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iClips and GenAudio Team Up For Enhanced Widespread Panic Webstream This Weekend

iClips, the leading provider of live concert event broadcasting, and GenAudio Inc., developer of AstoundSound 3D spatial audio software, announce their relationship to enhance iClips webcast audio content. The Widespread Panic live concert event webcast, June 24 – 26 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, will be presented in AstoundSound.

The AstoundSound special software implementation for live events, called AstoundLive®, enables processing and mixing of any audio output that is split-off from the front of house and fed as multiple mono and stereo inputs. The final “astounded” audio is then synchronized with the video recording in real-time. This enables music lovers to enjoy a 3D audio listening experience during the webcast. No special hardware is required to enjoy this unique 3D spatial audio experience. Any two speakers or headphones will enable webcast viewers to enjoy the “Astounded” stereo mix in real-time as the live event is being broadcast.

Although not necessary, GenAudio recommends for optimal 3D audio listening pleasure of the astounded Widespread Panic webcast, using a good set of headphones or external computer speakers. You can access the webcast at www.iclips.net. “We are excited to be utilizing this audio technology," said Nate Parienti, Founder and CEO, iClips. “After a successful test drive of the AstoundSound technology during our stream of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in conjunction with AEG Network Live, we realized that we wanted to utilize AstoundSound in our other webcasts as well; it’s a real game changer in audio for live event broadcasting.”

AstoundSound processing enables fans to listen more critically to the music with unsurpassable intelligibility. It significantly enhances the artist-fan connection by elevating the auditory senses to a new level of listening pleasure. The AstoundLive® software uses unique digital audio filters based on actual human brain response measurements. The processed 3D audio remains in-phase, center channel imaging is not affected, and the resulting processed audio has no tone colorization. These characteristics are unique to the AstoundSound technology.

“We see our new relationship with iClips as the key for bringing AstoundSound into the live event space thanks to the introduction from John Rubey, President of AEG Network Live,” said Jerry Mahabub, Founder, Chairman and CEO, GenAudio. “Widespread Panic fans viewing the webcast will be able to hear the event as if they are at the concert venue, thanks to our ‘Astounding’ 3D audio processing.”

For additional information about the Widespread Panic webcast please visit www.iclips.net.

Panic En La Playa Expands to Sister Resort; Rooms on Sale Tomorrow

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces that the original resort host for Panic en la Playa - Now Sapphire - is bringing their sister resort, Now Jade, into the fold. With rooms for Panic en la Playa going on sale tomorrow and an already overwhelming demand for a coveted spot, this announcement comes just in time; the addition of Now Jade promises to double the number of accommodations originally available. Set on the sandy white beaches of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Panic en la Playa will offer a four-night run of shows from live-music legends Widespread Panic on January 31 – February 4, 2012.

Limited now to 2,000 lucky fans, Panic en la Playa promises Widespread Panic fans an exclusive and intimate run of shows and all of the luxurious benefits offered by the all-inclusive Now family of resorts. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, days at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa and Now Jade Resort & Spa will be spent relaxing by the pool, taking a swim in the ocean, or enjoying the incredible on-site restaurants and spa. Then, as the sun goes down, Widespread Panic will take the stage at Now Sapphire for a full two-set show each night. Fans booked at Now Jade will enjoy complimentary shuttle rides to and from the show at Now Sapphire, just a short ride away.

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Event details are as follows:

A truly intimate concert experience, Panic en la Playa is limited to 2000 fans and only those booked at Now Sapphire Resort and Now Jade Resort will be in attendance (Now Sapphire will be available first, when those are sold out, Now Jade will be put up for sale). Tropical View rooms start at $1199 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1599 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program for children ages 3 - 12.

For fans who want to extend their stay at either resort, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for the nights before and after the event. Guests can add an additional night one day prior to their stay and up to three days after the event, for $199.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for January 30th, 2012, and February 4th, 5th, and 6th. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.PanicEnLaPlaya.com.

* Pre / Post nights for the Presidential suites are priced at $225 per person and must be booked over the phone, based on availability.

Four Nights with Widespread Panic in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces Panic en la Playa, the newest music destination event in the Cloud 9 family, which also includes Mayan Holidaze, Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! Set on the sandy white beaches of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Panic en la Playa will offer a four-night run of shows from live-music legends Widespread Panic on January 31 – February 4, 2012.

