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Watch Jason Isbell and Widespread Panic shred through two classic rock covers at the final day of the 2019 SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta.
Widespread Panic leaned on fan-favorites from their classic era during their first of two headlining slots at SweetWater 420 Festival – watch full show pro-shot video.
- [UPDATED] SweetWater 420 Fest Announces Free nugs.tv Webcast: Widespread Panic, Joe Russo's Almost Dead & More
A free webcast of this weekend’s SweetWater 420 Fest will feature performances from Widespread Panic, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more.
Widespread Panic has been added to the May 2 lineup for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Widespread Panic returned to Durham after 25 years with a three-night stand featuring setlists loaded with rarities and jams.
Widespread Panic filled Sunday night’s setlist with surprises and threw a bunch of jams into their Capitol Theatre finale. ScottyB shares his take along with Adam McCullough’s photos and pro-shot video of the entire show.
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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.
JamBase will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special show featuring The Camp Harry All-Stars, Big Light and Ron Artis II & The Truth at San Francisco’s The Chapel.
Young guitar prodigy Taz Niederauer was joined by P-Funk’s Eric McFadden and Dead & Co.’s Oteil Burbridge on Monday night.
The Flaming Lips will hit the road with The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Particle Kid for a 12-show summer tour.
Phish will soon release an official recording of their November 11, 1998 show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan via LivePhish.
Episode 35 of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features a double dose of “Tour Stories” segments after “The Rundown.” Zach Gill tells tales of a wild “BBQ” at an ALO show, meeting the president and jamming with Eddie Vedder, while Son Volt’s Jay Farrar recalls a pair of weird incidents during his time on the road.