Widespread Panic brought their show to Pensacola, FL last night for the first of their two-night stand at The Saenger Theatre. To end their first set, the southern gents dusted off “Coconut” from their 1988 album Space Wrangler. Having not played it since Panic En La Playa in January of 2015, a solid 130 shows have passed since the song’s last life.Among the rest of the night’s highlights included covers of Neil Young‘s “Vampire Blues”, Chuck Berry‘s “Let It Rock”, J.J. Cale‘s “Ride Me High”, and Talking Heads‘ “Heaven”. Panic fans were treated to knee-slapping versions of “Heaven, Ribs & Whiskey” and “Street Dogs For Breakfast”, as the night simmered into a “Mercy” extended jam that, with a break on the drums, led into a solid “Fixin’ To Die”. Second set ended with “Pigeons”, marking another stand-out song selection with remarkable placement. The sextet encored with another tour debut, “Vacation”.Thanks to YouTube user coloartist, you can watch the full performance of “Coconut” below:Widespread Panic return to The Saenger Theatre tonight for another sold-out show, then move on to St. Augustine, Florida, for two more nights that will close out the southern leg of this tour.Widespread Panic @ Saenger Theatre in Pensacola, FL 9/20/16:Set 1: Weight of the World, Pleas > Vampire Blues, Pickin’ Up The Pieces > Jam > You Got Yours, Let It Rock, Heroes, Rebirtha > Coconut* (71 mins)Set 2: Ride Me High > Tie Your Shoes > Heaven, Ribs & Whiskey, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Mercy > Drums > Fixin’ To Die, You Should Be Glad, Pigeons (102 mins)Encore: Vacation (11 mins)* LTP 1.25.15 Panic en la Playa (130 shows)[Setlist via PanicStream]
East Central AquaTrojan Swimmer Kyra Hall placed 14th in The 100 Back at The Girls Swimming State Finals Prelims at IUPUI Natatorium.The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats.
DES MOINES — Some of Iowa’s K-12 students may soon be required to participate in online classes during school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Iowa Department of Education will fast-track requests from school districts and non-public schools for what the agency calls “continuous learning” plans.“We all know how important it is for Iowa students to continue to learn during the COVID-19 emergency,” Iowa Department of Education director Ann Lebo says. “…Even though schools are not required to offer learning opportunities when they are closed, they are certainly able and encouraged to do so as they consider the needs of the families and the learners they serve.”The new guidelines allow schools to issue grades for homework and to give students this semesters’ credits for courses completed online. Schools must consider how all students may access online courses.“The role of the Department of Education is to ensure we maintain a minimum standard of care,” Lebo says, “while allowing the maximum opportunity for growth through flexibility at the local level.”Some Iowa school districts are delivering homework packets to students. Lebow says others are providing one electronic device to each student and finding ways to ensure all students have access to WiFi.“Innovation at this time of uncertainty is important,” Lebo says.Governor Kim Reynolds has recommended that schools close through April 12th. However, it’s likely Iowa schools will remain closed for the entire month of April. Last night, President Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines until April 30th.