PORCH SONGS: Grand Junction, CO – 6/10/1996

Two Rivers Auditorium | Grand Junction, CO | June 10, 1996

Another visit to 1996 brings us the 9th volume of Porch Songs, and another amazing performance in the process.

Widespread Panic made Colorado their second home a long time ago.  They’ve probably played every town and venue in the state, from the true hole in the walls to the likes of Red Rocks and Denver’s Pepsi Center.  No matter the season of the year or how remote the venue, the boys always came ready to play.  On a Monday night in June of 1996, Grand Junction was the place, and a seamless performance was in the making.

Pretty much Old School defined, this show is all about the connective tissue between the tunes and the magic of improvisation.  Some of the segues turn on a dime, while some evolve from nowhere.  Right out of the gate we get a taste of what’s in store with the Glory – Fishwater opener. The jam out of Glory charges into Fishwater, and it’s “game on”.  With a smooth rhythmic buildup from L.a. into Weight of the World, the band is locked in and scorching the set.  From the start of The Last Straw, the band skillfully takes us on a non-stop ride with Dirty Business effortlessly sandwiched into Stop Go, and then closes the set with Pigeons right on into Bowlegged Woman.

The second set was no different in how it was set up and played out.  Opening with Tall Boy, the segue afterward finds JoJo playing out a backwards Hatfield intro before the rest of the band joins him for the real deal.  From there, Radio Child and Pilgrims bring us to a turn on a dime beginning with Blight and then a rager through and through with B of D, Airplane and then a crazy Pusherman jam into the Drums.  Of course, Pusherman came back around before Conrad closed this set.  The Postcard encore said it all: ”I don’t ever want to leave!” And they didn’t as they stuck around for a great rendition of Stag-O-Lee.

This show just brings it all together: musicianship, intent, patience and that unending love between the stage and those lucky enough to have found themselves in Grand Junction on that Monday night. Once again, the boys proved a point. Don’t miss a Colorado show, no matter what day of the week it might be!!!

Order your copy of the June 1996 Grand Junction show here

Grand Junction 1996

Michael Houser & John Bell

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  1. Tim on 03/13/2012 at 3:10 am

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I think Houser’s distortion sound is very hard to hear on this, as is Jojo’s piano. And when Houser’s playing without distortion, it just sounds weird.
    How’s that for a description?
    Someone more musically inclined will be able to do better.

  2. […] of the band’s June 10, 1996 performance at Two Rivers Auditorium in Grand Junction, Colorado. Archivist Horace Moore feels this show is “old school defined” and shows off the “musicianship, intent, […]

  3. Rotgut1013 on 03/13/2012 at 10:53 am

    Miss Mickey and my younger day’s but I am thankful I got to see WSP many times. Thank you WSP for putting out another show for your fans. All I can say is thank you and I still listen to your live shows and bootlegs that circulate weekly. Thank you for all you have done!!!! May peace be with you.

  4. Karl Austin on 03/13/2012 at 8:38 pm

    Keep ’em coming!

  5. Thad King on 03/14/2012 at 11:38 am

    It’s awesome to just hear how Houser’s sound evolved. Old school defined most def!!

  6. Scott Corrao on 03/14/2012 at 5:19 pm

    Yeah not sure what’s up with Houser’s tone here. Definitely doesn’t sound this way on the aud tapes.

  7. Tony Waack on 03/19/2012 at 1:08 am

    WOW, those were the goodvole days! for some of us. i have been lucky to see panic jam in the smallest places to the BIG places. And there still blowin up every show. thanks,WSP

  8. Michael on 03/19/2012 at 8:40 am

    I was fortunate to be at most of these shows in 1996 saved up for a long time no ski for me but man did I enjoy rocking with Widespread

  9. Michael on 03/19/2012 at 8:41 am

    OOps I thought this was sit and ski tour

  10. Travis on 03/21/2012 at 8:41 pm

    i was there.. Funny i B&P’d a taper that was cool enought to make me a tape in the dawn of the CD era.

  11. Tyler on 03/23/2012 at 11:08 pm

    Ahh…My First Show!

  12. TJ on 03/28/2012 at 12:16 am

    This was my first show and my first show that I recorded on DAT. Great to see the band releasing the earlier shows that we only have audience copies of. Great to hear the board copy and compare the two. One of my favorite panic shows. Boy was it hot in that arena that night. I agree with some of the posts above, the board copy, Houser sounds tinny. My master audience DAT does not sound this way. You can here the fullness of his guitar better. Don’t get me wrong here, I love having the board copy and it sounds great overall.

  13. Steven on 04/19/2012 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for this release, early Colorado shows were a treat. I remember it well, great energy. The night before this show we saw String Cheese at State Bridge then drove to Grand Junction for WSP. The show was hot, so was the venue, an oven. Dave’s bass sounds really good on this release, crisp.

  14. sally on 05/18/2012 at 4:46 am

    It was SO hot in there that night!!
    It seems like it was all a dream.
    Thanks for this one.

  15. carter on 05/20/2012 at 9:44 am

    this was a great time for me – i remember this show very vividly – i was taping and was relatively new to “the scene” but this was a great show that really got me to see that panic was the band for me. I remember the venue perfectly and the crowd was typical colorado chill. We rode our bikes down there and then tooled around downtown GJ the rest of the night because you know we weren’t going to sleep! I always quote this show as “i got to see panic when mikey was still standing up!” Thanks wp for helping to make me who I am today through nationwide travel and great relationships made along the way from the deep south to the northwest, from NYC to San Diego and 40-something other states in between!