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Watch Widespread Panic team up with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on this date in 1999.
Widespread Panic honored an old friend and dusted off a long-lost instrumental as part of their two nights at this year’s Ride Festival in Telluride.
Widespread Panic loaded Sunday night’s concert at Red Rocks with oldies and included just one original debuted this millennium in the setlist.
Widespread Panic busted out a rarely played original and cover during their show Saturday at Red Rocks.
Watch Widespread Panic bust out Little Feat’s “Down On The Farm” at Red Rocks.
Celebrate the start of this year’s Widespread Panic three-night stand at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado with a look at the show the band played at the venue 17 years ago today.
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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.
The Chicago Cubs will host their second Grateful Dead Night of 2019 in August, with those who take part in a special ticket offer receiving a double-sided, seven-inch vinyl record featuring two live tracks.
DJ Williams’ Shots Fired will embark on “The West Coast Massive Nights Tour” in August featuring members of Slightly Stoopid, The Greyboy Allstars, Lyrics Born and more.
Co-founding The Meters and Neville Brothers keyboardist Art Neville has died at age 81.
Fruition unveiled “Alone Together,” a song featured on the first in series of forthcoming 45’s, and confirmed a series of headlining dates in September.
The String Cheese Incident closed out their 2019 run at Red Rocks with help from the Del McCoury Band and Celtic Steps dancers on Sunday night.