Widespread Panic Returns To St. Augustine For A 3 Night Concert
Southern improvisational masters and legendary jam band Widespread Panic returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a three-night concert run beginning Friday, August 2 and playing through Sunday, August 4, 2019.
Widespread Panic has been together more than 30 years. Formed by original members vocalist/guitarist John “JB” Bell, bassist Dave Schools and late guitarist Michael Houser, who lived together in a suburban house in Athens, GA, where they met as students not far from the University of Georgia campus, later to be joined by drummer Todd Nance. The band’s line-up was solidified with the addition of percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz and keyboard player John “JoJo” Hermann and Duane Trucks on drums.
Over three decades have passed since forming their original line-up in 1986, Widespread Panic is still hungry to be the best band they can be, every single night, for their loyal fan base. Their accomplishments over that time are well-documented. During their impressive run, the band has released 12 studio albums (including Street Dogs) and 43 live albums, selling more than 3 million copies as one of the most successful touring acts in the world. Widespread Panic has broken attendance records at major venues throughout the country, including a staggering 48 sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
"We acknowledge this is a milestone few groups get to achieve,” admits JB about their remarkable longevity. "It's like Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. Every time we go out there, we learn more tricks, bring that knowledge with us, and then apply it. We're way more experienced, focused and to the point, but still willing to stretch out without wandering too much.”
All three concert dates are participating in a food drive and will accept non-perishable food items throughout the run. Widespread Panic concert food drives first began with the fan-based organization Panic Fans for Food. This fan organization hosted food drives at WP shows throughout the country from 1999-2007, with the goal of, "feeding people through music." The effort generated $70,000 and 13 tons of food in 28 cities and was handed off to the band in early 2008. Since then, the band has been hosting food drives at select shows on their tours, engaging a demographic that is typically more difficult for charities and food drives to reach.
$74.50 – General Admission Standing Pit
$69.50 – Level 100 and 200
$59.50 – Level 300 and Obstructed View
Gates 5:30PM | Starts 7:00PM
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