Written by: Rosemary A.W. Roberts
Since a commonly accepted sentiment amongst the Widespread Panic community is “Never miss a Sunday show,” it seemed like October 12, 2014 was the perfect time to drive to Biloxi, MS. After hearing about excellent shows in Huntsville and Alpharetta, fans were ready to rock. The Biloxi show began with a bang with “Radio Child” and “Give”, and then dialed back a bit for “Ain’t No Use”. “Blue Indian” was melodic and had the crowd singing along about the “party going on, many spirits strong.” In “Diner”, the band was able to stretch out a bit, and “Ribs and Whiskey” was a crowd pleaser. The first set continued to bring some heat, with “All Time Low”, and the double cover “Ride Me High > Red Hot Mama”.
The second set brought plenty of space for the veteran jamband to immerse the audience in their music, as “Fishwater”, “Second Skin”, and “Angels On High” clocked in at over 10 minutes each. “Surprise Valley” was split with “Drums” in the middle, as Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz worked with Duane Trucks, who is filling in for Todd Nance this tour. “Junior” was well received, and “North” rocked hard. The encore of “End of the Show” and “Ain’t Life Grand” closed the show with style. The show was solid, though it seemed to lack some of the dirty Southern flavor that tends to be so strong at a Widespread Panic concert. Even still, it was a great night of music, and everyone was certainly glad to be there, enjoying a band so near and dear to our hearts.