Porter Jr., Hampton & Sipe Guest With Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic closed out Panic en la Playa last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with another guest-filled show. Bass legend George Porter Jr., mentor Col. Bruce Hampton and ARU drummer Jeff Sipe all sat in at one point during the band’s fourth of four shows at the resort.

[Photo by Joshua Timmermans]

The Georgia rockers started the night with an 86-minute first set that included a take on Alan Price’s “Sell Sell” and saw the band insert “Hatfield” in the middle of brute.’s “Protein Drink”/”Sewing Machine.” Porter emerged on bass with Sipe on percussion for the “Tipitina” that kicked off the second set. Widespread Panic had last played the Professor Longhair-penned tune way back on June 21, 2008. George then handled vocals for The Meters’s “Just Kissed My Baby,” which had been on the shelf since October 16, 2011. Following the pair of New Orleans classics, Panic brought out Col. Bruce Hampton for Bukka White’s “Fixin’ To Die.” The closing stanza also contained the dream “Papa’s Home” > “Arleen” > “Papa’s Home” sequence before the fitting pairing of “Vacation” and “Postcard.” Widespread Panic finished out the third installment of Panic en la Playa with a three-song encore of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness” > “Ain’t Life Grand” > “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads.

Stay tuned for Joshua Timmermans’s photos from the final day of Panic en la Playa. Head here for images from Sunday, here for photos from Monday, here for a full gallery from Tuesday and here to check out Wednesday’s photos.

Take a look at the setlist from last night’s show:

Set One: Makes Sense To Me > Proving Ground, Good People, True To My Nature, Sell Sell > Jack, Casa Del Grillo > Tie Your Shoes > Protein Drink > Hatfield > Sewing Machine

Set Two: Tipitina*^# > Just Kissed My Baby**^^, Fixin To Die***, Blight > Papa’s Home > Arleen > Papa’s Home > Vacation > Postcard > Bowlegged Woman > Conrad > North

Encore: Slippin’ Into Darkness > Ain’t Life Grand > Life During Wartime

Notes: * George Porter Jr. on Bass / ^LTP 6.21.08 / # Jeff Sipe on percussion / **George Porter Jr on vocals /^^ LTP 10.16.11/ *** Col Bruce on vocals… Todd Nance on tamborine backstage… Jeff Sipe on drumz

[Setlist via PanicStream.com]