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Widespread Panic
Widespread Panic at the Vegoose Music Festival.
Widespread Panic at the Vegoose Music Festival.
Background information
Origin Athens, Georgia, USA
Genre(s) Southern Jam Band
Jam band
Blues
Years active 19862003 2005present
Label(s) Widespread Records
Website www.widespreadpanic.com
Members
John Bell
John "JoJo" Hermann
Todd Nance
Domingo S. Ortiz
Dave Schools
Jimmy Herring
Former members
Michael Houser-Deceased
George McConnell
T Lavitz

Widespread Panic is a southern jam band from Athens, Georgia. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz, keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann, and guitarist Jimmy Herring. Michael Houser and George McConnell have also played lead guitar for the band. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 2005 Vegoose Logo Vegoose is an annual Halloween music and arts festival that first took place in 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... For other uses, see Athens (disambiguation). ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term jam band is commonly used to describe psychedelic rock-influenced bands whose concerts largely consist of bands reinterpreting their songs as springboards into extended improvisational pieces of music. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Present redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... John Farmer Bell (born April 14, 1962) is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the southern rock band Widespread Panic. ... Dave Schools (b. ... Jimmy Herring was born January 22nd, 1962, is a guitarist originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. ... Michael Houser (January 6, 1962 - August 10, 2002) was the lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic. ... For the baseball player, see George McConnell (baseball). ... T Lavitz (born April 16, 1956) is a jazz-rock/fusion keyboardist, composer and producer. ... For other uses, see Athens (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... John Farmer Bell (born April 14, 1962) is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the southern rock band Widespread Panic. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... Dave Schools (b. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... Jimmy Herring was born January 22nd, 1962, is a guitarist originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. ... Michael Houser (January 6, 1962 - August 10, 2002) was the lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic. ... For the baseball player, see George McConnell (baseball). ...


The band has played as many as 250 shows a year, and have ranked among the top 50 grossing touring acts for eight years running[citation needed], doing so without substantial radio airplay, television exposure, or promotion. The band holds sellout records[citation needed] at:

  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver (23 shows),
  • Oak Mountain Amphitheatre near Birmingham, Ala. (17 shows),
  • Philips Arena in Atlanta (17 straight sold-out New Year's Eve/New Year's Eve Eve shows), and
  • UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans (18 shows).

Contents

Band history

Formation of band

Michael Houser (nicknamed 'Panic') and John Bell ('JB') met at the University of Georgia at Athens between 1982 and 1984[citation needed], and began playing music together around town as a duet. JB played solo shows as well. Michael Houser (January 6, 1962 - August 10, 2002) was the lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic. ... UGA Main Library The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... For other uses, see Athens (disambiguation). ...


The band's first performance as Widespread Panic took place on February 24, 1985 at the A-Frame house on Weymanda Court in Athens.[citation needed] Houser, JB, & Schools performed around Athens as a trio, occasionally utilizing local drummers. While their shows consisted primarily of cover tunes (by such bands as the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Bob Marley, and Traffic, among others), their repertoire did include a handful of original songs.[citation needed] Sleepy Monkey was the band's first original composition.[citation needed] Other early compositions include Chilly Water, Space Wrangler, and Coconut (although the latter was written by JB before joining the band).[citation needed] This article is about the band. ... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning Irish singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... Traffic was a rock band from Birmingham, England, formed in late 1966 by Steve Winwood with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. ...


On February 6, 1986, Houser recruited high school friend/bandmate Todd Nance for a WSP gig (an Aid For Africa benefit) at the Mad Hatter Ballroom in Athens, opening for Strawberry Flats (featuring John Keane). This was the first official Widespread Panic show and Nance accepted an offer to join the band.[citation needed] On February 9, 1986, Houser, Schools, and JB, with Joel Morris on drums and Kelly Jo Davis on backing vocals, recorded Monkey Image (Sleepy Monkey) and Coconut Image (Coconut) at Panoramic Recording Studio in Arnoldsville GA, to be released as their first single. The 45rpm vinyl was released (in a pressing of only 500) shortly thereafter on the band's Space Baby label.[1]


During the rest of 1986, WSP played mainly in Athens, though they did branch out to venues in Macon, GA and South Carolina. Early on, they began playing Monday nights at the Uptown Lounge in Athens, a tradition that would last well into 1988, alternating shows with Atlanta jam band The Grapes.[citation needed] Along the way, they developed a solid batch of original tunes (in addition to the four originals that they played in 1985), including Stop-Go, C. Brown, Tie Your Shoes, Porch Song, Driving Song, Conrad, Vacation, Postcard, the instrumental Machine, and another instrumental jam that JB later adds lyrics to, titled Cardboard Box. Atlanta redirects here. ...


