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Widespread Panic 2015 Summer Tour

The band has announced its summer tour dates beginning with a series of stops in the northeast and making its way through the midwest out to the Rockies for the annual Red Rocks run, down to Texas, including headline spots at Ride Festival in Telluride and back east with stops in Arkansas, Mississippi and wrapping up in Louisville for Forecastle Festival. New dates are being added to the tour, so check back for updated shows.

About The Band

Widespread Panic, a Southern rock band blended with blues and jazz, was one of the many bands that seemed to catch their big break after the breakthrough of the Grateful Dead. The band was established in 1983 with vocalist John Bell, guitarist Mike Houser, and bassist Dave Schools and soon after, the band picked up drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, and keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann.

Panic released their debut LP entitled “Space Wrangler” in 1988 and signed with Capricorn in 1991. The band had made their name known mostly through touring and performing on stage at numerous venues and they only increased their popularity in 1992 and 1993 by appearing on the H.O.R.D.E. tours. Panic went back into the studio in the early 1990s to record a number of albums including 1993’s “Everyday” and 1994’s “Ain’t Life Grand.” The latter gave the band their first two hit singles in “Can’t Get High” and “Airplane” and they followed up their success with “Bombs and Butterflies” in 1997. The group released “Light Fuse, Get Away” in 1998 and “Til the Medicine Takes” the following year.

Widespread Panic continued to hit the road each summer for their annual tours but spent more time in the studio to get all their ideas into song before the ideas were gone. As a result, Panic kept releasing albums at an unreal pace with “Another Joyous Occasion,” the band’s first live album release, in 2000 and “Don’t Tell the Band” the following year. The 2002 summer tour was one the band seemed especially excited to get started but a month in, founding member and guitarist Mike Houser left the band and returned home to Athens, Georgia, to battle the pancreatic cancer that had invaded his body.

Guitarist George McConnell stepped in to finish the tour but the tour finished on a somber note as Houser passed away on August 10, 2002. McConnell became the permanent replacement and the band continued on as Houser had requested by releasing “Ball” in April of 2003 and following it up with “Uber Cobra” and “Night of Joy” in March of 2004. House of Joy was the first album that featured live performances since Another Joyous Occasion with the live shows coming from their performances at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. South Carolina.

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