Widespread Panic is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia formed in 1986. The current lineup includes John Bell, John "JoJo" Hermann, Jimmy Herring, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz, and Dave Schools. The band returned to regular touring in the Spring 2013. During these shows, the band introduced new innovations in the audio broadcast of their live performance by creating the "Couch Tour" which broadcasts live soundboard recordings of the show via the Internet and smartphone apps.
Widespread Panic is on the heels of their first summer tour since 2011, and the fans came out in droves packing venue after venue. The summer tour marked a Panic first when the band headlined four consecutive nights (one more than the usual three) at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, adding to their already staggering attendance record. The four shows brought their total number of consecutive sold out shows at the venue to an unprecedented 42, and counting.
For over ten years Widespread Panic has been dedicated to making their concerts “food drive events.” Since Summer 2008 the charity Feeding People Through Music has raised over $55,000 in monetary donations and over 7,000 pounds of food. Since each dollar donated is worth seven meals, these events have bought over 350,000 meals.