Widespread Panic and Tedeschi Trucks Band Join Forces in Birmingham April 25, 2016 10:48
Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
Jam veterans Widespread Panic joined forces with the ultimate modern day supergroup, Tedeschi Trucks Band, on Saturday night for a double bill like no other at Birmingham's BJCC Legacy Arena. While Widespread Panic is typically known for performing two sets of music, this was a unique occasion featuring far more than "just another opening band". Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked things off promptly at 7:30 PM, featuring tunes like "Made Up Mind", "Bound For Glory", "Let Me Get By", and Derek and the Dominos' "Keep on Growing". The highlight of the set came when the band took "Don't Know What It Means" directly into an emphatic cover of Joe Cocker's "The Letter" to close out the set.
Watch Tedeschi Trucks Band perform "Bound For Glory" here:
After a 45-minute intermission, Widespread Panic took the stage, and "Ain't Life Grand" kicked off the set. Panic continued with originals like "Weight of the World", "Better Off", "Proving Ground", "Sell Sell", "Airplane", and "Papa's Home". Drummer Duane Trucks and percussionist Sonny Ortiz provided the always entertaining "Drums" before the band busted back into "Papa's Home". Pianist JoJo Hermann led the band through a rocking take on "Blackout Blues", which ultimately led into a cover of Vic Chesnutt's "Protein Drink" > "Sewing Machine" to close out the set.
Watch Widespread Panic perform Vic Chesnutt's "Protein Drink" here":
As many expected, Saturday night's encore was an instant classic. Panic returned to the stage with special guest, Derek Trucks. This would be the first time Derek has performed with Panic since his younger brother, Duane Trucks, became the band's new drummer. "Gimme" kept a mellow vibe and allowed Trucks to "warm up" a bit before a rousing take on "Surprise Valley". John Bell then welcomed Susan Tedeschi back to the stage for a flawless cover of Robert Walter's "Me and the Devil Blues". Many would think that a three song encore would be enough, but the band then welcomed Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers (Tedeschi Trucks Band) to the stage for a massive family jam on The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
The Panic faithful showed up in strong fashion on Saturday night. Expectations for a Birmingham show are always high, because this band always finds a way to exceed them. While the band plans to lighten their schedule in 2017, it's hard to imagine that Birmingham won't make it onto the list of "special occasion" shows that will surface in years to come.
Watch Widespread Panic and members of Tedeschi Trucks Band perform The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" here":
Tedeschi Trucks Band | 04.23.16 | Birmingham, AL
Made Up Mind, Laugh About It, Keep on Growing, Bird on the Wire, Idle Wind, Sticks and Stones, Bound for Glory, I Pity The Fool, Let Me Get By, Going Down to Mexico, Don't Know What It Means > The Letter
Widespread Panic | 04.23.16 | Birmingham, AL
Ain't Life Grand*, Weight of the World, Honky Red, Better Off, Proving Ground > Bust It Big, Sell Sell, Airplane > JAM > Papa's Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa's Home >Blackout Blues > Protein Drink > Sewing Machine (103 mins)
Encore: Gimme^ > Surprise Valley^, Me and The Devil^**, You Can't Always Get What You Want^
* JB on Tiny Guitar (mandolin)
^ Derek Trucks on Guitar / Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar
^^ Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar, Derek Trucks on Guitar, Alecia Chakour & Mark Rivers on Vocals