WIDESPREAD PANIC INDUCTED INTO RANKS OF
ALLMAN BROTHERS, R.E.M. AND RAY CHARLES
Widespread Panic will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at the 30th Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show on Saturday, September 20th in Atlanta, GA.
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The show will broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting and will include a special performance from the band. Past inductees include Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, R.E.M. and the Allman Brothers Band as well as industry professionals such as music attorney Joel Katz and record label owner Antonio "L.A." Reid.
"Sharing this honor with so many of our greatest musical influences is something I'm sure none of the band members imagined when we first started making music together. September 20th is going to be a truly special day for the entire Widespread Panic Family," says Widespread's John Bell.
Widespread Panic was founded in Athens, GA in 1986 and has since become a national touring force that has landed in Pollstar’s Top 50 tours of the year for the past decade, sold three million albums and played over 2,374 shows over their career. Despite thousands of concerts, the band has managed to never perform the same set list twice.
The 30th Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The banquet is hosted each year by the Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. and the Senate Music Industry Committee. Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization that honors the many achievements of Georgia musicians, songwriters, composers, conductors, publishers and agents. Each year, Friends of Georgia Music nominates, elects and inducts honorees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, celebrating individuals who have made a significant contribution to Georgia’s musical traditions. Friends of Georgia Music also provides scholarships to assist future musicians, songwriters and composers to continue their education and pursue their dreams.