The Palace Theatre
April 1 & 2, 2011
Louisville’s Palace Theatre opened its doors to friendly jesters as Widespread Panic, the kings of Southern musical flavor, took the stage before a motley crew to kick off their Spring 2011 Tour.
With the rumors that 2011 would be their final tour before going on an indefinite hiatus, Widespread Panic fans packed the sold out Palace for both the Friday and Saturday night show. On both nights, the band responded by bringing the fire. The opening night served as a peep of the mind melting night to come and did not disappoint those in attendance. Rather, it served as a whetting of the audience’s appetites for more intensity.
The opening set highlights were definitely the “Porch Song” into “Blackout Blues,” but the band’s momentum fell a little off until the second set, which turned out to be a monster. “Disco,” “Pilgrims” > “Pleas” > “Mr. Soul” had everyone riled up, and Dave School’s bass solo during the encore opener, “Stop-Go,” was incredible.
The second night of the run is what brought the show. The crowd outside seemed to grow immensely overnight, though both shows were sold out far in advance.
Panic opened with “Pigeons” > “Bust It Big” > “Cream Puff War,” just a mess of goodness. “Cotton Was King” seemed pretty appropriate, as Schools and guitarist Jimmy Herring smiled and grinned back and forth to each other. When the big man is happy, everyone is happy, and Saturday night was a night of joy.
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Set 1: Porch Song > Blackout Blues, Flicker > Imitation Leather Shoes, This Part Of Town, Christmas Katie, Let It Rock, One Arm Steve, Makes Sense To Me
Set 2: Goodpeople > Dark Bar > Goodpeople, Weight Of The World, Saint Ex > Driving Song > Shut Up And Drive > Driving Song > Breathing Slow > Disco, Pilgrims > Pleas > Mr. Soul
Encore: Stop-Go > Knocking ‘Round The Zoo
Set 1: Pigeons > Bust It Big > Cream Puff War, Cotton Was King, Holden Oversoul > All Time Low, Dirty Side Down, Protein Drink > Sewing Machine
2: Chainsaw City, Rebirtha > Rock, Action Man > Mercy > Drums > Henry Parsons Died > May Your Glass Be Filled > Walkin’ (For Your Love) > Tall Boy
Encore: From The Cradle > Machine > Barstools and Dreamers