Denver School to Auction Widespread Panic Guitar

Guitar signed by Widespread Panic is being auctioned for a great cause.

The Park Hill K-8 Mardi Gras Silent Auction benefiting Park Hill K-8 School of Denver, CO wil be held on Saturday, February 10, 2007.

An Acoustic Epiphone Guitar signed by members of Widespread Panic with the following signatures inluding John Bell, John "JoJo" Hermann, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz, Dave Schools, and George McConnell. This item will be sold in the Live Auction at the Park Hill Silent Auction.

Other hot-items up for auction include Denver Nuggets Club Tickets, Guitar signed by John Mayer, Southwest Airline Tickets, and a Big Head Todd Package.

Go to the
Blackie-Colorado website to bid on any of the 240 items. Closing online bids is 2/6/07 at 9:00 p.m.

Sponsored By:Park Hill PTSA
Location:Park Hill Golf Course
Location Address:4141 East 35th Ave Denver CO 80207
Parking:Free Parking
Attire:Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire
Starting Time: 5:30 PM 5:30 to 10:00 pm

Our school is a Kindergarten through 8th grade serving the diverse population of Park Hill. The proceeds from our auction will go directly to fund various programs at our school, such as: para-professional positions, additional resources for the library, art lab and computer lab, and cultural enhancement programs.


Birthday Wishes for Jimmy Herring

On Monday January 22 guitarist Jimmy Herring turns 45.
Happy Birthday Jimmy and many more!

Jimmy Herring - January 22, 1962 Fayetteville, NC


Widespread Panic to Play The Classic Center

Billed as a "surprise" on their Spring 2007 tour roster, Widespread Panic announced today that the surprise will be a 3 night performance in their hometown of Athens, GA at The Classic Center Theatre Apr 23, 24, & 25.

The Classic Center is a 2100 seat theater in the heart of downtown Athens.

Ticket and show details will be announced shortly.


This Week: Hannah's Buddies, JB & Friends Charity

8th Annual Hannah’s Buddies Charity Classic
Helping tens of thousands of kids fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy

The 8th Annual Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic and John Bell and Friends Benefit Bash are set for Saturday January 20, 2007 in Orlando. The golf tournament returns to the Grand Cypress Resort and then it is off to a dinner and silent auction at the House of Blues for the golfers and their guests.

John Bell and Friends Benefit Bash at the House of Blues in Orlando is open to all and includes,
special guests - Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit

Doors: 8:00pm
Tickets: $39.50 adv / dos

*HoB box-office walkups may purchased Tickets at face value $39.50 cash only.

Tickets for the show are on sale now at

Click here for more information on the golf tournament and to register.


Herring With Burbridge

The Press-Register
Positive Energy - LAWRENCE SPECKER

It's not about preaching," said bassist Oteil Burbridge, who brings a unique mix of spirituality and funk to a Mobile club Saturday evening. "It's all about love and hope and forgiveness and compassion."

And for listeners who don't necessarily know what they're getting into, it's about one more thing as well: "They should expect to get their faces rocked off," Burbridge said.

As luck would have it, Mobile is one of four cities in on a limited tour combining some very promising building blocks: Burbridge himself is a renowned instrumentalist, particularly in the jam-band scene, and he has a resume to show that his reputation is deserved. Aside from serving as bassist for the Allman Brothers Band since 1997, he was a member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, an influential jam/Southern Rock group founded by Col. Bruce Hampton. Though he has been involved in numerous other collaborations, the Peacemakers are his primary solo outlet.

On the current run of shows, he's being joined by a special guest who holds a particularly lofty place in the jam pantheon: guitarist Jimmy Herring, who was tapped last fall to take over the lead guitar spot in Widespread Panic.

The show's opening act, The Lee Boys, are a group representing the "sacred steel" tradition popularized most notably by Robert Randolph. Developed primarily in House of God Churches -- and little known outside them until the late '90s -- it's a genre in which the pedal steel guitar is used as the cornerstone of a high-energy blend founded on gospel and R&B.

