On Saturday night Widespread Panic front man John Bell assembled a number of his
musical friends for the annual Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic
benefit concert at the House Of Blues in Orlando, FL. Hannah's Buddies aims to raise funds
for the fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy - a neuromuscular disease that affects
between 1 in 6,000 and 1 and 20,000 births.
According to our friends at The Barn Presents, the evening started with a performance by Nickel
and the Polar Bears that featured sit-ins from Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann
and percussionist Sunny Ortiz before JB took the stage.
John Bell started his set with solo performances of "Blue Indian" and "Tickle The Truth."
Bell then welcomed JoJo and Sunny for a cover of Neil Young's "Journey Through The Past,"
"Blackout Blues" and "Chilly Water." R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills then joined the fray
for a series of songs that included "The World Is Spinning Against You" by Smiling
Assassins and the R.E.M. classic "Don't Go Back To Rockville."
Watch fan-shot footage of "The World Is Spinning Against You" and "Don't Go Back To
Rockville" thanks to TheBarnPresents:
Later in the evening Widespread Panic manager Buck Williams joined in on harmonica
for "Smokestack Lightning" and was one of many sharing the stage for "The Weight." The
Dirty Dozen Brass Band closed out the performance with a set that saw John Bell emerge for
[via The Barn
[Published on: 2/24/14]