Published on October 1st, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann0
North Charleston Marks the Return of Widespread Panic
Georgia-based rock band Widespread Panic — lead singer/guitarist John “JB” Bell, drummer Todd Nance, bassist Dave Schools, keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann, percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, and lead guitarist Jimmy Herring — will return to the Lowcountry this weekend for two big concerts in North Charleston on Fri. Oct. 3 and Sat. Oct. 4. Presented by Live Nation, the events will be Panic’s 17th and 18th concerts at the Coliseum since their first performance there in 1999.
Judging by the recent promotional video released this week and the slew of “Widespread Panic Week” posts across social media platforms, the team at the North Charleston Coliseum and the city of North Charleston are making a pretty deal of it.
Produced as a friendly montage of concert photos and fan testimonials, the North Charleston Coliseum’s “Welcome Back Widespread Panic” video landed on YouTube earlier this week. To the backing music of Lovin’ Spoonful frontman John Sebastian’s early ’70s hit “Welcome Back,” the clip features longtime fans, North Charleston mayor Keith Summey, members of the Coliseum staff, Charleston Air Force Base reservists, and various food ‘n’ bev folks from around the North Charleston scene.
“We’re thrilled to have Widespread Panic back at the North Charleston Coliseum,” Coliseum general manager Dave Holscher stated in a press release this week. “They’ve played here so often, we consider them our house band. We appreciate the band, their crew, their fans, and all of the great musical memories they’ve made here.”
Coliseum marketing director Alan Coker, a longtime Panic fan himself, says there’s be plenty of Panic-themed treats on hand this weekend as well. “We’re celebrating the band, their fans and all of the great shows they’ve given us over the years,” he says. “We’ll feature photos, set lists, posters, videos and more from the long history of Widespread Panic at the North Charleston Coliseum. And we’ve got a few surprises lined up for Panic fans this weekend that will enhance their concert experience.”
The North Charleston Coliseum parking lots will open at 3 p.m. for attendees both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and showtime will be 8 p.m. for both nights.
Tickets available at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.
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