Our Man in Mexico: Panic en La Playa

Panic en La Playa Seis, Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico  February 27- March 3 2017

[Our correspondent Jeff Fernandez reports from Mexico!]

This is the pinnacle event for all Spreadheads, and the sixth installment for WSP exceeded all expectations.

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Five days, four nights, 2500 of your closest friends, and your favorite band crushing it every night… priceless.

Widespread Panic every night at 8 PM and daily events including a golf tournament, bingo, poker, charity auction and pre- and post-concerts with performances by Orgōne, Bloodkin, Col. Bruce Hampton, George Porter, Jr., Karl Denson, Eric Krasno, Ivan Neville, Jennifer Hartswick, Terence Higgins, JJ Grey & Mofro, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne, and Marc Broussard equaled crème de la crème.

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The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya provided an excellent backdrop for all activities, day and night and service; staff were excelente.

For someone who’s seen nearly 400 shows, but never a La Playa, this was extra special as, finally, I did experience the true “Panic en La Playa.”  I can say: it’s not only about the music we love so dearly; it is about being with your closest friends, meeting new friends, and being together for five days… or more.

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I will never miss it again.

WSP opened the first show with a “One Armed Steve” to get us started and there was no looking back…

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02/27/17 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

1: One Arm Steve, Send Your Mind, Weight Of The World, Old Neighborhood, Cotton Was King, Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety

2: Mr. Soul, Visiting Day, Second Skin > Rebirtha > Cease Fire > Driving Song > Disco > Driving Song > Drums > Proving Ground > Solid Rock > Proving Ground > Action Man

E: Vacation, Bust It Big

[Panic en la Playa Seis; ‘Rebirtha’ with inverted intro.]    

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02/28/17 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

1: Love Tractor, Holden Oversoul, Tall Boy > Jam > Little Lilly > All Time Low, 1 x 1, Thought Sausage, Waitin’ For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago

2: Tail Dragger, Dyin’ Man, Christmas Katie > Let It Rock > Rock, Time Zones, Worry > One Kind Favor > Fishwater > Drums > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Fishwater

E: Pilgrims, Blackout Blues

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03/01/17 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

1: Glory, Greta, Goodpeople, Genesis, You Got Yours, Diner > The Take Out > Sleeping Man > Porch Song

2: B of D, Up All Night, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, Radio Child, Shut Up And Drive, I’m Not Alone, Bowlegged Woman, Papa’s Home, North

E: Imitation Leather Shoes, Protein Drink

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03/02/17 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

1: Sewing Machine, Conrad, Space Wrangler, Travelin’ Light, Dirty Side Down, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Steven’s Cat, Sell Sell*, Use Me**, Red Hot Mama***

2: Henry Parsons Died****, Can’t Get High****, Surprise Valley > Ride Me High > Surprise Valley > Airplane > You Should Be Glad, Time Is Free*****, Time Waits For No One > Drums > Contentment Blues > Chilly Water

E: Blue Indian, Life During Wartime

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* with Eric Krasno on guitar, George Porter Jr. on bass, Karl Denson on saxophone
** with Eric Krasno on guitar, George Porter Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on keyboards/vocals, Karl Denson on flute/vocals
*** with Eric Krasno on guitar, George Porter Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on keyboards/vocals, Karl Denson on saxophone/vocals
**** with Daniel Hutchens on guitar/vocals, Eric Carter on guitar
***** with Col. Bruce Hampton on guitar/vocals
[Panic en la Playa Seis; Last ‘Time Waits For No One’ – 04/05/14, 203 shows]

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Setlists source : Everyday Companion

I highly recommend Panic en La Playa for all, it definitely makes a difference!!

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“Wettest ‘Chilly Water’ ever” said a veteran of all six Panic en La Playas.

“Too much of everything is just enough.”