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Review by: Amber Jennings

Widespread Panic :: 04.16.13 - 04.17.13 :: The Louisville Palace Theater :: Louisville, KY

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Widespread Panic – 4/17/13 – The Palace Theatre – Louisville, KY

Spreadheads filtered into the Louisville Palace on Wednesday, for a second night of Widespread Panic the energy from the show the night before still lingered. As they made their way into the corridor of the Palace they were greeted in the monumental hall by large haunting stone faces carved into the vaulted ceiling of the elegant and ornate capacious room. The Spanish Baroque motif that encapsulates the stage in the two story theater is lavished by the semblance of an evening sky and gives the attendee the feeling that they are lost in time, surrounded by shadows in the blue moonlight.

John “JoJo” Hermann (keyboards, vocals) was first on stage, followed by Dave Schools (bass, vocals), John Bell (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Herring (guitars), Todd Nance (drums, vocals) and Domingo S. Ortiz (percussion, vocals). Spreadheads continued their calls of welcome. WSP kicked off the night with “Pigeons”. The slinky driving groove transitioned into airy layers of melodies from JoJo’s keys and Domingo on percussion as they settled in whimsically before driving back into the slinky groove of the tune. They followed with a Howling Wolf favorite, “Tail Dragger”, with Bell’s vocals growling and howling through the theater. The layers of musical drive continued with “Shut Up and Drive > Stop-Go > Cream Puff War”. The light set up this tour has been phenomenal; the giant circular rig splashes psychedelic mixes that flow endlessly with the music.  Fellow Spreadheads had their minds melted during “Stop-Go.” JoJo brought in “1X1” as Herring and Bell intertwined shreddy riffs throughout the tune.  They continued with a Cat Stevens favorite, “Trouble” while the smoking palace welcomed a full hearted segue of “Cotton Was King” and “Junior” to wrap up the first set.

A slow riffy “Little Kin” opened the second set; it dove and mixed with big driving bass riff from Schools and segued into “Proving Ground.” Panic welcomed longtime friends, Eric Carter (guitar) and Danny Hutchens (vocals, guitar) from Bloodkin to the stage and dove into “Wet Trombone Blues and Success Yourself” with Hutchens on vocals. Bloodkin originally wrote, “Can’t Get High,” which appeared on WSP’s “Ain’t Life Grand” album.  It was quite a treat to see them together on stage. As the Bloodkin boys left the stage, Bell began sang “C. Brown”, and the crowd let out a cheer and sang along with passion. “Tie Your Shoes” started a massive segue of overdrive for the second set of mammoth jams, “Driving Song” > “Diner” > “Driving Song” > “Breathing Slow” > “Chainsaw City.”

The encore started out with a slow and subtle “May Your Glass Be Filled into Heaven” before the hard- hitting favorite, “Tall Boy”, sent the crowd into spasms of high fives and unbelievable boogie moves. The fans filtered out of the venue saying that they loved the show. Spectacular venue, great band and an amazing evening of fun was experienced by all.   


Set I: Pigeons, Tail Dragger, Shut Up And Drive > Stop-Go > Cream Puff War, 1 x 1, Trouble, Cotton Was King, Surprise Valley > Junior
Set II: Little Kin > Proving Ground, Wet Trombone Blues*, Success Yourself*, C. Brown, Tie Your Shoes > Driving Song > Diner > Driving Song > Breathing Slow > Chainsaw City
E: May Your Glass Be Filled, Heaven, Tall Boy
* with Daniel Hutchens on guitar/vocals, Eric Carter on guitar


[Published on: 5/2/13]

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