Limited to only 1,000 lucky fans, Panic en la Playa promises Widespread Panic fans an exclusive and intimate run of shows and all of the luxurious benefits offered by the all-inclusive Now Sapphire Resort & Spa. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, days at the resort will be spent relaxing by the pool, taking a swim in the ocean, or enjoying the incredible on-site restaurants and spa. Then, as the sun goes down, Widespread Panic will take the stage for a full two-set show each night.

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Event details are as follows:

A truly intimate concert experience, Panic en la Playa is limited to 1000 fans and only those booked at Now Sapphire Resort will be in attendance. Tropical View rooms start at $1199 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1599 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program for children ages 3 - 12.

For fans that want to extend their stay at the beautiful Now Sapphire Resort & Spa, Cloud 9 Adventures is offering a special discounted rate for the nights before and after the event. Guests can add an additional night one day prior to their stay and up to three days after the event, for $199.00 a night per person*. These rates are available for January 30th, 2012, and February 4th, 5th, and 6th. For more information and to book a room, please visit www.PanicEnLaPlaya.com.

* Pre / Post nights for the Presidential suites are priced at $225 per person and must be booked over the phone, based on availability.

Panic en la Playa is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures

iClips.net to Stream Sold-Out Widespread Panic Red Rocks shows

For music fans all over the country, it wouldn’t quite be summer without a run of Widespread Panic shows at Colorado’s breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For the band’s 2011 visit – happening June 24-25-26 - iClips.net will be onsite documenting the sold out run. “Widespread Panic: Live From Red Rocks” webcast, available at iClips.net and LiveWidespreadPanic.com, will offer full performance real-time video streaming, bringing three nights of epic music directly into people’s homes.

Performances can be purchased separately or as a 3-night package, including a limited number of 3-night packages with an exclusive event poster signed by the band. Visit WidespreadPanic.com to purchase webcasts and for more information.

“This being the 25th anniversary of Widespread Panic, we felt it appropriate to simulcast the Red Rocks shows because they have been such a huge part of our 25 years of touring,” says Buck Williams, Widespread Panic’s co-manager. iClips.net CEO and Founder Nate Parienti adds, “During a Widespread Panic show at Red Rocks, the energy is palpable. We’re thrilled to capture it on video and try and bring as much of the experience as possible to the folks at home who aren't able to be there in person.”

Panic's Rocky Streak Comes to an End

With 2009 being dubbed the "year of change", the southern jamband kings Widespread Panic will make a certain change of their own, albeit to the chagrin of hard core fans everywhere.  The band recently announced that they will not be making their annual pilgrimage to the pinnacle of all outdoor music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

bellCatching WP at the historic venue was virtually a given each summer for Spreadheads, seeing how they have been performing there every year since the late 90s.  In fact, the band currently holds the longest streak for consecutively sold-out performances at Red Rocks.  Last summer's three-night, sold-out run marked their 32nd in a row playing in front of a packed house.  The milestone was significant enough for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to officially declare June 27th "Widespread Panic Day" in the Mile High city.

Earlier this week however, fans were notified that no Red Rocks performance would be on the tour bill this year.  Rather, the band has opted to headline both nights of the second annual Mile High Musical Festival held at the fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City this July.

Most fans had assumed the band would play at the venue anyway, likely at a different date.  Not only have they played every year for over a decade, but because an interview with percussionist Sonny Ortiz last winter with Jambase.com noted that the band "would likely play Red Rocks again in 2009".  Regardless of how and why, it will not happen.

In all likelihood, this should be merely a hiccup in their future touring plans.  Though the band has also hinted about performing less dates each year, another stop at the high country venue is almost certain to happen next year or shortly thereafter.

Fans in Colorado really have no reason to complain, seeing how the band has frequently played there.  Not only have they performed routinely at Red Rocks, but they have also made other recent venue appearances including the Budweiser Events Center near Fort Collins, Winter Park Mountain, and their first ever New Year's Eve shows just four months ago at Denver's Pepsi Center.

For now, catching the band at the Mile High Music Festival will be this year's only option for Coloradans to get a Panic fix.

