2 Mar

Widespread Panic Hits The Ground Running On Panic En La Playa Night One

first_imgIt’s been a long two months since Widespread Panic had last performed, but that was all washed away on the shores of Riviera Maya, Mexico. Last night was the opening performance of the band’s sixth annual Panic en la Playa, bringing their high energy rock and roll down South of the border for the first of four nights under the stars.The band got things rolling with “One Arm Steve,” keeping the energy high with favorites like “Send Your Mind,” “Weight of the World,” and more. The band really got into a jive during the later half of the set, rolling through “Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety” to close out the hourlong offering.The energy level never waned in the second set, opening up with a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” before jamming out “Visiting Day” and “Second Skin.” From there, the band wouldn’t stop rocking until the end of the set, segueing into “Rebirtha,” “Cease Fire,” “Drivin’ Song” and more. They took “Drivin’ Song” into a funky “Disco” before returning to the “Drivin’,” ultimately dropping out into a percussion jam for Sunny Ortiz and Duane Trucks. They would be joined by bassist Dave Schools for some “Drumz & Bass,” which eventually resolved into a huge “Proving Ground.”Check out the video of “Drumz/Bass jam > Proving Ground” below, courtesy of MrTopdogger.The show kept rocking with “Solid Rock,” which segued back into “Proving Ground,” and ultimately the band closed out the second set with “Action Man.” They kept the mood light for the encore with the song “Vacation,” and closed it out with the fan favorite “Bust It Big.”See a video clip from “Bust It Big” below, courtesy of LoadOffAnnie.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream. You can also head to PanicStream for a full audio stream of the performance. Widespread Panic returns to the stage tonight, February 28th.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic en la Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 2/27/17Set 1: One Arm Steve, Send Your Mind, Weight of the World, Old Neighborhood, Cotton Was King, Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety (64 mins)Set 2: Mr Soul, Visiting Day, Second Skin > *Rebirtha > Cease Fire > Drivin’ Song > Disco > Drivin’ Song > Drumz / Drumz & Bass > Proving Ground > Solid Rock > Proving Ground > Action Man (104 mins)Encore: Vacation, Bust It Big (20 mins)[Photo via WSP FB]last_img read more

9 Sep

NPFL: Rivers Utd Protests Non-payment of 2014/15 Sign on Fees

first_imgRivers United FC players abandoned training on Tuesday to stage a peaceful protest at the Government House in Port Harcourt over the non-payment of their sign on fees for the 2014/2015 season.The some of the players carried placard with various inscriptions asking the government to pay up the outstanding monies owed them. Some of the placards read: ‘We don’t have pension. Pay us our money’, ‘Give us what we worked for.’Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Woke, later met the protesting players.Although a source hinted that the governor approved the payment of the sign-on fee six months ago, the players concerned expressed worries over the delay in the payment of the money.“I see no reason why they have not paid us when the governor has ordered them to do so. We want answers and keeping quiet will not resolve the issue for us,” revealed one of the players. Spokesman of the team, Sammy Wejinya, however said that no player of Rivers United has ever been owed salaries.“No player of Rivers United has ever been owed salaries. These were monies owed in 2014, to players of Sharks and Dolphins FCs, by the previous administration,” observed Wejinya.Rivers United barely escaped relegation in the 15th position last season after they finished runners-up the previous term.Another club owned by a state government is on the verge of taking to the stress to protest poor funding.Sunshine Stars of Akure who escaped relegation on the last day of the 2016/17 Premier League season, is facing a severe financial crisis.Sunshine is owing its players salaries, forcing some of them to dump the side for other clubs.The NPFL new season is scheduled to kick off on January 14 but Sunshine, who will travel to Owerri to take on Heartland, is allegedly unsure about honouring the encounter as the team’s financial crisis worsens.Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was reported recently to have ordered the Ministry of Sports and Youths Development and the Ondo State Football Agency to seek ways of funding the club outside the government.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more