While those elements are doubtless appealing enough to draw many listeners to Dauphin Street's Soul Kitchen, interviews with Burbridge and Alvin Lee of The Lee Boys make clear that the show may confound some easy expectations.

For one thing, in this context, Herring is more than just "that guy from Panic." He and Burbridge played together in the Aquarium Rescue Unit and other projects and have known each other for nearly 20 years, Burbridge reckons.

"We just get Jimmy when we can," Burbridge said. "The last time we did it, it was just magic."

His bigger point was that this meeting is not a nostalgia trip. While a couple of ARU tunes may be in the repertoire, Burbridge appeared distinctly uninterested in letting the night become a medley of material from other projects.

"Actually, I really don't want to do that," he said. "The Peacemakers is the Peacemakers."

Consequently the band's own repertoire, particularly material from its new album "Believer," likely will be the focal point, regardless of who's sitting in.

"Why do Panic when you can go see Jimmy play with Panic?" he continued. "It's the same reason I don't do a lot of Allman Brothers Band with the Peacemakers. You can go see the real thing."

The other major misconception that might need to be cleared up applies to those who hear the words "Sacred Steel" and immediately picture Robert Randolph blazing away on his pedal steel guitar at the Grammy awards telecast or on some late show.

Alvin Lee had no bad words for Randolph, but he and Burbridge both were eager to make clear that The Lee Boys come from a different end of a common musical pool.

"When you see those guys, you're pretty much seeing exactly what takes place in church," Burbridge said of The Lee Boys.

Both Burbridge and Lee agreed to a bluegrass analogy: You might think of Randolph as akin to Alison Krauss, mixing a traditional genre with outside influences and reaching a mass crossover audience -- an audience that might or might not then seek out traditionalists like Doyle Lawson or Ralph Stanley. In sacred steel, the traditionalists are represented by groups such as the Campbell Brothers and The Lee Boys, Lee said.

Pop music demands conventions like verses and choruses, Lee said. But he's hewing closer to a tradition where a song may contain only one line or three lines of lyrics, maybe just one musical hook, repeated and pumped up and elaborated until those playing and chanting and dancing it reach something approaching rapture.

(The curious will have a prime opportunity to compare the two approaches for themselves. Soul Kitchen will present Randolph on Feb. 19, which is Lundi Gras; advance tickets are $20 and go on sale today at the club. See for details.)

As in bluegrass, tradition can be confining -- but Lee said that even in church, outside jazz and funk influences can be felt.

While Lee and Burbridge do share some musical common ground, the real unifying element of this tour appears to be their faith, and their approach to sharing it. While both are avowed exponents of Christianity, both said they are content to let the music do the talking.

"I think the best way is to do what we do," Lee said.
"This is what God did for me, this is my sense of hope," Burbridge said. "There's a lot of good energy going on around both bands."

"There's so much in life that brings us down," he said. "We need to let the pain out ... when we do that, we're left with this joy."

"Our music is definitely gospel and is rooted deep," Lee said. "We definitely want the message to be spread through the music. ... So many people, when they hear our music, they get a feeling."

"I just hope they come away from the show feeling great," said Burbridge, "and having sweated a lot from dancing."

Widespread Panic Spring Tour Additions Confirmed

WP Spring Tour 2007 Details Announced!
Check out the WP Tour page for updated details on the upcoming Spring Tour including venues, on-sale dates, and ticket info.

Mar. 11, 2007 Sunrise, FL
Mar. 23, 2007 The Woodlands, TX
Mar. 24, 2007 Grand Prairie, TX
Mar. 25, 2007 Tulsa, OK
Mar. 27, 2007 Kansas City, MO
Mar. 28, 2007 Kansas City, MO
Mar. 30, 2007 Carbondale, IN
Mar. 31, 2007 Cleveland, OH
Apr. 01, 2007 Albany, NY
Apr. 03, 2007 Richmond, VA
Apr. 04, 2007 Baltimore, MD
Apr. 06, 2007 Washington, DC
Apr. 07, 2007 Washington, DC
Apr. 10, 2007 Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 11, 2007 Louisville, KY
Apr. 13, 2007 Asheville, NC
Apr. 14, 2007 Huntsville, AL
Apr. 15, 2007 Columbia, SC
Apr. 17, 2007 Knoxville, TN
Apr. 18, 2007 Knoxville, TN
Apr. 20, 2007 Raleigh, NC
Apr. 21, 2007 Raleigh, NC
Apr. 23, 2007 TBA,Special Surprise
Apr. 24, 2007 TBA,Special Surprise
Apr. 25, 2007 TBA,Special Surprise
Apr. 27, 2007 Orange Beach, AL
Apr. 28, 2007 Orange Beach, AL
Jun. 09, 2007 Lawrence, KS Wakarusa Music Festival