Widespread Panic Announces New Years Shows in Denver

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Widespread Panic has confirmed 2 shows in Denver, Colorado playing the Pepsi Center on December 30th and 31st. Their New Years shows in Denver will be accompanied by Nederland's own Yonder Mountain String Band.  Tickets go on sale October 11th. In addition to New Years, Widespread has announced additional fall tour dates.  Their run starts in Austin, Texas at the Backyard on October 10th.

Widespread Panic Tour Dates

10/10 Austin, TX @ The Backyard
10/11 Austin, TX @ The Backyard
10/12 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
10/15 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre
10/17 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
10/18 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
10/22 Tallahassee, FL @ Leon County Civic Center
10/24 Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/25 Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/26 St. Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/29 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/31 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
11/01 New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
11/05 Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Centre
11/07 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/08 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/09 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
12/30 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
12/31 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Widespread Panic in the City of Dreams

Okay let's face it, Widespread Panic doesn't have the largest following in the city of Philadelphia. On the other hand, sometimes it's better to see a great band in a place where the crowd is small. Such was the case on this July night at Festival Pier. This was the last show before their performance at the All Good Music Festival the next day.

CELEBRATE WIDESPREAD PANIC DAY!

photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

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".

Nightmare Of You Bang Tour - Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

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Nightmare Of You is heading out on tour with Paper Rival, Edison Glass, and The Graduate this May - June!

Be sure to check out this video at Almacks Dance Hall with Christian Siriano of Project Runway which features NOY's music from 'Bang.'

 

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May 16 2008

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Webster Underground

Hartford, Connecticut

May 17 2008

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Xtreme Wheels

Buffalo, New York

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Magic Stick

Detroit, Michigan

May 20 2008

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The Basement

Columbus, Ohio

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Subterranean

Chicago, Illinois

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Mojoes Rock House

Tinley Park, Illinois

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Main Street Cafe

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The Marquis Theater

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Solid Ground

Salt Lake City, Utah

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El Corazon

Seattle, Washington

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Downtown Brew

San Luis Obispo, California

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Knitting Factory - LA

Hollywood, California

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Chain Reaction

Anaheim, California

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SOMA - Sidestage

San Diego, California

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The Clubhouse

Tempe, Arizona

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Club Congress

Tucson, Arizona

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Rock Bottom

San Antonio, Texas

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The Conservatory

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Crush Lounge

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jun 11 2008

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2 Cents Plain

St. Louis, Missouri

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Fireman's Hall

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Jun 14 2008

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Blender Theatre At Gramercy

New York, New York

 

Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

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Just Like Old Times for Panic in Memphis (09/21/07)

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Widespread Panic made their return to Memphis, this time with a new twist, a new guitarist and a few old tricks up their sleeve.

This year's Fall Tour-opening run marked the band's first shows in this melting pot of American Music since the end of July, 2006, and a few changes were apparent this time around.  

Not only was this their first time playing the new downtown FedEx Forum, only a stone's throw from world-famous Beale Street, but it was new guitarist Jimmy Herring's first Memphis Panic shows since he joined the band at this time last year.

The band's last shows at their old home, the dark, dingy and loveable old space ship that was MidSouth Coliseum, were also two of the final three shows for former guitarist George McConnell, who had replaced founding member Mikey Houser just before his death from pancreatic cancer on August 10, 2002. McConnell quit last summer's tour after the next day's show in St. Louis, once he confronted the rest of the band regarding rumors of his lame-duck status.

But in a new venue, with a new guitarist, the same old road warriors lit the same old town on fire, showing the versatility that has made them a stalwart of consistency for over twenty years.

This show had a little bit of everything you could ask for from a Panic show.

There was the bouncy, happy sound, exemplified by the show opening trio of A of D, Space Wrangler and Walkin' (For Your Love). It was Herring's first try at the instrumental A of D, a song not played since longtime producer John Keane and Houser's old guitar tech Sam Holt shared the lead spot to help the band finish last summer's tour, before Herring was hired for fall. Wrangler and Walkin' got the band warmed up and the crowd in the mood and ready to keep singing along with front man and resident preacher John Bell.

Another bit of joy marked the opening of the second set, with the instrumental Party at Your Mama's House showcasing Herring's growing sense of comfort with his new band in the form of a very patient jam. Bell also chimed in throughout with nice work on the slide, which is pretty much the only time during a show you can easily hear his instrumental contribution. But, hey, they don't pay the man to play the guitar.   

