Like many of today's more successful jam bands, Widespread Panic earned their merit badges through arduous touring. Their music mixes brash southern rock tones with loose and lofty jazz touches that seamlessly merge with boogie-heavy blues riffs, creating songs that take you on earthy journeys into realms of joyous dance frenzy. Although their first single, Coconut Image was cut in 1986, the origins of the band go back four years prior to that when singer John Bell met up with six-string sultan Mike Houser while studying in Athens, Georgia. The duo was soon rounded out by bass man Dave Schools, keyboard player JoJo Hermann, drummer Todd Nance and percussionist Sunny Ortiz. Their debut album Space Wrangler came out two years later following Coconut Image. Although it was released on a little indie label out of Athens (Landslide Records), the production and performance sounds as rich as anything ever cut by Dire Straits. More relentless touring and a healthy, grass roots buzz got Widespread Panic a much-deserved major label deal on Capricorn Records, who released their self-titled sophomore album in 1991. Although playing on the touring H.O.R.D.E. Festival stage for two years in a ro... See More
Widespread Panic Concert Films
The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minOn Saturday, May 3, 2014, esteemed musicians and friends joined together for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music”, a special concert event taping honoring this musical icon in his hometown of New Orleans. Taking place at the historic Saenger Theatre in the French Quarter, the concert paid homage to Dr. John’s illustrious songbook and featured once-in-a-lifetime collaborations from a lineup of prestigious and award-winning artists. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
All My Friends
Runtime: 2 hr 41 minAll My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman captures a once-in-a-lifetime performance honoring one of the most acclaimed and beloved icons in rock and roll history. A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and successful solo artist in his own right, Allman possesses a voice that has resonated through four decades. The concert features momentous performances by Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Devon Allman, Robert Randolph, Jimmy Hall, Sam Moore, Keb Mo, Brantley Gilbert, Jess Franklin, Dr. John, Pat Monahan, John Hiatt, Jaimoe, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jackson Brown, Zak Brown, and The Allman Brothers Band with musical direction by Don Was. Shot in high definition with 5:1 Dolby sound at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta this remarkable piece pays tribute to a voice that once heard is never forgotten. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
I'll Take You There: An All-Star Celebration of Mavis Staples
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThis historic, all-star concert features over twenty performances by Gregg Allman, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many more. Filmed at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, this show was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and American icon, Mavis Staples. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, I'll Take You There includes exclusive interviews, many by the artists, exploring Staples' cultural and musical impact. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
Live at Red Rocks: Day 1, Part I
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minIn the first of three sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Widespread Panic, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, dazzled devoted fans with an old-school show that lasted close to three hours.
It seemed appropriate that they kicked off the show with "Postcards," with its line: This town is nuts, my kind of place, I dont want to leave. Given the love the band and fans have for Red Rocks shows, it sometimes feels like they could simply play every summer show there and the fans would journey from around the country to see them.
On "Ribs and Whiskey," lead guitarist Jimmy Herring picked piercing trills over lead vocalist John Bells sultry, lazy slide playing while bassist Dave Schools laid down a funky groove underneath. Out of a long jam, percussionist Domingo Sunny Ortiz took a little solo and then locked in with Schools on the intro to the instrumental, "Party At Your Mama's House."
As the band closed out with a fiery "Radio Child," Bell stepped up and said they'd see everybody tomorrow night. The amphitheater then got turned into a disco, as the house lights mimicked a disco ball and the PA blared Michael Jacksons "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," a perfect backing track for fans to dance down to their cars.
Live at Red Rocks: Day 1, Part II
Runtime: 1 hr 52 minIn the first of three sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Widespread Panic, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, dazzled devoted fans with an old-school show that lasted close to three hours.
Live at Red Rocks: Day 2, Part I
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minWidespread Panic is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary
A band that doesn't repeat set lists and likes to stretch things out, you'll never know which show will be THE show that every fan will wish they had been at. Saturday night, their second of a three-night run at Red Rocks, Widespread Panic hit higher heights than they did the previous night.
By the time the band took the stage at 7:50 p.m., the energy among the fans was electric. Panic wasted no time delivering the goods, opening with a one-two punch of "Sometimes" and "North." Dave Schools stepped up with a bass break during the former, and lead guitarist Jimmy Herring and keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann traded singing solos and rolling fills on the latter.
Live at Red Rocks: Day 2, Part II
Runtime: 1 hr 44 minWidespread Panic is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary
A band that doesnt repeat set lists and likes to stretch things out, you'll never know which show will be THE show that every fan will wish they had been at. Saturday night, their second of a three-night run at Red Rocks, Widespread Panic hit higher heights than they did the previous night.
