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

17 Sep

Gould lecturer in line to be ambassador

first_imgDavid Huebner, a USC lecturer at the Gould School of Law, has been nominated as the new US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa by President Barack Obama.A member of the Sheppard Mullin & Richter LLP law firm, Huebner is no stranger to international affairs. He currently resides in Shanghai as a partner resident, and he heads the firm’s China Practice and International Disputes Practice.Though Huebner has not been at USC for the last two years, his involvement with Gould has had a lasting effect, said Deborah Call, associate dean at the law school.“He helped us when we began our [Master of Laws] program,” Call said. “He introduced us to a network of high power attorneys to promote our program and attracted a great number of students into our program from the Asia-Pacific region.”Huebner is also general counsel for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has previously chaired the California Law Revision Commission and served as president of the Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission.Brian Hebert, a member of the CLRC who worked with Huebner, spoke highly of his time as chair.“He was an excellent commissioner,” Hebert said. “The work we do is complicated legal analysis and he was always very well prepared. As a chair, he was very effective and good at keeping everyone on task.”Hebert said he thinks Huebner will do will in his new role as ambassador.“He makes people from different backgrounds feel included and heard,” Hebert said. “I think that’s important in a diplomatic position.”Call also thinks Huebner will have a lot to bring to the table as an ambassador.“What he offers is not only depth of experience as a seasoned attorney, but he’s very familiar and well traveled,” Call said. “His expertise in international affairs, his work as an educator, and all of that combined will bring a lot to his position as an ambassador.”Having a member of the Trojan community in this international position will also benefit USC, Call said.“We have a great opportunity to have him work and teach here,” Call said. “I think it will enhance the relationships [USC] seeks with global partners around the world.”last_img read more