WIDESPREAD PANIC FACTS:
Members: John Bell, John "JoJo" Hermann, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz, Dave Schools, Jimmy Herring
Formed: Athens, Georgia
Albums: Space Wrangler (1988); Widespread Panic (1991); Everyday (1993); Ain't Life Grand (1994); Bombs & Butterflies (1997); 'Til the Medicine Takes (1999); Don't Tell the Band (2001); Ball (2003); Earth to America (2006); Free Somehow (2008); Dirty Side Down (2010)
Awards: 1 Grammy Nomination
Hits: "Sleep Monkey", "Coconut", "Bear Gone Fishin"
Other: Never play the same show twice.
A group of guys forming a band in college isn't all that uncommon. Many end up going nowhere, but sometimes they become Widespread Panic. From the dorm at the University of Georgia to stages all over the country, Widespread Panic's unique mix of southern rock earned them a loyal jam band fan base that follows them around the country to see them play live.
While their first show was for charity, Widespread Panic's popularity grew to the point they landed a record deal with a small Atlanta label and released Space Wrangler in 1988. It would take a few more years, but the band would release their self-titled major label debut album in 1991. All the while they continued touring, developing their reputation with great live performances.
2002 was a year of ups and down for Widespread Panic. They headlined the very first Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2002, playing in front of the estimated crowd of more than 70,000 people at Great Stage Park. One of the band's founding members, Michael Houser, would leave the band due to health concerns and later pass away that same year.
After a break in 2004, the band resumed touring and making new music. By 2006 they had another new album, Earth to America. That same year they would take part in a unique live simulcast concert beamed to movie theatres around the United States. Over 60,000 fans packed theatres to see the show.
Widespread Panic's place in live music is legendary. They've sold out the famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre over 30 times and are known for never playing the same show twice. An elaborate ritual precedes each concert to choose the setlist, assuring they provide a unique experience to fans each night.
Spoken of in the same breath as the venerable road warriors Phish and The Grateful Dead, there's always a chance to catch Widespread Panic in concert. Don't miss one of rock's classic jam bands in a concert experiences that is sure to be a unique.
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