Widespread Panic Brings Legendary ‘Mountain Jam’ To Vegas [Audio]

first_imgSetlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/11/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane only[H/T JamBase] Widespread Panic rocked their three-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend, with full support from Dirty Dozen Brass Band at all three shows. The phrase “Never Miss A Sunday Show” rang true, especially for this historical WSP performance.Four songs into their set led to an explosive surprise for the loyal fanbase. While executing their 1991 tune “The Last Straw,” Jimmy Herring used his guitar to signal a subtle segue toward what turned into a ten-minute version of The Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam.” While the Panic has played a full “Mountain Jam” before, it hadn’t been done since 1988, a full 2,744 shows ago. This marks the band’s biggest bust out in their 30-year career.The song choice, whether planned in advance or not, comes close to home for members of Widespread Panic. With Jimmy Herring having played with ABB in the summer of 2000, remaining a frequent collaborator since, and with drummer Duane Trucks, nephew of original ABB drummer Butch Trucks, brother to guitarist Derek Trucks, and another frequent inhabitant of the ABB drum kit, there was enough blood on the stage to resonate with fans of either southern rock band. While the Allman Brothers’ version of the song went on for sometimes up to an hour, this ten minute bust out will surely be remembered in WSP history for years to come.Enjoy the audio of “The Last Straw” > “Mountain Jam” in the clip below, courtesy of taper Todd Hodulik via PanicStream:last_img read more

Extension announcement

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaATHENS, Ga.– Georgia native Beverly Sparks will become the associate dean for extension of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on June 1. CAES Dean and Director J. Scott Angle made the announcement today.”University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has made a tremendous positive impact on the environmental, social and economic development of Georgia over the years,” Angle said. “The program is one of the leading Extension programs in the United States today, and Beverly Sparks is the right person at the right time to lead the organization.”Sparks has been with UGA Extension since 1989. She has served as an extension entomologist, district director for northeast Georgia and assistant dean for extension. Since April 1, 2006, she has served as interim associate dean for extension.”I’ve been preparing for this position for a long time,” Sparks said in an interview seminar last week. “I didn’t consciously set out to become associate dean, but everything I’ve done in my career has led me here.”Sparks earned undergraduate degrees in horticulture and entomology from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., and UGA. She earned a master’s degree in entomology from UGA before getting a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University.She began her extension career as an urban entomologist in Dallas, Tex. After six years, she moved back to Georgia to work for UGA Extension.During the interview process, Sparks spoke of her vision for UGA Extension in meeting the needs of Georgians. “Our biggest challenges,” she said, “will be helping the state address issues surrounding our tremendous growth. Those challenges include land use issues and environmental strains and natural resource management issues stemming from rapid growth.” Sparks said population shifts and major demographic changes in both rural and urban areas have brought a host of challenges to many Georgia counties. Innovative new programs like the Archway Partnership Project, a program partnering UGA Extension and UGA Public Service and Outreach, are helping communities find solutions to the growing pains including zoning, housing, health care, child care, education and infrastructure needs.”UGA Extension has a long history of helping Georgia solve problems related to agriculture, environment, economic development, families and children,” Sparks said. “We will continue to be a conduit for the research and education of the university to the people of the state to address these current challenges, too.”UGA Extension is the outreach arm of the UGA CAES and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It administers the Georgia 4 H program, which provides education and life skills training for more than 183,000 Georgia youths in grades 5 12. UGA Extension has offices in 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties.”Dr. Sparks was known around the state for her entomology work, especially her work with red imported fire ants that proved to be a costly problem in Georgia,” Angle said. “Over the past year, she has become equally well known for her outstanding leadership during this dynamic time for the organization.”(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more