Widespread Panic Busts Out “Coconut” 130 Shows Later In Pensacola [Watch]

first_imgWidespread 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]last_img read more

Syracuse falls short of NCAA tournament in 1st ACC season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 4, 2013 at 2:04 am Contact Eric: [email protected] With the season coming to a close this past Saturday in South Bend, Ind., Syracuse found itself outside of the NCAA tournament. A season of ups and downs for the Orange culminated in a .500 overall record.One full season in the Atlantic Coast Conference is now behind the women after the move from the Big East. The ACC is a conference that the team unanimously discussed as a much tougher conference than the Big East.“There are a lot more teams that are ranked,” captain Lindsay McCabe said, “even the teams that didn’t make the NCAA tournament were tough, like Wake Forest, they beat Miami. The level of competition overall is just better.”Head coach Leonid Yelin added that opposed to the Big East, “there are better teams and better athletes” in the ACC. He also said that “commitment from the administration to the volleyball teams” is a reason why ACC teams are stronger.After starting 0-4 in ACC play, Syracuse was able to bounce back. The conference switch put the team behind early, but SU worked through the early-season struggles to finish 11-5 in the last 16 games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter it beat Virginia on Oct. 11, the season turned around. Syracuse began to play as a team. Showing constant improvements on both offense and defense, the Orange began to garner more respect.“They got better and better connecting with the setter,” Yelin said, “so our offense began going special when we were passing well. The connections were much better. It was more of a team offense, it was hard to predict who the setter was going to set to, putting a lot of pressure on the team’s defense we played against.”The ACC has tougher competition; therefore the Orange needed to raise its play. To do so, freshman setter Erica Handley was asked to step up and be more decisive on offense. She responded, culminating in a very strong freshman campaign.Last year, Syracuse was not required to be as sharp game in and game out due to the reduced talent of its opponents. But being in the ACC this season was a different story.“We knew that we couldn’t take any days off,” McCabe said, “no games were easy and no practices could be easy. We just tried to work our system, working hard to hone our skills.”Blocker Monika Salkute expanded, explaining that the level of play is much more equal across the whole conference. She said even the bottom few teams in the conference are able to beat the best.“In the Big East, you can tell the difference between the very strong teams and the very weak teams,” Salkute said. “You never know who will win, because you see the top teams losing and the bottom teams winning.”For the team to improve its record six games, improvement would need to be made. It was not a lack of skill, though, hitter Nicolette Serratore said, but rather a lack of team chemistry.“I think we really just came together as a team,” Serratore said. “We knew we had the skill from the beginning and it just had to click. So I think it was just the team chemistry that made us successful.”Yelin understands the difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. The heightened play in the ACC has led to many opportunities to develop and become a more talented group of players. Yelin said it is a whole different level of volleyball in the ACC.But Syracuse’s surge was too late and it missed the NCAA tournament. This season, the ACC did not have a tournament put in place, leaving a team like Syracuse out of contention for an NCAA tournament birth.The ACC tournament would give teams a chance to make the NCAA tournament even if they had a bad start to the season. This issue is something that Yelin plans to bring up at the ACC coaches’ meeting in January.“Especially for us since we did so much better at the end, we would have made it to the (ACC) tournament” Serratore said. “And I think we would have been able to upset some of the teams we lost to in the beginning. It would have given us a shot at making the NCAA tournament for sure.” Commentslast_img read more