It’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]
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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 298 weeks ago 500 people at an equestrian event wouldn’t even cover the light bill and staff wages. That is unless the casino is banking on them getting robbed in the gaming area by the tight slots they have. Report Reply 1 reply · active 298 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Taylor · 298 weeks ago When you consider the other fees they will insure such as hotel, fuel, food , entry fee well your not educated enough to comment. Report Reply +9 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 298 weeks ago I think that is exactly what they are planning on, Ed. they only reason to host any event at the casino is draw revenues from the other entertainment/dining/lodging/gambling options. That’s all part of the business plan, and one that happens to work quite well. The plus to this is those 500 people will spend taxable dollars that will then be dispersed to the County. Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Posted in: News Sumner Newscow report â€” Kansas Star Casino has unveiled a $20 million expansion project which will include an 11,000-square-foot meeting center and a 183-stall equestrian center.The Kansas Star hopes to host big national horse shows. Both facilities are scheduled to open in mid- to late December.They will complete the casinoâ€™s original master plan and bring the total investment in the property by Boyd Gaming and previous operator Peninsula Gaming to $330 million.The Kansas Star, which opened in a temporary facility in late 2011 and moved into its permanent location in December 2012, also has a 300-room Hampton Inn & Suites and a 42,000-square-foot arena.The equestrian center will include 183 permanent stalls and a practice arena.â€œWith the completion of our Phase II expansion, the grand vision we had for Kansas Star will be complete,â€ said Ted Bogich, Senior Vice President, Operations for Boyd Gaming. â€œWeâ€™re proud to have created an entertainment and meeting destination worthy of this great community, and we look forward to a bright future in Sumner County.â€Lanier told the Wichita Eagle he expects the casino to host 10 or 12 equestrian events in 2015, 24 in 2016 and 36 by the third year.A standard horse show brings 3.1 people per horse to an event, Lanier said, so there could well be more than 500 people attending an event at the Kansas Star.â€œItâ€™s tourism we donâ€™t have in the state,â€ he said.â€œTypically people who own horses and are involved with equestrian have discretionary income to travel and do those kinds of things,â€ Lanier said.The events center will host business meetings, weddings, trade shows, conventions and other events, said Dan Ihm, the Kansas Starâ€™s assistant general manager. It also will offer full-service kitchen and banquet facilities. It is adjacent to the Kansas Starâ€™s arena.It will include a 10-by-12-foot video wall, a pre-meeting space, three boardrooms and enough space in the ballroom to seat 400 people for meals, Ihm said.Ihm said the casino already is booking events for the new center.The Hampton Inn & Suites doubled its original 150 rooms, opening with 300 rooms in August. It is averaging 70 percent of capacity, said Joe Shanks, general manager.â€œIt is doing a little bit better than we anticipated,â€ he said.Follow us on Twitter.