September 15, 1995
For the 16th volume of Porch Songs, we back up a week from #15, but we don’t stay in the South. Instead, we find ourselves just outside of Philadelphia ready for a visit to the Keswick Theater: a little 1,300 seater in Glenside, PA that Widespread Panic only played one time. This time. Providing a great example of what the experience is all about, this performance just keeps building on itself throughout the show…and once again you’re left wondering how you got there. Navigating your way through these sets will reveal all the little magical spots that embody the meaning of the synergistic relationship between Widespread Panic and their fans.
We get right on out of the gate with a set opening “Pleas” followed by Dave letting everyone know that dancing is not going to harm them. “Little Kin” quickly gets em all going and set in gear before shifting into a nicely slotted “A of D.” ”Wondering” follows with a punch then JB gives us a priceless intro to “Papa Legba.” Next up, Mikey’s rare “Smoke and Burn” delivers the goods and sets us up for quite the set-ending homestretch. “Jack” kicks it off with a “stacked deck”…as JB puts it, then the band sinks down into “Proving Ground.” Jojo squeezes in a “1×1″ before “Proving Ground” ends the first set. Glenside must have been beside itself.
The second set opener, “Driving Song” quickly told the story: put on your seat-belt. After a nice “what are they getting ready to play” pause, “Airplane” starts up and quickly takes off to a place where the band slays the dragon. From there, Dave eventually finds the low end and we all put our hands back on the wheel to finish up “Driving Song.” It’s all about driving and flying so far as “Pigeons” leaves the room with just a bunch of feathers floating around. There would be no respite as the band is completely dialed in and feels free to feel along through “Sleeping Man,” “Heroes” and “Radio Child” before collapsing into “Drums.” As quickly as it came, “Drums” gives way in a flash to “Disco” followed up by “Walkin’ (For Your Love).” But it is very evident that this set ain’t over as JoJo slides right into “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys.” And right after a nod to old Charlie Hatfield, the set comes to a raging end with “Conrad.” To end the night, JoJo gives us another serving of his infectious energy with a “Red Beans” closer.
The Keswick found out what Widespread Panic is all about way back in 1995…just as people still do to this day. It’s all about the energy of the journey…and not being afraid to dance! The band and crowd found their groove that night and circled it with intent…and then it was over….and time to do it again. That’s why we all keep coming back!
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As always, 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. So, what you’ll occasionally find on these Porch Song recordings is a bit of digital noise, static and maybe even a quick drop out resulting from the onstage recording process and/or the ravages of tape degradation. For this release, we’ve selected a show that’s once again pretty damn clean.. but, as always, we’ve preserved what we could, doctored up what we’ve been able to…and, in this ongoing process, have refused to let a minor blemish or two prevent the spreading of this amazing music. So, sit back, settle in and let Widespread Panic take you on another incredible journey.
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