Last night, Widespread Panic returned to the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, putting the finishing touches on a powerful two-night run to open their fall tour. The band may not be touring extensively in the future, making each note all the more precious in the land of Panic. Fortunately, the band put on an impressive display of jammin’ rock and roll music for the show.Opening with “Diner,” the show was filled with highlights from top to bottom. Fortunately, YouTube user j cornell captured some great moments from the performance for all to enjoy.Watch the show-opening “Diner” below.Later on in the second set, the band broke out into their classic drinking song, “Tall Boy.” Watch that song too, below.You can see the full setlist from the show below, courtesy of PanicStreamSetlist: Widespread Panic at Warner Theatre, Washington, DC – 9/7/16Set 1: Diner > Bears Gone Fishin’ > Climb To Safety, Lil Kin > Travelin’ Light, B of D > Bust It Big > Weight of the World > Junior (78 mins)Set 2: Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Aunt Avis > Rebirtha > JAM > Imitation Leather Shoes, Tall Boy > Ride Me High > Drumz > Cease Fire > Honky Red (92 mins)Encore: Chilly Water (9 mins)
Once again, The String Cheese Incident took the jam band custom of donning “Musical costumes” for Halloween to new heights during their Suwannee Hulaween Saturday night themed set, bringing together a bevvy of legendary voices for “Women of the Galaxy.” With a selection of cover tunes by icons like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, Cream and more with special guests Jen Hartswick, Rhonda Thomas, Lisa Fischer and, amazingly, the original singer of a couple of the featured tunes, Heart’s Ann Wilson. All this came before an epic mash-up encore featuring a reworked “Rollover” which served as the musical spine to a wild assortment of space movie themes stretching from Close Encounters to the dueling Star Wars and Star Trek franchisees before finally mixing in iconic scores from Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey.In what is usually one of the most anticipated nights of their yearly performance schedule, Cheese had the difficulty of trying to outdo their past Hulaween Incidents. The little band that could from Colorado has set the musical bar so high in the past that just watching them try and clear it is breathtaking in its own right. But before they took on their amazing cover set, they had two rock-solid chunks of new and classic Cheese goodness to serve the jam-starved crowd.Crowd-pleasers and jams were the order of the day for the first two sets, with a “Birdland” kickoff that was spurred to dizzying heights by the pent-up anticipation running electric through the crowd. The first set flowed together through a breezy “Sweet Spot” on through a segue-filled “Sing A New Song” into “These Waves” before a jubilant “Colorado Bluebird Sky” closed out the first musical stanza.The second set, the one most likely to suffer most from being overlooked as anticipation for the Halloween set grew, managed to grab the attention of the crowdwith a ripping version of newer tune “The Big Reveal” before closing with the irresistible String Cheese classics “Jellyfish” and “Rosie”.The stage was set, the energy in the crowd was peaking, and the lights went dim at the end of the set as the band and the crowd prepared for what was in store. When The String Cheese Incident next appeared, they were dressed as stylish, though somehow ghoulish gentlemen, with an arsenal of ladies ready to take the party into the stratosphere and beyond. Not content to simply reproduce the songs, Cheese procured the services of some regular collaborators with their targeted cover acts. To lay down the set’s gauntlet, they opened with the Rolling Stones classic “Gimmie Shelter” featuring frequent Stones guest vocalist Lisa Fischer, whose powerful pipes gave the song about the dangers of war a menacing edge in today’s heated political climate.The late Aretha Franklin got her respect paid with “Rock Steady” and “Respect” itself featuring Jennifer Hartswick and Rhonda Thomas, who each took a crack at honoring the Queen of Soul. Thomas, who promptly shined on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” along with Amy Winehouse‘s “Valerie”, showed the same poise and power she has on her previous guest slots as part of the beefed-up String Cheese Incident covers band alongside her frequent partner-in-crime, Tony White. Hartswick blew her trumpet alongside the special guest horn section from Mofro, delivering a wild, passionate cover of Pat Benatar’s “Heart Breaker” that threatened to end the battle of sexes once and for all.With Heart on the crowds mind, Ann Wilson of Heart herself took the stage and instantly shook it to its core with a ripping rendition of Cream’s “Politician” before delivering what was, for this reviewer at least, the high point of the night: a “Barracuda” so dangerous even the Mayor of Amityville would close the beaches if it came any nearer!With that much power onstage, the combined wattage could have started some sort of perpetual motion machine, but String Cheese wisely chose to funnel it into an all-for-one sing-along of Bob Marley‘s “Get Up, Stand Up”. That power united the audience and the musicians in a free-flowing give-and-take of love and energy that is as impossible to capture in words—as any truly singular moment can be. With the engine of love fired up, there was only one direction left for Cheese to go: out into the deepest recesses of space and time.The String Cheese Incident w/ Special Guests – “Get Up, Stand Up” [Bob Marley cover][Video: EpicSchwinn]I’m sure we will eventually find out whose idea it was to combine the snippets of some of Sci-Fi’s greatest themes, but the thrill that ran through