Posted April 3, 2014 by Gerard O'Sullivan in Show Reviews

Widespread Panic // 3-26-14 // Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Widespread Panic, the perennial southern jam band who visited Portland last Wedensday night at the majestic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, drew from their vast songbook throughout the night playing a mix of older and newer songs, including several covers like The Yardbirds’ “Drinking Muddy Water,”  Alan Price’s “Sell Sell”, and J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light”.

As is often the case when Panic plays Oregon, they were joined by an old friend, Jerry Joesph, for another Cale tune,  “Nicaragua”.  The band has included several Joseph penned numbers on their albums over the years.

The crowd packed into the luxurious theater early to settle into their seats and battle brutal concession lines.  Widespread, who is nearing their 30th anniversary, weaved together a brilliant two sets of music highlighting all of the facets that has kept fans coming decade after decade to this band’s shows: John Bell’s signature raspy southern drawl, Jimmy Herring’s tasty guitar licks (who has now been with the group for almost eight years), “Jojo” Hermann’s mastery of the keys, the percussion duo of Todd Nance and “Sunny” Ortiz, all held together with David Schools’ bass bombs.

Set One: Holden Oversoul, One Arm Steve, Who Do You Belong To?, Party At Your Mama’s House > Drinking Muddy Water, Cotton Was King > Bear’s Gone Fishin’, I’m Not Alone, North* > Nicaragua* > North*

Set Two: Space Wrangler > Pigeons, Sell Sell > Pleas > Impossible > Travelin’ Light, Visiting Day > Fishwater > Bust It Big > Fishwater > Drums > Fishwater

Encore: Surprise Valley > Porch Song

Notes: * w/ Jerry Joseph on guitar/vocals

Gerard O'Sullivan


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