Widespread Panic Welcomes Guests At Floppy Alabama Concert

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Last night’s Widespread Panic show at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama was held without major incident despite fears of local officials including Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers who famously argued against bringing Panic to town due to what he described as the fanbase’s “style of living and floppiness.”

"After all, He was born in someone else's garage." #letsflop #floppersball #widespreadpanic #wsmfp

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Hundreds of Widespread Panic fans “came dressed in some variation of their Mardi Gras ball attire, and attendees donated thousands of cans of food to the Bay Area Food Bank” according to AL.com’s report. Today, many Panic fans are assembling for a beach cleanup event to further put the fanbase’s best foot forward in response to the charges levied by local officials against them. Speaking of those foolhardy charges and claims by local officials, PanicStream posted an article debunking many of them.

Friday’s show started with sets from Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express and Bloodkin before Widespread Panic came out for a two-hour performance. Those hoping J.B. & Co. would cover Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy” or even the oft-covered NRBQ tune “Flat Foot Floozy” were out of luck as Panic didn’t overtly tip their proverbial hats towards the “floppiness” outrage. Hampton came out towards the middle of the set to lead his old friends on “Smokestack Lightning,” while Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter of Bloodkin helped out on their own “End of the Show” to kick off Widespread’s encore. Widespread Panic performs at CounterPoint Music Festival near Atlanta tonight.

Setlist (via PanicStream.com)

Set: Space Wrangler, Holden Oversoul, You Got Yours, Little Lilly > Rock, The Poorhouse of Positive Thinking, Radio Child, Tail Dragger, Smokestack Lighting* > Ain’t Life Grand > Big Wooly Mammoth, Saint Ex, Proving Ground, Surprise Valley > Porch Song

Encore: End of the Show**, Climb To Safety

* w/ Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. (vocals)
** w/ Daniel Hutchens (vocals) and Eric Carter (guitar)