Reviews Widespread Panic (photo by Michael Crossman)

Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Stratton Lawrence


Review: Widespread Panic Get Into the Lowcountry Vibe

Widespread Panic
Oct. 4-5
Family Circle Stadium

There’s no other band that gets the Charleston family together quite like Widespread Panic. From a who’s-who of local musicians, bartenders and old school heads, the hometown crowd represented proudly at the Family Circle Stadium.

Even bassist Dave Schools got in the act, wearing his Home Team BBQ t-shirt on Saturday night. The band was clearly in good spirits, and (not to mention another piece of clothing) if singer/guitarist John “JB” Bell’s fishing shirt on Friday was any indication, they hopefully got on the water.

Either way, the outdoor venue was a welcome respite after 15 years at the North Charleston Coliseum. “It’s a pretty cool place they found for us,” exclaimed Bell as the band retook the stage for their encore on Saturday night.

The fans agreed. An out-of-towner from Tennessee up in the stands even remarked that after dozens of shows, it may be his favorite venue he’d seen the band in. The stadium’s metal bleachers afforded everyone a clear view and the sound was impeccable, but all the way at the top, the gradual sway of the grandstands 100 feet over the sidewalk was a reminder that the venue was built for quietly sitting and rotating one’s neck back-and-forth, not for 7,000 bodies shaking their hips.

But we all made it out just fine, better off for spending an amazing two nights under the stars with Widespread Panic. Hopefully the band won’t stay away for another three years before making their return.

For a song-by-song full review of each show, check out Stratton Lawrence’s post at here (plus some extra concert shots, too).

Photos above and below by Michael Crossman.




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Stratton Lawrence

is a Folly Beach-based freelance writer, editor, and songwriter. He's still trying to figure out the perfect caloric balance between beer consumption and booty shaking when he's on the job covering the local music scene. Find his work at

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