Bust Outs, Jams & Guests Highlight Widespread Panic’s Two-Night Bend Run [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Widespread Panic delivered two shows at Bend, Oregon’s Les Schwab Amphitheatre over Independence Day weekend, giving Pacific Northwest fans a solid one-two punch before the band lightens its tour schedule next year.Longtime collaborator and Oregon-based Jerry Joseph was tapped to open both shows with his band The Jackmormons. Widespread Panic has recorded several of Joseph’s songs over their 30-year career, and it was fitting that he not only opened the shows, but was also a key component in some standout moments that occurred over the weekend.Widespread Panic kicked off their two-night run in Bend with “Pigeons” and the first set included many tried and true tunes such as “Henry Parsons Died” and “Hatfield” along with the fun newer song “Street Dogs For Breakfast.” Jackmormons’ bassist Steven James Wright joined the band on guitar for a cover of Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues” to end the first set.Saturday’s second set included more classics like “Space Wrangler” and “Conrad,” and the first rendition of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” in 87 shows. Jerry Joseph come out to play guitar on Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” and stayed to play and sing his own song “North” to end the set.“Aunt Avis” and “Porch Song” ended the show.Sunday marked another beautiful day in Bend, with people floating and paddling in the nearby Deschutes River, enjoying the beautiful sunshine.During The Jackmormons’ opening set, Widespread Panic percussionist Sunny Ortiz joined The Jackmormons for “Giraffe.” Joseph dedicated a ripping version of “Climb To Safety” to the late Michael Houser, ending his hour on stage in strong fashion.On Sunday, Widespread Panic picked up where they left off the previous night, opening the show with “Disco” and working through some of their classic songs. Fans sang along with Widespread staples like “Wondering,” “Holden Oversoul” and the set closing “Fishwater.”The second set opened with “B of D” and explored some newer tunes like “Cease Fire” and “Jamais Vu” but focused mostly on older songs from their catalog like “Goodpeople” and “Bust It Big.” Jerry Joseph came out to once again help seal the second set. This time they covered Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer” for the fist time since October of 2009 – or 462 shows, for those keeping track. Joseph and John Bell shared lead vocal duties, and Jackmormons drummer Steve Drizos sat in on percussion. “Cortez” led into “Chainsaw City” and once again the second set closed with a Jerry Joseph song. The chorus from Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” was also sung in the middle of  “Chainsaw City.”Panic reappeared, and offered up “Blue Indian” and “Action Man” to serve as the encore for this strong two-night run.Check out setlists and a full gallery of Greg Homolka Photography‘s images, below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/2/16Set 1: Pigeons, Henry Parsons Died, Send Your Mind, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Hatfield, Steven’s Cat, Gradle, Vampire Blues*Set 2: The Take Out, Space Wrangler, Conrad, Blight > Fixin’ To Die . Pusherman > Drums > Maggot Brain** > North ***Encore: Aunt Avis, Porch Song* w/Steven James Wright on guitar** w/Jerry Joseph on guitar*** w/Jerry Joseph on guitar and vocalsSetlist: Widespread Panic at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/3/16Set 1: Disco, Glory, Wondering, Can’t Get High, Dyin’ Man, Holden Oversoul > Worry, Tie Your Shoes > FishwaterSet 2: B of D, Good People > Bust It Big > Stop/Go > Drums > Cease Fire > Jamais Vu > Proving Ground, Cortez The Killer*, Chainsaw City*Encore: Blue Indian, Action Man*w/Jerry Joseph on guitar and vocals; Steve Drizos on percussion Setlist: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/2/16Supernatural, Giraffe, Peace In Our Day, Cosmic, Pink Light, Savage GardenSetlist: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/3/16K-line, Weird Blood, Yellow Ribbons/Powder Finger, Giraffe*, Think On These Things, Climb To Safety*w/ Sunny Ortiz on percussionlast_img