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Widespread Panic fit rarities into their penultimate concert of Panic En La Playa 2020 in Mexico on Sunday night.
Jerry Joeseph helped Widespread Panic dust off a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” during night two of WSP’s Panic En La Playa Nueve run in Mexico, which featured a Red Hot Mama Pajama theme.
Marcus King joined Widespread Panic during night one of Panic La Playa at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico which also saw WSP paying tribute to Warren Zevon on what would have been his 73rd birthday.
Widespread Panic, Billy Strings and Yola are among the acts on Trondossa’s 2020 lineup.
Widespread Panic’s three-set New Year’s Eve 2019 – 2020 concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta saw the band introduced by legendary wrestler Ric Flair and welcome old friend John Keane for a set of Vic Chesnutt songs and more.
Widespread Panic kept to the themed encore trend they started on December 29th to close out night two of their New Year’s run at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
About John Bell
John Farmer Bell is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the American rock band Widespread Panic, where he is known for his raspy southern drawl that hits a variety of octaves. He is frequently called JB by fans.
Bell grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from University School in 1980. He attended the University of Georgia when he, Michael Houser, and Dave Schools met while Houser was playing at an open mic night. “Panic,” as Houser was nicknamed, began playing with JB and Schools at local Athens, GA clubs, playing mostly cover songs.
John Bell is an active philanthropist, most notably as an advocate for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Bell has helped raise over $2 million for SMA research, mostly through his involvement with “Hannah’s Buddies”. The foundation is named for Bell’s goddaughter and niece, who lives with SMA. Bell is involved in an annual fundraiser featuring a golf tournament and evening concert by “JB and Friends,” featuring John Bell solo, as well as performing with guests. Guest performers at the benefit have included Col. Bruce Hampton, Vic Chesnutt, John Keane, and Bloodkin, as well as Grammy Award winner Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the North Mississippi Allstars, and Nickel and the Polar Bears. He has also performed at various Habitat for Humanity benefit concerts put on by Warren Haynes.
Rage Against The Machine headlines the Firefly Music Festival 2020 lineup.
Rage Against The Machine and others have joined the Boston Calling 2020 lineup.
Widespread Panic closed out Panic En La Playa Nueve on Monday night with help from Ivan Neville, Nicki Bluhm and other guests.
Little Feat began an event featuring what might turn out to be their final shows with help from The Midnight Ramble Band, Scott Sharrard and Conor Kennedy.
Wilco & Trampled By Turtles are teaming up for three concerts this September.