By Jim Stanford on March 1, 2013
They spent a little time on the mountain, and now they’re coming back for more.
Widespread Panic, the Southern rockers who celebrated their 25th anniversary tour in 2011 with a three-night run at Grand Targhee, will return to the Alta, Wyo., resort this summer for another holiday blowout.
Panic again will play three nights, from July 4 to 6. A host of supporting acts will make for a festival atmosphere, as in 2011. Tickets go on sale March 8.
These will be the 18th, 19th and 20th shows the band from Athens, Ga., has played in the Tetons. Over the years Panic has performed at the Mangy Moose, Snow King (many times) and The Spud Drive-In, also on the Fourth of July. The verdant slopes of Targhee, with a stage nestled beside the forest at 8,000 feet, have become a favorite. The band inquired about a return last year, and — in no secret to local Panic fans — plans have been in the works for months.
On the group’s last visit, Teton Gravity Research filmed all three nights in HD video. Panic has made video and audio recordings of the shows available for download, and also posted several clips on YouTube, including “Surprise Valley,” one of the highlights of the run.
Other memorable moments included Jerry Joseph joining the band for “Light is Like Water” and Panic closing a set at sundown with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie,” with its “spent a little time on the hill” refrain. Many fans went skiing and snowboarding before the shows, taking advantage of snowpack left behind by an extraordinary winter. A late and rapid melt-off made for muddy slopes and adventures like this:
Widespread comes to Targhee after a four-night stint at Red Rocks in Colorado. The Targhee shows will be the only three-night stand of the summer tour.
More information on tickets will be posted soon, and stay tuned for the lineups for Targhee Fest on July 19-21 and Targhee Bluegrass Festival on Aug. 9-11.
• a few last thoughts on Targhee Panic (July 13, 2011)
• ain’t life Grand (July 3, 2011)
• an interview with Jimmy Herring (June 29, 2011)
• Panic in the Tetons: a retrospective (July 4, 2010)