On October 6, 1986, Texan percussionist Domingo S. Ortiz ("Sunny"), sat in with the band at the Uptown Lounge for the first time.[citation needed] Sunny continued to perform with the band on numerous occasions in Athens, Macon, and Atlanta, and eventually (late 1988 or early 1989) accepted the band's request for him to join as a full-time member.[1]


During 1987, WSP continued to play primarily in Georgia, while steadily spreading out to South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and as far north as Richmond, Virginia (Dave Schools' hometown). They developed a few more originals along the way, including Barstools & Dreamers, Contentment Blues, I'm Not Alone, and instrumentals L.a. (aka "Liza's Apartment"), and The Take Out. JB added lyrics to Cardboard Box, and to another instrumental titled "Puppet Song", subsequently renamed Pigeons. Cardboard Box was only played a handful of times before being dropped from the repertoire.


In the Fall, the band signed with Landslide Records and recorded their first album, Space Wrangler, at John Keane's Studio in Athens. Guests on the album included Sunny on percussion, David Blackmon on fiddle, Tim White on keyboards, and Alberto Salazarte (of Athens band White Buffalo) on percussion. Phish keyboardist, Page McConnell, also played on the studio version of Holden Oversoul.[1] Page Samuel McConnell (born May 17, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a pianist/organist/keyboardist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ...


In June 1988, producer John Keane appeared for the first time on stage with the band. Usually playing pedal steel, Keane became another regular guest at special Panic shows.[1]


Their debut LP, Space Wrangler, established a small fanbase and inaugurated several years of constant touring. Space Wrangler is the first studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ...


Rise to national prominence

The band signed to Capricorn Records and released their major label debut, Widespread Panic in 1991. John Hermann ("JoJo") joined the band as a keyboardist in 1992. Capricorn Records is an independent record label which was launched by Phil Walden and Frank Fenter in 1969 in Macon, Georgia. ... Widespread Panic is the self-titled, second studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ...


In 1998, to celebrate the release of their first live album, Light Fuse, Get Away, Widespread Panic offered a free "CD release party" concert in Athens Georgia. An estimated 80,000-100,000 fans descended on the town, transforming it into the largest CD release party in history. Light Fuse, Get Away is the first live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ...



Their popularity expanded greatly in the late 1990s/early 2000s, drawing large audiences in the Southeastern United States. 2001 ended with WSP one of the top twenty concert draws in the country.[citation needed] For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


In 2002, the band received gold certification for their concert DVD Live at Oak Mountain. It also headlined two nights of the first annual Bonnaroo Music Festival which drew a crowd upwards of 70,000 people. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four day annual music festival created and produced by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment , first held in 2002. ...


Death of Houser

In early 2002, guitarist Michael Houser was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Houser continued to perform with the band into the summer of that year, but following a performance on July 2, 2002 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa he left the tour due to his declining health. Guitarist George McConnell, a former bandmate of JoJo Hermann's in Beanland, took over as the lead guitarist for the remainder of the band's scheduled dates. Michael Houser died on August 10, 2002.[citation needed] Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumor within the pancreatic gland. ... Cedar Rapids is the name of some places in the United States of America: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Nebraska This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the baseball player, see George McConnell (baseball). ... Beanland is a roots rock jam band, based in Oxford, Mississippi, which performed and recorded primarily from 1986 to 1993. ...


