When Widespread Panic takes the stage at the James Brown Arena Wednesday night, it’ll end a 17-year drought for the Garden City.
“They last played in Augusta October 23, 1997, at the Bell Auditorium, so it’s been damn near 17 years,” says Robert Williams, owner of Roux’s Catering and a huge fan of the jam band that originally hailed from nearby Athens. “That show had a great set list, was very well-played, and included a couple of songs that were not part of the regular rotation. They played ‘Mr. Soul’ (written by Neil Young and originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield), which I think was kind of a tip of the hat to James Brown, ‘Chunk of Coal’ (originally written and recorded by Billy Joe Shaver), an old ragtime kind of song, rarely in rotation, and ‘Ain’t No Use’ by the Meters out of New Orleans. A lot of people have covered it.”
Williams, who often arranges his travel plans to coincide with Widespread Panic tour dates, is well familiar with the band’s song rotation.
“They never play the same show twice,” he says. “They have about 90 songs in their regular rotation and won’t repeat songs for four shows. At Red Rocks last summer, they played four nights and performed 96 different songs over those four days.”
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