Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, Colorado
One of the best summer getaways in Colorado is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Being an open venue embedded in a rock formation, it is breathtaking in its own right. However, the Red Rocks experience will not be complete without you watching concerts here. A staple performance many people look forward to at this venue is definitely from the Widespread Panic. For years, the John Bell-led band has become a fixture of the Amphitheatre. It would not be an overstatement to say that their annual concert has become a tradition. This year, the annual tour route will be leading them back to the natural, historic landmark on June 23. This will be another night of summer breeze picking up Widespread Panic tunes over the magnificent red-tinged rock formations under a gleaming evening sky. As a jam band, it is exciting to hear what new take on the music they will bring! Last year, the band celebrated their 66th time selling out at the Amphitheatre, and the 67th one is already around the corner. That is why you should get tickets now before they are sold out!
The jam band that brought the neo-hippie vibe to the 2000s, Widespread Panic, holds the helm of the rock subgenre brought by the Grateful Dead. From their humble beginnings in the 80s to their 2020s undaunted touring, they have released 12 albums, eight recorded live albums, and one compilation album. Most of their releases are huge successes, thanks to their exploration of genres such as Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk, and hard rock.
The band was formed in 1981 as a result of the friendship of John Bell and Michael Houser. Both were college students and were adept at using the guitar, so they struck a strong friendship. They lived together and soon fully formed the band with the addition of bassist Dave Schools. They first performed in college venues, such as on fraternity occasions and local bars. Their performances later led them to Landslide Records, which signed them in 1987. The same year they were signed, their popular show in Athens, Georgia, was slowly receiving traction. They were highly praised by local papers, which prepared them for nationwide exposure. Their debut album, "Space Wrangler," was met with positive reception from their growing followers.
By 1991, the band was signed with Capricorn Records. This huge step in their career was followed by their major label self-titled album. Two years later, they released back-to-back albums, "Everyday" and "Ain't Life Grand." During these early years of the 90s, they also began touring widely reaching international venues. In 1998, their influence in Georgia was showcased as they performed their live album "Light Fuse, Get Away" to hundreds of thousands of fans watching them live.
As the 2000s came, the band had already become a household name in the jam band scene. They made history in many venues they performed in, including consistently selling out concerts at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre 66 times. They also have continued producing albums. "Street Dogs" is their most recent release, which came out in 2015.
This year, Widespread Panic will be back to their all-time favorite concert venue, the Red Rocks Amphitheater. This will be on Friday, June 23. A perfect summer event for all music lovers. Tickets are now on sale, and you can reserve yours by hitting the "Get Tickets" link.