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Beale Street Music Festival announces 2017 lineup

This morning Memphis in May announced the line-up to the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival.

Held on the banks of the Mississippi River, headliners this year include a wide range of names, including Widespread Panic, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, Death Cab for Cutie, and MGMT. Continue reading Beale Street Music Festival announces 2017 lineup

Widespread Panic & Umphrey’s McGee – Pittsburgh, PA

Widespread Panic & Umphrey’s McGee

Stage AE

Pittsburgh, PA


Umphrey’s McGee (via UM Twitter)

Set: Similar Skin, Deeper > Believe the Lie, Women Wine and Song, Wizard Burial Ground > Glory > Wizard Burial Ground, Hangover, Jajunk, Eminence Front *

* w/ Jimmy Herring, Jojo Hermann and Duane Trucks


Widespread Panic (via PanicStream)

Set: Jam > Holden Oversoul, Tickle The Truth > Henry Parsons Died, You Got Yours, Big Wooly Mammoth, Imitation Leather Shoes, Aunt Avis, Rebirtha > Goin’ Out West, Steven’s Cat, Papa’s Home > Drums & Bass > Drums > Papa’s Home, For What It’s Worth*, Fishwater

Encore: Me and the Devil Blues**, Action Man

* – w/ Brendan Bayliss on guitar & vocals ** – w/ Brendan Bayliss on guitar; Joel Cummins on keys

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Widespread Panic – Baltimore, MD

Widespread Panic

Pier 6

Baltimore, MD



Set I: Holden Oversoul, Give, Tickle the Truth, Rock, The Poorhouse Of Positive Thinking, Happy, Airplane, Rebirtha, Blackout Blues

Set II: Worry, Mercy > Jam > Big Wooly Mammoth, Chainsaw City* > Blight > Drums > Pusherman > May Your Glass Be Filled, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

Encore: Dream Song, The Ballad of John and Yoko

* with Andy Tennille on shaker





Widespread Panic – Washington D.C.

Widespread Panic

Warner Theatre

Washington D.C.



Set 1: Pleas > Weight of the World, You Got Yours, Bears Gone Fishin’ > Little Lilly > Jamais Vu > Dear Mr Fantasy, Junior, Greta > Henry Parson’s Died

Set 2: A of D, Papa Legba, Driving Song > Disco > Hatfield > Honky Red > Jam > Drums > Drums & Bass > Stop Go > Driving Song, Thought Sausage, Action Man

Encore: Contentment Blues, Holden Oversoul


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Neville Brothers to be Honored at All-Star Farewell Concert Event

NevilleOn Saturday, May 2nd, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together for New Orleans’ concert event of the year, NEVILLES FOREVER: A CELEBRATION OF THE NEVILLE BROTHERS AND THEIR MUSIC, to bid farewell to a national music treasure. This farewell concert will take place at the Saenger Theatre, and will feature performances by: the Neville Brothers (Aaron, Art, Charles, Cyril), Widespread Panic, Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, Ivan Neville, John Boutté, Anders Osborne and Ian Neville. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.


Tickets go on sale Monday, February 16 at 10am CST via Ticketmaster.com or at Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Saenger Theatre Box Office MondayFriday 10am – 5pm. Saturday hours vary by event. The address is 1111 Canal Street; New Orleans, LA; 70112.


Grammy Award-winner Don Was serves as music director and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incredible concert event taping. Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show, who recently produced large-scale concert events, music releases, and broadcast specials honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples and Emmylou Harris amongst others. Wortman and Was were the producers of last year’s extraordinary concert event, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John. NEVILLES FOREVER: A CELEBRATION OF THE NEVILLE BROTHERS AND THEIR MUSIC will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional and digital media.


“I am honored to produce such an important show celebrating the Neville Brothers. Their music has meant everything to me and fans around the world,” says Wortman. “This will be one of those nights where every fan wishes they were in the building.”


“The Neville Brothers are the royal family of New Orleans funk,” says Was. “Individually each brother is a musical powerhouse unto himself, but when they play together they create musical magic. The fact that they’ve come home to New Orleans for this show makes it all the more special.”


For more information on NEVILLES FOREVER: A CELEBRATION OF THE NEVILLE BROTHERS AND THEIR MUSIC, please visit: http://nevillesforever.com 


Remembering Mikey: The Music, Memory, and Spirit of Michael Houser

Sam holt“Remembering Mikey,” the band honoring Michael Houser’s music, is back on the road this March with shows throughout the Southern USA.  Lead by Sam Holt, the show will feature Houser originals as well as songs from Houser’s posthumous release Sandbox.  Holt will also be performing a number of original songs written for and inspired by Houser.

