Widespread Panic

Mile High Music Festival This Weekend

With just 5 days until Colorado's second annual Mile High Music Festival, today festival organizers announce the weekend's performance schedule.  Five stages will host 50 bands during the two-day festival, with music beginning at 11:15 am each day and going until 2 am on Saturday and 12:30 am on Sunday. Mile High Music Festival has also unveiled the 2009 Site Map.  Visit www.milehighmusicfestival.com for complete details and to purchase tickets.

Mile High Music Festival Unveils Another Round of Artists

Colorado's Mile High Music Festival, happening at the Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 18 and 19, unveils yet another round of 2009 performers.

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.

Year 2 of Mile High Boasts Colossal Lineup

It’s coming up on that time of year again, my favorite season, the summer outdoor concert season!  And that, among other things, means its festival time.  The floundering economy may have it’s dirty little fingers stuck in pretty much everyone’s pie, forcing more than a few festivals to close up shop this year (Langerado’s off, and Jackson Hole seems like a long shot), but rest assured Denver, the second annual Mile High Music Festival will be going strong right in our own backyards! 

Mile High Music Festival Announces 2009 Dates and Lineup

Colorado's Mile High Music Festival returns to the Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 18 and 19. The 2009 festival expands to two main stages for its second year. Headliners include TOOL (Saturday), Widespread Panic (on both Saturday and Sunday), and The Fray (Sunday).

THE 10KLF ADDS NEW ARTISTS

The 10,000 Lakes Festival has confirmed additional performers to the 7th annual music festival held at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota July 22 - 25. The festival, anchored by headliners Dave Matthews Band, two nights of Widespread Panic, and Wilco, has added artists such as Gomez, Mason Jennings, Todd Snider, North Indiana All Stars and many more.

Dave Matthews, Wilco & Widespread Panic Confirmed for 10KLF

The 10,000 Lakes Festival has announced Dave Matthews Band, two nights of Widespread Panic, and Wilco as headlining artists for four days of music and camping at the 7th annual music festival held at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota July 22 - 25.

The 10,000 Lakes Festival's artist lineup will feature over sixty acts performing on the festival's four stages. The first round of confirmed acts includes:

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

Bonnaroo | 2008 | Review/Photos

"Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain't no place I'd rather be, Baby won't you carry me back to Tennessee."  As I packed up the car and prepared for my road trip, I couldn't shake the lyrics of 'Tennessee Jed' off my mind.  Chicago, IL to Manchester, TN – 534 miles.  This was going to be my triumphant return to the festival I had grown to love in its first three years, but hadn't been able to get back to since 2004.  Bonnaroo, for some, is the pinnacle of music festivals across the nation a

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".