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Celebrate Jimmy Herring’s birthday today by revisiting his first run of shows as an official Widespread Panic member at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2006.
- Widespread Panic Celebrates New Year's Eve At Fox Theatre In Atlanta: Setlist, Review, Photos & Videos
Widespread Panic dusted off a Houser song for the first time since his death, debuted a Brute classic and worked many memorable jams into their New Year’s Eve show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
The second night of Widespread Panic’s 2018 New Year’s Run at the Fox Theater in Atlanta both started and ended with “Porch Song.”
Jam titans Widespread Panic mixed some of their most beloved originals with Neil Young, Traffic, Warren Zevon and JJ Cale covers to kick off their 2018 New Year’s Run at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.
Jam titans Widespread Panic confirmed a pair of three-night runs scheduled for March 2019.
Listen to Widespread Panic’s cover of Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama” from their latest archival release ‘Northampton 1998.’
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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.
Dave Matthews Band announced their upcoming 2019 Summer Tour of North America.
Guest-filled sets from Sister Sparrow, Galactic, The Nth Power and TAUK were among the highlights of day four aboard Jam Cruise 17.
Jam Cruise 17 hit the halfway mark on Thursday. JamBase’s Scott Bernstein shares five of his favorite moments from day three.
The Avett Brothers announced a batch of 2019 Summer Tour dates with Lake Street Dive tapped to open.
The first full day of Jam Cruise 17 included a mass wedding, a Bob Marley tribute, two outstanding Khruangbin performances and more.