Widespread Panic’s founding member, Michael Houser, passed away in 2002.  Holt served as Houser’s guitar tech at the time and remembers experiencing a moment of clarity.  “There were many times when he [Houser] told me, ‘You need to go play music,’” says Holt.  “I realized I needed to make the most of my time.”   Eventually, Holt performed with Widespread Panic as their lead guitar player.

Since that time, Holt has formed his own musical groups, touring and building a large fan base across the country; first with Outformation and currently with The Sam Holt Band which formed in Colorado in 2011.

Holt takes time to honor his friend Michael Houser with the upcoming shows, billed officially as “Remembering Mikey” – Honoring the Music, Memory and Spirit of Michael Houser.

Along with Adam Grace, keyboardist for Truth & Salvage Co., “Remembering Mikey” will be a unique experience for Houser fans. “I am a huge fan of Widespread Panic and Houser’s music,”  says Grace.  “It is an honor to be a part of this tribute to Houser, one of the greatest musical minds of our time.”

Michael+Houser+cover555_450housertributeTwo other members of “Remembering Mikey,”  Jeremy Ward and Ross Parker, played the music of Widespread Panic for years in a tribute band called “Farmer’s Soul.”  They garnered a huge fan base in the South and will provide the perfect rhythm section for Sam Holt.  The final member of the group, Adam Stern, will be playing pedal steel and guitar, making this tribute a show that cannot be missed.

After playing his own music for many years, Holt will be returning to his roots and playing the tunes of his mentor and friend Michael Houser.  Holt relates, “Mike meant so much to so many. He instilled me with the confidence to play music… and these shows are a way for us to celebrate his music and memory.”




You can read more about Sam Holt, Remembering Mikey, and get your pre-sale tickets at the official band website www.rememberingmikey.com.

Remembering Mikey official Tour Dates:

March 19, 2015 – Charlotte, NC @ (To be announced soon)

March 20, 2015 – Charleston, SC @ The Pour House

March 21, 2015 –  Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall

March 25, 2015 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ The Booth

March 26, 2015 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s

March 27, 2015 – Jackson, MS @ Martin’s

March 28, 2015 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen

Duane Trucks to replace Todd Nance on Widespread Panic tour

Widespread Panic, 6/8/13, Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre


Duane Trucks, the younger brother of Derek Trucks, will replace drummer Todd Nance on Widespread Panic’s upcoming fall tour which kicks off October 3 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The band has only said that Nance will be taking time off to attend to personal matters.


Widespread Panic Fall Tour

October 3 Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
October 4 Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
October 5 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 8 Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
October 10 Huntsville, AL—Von Braun Center
October 11 Alpharetta, GA—Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
October 12 Biloxi, MS—Mississippi Coast Coliseum
October 14 Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 15 Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 17 Grand Praire, TX—Verizon Theatre
October 18 Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre
October 19 Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre
October 21 St. Louis, MO—Peabody Opera House
October 22 St. Louis, MO—Peabody Opera House
October 24 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
October 25 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
October 26 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
October 28 Cedar Rapids, IA—Paramount Theatre
October 29 Ames, IA—Stehen Auditorium
October 31 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
November 1 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
November 2 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center

Inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival Preview


String Cheese Incident


Widespread Panic


The inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival is scheduled to take place September 11th – 14th in the 3000 beautiful acre Kennekuk County Park located in south central Illinois. The POTM is rolling out a stellar line up for its first ever festival that includes two  nights of the String Cheese Incident; a Lunar Landing Conspiracy (all-star set curated by SCI);  two nights of Widespread Panic;  Grace Potter & the Nocturnals; Railroad Earth; Tedeschi Trucks Band; Gov’t Mule; JJ Grey & MOFRO; Leftover Salmon (with Bill Payne of Little Feat); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe; Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Jackie Greene; Donavon Frankenreiter; Sam Bush Band; Cornmeal; Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; David Gans (artist in residence) and many others.


Grace Potter & the Nocturnals


Railroad Earth


Tedeschi Trucks Band


Gov’t Mule/David Gans


Jackie Greene


Chris Robinson

The festival is geared to create a conscious awareness and express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature. Along with four unique outdoor stages there is also the Sanctuary, an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation where tired bodies can receive massages, energy work, sound healing, yoga, qi-gong, meditation and a variety of workshops and presentations.  Art is also a major component of the festival from large interactive sculpture to live art there will be several exhibits to intoxicate your senses. The organic festival will also offer a food court that will feature farm to table offerings and an organic farmers market as well as craft beer.


