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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.”

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".

Widespread Panic April 21st & 22nd

widespreadAmphitheater, Raleigh North Carolina

The Holiday Inn Brownstone, where we were staying, is the main hotel for most of the Panic fans this weekend. By Friday morning the parking lot already had people partying and blasting their live shows thru their car speakers. Our crew decided to rent a large SUV Limo for the show. When we all left for the show that day, we were riding in style.

The Walnut Creek Amphitheater is a wonderful venue to see a show. Not only are there enough bathroom and plenty of areas to eat and drink, but the folks who worked there were some of the nicest employees I have ever dealt with at a show. After getting our beverages, we quickly ran to our seats under the Amphitheaters covered section. Right then the first wave of screams came from the crowd as Panic took the stage and delivered a large "Proving Ground – Chilly Water – Proving Ground" sandwich. John Keane who has produced many of Widespread Panics albums joined them on stage for most of this first set. He sat in on the next two songs, "C Brown" and "Porch Song" switching between guitar and pedal steel guitar the whole time.  Next Panic served up another sandwich by playing "Driving Song – Tie Your Shoes – Driving Song".  I took a minute to look back at the crowd and saw the whole place dancing like this was their last show ever. The first set wrapped up with "Ain't Life Grand" and a Jerry Joseph cover "Chainsaw City".

The second set opened with a new Panic song, "Second Skin". Widespread will be issuing this song on their soon to be released CD, "Earth to America".  The next song was a cover of War's "Low Rider", followed by "Junior" and a song I have not heard in awhile "Love Tractor".  During set break they played the Rolling Stones album 'Exile on Main Street' so it was not too surprising, when after Drums, they played a killer version of "Stop Breaking Down Blues". The second set finished up strongly with versions of "Traveling Light" by JJ Cale, "This Part of Town" an old Michael Houser tune, and "Solid Rock" a Bob Dylan cover from his religious days that will also be released on the new album in June.

The night ended with a slow encore of "Nobody's Loss" followed by another uplifting cover of Jerry Josephs "Climb to Safety". The band left the stage and the crowd worked their way back to their cars and headed home for the night knowing they had just been to a party with thousands of friends.

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-Day two at Walnut Creek Amphitheater.

It seems the older I get the harder it is to rebound from the concert the night before. I move a little bit slower to my seat, but my feet still want to dance when the lights go down. Tonight's show opened with a Widespread Panic classic "Diner". It almost felt like a huge sing along from their first song into "Blackout Blues".  The crowd let the band sing again on the next few songs, "Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)", "From The Cradle", and my favorite Widespread Panic tune "Holden Oversoul". If ever I felt like I wanted to dance, this was the time.

John Keane was back again tonight playing thru the end of the first set again on "Blue Indian", "Travelin' Man", and "Wondering". The first set finished up with a rockin' tune I have never heard the band play called "Georgia On A Fast Train".

Thank God we had our same seats under the roof tonight, because the weather was going to change real quick. No sooner had I left the bathroom and got a few beers for the second set that I felt the rain come. Not just lightly mind you, but fast and hard! By the time I made it to the covered area I was soaked and every person in the place was trying to get into our seats. Needless to say I had to 'move' a few people out of my way and play security for all of my friends trying to get back into their seats. Right away all you could hear was the rumor of a Hatfield. Who was Hatfield and what is the song about? You will have to Google that for yourself. All I can tell you is it deals with cooking up some rain.

The second set started like this "Old Neighborhood, Pigeons, Good People, Rebirtha > Jam". Then came the song everyone wanted to hear, even the wettest of wet fans standing in the rain on the lawn. "Hatfield" is an older Widespread Panic song, but it always seems to come alive when the rain is pouring and the crowd is feeling the thunder. After that epic song I could not expect the best part of the whole two nights run would be what came next.

"Ribs And Whiskey" is a great song with even better lyrics 'seen your sister naked, ain't nothing I tried to see'. Then Sam Holt, Michael Houser's old guitar tech came out for a long missed "Machine" into "Barstools and Dreamers" song. This combo is something older Panic fans could truly appreciate as Holt played his guitar just like Houser used to. The set ended with another JJ Cale cover "Ride Me High" and a Widespread Panic heavy guitar riffing song called "Give".

The two night show ended with a sweet encore of "Clowns Come Home", a Neil Young cover of "Don't Be Denied", and a wonderful "Imitation Leather Shoes".  The two nights were over, the fans were spent, and the last thing I heard that brought a smile to my face was from a lady by the exit, "Thanks for coming, ya' all come back real soon". You know what….I think I just might.

Other Lynel Honerman Reviews:

The Bad Plus

WideSpread Panic 11/3/2005 Fillmore in Denver CO

Rose Hill Drive does Zepplin One

Hairy Apes BMX and the Dead Kenny G's

Cripple Crow CD by Devendra Banhart

I'll Have The Widespread Panic With A Side Of Galactic

The Jazz Aspen Festival is more of a gumbo of American music than jazz musicians' guild these days, but who's complaining? With the aspen trees barely showing signs of an approaching Fall, hot days were lending themselves to much colder nights and the perfectly sized crowd seemed poised for a great weekend of music. The melancholy recognition of those suffering in the South was braided throughout the sets, yet the bands got down to business.

