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Widespread Panic @ 10klf night 2

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Posted by shore On July - 27 - 2009

widespreadpanictenktwo @AndyShore In an attempt to bring in the festival crowd early, 10klf booked Widespread Panic to kick off Wednesday night. The crowd wasn’t packed, and Widespread seemed to be saving themselves for their headlining slot on Friday night. As I walked into the concert bowl to get ready to shoot Widespread, I could see that it was already more crowded that it was at the peak on Wednesday night. I was already having a better time than Wednesday by the time JoJo Hermann took over on vocal duties two songs in for “One Armed Steve.” I must have looked like a total fan boy singing along to every word as I happily snapped pictures from the pit.

 

As I settled into the crowd, I found Jared Rabin and Marcus Rezak of the Hue towards the back of the dance floor. We moved our way into the mass of people to get a better vantage point. It was nice to be in the crowd, dancing along with everyone else. Having been recovering from ankle surgery for the past two months, I have had to hang back and sit down a lot. “All Time Low” was the biggest crowd pleaser of the first set as everyone took their singing and dancing to another level.

 

After having been on my feet for the entire first set, I needed to head back to the lawn to sit. Jared, Marcus and I found a spot on the lawn and called in the reinforcements. My brother and an especially smiley Eric Blumenfeld, of Kinetix, soon met up with us. The set two highlight was a massive “Chilly Water” sandwich. It segued into “Smokestack Lightening” before making it’s way into “Drums” and “Bust it Big,” before going back into “Chilly Water.” When I realized they had made their way back to the song, I asked our group how that had happened. Eric, who had just returned from the bathroom tried to tell me they had been playing it the entire time.

 

Two nights of Widespread Panic at 10klf left me with this impression. First and foremost, Jimmy Herring is one of the best guitar players around. No doubt about that. Although it sometimes feels more like Widespread becomes his backing band, than he is the lead guitarist of their band. No matter, I’d watch him play with just about anybody. If Widespread is on top of their game ,as they were Friday night, I would see them every time they came through town.

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