Panic, Allmans rock Charlotte

Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers Band
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Charlotte, North Carolina
October 3, 2009

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, The Allman Brothers Band joined forces with Widespread Panic at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 3.

The Allmans’ set included a guest appearance by Jimmy Herring that sparked the 30-minute intro to "Mountain Jam." Butch Trucks’ heavy drumming and Jaimoe’s shuffle beat percussion flavored "One Way Out" as Danny Louis’ Hammond organ runs filled the air alongside Gregg Allman’s gravelly blues soaked vocals. Derek Trucks and Herring combined forces to mount a staggering tribute to the epic instrumental, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."

Panic hit the stage to a raucous reception, and they got down to business immediately, launching into "Little Kin." "Holden Oversoul" had the lawn in full frenzy dancing mode, and a "Surprise Valley >  Pilgrims" sweetened the atmosphere inside the aging southern shed.

Boisterous turns through "Ain’t Life Grand" and "This Part of Town" had keyboardist JoJo Herman connecting with bassist Dave Schools and lead singer John Bell. A monstrous "You Should Be Glad" enlivened Herring and Derek Trucks as they played off of each other’s lead guitar solos for 20 minutes. John Keane joined the band on pedal steel with Danny Hutchens on vocals for the inspired encore of "End of the Show."

The pairing of Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers Band was a natural fit, and an undoubtable popular choice for the patrons that got more than their money’s worth with the fall concert schedule’s biggest double bill.