There are several special treats on the lineup, the Jeff Austin Band will be playing during the festival as well as a special late night VIP set of Jeff Austin & Friends. Cornmeal in the Kitchen also will be playing an additional set late night, the Cornmeal Ramble.


Jeff Austin


Cornmeal in the Kitchen

There will be several interactive activities from costume themed nights (Friday night is space jam & Saturday night power of purple) to coolest campsite contests where contestants will be entered in a chance to win tickets to next years POTM festival. Tickets for the festival are available at the gate and HERE.

High Sierra Music Festival 2014

High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, California
July 3-6, 2014

The 24th annual High Sierra Music Festival took place over the 4th of July weekend in beautiful Quincy, California. The weather was hot and so was the music; with diverse genres like rock, electronica, roots, jazz, bluegrass, country, and blues, there was something to please every taste.

Headliners Widespread Panic delivered a blistering two-set performance, and STS9 went back to their roots with old school musicality. Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Hard Working Americans bringing good ole whiskey fueled R’nR, while Lettuce and Turquaz brought the funky dance party. Meanwhile, the classic jazzy stylings of legends Bill Frisell and Ernest Ranglin delighted the jazzbos. Del McCoury and Greensky Bluegrass represented the grassy side of things well.

Next year for the silver anniversary High Sierra will once again stoke the family vibe plus provide some surprises for 2015.

Click the thumbnails to check out Susan Weiand’s shots from the weekend!

Flipping the calendar with Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA
December 31, 2013

The banner was updated:  Widespread Panic – 20 consecutive sold out shows.  No one quite really knows what defines “sold out,” but the banner hangs in the rafters of Philips Arena nonetheless. And, as 2013 turned into 2014, this New Years Eve added that 20th notch with a bang.

wpnye13aIn typical fashion, the band played three sets, the first of which was acoustic*. The asterisk is necessary, since it really signifies that John Bell performed seated with an acoustic guitar. The first set opened with a very special treat, a trio of  Neil Young covers from the album Time Fades Away. The band opened with “Journey Through the Past;” even those not familiar with the song could not mistake it as a Neil Young cover, as JB has a beautiful way of covering his songs. Next up was “Don’t Be Denied,” always a treat and always a crowd favorite.

When they moved into “Time Fades Away,” it left a lot of people wondering if it would be a full set of Neil. However, those hopes were short lived with the arrival of “And It Stoned Me.”

The second set brought increasing energy opening with a fun “Holden Oversoul > Who Do You Belong To,” and “You Got Yours” will forever be special, if not for the Mikey aspect alone.

As the New Year approached, Steve Lopez counted it down, fireworks exploded, confetti dropped, champagne was toasted, and “Auld Lang Syne” played over the PA. The energy escalated from there with Kool and the Gang’s version of “Celebration,” with the crowd singing along.

wpnye13bThe band came back in, and the third set started with something that fans have talked about for years. The opening notes from the Megablaster horns were unmistakable, and from the opening lyrics of “Burning Down the House,” the crowd was in full rage mode. The excitement was so high that most seemed to not care that the song’s execution was far from perfect. The vocal range of that song is hard to pull off anyway, but the tempo was a bit too fast and there was not a lot of coherence amongst the band and added horns. However, that was not really the point – they finally played “Burning Down the House!”

The next cover of “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)” was played much better and was a very nice segue to keep the energy high while sticking to the party theme of the New Year. The rest of the set played out with “classic new” and “classic classic” Widespread Panic, with a well placed and well played cover of “Spill the Wine.”

They ended the show with “Ain’t Life Grand,” the song that was the standard first song of the New Year for many years’ past, and as the house lights came on, most did believe that life was grand.

Set I: Journey Through The Past^, Don’t Be Denied, Time Fades Away^, And It Stoned Me, Expiration Day, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety

Set II: Holden Oversoul, Who Do You Belong To?, You Got Yours, Papa’s Home, Old Neighborhood**, Angels On High**, Devil In Disguise**, Tail Dragger**

Set III: Burning Down The House**^, Come On**^, Bust It Big**, Jack ~> Chilly Water ~> Surprise Valley, Pilgrims, Surprise Valley***, Spill The Wine****, You Should Be Glad**, Love Tractor

Encore: Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Ain’t Life Grand

* w/ Randall Bramblett on sax
** w/ the Megablasters on horns
*** w/ the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys
**** w/ the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys & Madison Smith, Eric Bice, John Switzer on percussion
^ First time played

Click the thumbnails to view more photos, courtesy photographer Michael Saba