Georgia's own Southern jam kings Widespread Panic return this weekend to their home away from home, Colorado. The sextet will perform three straight sold-out shows at famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison (10 miles northwest of Denver). What will make these performances so special is that fact that it will mark 32 consecutive sold-out concerts the band has played at the venue.
No other artist has taken the stage at Red Rocks as many times as Panic has; not the Dead, not Willie Nelson, nobody. And to mark the momentous occasion Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has declared June 27th to officially be "Widespread Panic Day". It is no easy feat to sell over 9,000 tickets per show, and the band's rabid fan base will surely be thanked with another exciting weekend of music.
The rock collective began their sold-out runs dating back to May of 1996. Since then, they have gone through three guitarists (this will be new guitarist Jimmy Herring's second run at the Rocks with the band), but have seemingly not lost a step during those transitions. It will be near impossible for any other artists to break this streak seeing how few groups can retain such popularity over so many years.
On a side note, rumors of late have swirled in the fan community that the band will reward the Colorado faithful with their first ever New Year's Eve show in the Rocky Mountain state, reportedly to be at Denver's Pepsi Center (home to many of Colorado's pro sports teams). Keep your fingers crossed, and in the meantime grab a tall boy and toast "Widespread Panic Day".