McConnell Era

Following the death of Michael Houser, the band announced that George McConnell had been officially named as the new lead guitarist in Widespread Panic. In 2003, the band released Ball, the first studio album with McConnell as the guitarist. The album was unique among the band's offerings in that none of the songs included had been performed live by the band prior to the recording. All of the material included was written specifically for the album with the exception of "Time Waits," a song which John Bell had performed in solo appearances. Late in 2003, the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus from both recording and performing in 2004. However, 2004 did see the release of three live albums: Night of Joy and Über Cobra--both of which were recorded during an August 2003 three-night run of shows at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC--as well as Jackassolantern, a compilation of cover songs performed during the band's Halloween shows. A third live album taken from the Myrtle Beach shows, Live at Myrtle Beach was released in early 2005. For the baseball player, see George McConnell (baseball). ... For other uses, see Ball (disambiguation). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Night of Joy is the fourth live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Night of Joy is the fifth live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... House of Blues Sunset, in West Hollywood House of Blues (HOB) is a chain of music halls and restaurants founded in 1992 by Hard Rock Cafe founder Isaac Tigrett and his friend and investor Dan Aykroyd. ... Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... Jackassolantern is the sixth live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Live at Myrtle Beach is the seventh live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ...


In March 2005 the band returned to the stage in full force with a three-night sell-out of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.[citation needed] They again headlined the Bonnaroo music festival, drawing an estimated 90,000 fans for a two night set. They toured through the rest of the summer and fall, and ended the year with their first annual Tunes for Tots benefit. Held at the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, it raised over $100,000 to help finance the purchase of musical instruments for children in school. This was followed by the New Year's run in Atlanta.[citation needed] The Fox Theatre (often marketed as the Fabulous Fox) in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the grand movie palaces built in the United States in the 1920s. ...


In January 2006, the band recorded their 9th studio album, Earth to America, with Terry Manning in Nassau, Bahamas, at Compass Point Studios. It was released June 13, 2006. Their May 9th show at Atlanta's Fox Theatre was simulcast in LIVE HD, via satellite, in select movie theatres nationwide.[2] Over 60,000 fans across the country watched it live in the theatres. This show was also released in DVD format on November 14th, 2006, entitled 'Earth To Atlanta'.[3] Terry Manning is a music producer, songwriter, photographer and recording engineer known for work in rock, rhythm and blues, and pop music genres. ... Compass Point Studios is located in The Bahamas. ... This article is about artificial satellites. ... A typical megaplex (AMC Rolling Hills 20 in Rolling Hills Estates, California). ... Earth to Atlanta is a live DVD concert of the band, Widespread Panic, filmed at the Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA on May 9, 2006. ...


On August 2, 2006, the band announced that George McConnell had left the band.[4] Producer John Keane and former Houser guitar technician Sam Holt filled in on guitar for the rest of the tour. John Keane could be one of several notable people: John Keane was one of Irelands most outstanding hurlers. ...


2006-Present

In the fall of 2006, Fayetteville, NC native Jimmy Herring took over the reins of the lead guitarist in the band kicking off their fall tour with three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York.[5] That December the band went on to sell-out their 15th consecutive sold out New Years Eve show at Philips Arena in Atlanta. A banner now hangs in the rafters of the arena commemorating the milestone.[citation needed] Jimmy Herring was born January 22nd, 1962, is a guitarist originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. ... Radio City Music Hall at Christmas 2005 Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... For the stadium of PSV Eindhoven, see Philips Stadion. ...


The band released their 10th album, Free Somehow, on February 12th, 2008. It too was recorded with legendary producer Terry Manning at Compass Point Studios. Terry Manning is a music producer, songwriter, photographer and recording engineer known for work in rock, rhythm and blues, and pop music genres. ... Compass Point Studios is located in The Bahamas. ...


Live show

Known for never playing the same show twice, the band has a show-to-show ritual of choosing the night’s setlist. At the beginning of each tour Garrie Vereen, a member of the band’s road crew, makes a master list of all the songs the band performs and laminates it. Each night before the show he marks the last 3 nights' set lists in different colors. The band can see what has been played recently and then decide what songs to play during the first set. They return back to the list during setbreak to pick songs for the second set, and likewise, return after the second set for any additional sets if playing more than two, or the encore. This process is explained by Vereen in the DVD The Earth Will Swallow You. The Earth Will Swallow You is a film by The Hanson Brothers detailing the summer 2000 tour of Athens, Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, though a substantial portion of the film is behind-the-scenes footage of studio sessions, travelling, and interviews. ...