Live at Red Rocks: Day 3
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minFrom the opening note of "Wondering" all the way through to the set closing "Conrad," the band owned the opportunity. Sandwiched in between the opener and a divine "C. Brown," a very leggy "Surprise Valley" overwhelmed the crowd with an almost-anthemic presence. "Kiss the mountain air we breathe" sounds good standing anywhere, but beneath "ship" and "Creation" rocks it evoked magic. All weekend the boys in the band had worn smiling faces, but early in the day it was easy to see that Sunday "Funday" was going to be enchanting.
Words can difficultly describe the bands energy on this last day. As the band masterfully wielded a "Bowlegged Woman" into "Lawyers, Guns and Money," it started to become apparent that the second set would be no ordinary picnic. Call them fan favorites, Halloween treats, illustrious tour gems, whatever you want, but don't expect to hear "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Knocking Around the Zoo" and "Walk On" in consecutive order too often. The only seemingly botched moment in the whole afternoon was a "Guilded Splinters" that by most standards was still great but just seemed to be lost for a bit before being revitalized by some
Set list for Part II of Day 3
1. No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, 2. Bowlegged Woman , 3. Lawyers, Guns and Money, 4. Can't Find My Way Home, 5. Mama Told Me Not to Come, 6. Knocking 'Round the Zoo, 7. Walk On, 8. I Walk On Gilded Splinters, 9. Red Beans, 10. Fairies Wear Boots, 11. Sharon, 12. Wild Thing, 13. Encore: Wild Thing, 14. Sultans of Swing, 15. Goin' Out West, 16. End of the Show
Widespread Panic Top Tracks
Leave a Scar: Live In North Carolina
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minLeave a Scar: Live in North Carolina is an explosive live concert release from the critically acclaimed southern rockers, Blackberry Smoke. Filmed during a sold out show, the set mixes elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul, and more than a touch of outlaw country. Fan favorites "Good One Comin' On" and "Ain't Got The Blues” are featured on the film. The video contains an exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews with the band members and a look into their ever-growing moonshine collection. It also includes footage of the band recording “Yesterdays’ Wine” with the late George Jones. Blackberry Smoke as earned a passionate fan base that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. The band has released 2 full-length albums including 2012's "The Whippoorwill." Now, Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina captures the band doing what they do best - putting on one hell of a show.
I'm No Angel: Live On Stage
Runtime: 52 minGregg Allman came to prominence with his brother Duane as The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970s. As lead singer and keyboard player, Gregg was a vital part of the band's huge success. "I'm No Angel" features a full length concert from Gregg Allman and his solo band in Nashville in November 1988. Among the songs featured are Billboard chart hit single "I'm No Angel" and a version of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues." Gregg Allman continues to record and play live, both solo and as part of The ABB, who were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 and were given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Live at Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minRecorded and shot Live at O.A.R.s SOLD OUT show at Madison Square Garden in New York on January 27th, 2007. Directed by Sam Erickson (Dave Matthews Band/John Mayer/My Morning Jacket), this 12 Camera HD Shoot captures all of the energy of this amazing show. This is the ultimate O.A.R. Live piece.
Charlie Daniels Band
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minThe lengthy career of The Charlie Daniels Band is showcased in this unforgettable concert experience. Join Daniels and his musical cohorts for a decades-spanning overview of country classics--including "El Toreador," "Simple Man," "Long Haired Country Boy," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Carolina" (performed with the Nashville Symphony), and more.
Black Ice Vérité
Drive By Truckers
Runtime: 1 hr 5 min"This truly is Armageddon." said the local Athens, GA meteorologist on the seemingly sub-zero night last winter that the Drive-By Truckers were scheduled to play live at the 40 Watt. Luckily no snow, ice or hail could stop the band from firing up the room as they performed their critically acclaimed 12th LP, English Oceans, in full. Titled Black Ice Verite, fans will be able to re-live this concert experience as a live film. As the final track on English Oceans,"Grand Canyon" brings together both the record and the band's 40 Watt performance, as it is an emotionally overwhelming elegy for Craig Lieske. Lieske was a longtime member of DBT's touring family, a former manager of the 40 Watt Club and a key player in the city's experimental music scene. Lieske died suddenly of a heart attack in January 2013 following the first night of the band's three-night homecoming stand in Athens. English Oceans is dedicated to him.
Live At the Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter NY
Runtime: 3 hr 8 minWith 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks, seven critically acclaimed studio records already released, a handful of DVDs and live albums, plus an ever-expanding fanbase and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, Gov't Mule could easily rest on its laurels. Yet when they're one of the hardest working bands in rock history.