The first day of music was kicked off with Widespread Panic's close friend, Jerry Joseph, and followed by Johnny Clegg. The crowd was surprisingly light as Panic took to the stage around 6:15 on Thursday evening and launched into an extended Rebirtha with taunts and teases that segued nicely into Junior. Old Neighborhood and Good People seemed to be a nod to those suffering in New Orleans, which was appreciative, but slowed the set a bit. In an attempt to shift gears, the band began the familiar progression of the crowd-pleasing J.J. Cale cover, Ride Me High. Run For Your Life is an interesting Beatles choice for Panic, but they pull it off well and it proved to be a nice mid-set treat. I was excited to hear an older Pigeons as well as another J.J. Cale cover, Travelin' Light. A set closing Give ended a modest, slow-paced set as the sun also took a break behind the surrounding hills of Snowmass.

The second set started with a rockin' version of Disco as Dave Schools rolled the band into the well-accepted new tune, Second Skin. A personal highlight of the evening for myself had to be the Blind Faith cover Can't Find My Way Home. John Bell (JB) sounded great and reminded me of the original soulful singing of Winwood & Clapton. After a fairly standard Rock came the slow spacey jam in the key of D that could only mean one thing, Driving Song. Driving Song segued fairly abruptly into R.L. Burnside's Snake Drive, which I believe is the only second time its been played. I remember it being pretty straightforward rock with a freight train kind of feel. Snake Drive dissolved into a short and sweet Drums that inevitably led back into Driving Song. Knocking 'Round the Zoo really got the crowd excited as the set closed with a low-end thumping Imitation Leather Shows.

An emotional Old Joe encore was a bittersweet reminder of the passing of original guitarist, Mikey Houser, but quite nice to hear. An aptly played Bayou Lena with Wally Ingram helping Sonny on percussion would have left any Panic fan happy but they didn't stop there. They decided to end things with a short ripping version of the live favorite, Fishwater. All in all, Panic's first night was good but I couldn't help but feel the band was taking a warm-up lap of sorts. So, we shuffled on to our Magic Shuttle Bus to take us home and looked forward to another music-filled tomorrow.

GALACTIC – Friday Afternoon Set

The afternoon of Galactic's set could not have been more beautiful. The sun was shining, kids were running around and the token throwing of the football had all signs pointing to a great day of music. If you're familiar with Galactic's New Orleans style of music, you know their sound is big, festive and much like a parade of funk dancing down Bourbon Street. But, when Galactic took the stage on Friday afternoon, you could tell their hearts were heavy with thoughts of their friends, family and beloved city. Stanton Moore struggled through a few words about donations before the band tried to settle into their set. If ever there was a time for music to act as a healer, it was now. The band played well but the festive atmosphere of the guys seemed to be lacking, and rightfully so. They played the bayou-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Lickity Split and wished them and their families well. Something was telling me Galactic was going to wait until the late night show to throw down. The setlist was:

I: Garbage Truck, Crazyhorse Mongoose, Lickity Split, Double Wide->Go Go, BK Instrumental, Clock Intro->Clock Stopper, Groovy Lady, Blackbird Special, Black-Eyed Pea

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Friday Night

The New Orleans nods continued as Panic kicked off the second night with Talking Head's cover Papa Legba, a song about a voodoo god. Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi) and Doreatha gave George McConnell a chance to give his quick licks on lead guitar. A standard Weight of the World led to another aptly played tune, Down, as the lyrics "take along some of your favorite things 'cause you're gonna need 'em" rang with realism. The feel good country rock of Papa Johnny Road got everyone dancing for the upcoming Diner and crowd-cheering Tallboy. The first set ended with yet another not-so-subtle tune tied to the disaster in New Orleans, Climb to Safety. A great set closer. It was both chilling and uplifting to hear Bell and the crowd sing, "we must grab each others collar, we must rise out of the water and you know as well as I do it's no fun to die alone."

A giant of a second set began with old time favorite Love Tractor and led into Bust It Big. The Chilly Water>Worry>Chilly Water sandwich was appropriately well received and I, for one, was glad to hear the slower, emotional I'm Not Alone. The set kept moving with a newer You Should Be Glad, then older Tie Your Shoes that segued into Jack, and eventually led into Hot Tuna's Bow-Legged Woman. Porch Song, a Widespread Panic concert staple, closed the set and the show proved to be pure rock as Panic can only play it.

To finish us off, the band played yet another three song encore. The always-danceable All Time Low plowed its way into a frenzy and gave way to War's Slippin' Into Darkness. The final tune, Action Man, was more of an exiting tune for me by this time. What can I say? I had to go see Galactic again.

GALACTIC – Friday Late Night Set

The Snowmass Conference Center is not your normal venue. A little surprised and a little late, (hey, cut me some slack-this is my eighth straight hour of music) I meandered into the bouncing crowd. Already I could tell things were much more livelier than earlier in the day. Maybe it was the absence of the afternoon heat or the smaller confines of the Conference Center, but the people were moving and the music was loud. The band seemed to be enjoying themselves a little more too which always is a good thing. A guest appearance from P-nut on the midi-sax on Hot Pants Road was nice as was the show ending mega-medley Tippi Toes->Funkybird->Tiger Roll->Space Headz. In a growing trend these days for Galactic, they chose to wind things down for their encore and played a crowd settling Quiet Please.

I: It Ain't What You Think, Forbidden Horn, Baker's dozen, Blues For Ben, Moil, Workin' In A Coal Mine, Chicken Pox, Live Wire
II: Daydreaming, Santa Cruz, Mario Groove, Hot Pants Road*, Calypso Minor, Hit The Wall, Tippi Toes->Funkybird->Tiger Roll->Space Headz
E: Quiet Please

All in all, the weekend was a success for myself and the bands I was lucky enough to catch. For such a relatively small festival, there were great musicians all over the area and music coming at you from all sides. But even if I didn't see all the acts, in the end it doesn't matter who's playing the music, as long as the music moves your feet.