all the way down to the dark and unsettling band name. Widespread Panic have live shows that change drastically from one show to the next and have no problem extending out songs into prolonged and glorified jam sessions of chaotic fun. The group also has no qualms playing very long sets, and bringing out half a set of covers spanning their funk garage genre as well as other notable genres and artists. The group has this scrappy grassroots approach to music, going somewhat label free for years and touring incessantly.
How long is a Widespread Panic concert?
You can rely on a Widespread Panic show to hit the clock at about three hours. The show is often divided into three parts. Though there is no obvious thematic choice for making the divisions where they are, such as dividing an acoustic portion from a big rock section. The reason seems to do more with convenience and allowing the bands a break.
With the breaks scattered throughout the set, Widespread Panic really hits a high water mark in overall show length.
Who is Widespread Panic’s publicist and press contact?
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“The band’s process delivers more than an original performance; it tailors the set to the night and to the crowd by crafting the set list the day of the show and even waiting until the set breaks to make their selections for the later sets and encores. The stage was set with an impressive display lights, featuring a towering circular screen of LEDs that could produce a variety of background images and designs surrounded by two metallic frames of active lighting, including LED spokes connecting the two.” – Will Wander of KDHX
“But while Widespread’s widespread noodling wouldn’t change any critic’s minds, to the near-capacity crowd, it spoke to them on a deeply profound level. (Want proof? How about the fact that Widespread’s Thursday show was the first in what’s become a nearly annual three-night residency…and the Friday and Saturday shows are already sold out.” – Piet Levy of JS Online
“Having fun seemed to be the theme of the day, as the band opened with a jaunty “Happy,” before launching into a soaring “Airplane,” which featured a long jam at the end dominated by guitarist Jimmy Herring’s guitar solo that alternated between relaxed riffing and rifling trills.” – Candace Horgan of Hey Reverb
Widespread Panic 2013
Tour Opening Acts: John Fogerty, Danny Louis, Derek Trucks
Started April 9, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri | Ended November 16, 2013 in New York City, New York
Widespread Panic 2011
Tour Opening Acts: John Keane, DJ Logic, Trombone Shorty
Started February 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia | Ended October 31, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois
Widespread Panic 2010
Tour Opening Acts: John Keane, Wally Ingram, Warren Haynes
Started March 25, 2010 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | Ended October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Widespread Panic 2009
Tour Opening Acts: Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Danny Louis, Marc Ford
Started April 13, 2009 in Orlando, Florida | Ended November 28, 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina
Widespread Panic 2008
Tour Opening Acts: Ann Marie Calhoun, DJ Logic, Robert Randolph, Warren Hayes
Started April 1, 2008 in Washington, DC | Ended November 19, 2008 in New York City, New York
Widespread Panic 2007
Tour Opening Acts: Randall Bramblett, DJ Logic, Vic Chestnutt
Started March 23, 2007 in the Woodlands, Texas | Ended November 10, 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama
Widespread Panic 2006
Tour Opening Acts: John Keane, Sam Holt, Randall Bramblett
Started April 21, 2006 in Raleigh, North Carolina | Ended November 4, 2006 in Bee Cave, Texas
Widespread Panic 2005
Tour Opening Acts: Sam Holt, Eric McFadden, Randall Bramblett, Bill Bass
Started March 24, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia | Ended November 8, 2005 in Denver, Colorado
Widespread Panic 2003
Tour Opening Acts: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Keane, Jerry Joseph, Derek Trucks
Started April 9, 2003 in Madison, Wisconsin | Ended November 8, 2003 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Widespread Panic 2002
Tour Opening Acts: Randall Bramblett, John Keane, Robert Randolph
Started April 19, 2002 in Raleigh, North Carolina | Ended November 16, 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee
Widespread Panic in 2001
Tour Opening Acts: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jerry Joseph, Vic Chestnutt, Trey Anastasio
Started April 18, 2001 in Oxford, Ohio | Ended November 24, 2001 in Memphis, Tennessee
Widespread Panic in 2000
Tour Opening Acts: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Taj Mahal, Jay Rodriguez, Tinsley Ellis
Started April 1, 2000 in Athens, Georgia | Ended December 31, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia