Widespread Panic jamming in Vegas
Widespread Panic announced they’d cut back on extensive touring in 2012, and this year they’ve been selective about scheduling dates. For fans, this means catching one of the seminal jam band groups at places like St. Augustine, where they played three dates in September with nary a song in the set list repeated. Their Las Vegas dates will be their last of the year before an annual three-date run ending on New Year’s Eve at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The Fox Theatre shows are sold out though, so fans thus far ticketless would be best served planning to hit the Vegas concerts.
While the band has reduced traveling, they’ve lost none of their power in concert. This is no surprise to a fan base that witnessed Widespread Panic survive the death of founding member and lead guitarist Michael Houser in 2002. The group carried on without the member whose nickname (“Panic”) inspired the band’s moniker, but Jimmy Herring now provides tasty lead playing for a lineup that still includes founder guitarist/vocalist John Bell and bassist Dave Schools. Drummer Duane Trucks, nephew of late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks and younger brother of Derek, joined full time in February 2016, giving Widespread Panic a blood connection to forefathers of the jam band genre.
Park Theater at Monte Carlo, 9 p.m. Oct. 27-29, starting at $59.63 plus tax and fee. 844.600.7275