Discography

The band has sold more than three million albums[citation needed], and released a total of 15 CDs and five DVDs. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Studio Albums

  1. Space Wrangler - 1988
  2. Widespread Panic - 1991
  3. Everyday - 1993
  4. Ain't Life Grand - 1994
  5. Bombs & Butterflies - 1997
  6. 'Til The Medicine Takes - 1999
  7. Don't Tell the Band - 2001
  8. Ball - 2003
  9. Earth to America - 2006
  10. Free Somehow - 2008

A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Space Wrangler is the first studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Widespread Panic is the self-titled, second studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Everyday is the third studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Aint Life Grand is the fourth studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Bombs & Butterflies is the fourth studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Til the Medicine Takes is the sixth studio album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Dont Tell the Band, Widespread Panics 7th studio album, was released on June 19, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... On April 15, 2003 (see 2003 in music), Widespread Panic released Ball, their first studio album with George McConnell on lead guitar. ...

Live Albums

  1. Light Fuse, Get Away - 1998
  2. Another Joyous Occasion - 2000
  3. Live in the Classic City - 2002
  4. Night of Joy - 2004
  5. Über Cobra - 2004
  6. Jackassolantern - 2004
  7. Live at Myrtle Beach - 2005

A live album – commonly contrasted with a studio album – is a recording consisting of material (usually music) recorded during stage performances. ... Light Fuse, Get Away is the first live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Another Joyous Occasion is the second live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Live in the Classic City brought the highlights of Widespread Panics April 2000 three-night run in their hometown of Athens, Georgia to compact disc. ... Night of Joy is the fourth live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Night of Joy is the fifth live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Jackassolantern is the sixth live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ... Live at Myrtle Beach is the seventh live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. ...

Other albums

The band recorded two albums with guitarist Vic Chesnutt as brute., in 1996 and 2002. Vic Chesnutt (born on November 12, 1965 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a singer-songwriter resident in Athens, Georgia. ... brute. ...


Benefit CDs

  • Contributed a cover version of Van Morrison's And It Stoned Me to the Capricorn compilation album Hempilation a benefit CD for NORML (National Organization for the Reform of marijuana Laws), 1995.
  • Contributed a live performance version of Blue Indian to Live in the X Lounge II, an album benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, a Birmingham, Alabama charity, 1999.
  • Contributed a live June 2000 performance version of Give to Carved in Stone, Vol.1, an album benefiting the Preserve the Rocks Fund, a donation-driven reserve dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 2003.
  • Recorded a cover of the NRBQ song Ain't no horse for the CD "The Q People - A Tribute to NRBQ", 2004
  • Contributed a track to Too Many Years to benefit Clear Path International's work with land mine survivors, 2005.
  • Recorded a cover of The Band's song Chest fever for the CD "Endless Highway - Tribute to The Band", 2006.
  • Recorded a cover of John Lennon's Crippled Inside as a bonus track for the compilation album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, 2007.

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Videography

Live at Oak Mountain is a live DVD concert of the band, Widespread Panic, filmed at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, AL on August 12, 2000. ... This article is about the year. ... scenes from Panic in the Streets Panic in the Streets is a black and white, 96-minute film released by 20th Century Fox in 1950. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Earth Will Swallow You is a film by The Hanson Brothers detailing the summer 2000 tour of Athens, Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, though a substantial portion of the film is behind-the-scenes footage of studio sessions, travelling, and interviews. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Live from the Backyard is the live DVD concert of Athens, Georgias Widespread Panic in Austin, Texas on July, 20th 2002. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Earth to Atlanta is a live DVD concert of the band, Widespread Panic, filmed at the Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA on May 9, 2006. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Widespread Panic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1600 words)
Widespread Panic is a southern rock band from Athens, Georgia.
After 18 years of non-stop touring, only pausing for studio recording and Christmas vacation, the band announced in late 2003 that they would be taking a hiatus in 2004 to spend time with their friends and families.
One particular item of interest is recurring themes in various Widespread Panic lyrics and in the lyrics of songs they choose to cover.
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Widespread Panic (504 words)
For all its success, Widespread Panic has emphasized excellent musicianship, touring, and accessibility to fans, making it a highly respected and popular Georgia band.
Widespread Panic released its debut album Space Wrangler in 1988 and took to the road, beginning the grueling process of touring for which the band is known.
The group's second album, Widespread Panic, was issued in 1991 by Capricorn Records.
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