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'Widespread Panic' envelopes Red Rocks this weekend

Starting tonight, popular rock band Widespread Panic opens at Red Rocks for the first of three performances. The group's touring act is listed as one of the top shows across the country. They perform at arenas, amphitheatres, and festivals. To-date, Widespread Panic maintains the record for attendance at Red Rocks concerts with over 42 sold-out shows.

The band, which originated out of Athens, Georgia, currently contains members:

  • John Bell – guitars/vocals
  • John “JoJo” Hermann – keyboards/vocals
  • Jimmy Herring – guitars
  • Todd Nance – drums/vocals
  • Domingo S. Ortiz – percussions/vocals
  • Dave Schools – bass/vocals

What started as a quartet of guys rehearsing for weekly gigs at a small-town lounge became a hardcore group of dedicated musicians with tour stops lined up across the region. Widespread Panic released their debut album back in 1988, and have since sold over three million combined copies of their nine existing records.

Tides turned around 2006. After a grieving recovery over the loss of guitarist Michael Houser, who died from a struggle with pancreatic cancer, the band added Jimmy Herring to the mix. Familiar with the group's style, Herring had little trouble helping them shift to a new level of their music. Balance restored, the group reemerged.

Fresh from a long hiatus, Widespread Panic continues to share their enthusiasm with a sold-out venue of die-hard fans and newcomers alike.

The weekend begins tonight (Friday) and continues both Saturday and Sunday before the band heads to Vegas for the final stop on their tour. Doors open at 5pm Friday/Saturday, with the concerts starting at 7. Sunday's performance has a 2pm door opening for a 4pm concert.

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