24: Houston (and Beaumont, Orange, and Elsewhere), We’re With You!

Houston (and Beaumont, Orange, and Elsewhere), We’re With You!

A 1,000 year flood.
27,000,000,000,000 gallons of water.
100,000+ homes damaged.
Unfathomable numbers and unfathomable destruction all along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Hurricane Harvey was certainly an all-timer. From afar, it has been remarkable to witness communities coming together to help one another. The water will recede, but the effects of the damage will last for years. Houston (and Beaumont, and Orange, and elsewhere), we’re with you and we’re thinking of you!
Widespread Panic has been visiting Houston for nearly three decades, first hitting the Space City on 2/28/90 – actually, their first visit to Texas, period – and have returned nearly thirty times since then. This week, we bring you some choice selections from those thirty shows, starting back in 1993 with a show from the epic fall tour of that year. We follow up with stops from 1995, 1997, and 1998, highlighting all-time versions of “Maggot Brain,” “Four Cornered Room,” and the staple of staples, “Porch Song.” This one is for you, Houston!

Links below go to whole show streams from Panicstream.

21 November 1993 – Houston, TX – Rockefeller’s
Heaven, Hatfield > Jam > Pickin’ Up the Pieces
Source: DSBD

01 June 1995 – Houston, TX – Party on the Plaza
Sleepy Monkey > Maggot Brain > Contentment Blues > Blackout Blues
Source: Schoeps cmc341 > Denon DTR 80p

22 November 1997 – Houston, TX – Aerial Theater, Bayou Place
Four Cornered Room > Red Beans
Source: AKG 414 TL-2 > Oade M248 > SBM-1 > D8

28 October 1998 – Houston, TX – Aerial Theater, Bayou Place
Porch Song > The Take Out > Porch Song > Tie Your Shoes > City of Dreams
Source: Unknown AUD


The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio area donor rooms. To donate, call (210) 731-5590 or visit their website for more information.

Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call (877) 571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.

To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713) 861-3010 and is accepting donations on its website.

The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio TX 78238.

The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services line minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assitance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.” It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.

For more options the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.