Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers Band were so hot they scorched the earth at Bethel Woods last night! Panic, fueled by the magic of Jimmy Herring's guitar, played a high energy opening set that made the lawn listeners forget about the light rain. Danny Louis and Warren Haynes from Gov't Mule sat in with them and kicked the energy up a few more notches. Then The Allman Brothers Band took the stage and you could feel the electricity in the air.
On tour celebrating their fortieth anniversary, they were clearly excited to be playing at Bethel Woods forty years after Woodstock. It was also the nine year anniversary of the death of Allen Woody, former bass player for The Allman Brothers Band & Gov't Mule, and in homage they played their hearts out for him on "Nobody Left To Run With Anymore." During the song they filled the screen behind them with video clips of Woody, Duane and Berry Oakley, and as I watched and listened it seemed as if their fallen comrades were on stage performing with them live once more!!!
It was a musically magical evening in the enchanted forest of Bethel Woods!