At New Orleans' Lakefront Arena, the audience threatened to steal the show from the Andy Kaufman-inspired band.

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A fan at Widespread Panic's 2019 Halloween show in New Orleans, by Erika Goldring

Widespread Panic’s Halloween shows at the Lakefront Arena have long been events, but this year the band made it even more of one by performing in Andy Kaufman-inspired costumes that commemorated different phases of his career and parts of his performances. With special guest Mike Mills from R.E.M., the band went so far as to perform “Man in the Moon,” the song inspired by Kaufman. Truer to form, Panic opened with guest George Porter Jr. to play The Meters’ “Chicken Strut” and “Hey Pocky-Way.”

You can get a fuller account of the show at Jambase.com.

Photographer Erika Goldring was there to see the real stars of the show—the crowd, which showed up almost entirely in costume. Here are photos of the show and the audience. 

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