But that wasn't all this show had in store.

There were the hard rocking foot-stompers. The upbeat Tie Your Shoes followed Walkin', and gave the crowd a usual second set piece of sandwich bread in the first set. The song allowed both the rapid-fire notes of Herring and the rolling bass line of Dave Schools to shine.

More songs in this vein would follow the rest of the night, from the dark rollercoaster of funk that is Pigeons in the first set to their heavy take on the traditional blues of Junior in the second set.

One of the hardest rockers came in the person of Glory, making its first appearance in a set in nearly six full years. And the band nailed this version, appropriately providing a rare surprise for the fans in a town with its own special place in Panic lore.

And while Herring continues to find his comfort zone with this group, there are still noticeable growing pains. It seemed as though he approached shows in the spring as a contest to see how many notes he could play during solos, this Eddie Van Halen-esque style being a stark contrast to the floating, psychedelic sound of Houser. He began picking his spots a little better over the summer, but he overdid it a bit this time on songs like Big Wooly Mammoth and Surprise Valley.

The rest of the band had their moments, too. One can expect some hiccups during tour openers, and this Friday in Memphis was no different. Schools started early for the encore, Imitation Leather shoes, before becoming visibly agitated. Bell appeared to sound unsure of himself as he began the vocals to Climb to Safety, which led to a slightly disjointed beginning. And a second set drop back into Chilly Water from You Got Yours was a bit sloppy.

But, as it is with most Panic shows, the good far outweighed the bad inside the Forum.

The highlight of the first set came with the jam out of Rebirtha, into the fan favorite Ribs and Whiskey. The former ended with lots of funk and great work from Herring, before dissipating into easily one of the longest, most patient Ribs intros that this reviewer has heard, with Herring accented nicely by great slide work from Bell, both flowing over Todd Nance's steady kick drum.

More exemplary jamming followed in the second set, first with the opener, Party, and then with one of the funkiest versions of Climb to Safety you will ever hear. Keyboardist Jojo Hermann carried the jam with his clavinet, riding on top of a funky bass line from Schools that reminded one of their cover of Solid Rock, and song from Bob Dylan's Christian revivalist period. It was a wonderful change of pace for a song too often mailed in with little variation within the jam.

Hermann was not done there, however. His next standout moment would begin a stretch of the show that exemplified why fans still come back to Panic after all these years, because they feature a dark, evil edge to their sound that is truly unmatched by anyone else in the scene.

A drum intro from Nance and percussionist Sunny Ortiz led into an especially sinister version of Dr. John's I Walk on Guilded Splinters, featuring Hermann putting the fear into the crowd with a mix of funky Hammond B-3 and chaotic piano. The jam also featured outstanding work by Herring and a lot of call-and-response between the two of them.

Guilded segued nicely into a Chilly Water sandwich, the meat being more loud, dark, thunderous rock in the form of You Got Yours. The band followed this with the unquestionable highlight of the evening, Colonel Bruce Hampton's Time is Free, which Herring effectively carried on his back with one stretch of psychedelic shredding after another, helped by Bell's growling vocals and rambling raps. 

The set very well could have ended after Chilly Water, and probably should have ended after the marathon version of Time is Free, but Herring jumped right into the roaring stomp of Neil Young's classic, Mr. Soul, finally ending a monster second set and leaving much of the crowd exhausted, undoubtedly nursing sore arms from constant fist-pumping.

The crowd hardly seemed bothered by the short encore, but, after the previous stretch, who could blame them?

After all, once Imitation Leather Shoes gave them time to catch their breath, the debauchery of Beale Street awaited them outside the Forum's doors.

09/21/07 FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

1: A of D, Space Wrangler, Walkin' (For Your Love), Tie Your Shoes > Pigeons, Blue Indian, Rebirtha > Ribs and Whiskey, Big Wooly Mammoth

2: Party at Your Mama's House > Junior, Glory, Smoking Factory, Surprise Valley > Climb to Safety, Guilded Splinters > Chilly Water > You Got Yours > Chilly Water, Time is Free > Mr. Soul

E: Imitation Leather Shoes