Day 3: Saturday, Sept. 7
Mother Nature blessed the Lockn’ crowd with yet another gorgeous and sunny day on Saturday. I spent the day relaxing with new friends around the camp grounds and taking advantage of some shade. My evening started with Neil Young’s last minute replacement, Trey Anastasio Band, bringing in a little phantastic Phish influence along with a horn section and some amazing vocalists. The band, featuring Trey Anastasio on guitar, includes members Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ray Paczkowski (keys), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, vocals), Natalie Cressman (trombone, vocals), and James Casey (saxophone, vocals). They opened with Cayman Review and moved into a Phish original, Ocelot. The set included a phenomenal Gorillaz cover, Clint Eastwood, and closed with Led Zepplin’s Black Dog. I love some Zepplin, but by then my attention was closely tuned to the left stage where my most anticipated show of the weekend was about to finally take place.
Widespread Panic is one of my all time favorite bands and when I heard that they were going to play with John Fogerty, one of their self-proclaimed personal heroes, I knew it was going to be a killer show. Panic started the night strong with one of their more popular covers to perform, Bloodkin’s Henry Parsons Died, followed by Pigeons and Travelin’ Light. Next came Pilgrims into, one of my favorite songs, Ribs and Whiskey, followed by Holden Oversoul and Dyin’ Man. I couldn’t stop dancing as the set continued with Taildragger and then a nonstop Bust It Big into Surprise Valley with a killer drum solo in the middle. Panic finished off their solo part of the show with Blue Indian into classic Ain’t Life Grand before John Fogerty finally joined them on stage.
John Fogerty, originally from Creedence Clearwater Revival, was welcomed on stage by John Bell as “one of the first voices we ever heard” and Fogerty responded by thanking “The Panics.” The crowd freaked out in typical Panic fashion as they began with Creedence Clearwater Revival covers Born On The Bayou and Bad Moon Rising. The set continued with Fogerty’s Mystic Highway, Dale Hawkins’ Suzy Q, and Fogerty’s Old Man Down The Road. I felt blessed to see such an incredible once-in-a-lifetime performance as the set closed with Creedence Clearwater Revival covers Keep On Chooglin and Fortunate Son. To hear this epic life-changing performance head to Panic Steam.
But the night wasn’t over yet. The stages quickly changed back to the right as Furthur opened their third of four sets of the weekend, this time featuring Workingman’s Dead. The show opened with Uncle John’s Band, High Time, and Dire Wolf followed by New Speedway Boogie into Cumberland Blues. The jams never stopped as the crowd was treated to Black Peter into Easy Wind. For some more interlocking goodness Bob Weir introduced “friend” Trey Anastasio for album closer Casey Jones. The set continued as Trey hopped on vocals for Bertha jamming into Truckin’ into The Other One into Viola Lee Blues into Scarlet Begonias. To finish off the night, they closed the set with one of my all time favorite Grateful Dead songs, Fire On The Mountain.
Feeling blessed and exhausted from an evening of epic shows, I found my way back to my camp wanting more and more. Luckily, tomorrow included even more Panic and Furthur. And if you know anything about Panic, you never miss a Sunday show!