PORCH SONGS: Omaha, NE – 7/1/1997

Ranch Bowl |Omaha, NE | July 1, 1997

1997 brought us some stellar shows from all corners of the United States…Washington to Florida to Maine to California…but that’s not all… as 1997 now brings us the 10th Porch Song release…with the Ranch Bowl in Omaha, Nebraska on July 1, 1997.  Coming off an amazing spring tour, the boys were in gear and ready to blaze their way across the summer.  Right in the middle of the country in the middle of the year, we find ourselves hanging out in a sandbox in an Omaha venue that no longer exists.

Held on a sand volleyball court, this Ranch Bowl experience begins with everyone aboard for the Galleon opener and ready for the first of many seamless segues…with the band taking us right on into Do What You Like and then Better Off.  Toward the end of this opening set, we get the obviously appropriate Sandbox followed by a great Just Kissed My Baby. Loaded with inspirational playing and vocals, this first set was certainly a precursor of more good things to come.

Leading off the second set, we get all into it right of the bat with a Dirty Business that was just that.  After finding their spot into Ain’t Life Grand…from L.a. on, the boys find magical ways to tie the loose ends together and move as one til the end of the set.  Along the way, we find jams from Tall Boy into Aunt Avis and then into Tie Your Shoes that really hit a high mark before the band effortlessly slips into the first ever instrumental Bear’s Gone Fishing.  Coming out of the drums finds everyone content to just jump into the middle of the river…if there was only one to jump into! After two incendiary sets, the “fairly rare by then” encore, Feelin’ Alright caps off a perfect night of Panic in the heartland.

Keep in mind that when listening to these Porch Song releases, what you’re really hearing is a recording of what came through the house speakers the night of the show…so there is no post-show engineering opportunity to dial in each instrument and vocal to perfection as there is with the Widespread Panic Multitrack Releases. What you’ll also find on these Porch Song recordings is the occasional digital noise or static resulting from the onstage recording process and/or the ravages of tape degradation. In this 10th release, we’re stuck with a small spot or two in Sandbox and Tallboy, but as always, we’ve preserved what we could, doctored up what we’ve been able to…and, in this ongoing process, refuse to let a random blemish prevent the spreading of this amazing music.  So, sit back, settle in and let this band take you on another incredible journey.

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5 comments to PORCH SONGS: Omaha, NE – 7/1/1997

  • OhioHead


    Thanks for releasing the heat, is the above picture from the 7/1/97 show, did Mikey stand for part of the show (Mikey standing is not mentioned is Everyday Companion)?

    Best regards,


  • Piickelman aus Deutschland

    Mr. Ohiohead,

    That’s JB standing up in the first photo, not Mikey. Mikey is in picture 2 and he is seated. As you can tell by picture 3, Schools hasn’t missed a meal since ’97!

    Smoke another one dude!

  • montucky HUSKER

    Good choice on this show. This was a awesome night. Great vibe, the sand was a spectacular crowd pleaser. Let’s reflect on Omaha for a moment. There was the first show at the Ranch Bowl, 8-1-95 indoors; an absolute sweat fest. The boys unleashed the beast on us that night. J.B. was so jazzed up he called the crowd a “bunch of freaks!!!” They played the only taco’s are cheap, but pizza is better. The next Omaha experience was 3-24-96. In the middle of a blizzard we arrived at the Mancuso theater. Once again the boys put a hurting on our mid-west minds. Played the first Shiek that night. Then came the sand lot show which we have hear. Now to the show I always thought was one of the best I have seen in my 25 years with the boys. Sokol Hall, 10-14-98. Holy Shit was this a show for the ages. Beer bottles as far as the eye could see. Small roudy crowd, and just a ripper of a show. I have it on tape, would love to share it, someday when I put it on CD. Then came the imfamous return to the sand lot at “The Bowl.” The only time I can remember the boys ever getting shut off by the cops. Fucking hell broke loose after the music stopped. I hope no one was hurt that night. True to form the next night the boys picked up right into tie your shoes, and finished what they had started. Took a long time for the boys to come back to Omaha. Thank goodness they did. Nebraska needs every thing we can get for entertainment. Other than a bad ass football team!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For the record, Mikey did not stand at this show.
    Much love to all my fellow panic addicts, come visit Montana Raft Company I’ll take you out on the whitewater.

  • jim traficant

    awesome show. thanks. if i remember correctly mikey started sitting around the vail shows at the beginning of 97 and never stood during a show again.

  • Pitt

    This one is a barnburner! Thanks for releasing this!!

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