the crowd when pieces of the title sequences from Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters and 2001 was palpable. These were the only sounds with enough cache to have even a chance of edging their way into the ranks of the jams String Cheese had already laid down.Watching String Cheese clear higher and higher heights year after year does more for fans than just let them know the band has it in them to continue to grow. It reminds the jam community at large that though we may exist off in our own corner of the music, world we can, and often do, make music in ways and with intentions that far outstrip the mainstream. It’s not that other bands and styles aren’t capable of reproducing these classics, but it is undeniable that what bands like The String Cheese Incident do on nights like these is remind the world that not only can bands jam, they can synergize their sounds with anything and make magic right before our eyes…and our ears of course! Oh…and they manage to look good doing it too!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | 10/27/18 | Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FloridaSet I: Birdland, Sweet Spot, Sing A New Song > These Waves > Djibouti Bump > You’ve Got The World, Colorado Bluebird SkySet II: Desert Dawn, Get To You^, Hi Ho No Show, The Big Reveal, Jellyfish, RosieSet III: Women of the Galaxy: Gimme Shelter (1), Rock Steady (2), Proud Mary (3), Killing Me Softly With His Song (4), Respect (5), Valerie (6), Heartbreaker (7), Politician (8), Baracuda (9), Get Up Stand Up (10)E: Rollover > Close Encounters Jam > Star Wars Jam > Cantina Jam > Imperial March > Star Trek Next Generation Jam > Original Star Trek Jam > 2001 > Rollover^- w/ Rhonda & Tony on vocals1- Rolling Stones cover, Lisa Fischer on vocals2- Aretha Franklin cover, Jen Hartswick on vocals and trumpet3- Tina Turner cover, Rhonda Thomas on vocals4- Roberta Flack cover, Lisa Fischer on vocals5- Aretha Franklin cover, Rhonda Thomas on vocals6- Amy Winehouse cover, Rhonda Thomas on vocals7- Pat Benatar cover, Jen Hartswick on vocals and trumpet8- Cream cover, Ann Wilson on vocals9- Heart cover, Ann Wilson on vocals10- Bob Marley, cover featuring everyoneFeaturing the Mofro Horns, Rhonda Thomas & Tony White,Jen Hartswick, Lisa Fischer, & Ann Wilson
United Nations’ officials have reported that at least five people have been killed and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters.The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said that the violence took place in the northern town of Batangafo.A preliminary report says that Muslim fighters have killed five people in retaliation after two young Muslims had been killed earlier in the Day there.Charles Mballa, the UNHCR’s deputy representative in the country, condemned the “horrific acts”.Tension is mounting in the country ahead of the national elections set for December.Al least 860,000 have been displaced from their homes over the last few years as a result of the violence.
The on-loan Barcelona forward was the star of the show with the opening goal in their 4-0 win over Stoke in his first league start for the Toffees. Barry has seen the 19-year-old’s destruction of defences close-up in training but now the Spaniard has properly made his first-team breakthrough there are likely to be many more opponents facing the prospect of dealing with the pacey winger. Press Association Everton midfielder Gareth Barry accepts teenager Gerard Deulofeu still has plenty to learn about the English game but predicts his progress will improve with more games behind him. “We have seen it all season in training but he’s had to be patient and wait for his chance because a lot of other players have been doing well too,” said Barry. “He is so difficult to mark one on one, he loves getting at players and has a lot of pace and he made it difficult for his full-back (Erik Pieters). “You can give yourself a yard but he has the pace to make it up. He will be difficult to play against and the more he gets his chances I am sure he will improve again. “Anyone who has come through their (Barcelona’s) ranks is going to have some real quality about them: the fans are starting to see that now and I am sure there is more to come. “There is still a lot that Gerard will have to learn coming up against different opposition but it’s been a fantastic start for him.” Deulofeu’s selection and Leon Osman’s return to the side meant Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley were dropped for the game. Everton now look as they have plenty of options not only player-wise but in terms of their flexibility as late in the game Martinez switched to a back three – which was his preferred formation at Wigan prior to his summer move to Goodison. “The bench was really strong and if things hadn’t gone to plan we had a lot of options and that’s a positive,” added Barry. “I am sure the team selection against Stoke was looking at the games ahead (Everton face Manchester United and Arsenal in the next week) so everyone will be needed in this busy period with a lot of games this month. “Everyone will have to be ready to take their chance when it comes. “I think it is good that the manager can look to not only change personnel but formation too. “It is good that you have another option; we went to five (in midfield) to finish the game and we looked comfortable.” Barry also believes Martinez’s positive approach to games – highlighted last weekend when Leighton Baines’ injury saw the midfielder switched to left-back and Deulofeu brought on – has rubbed off on the players. “A lot of people may have raised eyebrows in the derby when that decision was made because it was a bold move and really positive,” he said. “But it gave the players that feeling that we are not here to settle for what’s happening.”