Widspread Panic's lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist John Bell opens up about three decades in the business, the new album "Street Dogs," and his love of "Seinfeld."
Now in its 13th year, Forecastle Festival has grown from a small neighborhood event into one of the larger summer music festivals, with tens of thousands of music lovers from all over assembling in Louisville, Kentucky's Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River for three days of live music spread across four large stages.
Louisville's Forecastle Festival is an annual summer musical event that draws tens of thousands of fans.
Jam veterans Widespread Panic returned to St. Louis on Tuesday night for the first of two shows at Peabody Opera House as part of its fall tour. As a diehard fan of the band for nearly 25 years, I was of course excited to spend some time with them once again in my home city at such an intimate venue.
Approximately 8,500 fans of jam rock, blues, funk, soul, bluegrass and more flocked to the heartland this past weekend for the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival, held at Kennekuk County Park just outside of the small town of Danville, Illinois, a stone's throw from the Illinois-Indiana border.
Widespread Panic has an uncommon style of set creation show by show, touring extensively but never repeating a set, which was likely much more difficult before they had produced more than 11 studio albums worth of original music across over a quarter of a century.