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Widespread Panic Returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for Three Nights – Sept. 15th – 17th

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9/12/17 Update:

Per the St. Augustine Amphitheatre: “Friday, Saturday and Sunday Widespread Panic concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will proceed as originally scheduled. While Hurricane Irma greatly affected areas of Florida, the Amphitheatre did not sustain damage and we look forward to welcoming Panic fans this weekend. Concert goers that wish to assist in relief efforts are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the events for donation to Feeding Northeast Florida.”

St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes improvisational music masters Widespread Panic for a three night concert run on September 15, 16 and 17, 2017.

RELATED: “No Rules” for Panic in St. Augustine [Review and Photos 2016]

All three concert dates are participating in a food drive and will accept non-perishable food items throughout the run. Widespread Panic concert food drives first began with the fan-based organization Panic Fans for Food. This fan organization hosted food drives at WP shows throughout the country from 1999-2007, with the goal of, “feeding people through music.” The effort generated $70,000 and 13 tons of food in 28 cities and was handed off to the band in early 2008. Since then, the band has been hosting food drives at select shows on their tours, engaging a demographic that is typically more difficult for charities and food drives to reach. Food Bank Volunteers will be on hand at the following shows taking canned good and monetary donations.

Tickets for Widespread Panic go on sale this Friday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Enjoy complimentary coffee and take a free poster during the Widespread Panic On Sale Party starting at 8:30am on Friday at the Amphitheatre. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the Box Office and have first pick when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tickets will also be available at ticketmaster.com, all authorized TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

DATES: Friday, September 15, Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017
TIME: Friday and Saturday Doors 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Sunday Doors: 5:00pm / Show: 6:30pm
ADMISSION: $59.50 – General Admission Standing Pit, Level 100 and Level 200
$49.50 – Level 300 and Obstructed View
WEBSITE: www.widespreadpanic.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com

About Widespread Panic:

Widespread Panic has been together 30 years. Formed by original members vocalist/guitarist John “JB” Bell, bassist Dave Schools and late guitarist Michael Houser, who lived together in a suburban house in Athens, GA, where they met as students not far from the University of Georgia campus, later to be joined by drummer Todd Nance. The band’s line-up was solidified with the addition of percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz and keyboard player John “JoJo” Hermann and Duane Trucks on drums.

Over three decades have passed since forming their original lineup in 1986, Widespread Panic is still hungry to be the best band they can be, every single night, for their loyal fan base. Their accomplishments over that time are well-documented. During their impressive run, the band released 12 studio albums (including Street Dogs) and 43 live albums, selling more than 3 million copies as one of the most successful touring acts in the world. Widespread Panic has broken attendance records at major venues throughout the country, including a staggering 48 sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. A banner hangs in the rafters at Philips Arena in Atlanta where the band has 18 sellouts, with records also set at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Oak Mountain Amphitheater near Birmingham, AL and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival where Panic has headlined eight times, breaking the single day attendance record with 63,000. The band has headlined most of the major U.S. festivals including Bonnaroo (eight times), Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Lockn’ Music Festival, Outside Lands Music Festival , Forecastle Festival, Phases of the Moon, Rothbury Festival, All Good Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes and many more. To commemorate Widespread Panic’s 25th anniversary in 2011, the State of Georgia’s Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions honoring the group for their music, service, charity and longevity, while they were also inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. “We acknowledge this is a milestone few groups get to achieve,” admits JB about their remarkable longevity. “It’s like Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea. Every time we go out there, we learn more tricks, bring that knowledge with us, and then apply it. We’re way more experienced, focused and to the point, but still willing to stretch out without wandering too much.”

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