Widespread Panic Begins Panic In La Playa Cuatro

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Last night, Widespread Panic kicked off this year’s installment of Panic En La Playa on the beaches of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Saturday’s performance included a hefty batch of covers as well as plenty of originals.

[Photo by Joshua Timmermans]

Once again, Duane Trucks was back behind the kit filling in for Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance. Duane first performed with the band for the duration of their fall tour and also was on drums for the New Year’s Run. Last night’s show started with a bit of a jam before “Surprise Valley,” which also led into a jam. Both “Bear’s Gone Fishin'” and “Good People” were fit between segments of “Surprise Valley.” The hour-long first set came to a close with a cover of “Fixin’ To Die” followed by “Vampire Blues” and “Conrad.”

Widespread Panic laid the groundwork for a second set chock full of covers by opening up with Talking Heads’ “Papa Legba.” From there, the band delivered “Hope In A Hopeless World” and “For What It’s Worth” -two tunes they played at a tribute to Mavis Staples back in November. The set continued with Alan Price’s “Sell, Sell” as well as “Stop-Go,” and “Blue Indian.” A cover of JJ Cale’s “Ride Me High” was up next and led into a “Drumz” segment and a cover of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.” “St. Ex” served as the second set closer. For the encore, Panic treated fans to a double dose of ZZ Top in “Waiting For The Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” as well as a show-closing rendition of “Love Tractor.”

Setlist

Set One: Playa Jam > Surprise Valley > JAM > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Good People > Surprise Valley > Fixin’ To Die, Vampire Blues, Conrad (59 mins)

Set Two: Papa Legba > Hope In A Hopeless World, For What It’s Worth* > Sell, Sell > Stop-Go > Blue Indian > Ride Me High > Drumz > Maggot Brain > St Ex ( 97 mins)

Encore: Waitin For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago > Love Tractor (14 mins)

[Setlist via PanicStream.com]

Panic En La Playa continues tonight. Tune in around 7 p.m. ET to LiveWidespreadPanic.com to stream audio live from the D.R.