Widespread Panic 2015

Jul 17, 2015

Widespread Panic 2015

Gates open at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30pm. | Prices starting at $31*

Many years ago, a singer everyone called J.B., a bass-playing journalism school dropout and a guitarist nicknamed Panic for his bouts with anxiety went looking for a drummer for their next gig. After a night of rehearsing, the new quartet hopped onstage together for the first time the next day at the old Mad Hatter Ballroom to play a short set that opened with the Buffalo Springfield classic “For What It’s Worth.” Widespread Panic was born. As weekly gigs morphed into regional tours, the band began to forge a sound unto themselves, a combination of Houser’s unorthodox guitar playing, Bell’s coarse growl, Nance’s rock-steady drumming, Schools’ lead bass playing, Ortiz’s multi-textured percussion coupled with a collective commitment to playing original songs from the outset and a willingness to walk the improvisational high wire night after night.

Widespread Panic has released 9 studio albums and sold over 3 million records, building a loyal following on the road beginning in dingy dive bars across the South. The band has headlined at nearly every major music festival in the U.S. and sold out some of the world’s most prestigious venues. No artist has more sold-out concerts at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, and their headlining appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival set the single-day attendance record that has yet to be beat. The celebration for their first live album Light Fuse, Get Away, drew more than 100,000 fans for a show in downtown Athens and is still considered one of the largest CD-release parties in music history. Recently, the band has restored a signature guitar sound to their music and a sense of balance to their ensemble, allowing Widespread Panic more freedom to incite, amaze and move people closer to joy.

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