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Cloud 9 Adventures and Widespread Panic announce the details of the sixth edition of destination concert vacation, Panic en la Playa. The four-night destination concert vacation will return to the beautiful Caribbean coastline of the Riviera Maya region of Mexico from February 27 - March 3, 2017. The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will host Widespread Panic devotees at this ultimate fan experience where guests experience four full nights of Widespread Panic.

Widespread Panic will be performing at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers on June 17th. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. Widespread Panic’s 2016 Summer Tour will stretch from the Midwest to the West Coast during the months of June and July. Highlights include a return to Mud Island in Memphis, TN, three nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, the band’s first ever shows in Bend, OR, three nights in Vegas, two in Oakland, CA and will conclude with a return to the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.  

Widespread Panic has announced spring tour dates in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary and twelfth studio album, Street Dogs (September 25th 2015 via Vanguard Records). The tour will kick off with three nights at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater with stops in Chicago, Detroit and Wanee Music Festival. Their good friends Tedeschi Trucks Band will join them in Birmingham on April 23 and their good friend Jason Isbell will join them in Raleigh on April 30. See tour dates below.

Widespread Panic steps up again to take the headliner reins for one of our best line-ups ever and brings their raucous jamband excitement to what has now become one of the most popular Festivals in the country.  THE 2016 WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL--now in its 12th year--returns Thursday April 14th through Saturday April 16th to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. Tickets for the Festival go on sale Monday, December 14th / 10AM through www.waneefestival.com.

When a band can joyfully experience first-time approaches to their craft even after 30 years and 11 albums together, it is no surprise that the result will be something sweet.

For southeastern jam band legends and pioneers Widespread Panic, coming together for a live, full band studio recording was something they had never done, until now.

The rain started early Saturday morning, just after the Umphrey‘s McGee set closed up shop. That dope encore was legit. The intermittent downpours left over 5 inches of rain in their wake on the fields of Oakridge. Personally, my tent was soaked. The air mattress was now officially a floatation device in the wonderfully glassy sea that previously was the tent floor.

As everyone is winding down from Lockn’, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on Labor Day Weekend in one of my favorite towns in the Midwest, Nashville. I had the opportunity to photograph Widespread Panic for my very first time at the beautiful Ascend Amphitheater for their second night of their two night run over Labor Day weekend. I have to say, that it is true, you should never miss a Sunday show. What a beautiful night to see some music!

There is a place filled with nothing but greatness, where virtuous vibes fly like the swallows of Capistrano, and magical music frees the spirit to glide up her own personal stairway to heaven. There is a place where heady humans come to swim together in a sea of awesomeness with kindness in their hearts and love in their souls.

This year's Forecastle Festival was a success despite extreme weather. Due to heavy rains leading up to the festival, the rising Ohio River threatened the structure of stages close to the water. A windstorm on Friday shut down headliner Sam Smith's performance early and caused a two-hour delay on Saturday. Throughout the weekend, however, the extreme heat was the talk of most festivalgoers. Thankfully, the crew hosting the event was phenomenal.

Not many music ensembles stand the test of time. Most can’t even handle the road… 29 years now, Widespread Panic has been king of the road.  Located in a considerably small municipality, the Arkansas Music Pavilion played host to a smorgasbord of colorful ‘spreadnecks’, some who have been on tour with the band all spring and summer and were more than proud to tell tale of a moment at a previous show.

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