Guests A Plenty For Widespread Panic En La Playa Finale

Panic En La Playa concluded on Tuesday with Widespread Panic’s fourth of four full shows on the beaches of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The Georgia rockers were assisted by a slew of amazing musicians as part of last night’s finale.

[Photo by Josh Timmermans]

Widespread Panic opened the finale with a jam that led into a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman.” The guest action started towards the end of the first set when Col. Bruce Hampton and Randall Bramblett came out for “Time Is Free.” A cover of “Turn On Your Lovelight” sung by special guest George Porter Jr. -Panic’s first take on the tune since September 1, 2009 -closed the first set with Hampton and Bramblett sitting in as well.

After starting the second set with runs through “Pigeons,” “Travelin’ Light,” “Action Man” and “Dyin’ Man,” Widespread Panic welcomed Porter, Bramblett, Nikki Glaspie, Grant Green and Ivan Neville for a cover of Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama.” The guests all stuck around for the “Arleen” that followed, while Glaspie, Bramblett and Neville contributed to “Fishwater.” The group closed out the second set with a version of “Vacation” that featured Bramblett. A “City Of Dreams,” “Protein Drink”/”Sewing Machine” encore brought Panic En La Playa Cuatro to its conclusion.

Stream an audience recording of last night’s performance at PanicStream.


Set One: Playa Jam > Pusherman > Greta > Makes Sense To Me, Honky Red, Hatfield, Pilgrims, Time Is Free*% > Turn On Your Lovelight*^#% (71 mins)

Set Two: Pigeons, Travelin’ Light, Action Man, Dyin’ Man, Red Hot Mama^^ > Arleen^^** > Fishwater%%**, Vacation% (81 mins)

Encore: City Of Dreams, Protein Drink > Sewing Machine (19 mins)

* w/ Col Bruce Hampton on guitar & vocals
^ LTP 9.01.09 Chicago
# w/George Porter on vocals
% w/ Randall Bramblett on sax
^^ w/ George Porter on bass, Grant Green on guitar, Randall Bramblett on sax, Nikki Gillespie on percussion, Ivan Neville on keys
** w/ Nikki Gillespie on drumz
%% w/ Randall Bramblett on sax, Ivan Neville on keys

[Setlist via]

Widespread Panic returns to the road on March 13 in Boise, Idaho.