Day two had the most bands I wanted to see. Luckily there wasn’t a major overlap. Anders Osborne, Trombone Shorty, Dopapod, and Jackie Greene all played in close succession and nearby. I was able to see all of Dopapod and segments of the rest. In the evening, I even stayed for 2/3 of Widespread Panic before leaving to beat the rain. This was the most Widespread I’ve heard. More on them in a bit.
The takeaway from the day was time with friends. Shopping the familiar vendors, eating from new food trucks, and catching up on a deeper level. Together we found a way to get me into the “honey hole” which is a quasi-VIP area next to the stage. We watched all of Dopapod together before I had to get food. I’m sorry I didn’t get to hear more from the other acts on my list but I thoroughly enjoyed the weather, especially knowing it would rain tomorrow.
Watching die hard fans freak at the first few notes of songs that I have no emotional connection to was interesting. I know I’ve jumped with excitement at shows and to do so along with the entire crowd is great. To watch it happen is strange. It reminded me of a Dead & Company show last year at Citi Field. I was standing at the end of an aisle and was asked to sit down by some woman who looked like she was already having a bad day. Her boyfriend was doing his best to contain his dancing to his seat. She did stand for Casey Jones (or was it Uncle John’s Band?) If she was a Greyhead who only listened to Skeletons in the Closet, she was going to have a very different night than most.
While I may not see Panic in their own gig, I will ensure I stay respectful of each person’s preferences and experiences. If you’re a huge Panic fan, I’d love to hear what other bands you do and don’t like. That’s what friends do and that was the takeaway from today.