Widespread Panic - 11/12/13: Model Performing Arts Center at the Lyric; Baltimore, MD
Winding down their fall tour, Widespread Panic played a show at the old Lyric Opera House, now known as the Model Performing Arts Center. The venue isn’t a place you’d expect to see a band like Panic, but the acoustics are great and really enhanced the show. There was limited room for dancing with fixed seats. This recently refurbished and renamed venue has a capacity of a little more than 2500 and is clearly not prepared for an event like a Widespread Panic show; they ran out of beer at the set-break. The band had a couple days off before the Baltimore stop, and it seemed the rest served them well. The sound was great, however, little too loud. I saw several comments online that also complained of the volume being a little too much.
The show opened up with Heroes, then Diner into Little Lilly into Cotton Was King. Next up was Down, which featured a vocal duet by JB and drummer, Todd Nance. The overlapping voices created a cool “3D-like” effect. This was followed by Proving Ground. The first set closed out with the triplet Aunt Avis into the Tom Waits cover, Goin’ Out West, into Ribs and Whiskey....