Widespread Panic is an American rock group from Athens, Georgia. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann, and guitar player Jimmy Herring. Michael Houser and George McConnell have also played lead guitar for the band.
Since their inception in Athens, GA in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite influence among American jam bands. following in the steps of other Southern rock jam bands such as The Allman Brothers, they have influences from the Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres. They are frequently compared to other jam band “road warriors” such as the Grateful Dead and Phish. Widely renowned for their live performances, as of 2010, they hold the album for number of sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO at 35 and Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA at 17.