Earth To America Best Song Voted By You

When asked which song you felt was the best off the Earth To America LP
the number one pick was SECOND SKIN.
Runner up was FROM THE CRADLE.

Thanks for voting!

This poll is closed


Celebrate Jammuary

Concert.TV And Relix Magazine Celebrate Jammuary

Relix, the magazine for music, and Concert.TV, the only television network dedicated to live music performances and documentaries, kick off the new year by kicking out the jams. Re-christening January "Jammuary," these two powerhouses in live music come together for the ultimate music television experience. Concert.TV is airing all the jamtasitc greats as determined by the Relix editorial staff, including Phish, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia Band, The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.

"Jam bands are among the biggest live attractions--consistently outperforming other forms of music with every tour. This is with almost no radio or television support and we wanted to change that," said Michael Shimbo, founder and president of Concert.TV. "By dedicating an entire month to this music, we're able to celebrate an important musical format that attracts incredibly loyal fans. Partnering with Relix made a great deal of sense. When it comes to live music, they are the key publication and we're thrilled to be working with them."

"Concert.TV is the only network that could pull this off in the way that it deserves," said Steve Bernstein, president and publisher of Relix. "This is a natural extension of what we cover and we're delighted to be involved."

Launched in 2003, Concert TV airs concert footage and documentaries of rock artists both new and old.

“Television on demand offers our viewers the freedom of choice. It also offers Concert TV the ability to program based on their viewing habits and interests,” Concert TV co-founder and president Michael Shimbo said in a statement.

Check out Concert TV online here.


Ringing in the New Year - Panic Style

12/31/06 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

1: From The Cradle, Who Do You Belong To?, Wondering, Wish You Were Here, Driving Song, Expiration Day, Down, Ribs And Whiskey
2: Bowlegged Woman > Surprise Valley > Goodpeople > Imitation Leather Shoes, Airplane > Second Skin, Let's Get Down To Business
3: I Can't Stop Loving You*, Love Tractor > Pigeons > You Should Be Glad, Barstools and Dreamers > Fixin' To Die* > Chilly Water > Action Man
E: May Your Glass Be Filled, Last Dance, Ain't Life Grand
* with Col. Bruce Hampton on vocals

First time played - I Can't Stop Loving You (written and recorded 1957 by Country great, Don Gibson)

Col. Bruce Hampton joined the boys on vocals wearing black-tailed tuxedo.

Everyone was on stage during the honoring of the Widespread Panic "15" banner presented by
Philips Arena President Bob Williams.

(l - r) Sam Lanier (Brown Cat Mgt.), Buck Williams (PGA),
John Bell (WP), Bob Williams (Philips Arena) and Domingo Ortiz (WP)

The setup behind the stage was the sun, full and center, with clouds guarding each side. Hovering further out were planets amidst a meteor shower as cherubs watched over all. The rest was Earth to America.

Candles encased in glass filled the stage and at the strike of midnight angels fell from the rafters along with a ton of confetti.

12/31/06 - Wish You Were Here 3:11

12/31/06 -Goodpeople >Imitation Leather Shoes 4:48


Philips Arena Honors "Widespread Panic 15"

Philips Arena President Bob Williams was on hand to honor Widespread Panic with a banner in their name. The white banner was raised shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve in recognition of the band's 15th consecutive sold-out concert at the venue dating back to 1999.

Widespread Panic have perfomed two New Year shows at the Philips Arena in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Three shows were performed in 2001 and no shows were performed there in 2004 while the band were on their 15-month hiatus.