Widespread Panic All Good 2010: This was my first real experience understanding what Widespread Panic was all about. I had seen them previously at All Good 2008 but I wasn't quite sure what to think, I didn't even understand what was going on honestly. Those were the young days though and in 2010, I fully absorbed what Widespread Panic could do and I became enamored with the endless jam possibilities that this band could come up with. This is where my real love for Widespread Panic came about, not only just because they're an amazing band and Derek Trucks added such an explosive element but because something happened at the show, little events, little occurrences that kept happening that made me think that I was destined to be there, serendipity again at my door. We all have these moments, where we feel we're at the right place at the right time, even if that is a little overwhelming and scary, they can still be a life-changing experience. I sat on the hill at All Good blown away completely: eyes wide, mouth hanging. As they played "Tall Boy" some young guy in front of me was writhing on the ground like a snake "looking for a place to shed his skin" and that act was reverberated through the song "Second Skin" when I felt that the person in front of me had now became someone new as he seemed rejuvenated and danced in a reptilian frenzy. As they played "Sleeping Man" the young snake in front of me had passed out completely, as I watched him. I became each song and lived their entirety out in real life. I thought these occurrences were just a little strange and they always stuck with me. When someone released hundreds of Chinese lanterns into the sky at set break, I can honestly say I almost cried out loud at such a beautiful site but some of the lanterns kept falling back into the crowd and burning people's hair and it seemed dangerous, beautiful but really dangerous, as most things are. Someone had just disbursed Chinese lanterns throughout the crowd and random people were sending them into the air. As hundreds or what seemed like thousands of lanterns floated away, I gawked in amazement and even the band came out onstage to see the lanterns blow away, likely into a poor farmers yard somewhere in West Virginia. When the band finished their encore, fireworks streamed from the back of the stage and I again was blown away at the magnificence of the display. All in all the show not only change my life but it was just freaking awesome. Derek Trucks and Widespread Panic together are unstoppable. This show is classic to any jam music fan and let me tell you what... I will never forget it.
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Editor: Robert (R.A.) Fadley
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