What I know about Panic would not fill a Dixie cup.
That said, I thought the band kicked butt both evenings. I saw them at Langerado about ?? 2008 ?? when they did that fest on the edge of the Everglades... I didn't quite 'get' their thing back then.
This time around, I was a bit more familiar. I think I have issues with JB's singing; go figure that one, since as a longtime Deadhead, I forgave Jerry and Bob and Brent many iffy vocalizations over the years
... so yeah; my take on JB's singing is on me, and nobody else!
As for the rest, they guys certainly play well, and play well with each other, so to speak
... kind of important for a (here comes that dreaded label) jamband. Jimmy is a flippin' monster, and this fellow on the keys - John Hermann?? What a killer. He tore it up several times, both with Panic and with his sit-ins. I'd seen Dave Schools in Mickey Hart's band last fall, and was already aware he's a badass. Actually there aren't any slouches anywhere in this outfit.
From my vantage in the audience, which was to the left and in front of side of the board, about even with the tapers, I was deep in hardcore Spreadhead territory. I gathered from those around me, that the sets were well received. Indeed, everyone seemed to be having quite a good time
... and I found myself doing the same
So there ya have it. I cannot say I am a convert. But I have no complaints, really. Did the band bring it? You bet your ass they did. And a job well done, I say