Panic en la Playa Cinco
Panic en la Playa Cinco
February 2-6, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Panic en la Playa hit its milestone 5th year in style as we moved from our beloved former home in Punta Cana to the beautiful Riviera Maya! A sold out crowd enjoyed 4 nights of Widespread Panic overlooking the Caribbean Sea within the intimate confines of the resort's Concert Courtayrd. Topping it all off were the late night shows from both The New Mastersounds and the Playa Allstars as well as the sunset shows at the Hacienda Playa with Patterson Hood, Todd Snider, and Jerry Joseph.
Musically, Cinco featured many highlights from four scorching Widespread Panic shows. The 2nd set of night 1 opened up with “From the Cradle” after a 100 show hiatus. The 2nd show of our fiesta featured both rare cuts and staples, including a Mexico appropriate “Tequila” jam developing during “Big Wooly Mammoth.” The run just kept getting hotter from there, as the 3rd night featured a powerful trio of Little Kin>Low Spark>Red Hot Mama to wrap up set 1, before keeping the energy level high through a fan-favorite 2nd set. Panic’s fourth and final show of Cinco started strong with “A of D”, before filling the set with gems such as “Bowlegged Woman,” “Quarter Tank of Gasoline,” and “Angels Don’t Sing the Blues”, before an epic Chilly Water>Action Man>Chilly Water, complete with all the water we could toss.
Around the resort, we were also treated to additional music including sunset shows from Patterson Hood, Jerry Joseph, and Todd Snider plus late night throw-downs with the Playa Allstars and The New Mastersounds. The Hacienda Playa, a cool little lagoon down by the water was the perfect location for sunset shows. For the late nights, we gathered at the Stairway to Heaven over on the other side of the resort. Talk about a cool location to get funky!
Of course, Panic en la Playa Cinco also featured lots extra happenings around the resort throughout the four days. It was great to see Dave Schools out and about, mingling with fans at the Mexican Cooking Class. And what would be a Panic en la Playa without a JoJo hosted Sauce Contest? Thanks again to Moe’s Original BBQ for helping to host that! Elsewhere, guests gave back to Positive Legacy through our annual setlist pool challenge, brought their best poker faces to the Texas Hold ‘em tournament, and harnessed their Guacamole making skills in a contest judged by Jerry Joseph! Never a dull moment down en la Playa, and our 2016 adventure was once again action and jam packed all four days.
Thank you fans for your continued support, enthusiasm, and good vibes that continually make our Widespread Panic adventure the best week ever!