Travelin’ light with the Panic
A few thousand Widespread Panic fans descended upon the Winter Park ski area last weekend for a weekend of outdoor shows.
The Southern band’s summer tour brought them back through the Rockies, having already performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in June. Scores of Roaring Fork Valley residents made the trek to Winter Park to catch the band on the slopes.
In typical concert fashion, fans were festively dressed. Sporting a pink onesie for her third Panic show in 11 months, 11-month-old Jenna Power Smith bopped in her chair throughout the performance. “She’s loves Panic,” said her parents Tim and Stephanie Power Smith of Blue Lake.
There was no dearth of colorful accessories in the mix, creating quite the spectacle at the base of the slopes. Several concertgoers spun hula hoops around their waists; others flew flags and banners to mark their gathering spot. One interesting object that resurfaced throughout the weekend was pretty memorable and disturbing at the same time. A fan who found the deer head of a decoy in the woods brought it along to the first show. It was passed around from group to group and may still be on tour en route to the next arena.
Waltzing out of the concert grounds to the parking lot after Saturday’s show, fans nodded their heads in approval. Eric Lyon of Vail was satisfied with the set lists that afternoon, noting, “I felt like they played the best of … it’s all good.”
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Local fire officials in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are heightening their fire concerns, and starting this week Stage 1 fire restrictions will be enacted. Stage 1 means no campfires in undeveloped sites, no fireworks and no smoking outside unless it’s in an area cleared of all combustible materials.