Haynes explains, "We want By A Thread to be a surprise, so we've made a point not to play any of them live until our fans can get the full impact of the new material."
The Band Closed off Saturday night at the Mountain Jam Festival with their first show scheduled in 2011. Frontman Warren Haynes promised the crowd a crazy night, and didnt disappoint, leading off with Railroad Boy and Thorazine Shuffle. Mule played a lengthy number of covers in the first set, including ZZ Tops Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings, The Whos Wont Get Fooled Again, and closed the first set with Black Sabbaths War Pigs. The second set also featured several covers, including the lead-off Money and Have a Cigar by Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones Angie. The highlight of the night was a lengthy 32/20 Blues, which featured Cody Dickinson on electric washboard, Luther Dickinson on guitar, and Hook Herrera on harmonica.
Live at the Summer Camp Music Festival, Day 3
Runtime: 2 hr 27 minFrom modest beginnings in a Buffalo basement over two decades ago to today’s multifaceted success, the members of moe. have never lost sight of the earnest, elemental goals that they aspired to from their very first show: to deliver honest, heartfelt music and to ensure the audience has a good time. Considerate and conscientious in their actions and decision-making, moe.’s refreshingly unpretentious attitude has won them a devoted legion of dedicated fans (ranging from seasoned concert-goers to eager young newcomers) and has given rise to a thriving cottage industry – a self-contained nation-state in which the band and their audience live as equals, thriving on a reciprocal appreciation rare in today’s increasingly fragmented musical landscape. 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of moe.’s frontline of Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals), and Al Schnier (guitar, keyboards, vocals), who continue to perform together with the addition of drummer Vinnie Amico and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Jim Loughlin. Keeping a consistent lineup intact and productive over two decades is no small feat. moe.’s saga is made all the more remarkable because they have consistently done so on their own terms, as independent artists who actively manage their own affairs while staying well ahead of industry and technological developments, including successfully self-releasing their own music and offering instant on-site digital concert recordings at their shows.
Live at the Electric Forest Festival Day 3 part II
The String Cheese Incident
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThe bluegrass-based jam band the String Cheese Incident is comprised of mandolinist/violinist Michael Kang, guitarist Bill Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, pianist Kyle Hollingsworth, and percussionist Michael Travis. Formed in Boulder, CO, in 1993, the group's self-described "sacrilegious mix of bluegrass, calypso, salsa, Afro-pop, funk, rock, and jazz" quickly built up a following on the local club circuit, and within six months of their formation they earned an invitation to open the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Live at the Fillmore Auditorium
Runtime: 3 hr 25 minUmphrey's McGee continue to defy convention with their ferocious live shows, never-ending catalogue, and innovative approach to all facets of the music industry. New Year’s Eve 2015 highlights that approach as the band performed three marathon sets at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. UM’s New Year’s performances are synonymous with nonstop fun and this one was no different as the band was joined by longtime special guest horn section (Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret) throughout the night. With a mixture of old staples, multiple debuts, and classic covers, this performance is simply not to be missed. The set list goes on and on with highlights including “No Diablo,” “Women, Wine and Song,” “Bad Friday,” and the debut of R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” because hey, why not? Settle in and prepare yourself.
UM is Musicianship for the Masses.
Skin it Back
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minFilmed at the Grugahalle in Essen in 1977, just a few days before the recording of their legendary live album "Waiting For Columbus", this concert captures the classic seventies Little Feat line-up led by the late Lowell George at the very peak of their powers.
JJ Grey & Mofro
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minDirected by filmmaker/musician Spookie Daly, the film intersperses riveting concert footage with the stunning beauty of Grey's north Florida home, the inspiration for so much of his music. The film also follows Grey and company into the studio and features band interviews along with insightful commentary from Grey and others, recalling the format of classic "rockumentaries."
Live at Great Woods
The Allman Brothers Band
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minRecorded in September of 1991, originally for Japanese TV, The Allman Brothers Band’s beloved Live At Great Woods showcases the classic American rock band reaching a new generation of audiences. Original band members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe were joined by new guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and percussionist Marc Quiñones in one of the most powerful lineups in the group’s history. This set – recorded before a crowd of nearly 20,000 adoring fans at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts – features a top-notch set of fan favorites, with a fiery acoustic mini-set included for good measure. This release of Live At Great Woods fills a crucial gap in The Allman Brothers Band’s videography: after years of demand, fans can experience the original longform video version of this concert (previously only available on VHS and LaserDisc), with no interruption of the main feature. Finally, fans have nothing standing between them and the top-notch performances of this set.