When Widespread Panic announced their Spring tour we immediately circled April 24th as must-see. Not only for the music but the opportunity to check out Kings Theatre. We sent out Photographer Scott Harris to capture the action and the first thing he said upon returning — “It’s rare that I find myself needing an even wider lens, but damn.” Check out the stunning photo gallery he brought back and a quick history on the venue itself. – Editor
Astonishment filled the air as Widespread Panic descended upon the newly reopened Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY this past weekend for two nights of shredding southern rock jams. Spreadheads flooded into the theatre well before showtime to gaze upon the venue’s beautiful renovations.
Originally opened in September 1929 as one of Loew’s Wonder Theaters, the Kings Theatre operated primarily as a single screen cinema until its closure in 1977. It would remain closed for the next 37-plus years until reformation efforts began in 2006. Following extensive negotiations and groundwork, the $95 million renovation project finally got underway in 2013. The renovated 3,200-seat room is a mix of new and old, staying true to its original design (from the lighting fixtures all the way down to the carpeting), while simultaneously incorporating many modern and expanded amenities for performers and fans alike. Aside from the eye-popping ambiance, fans noted in particular the short concession and bathroom lines and friendliness of the staff, comprised of members of the local community.
On Friday night, Widespread Panic took full advantage of the Kings Theatre’s modern lighting and sound systems, putting on an aural and visual display befitting the room from the first notes of “Little Kin” all the way through the encore closer, ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago.” Highlights included the first set closing “Chilly Water” and second set cover of Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money.”
Set I: Little Kin > Travelin’ Light, This Part Of Town, Wonderin’ > Ribs And Whiskey, Visiting Day, Sell, Sell, Sell, Aunt Avis, Chilly Water
Set II: Radio Child, Barstools And Dreamers > Thank You For Lettin’ Me Be Mice Elf > Barstools And Dreamers, Up All Night, Lawyers, Guns, And Money, Provin’ Ground, Bust It Big > Jam > Love Tractor, Surprise Valley > Drums And Bass > Surprise Valley > Protein Drink > Sewing Machine
Encore: City Of Dreams, Waitin’ For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago