Widespread Panic has made Memphis a regular tour stop since the band got together. According to the Panic resource “Everyday Companion Online,” their first official show in the Bluff City was in April, 1989. Since then, they’ve seen local crowds swell from a couple of hundred to thousands. After 30-plus years of touring, WSP recently made a conscious decision to cut back their schedule, to “pass the baton” to a younger collection of musicians looking to expand their careers.
WSP returns to Memphis to headline Mempho Music Fest on October 1 and 2, and will hit the road for several multi-night residencies after that. Slideandbanjo.com’s Marty Halpern caught up with Panic percussionist Domingo “Sunny“ Ortiz to discuss the band’s past, present, and future.
After a recent tease, it’s been announced that The Brothers – a band comprised of former members of the Allman Brothers Band – will be returning to New York for one night to honor the band’s 50th anniversary. The show will take place on March 10 at Madison Square Garden.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced lineup and early dates on the 2020 installment of its annual summer Wheels of Soul tour. This year joining the TTB will be St. Paul and The Broken Bones, as well as the headlining act’s keyboardist Gabe Dixon and his trio.
Words/Photos: Josh Mintz There’s not much that can be written about Derek Trucks that hasn’t been said before ad nauseam. The guy’s just a freak. His skill with a guitar is unparalleled. An underrated part of Trucks’s game, though, is his matured skill as a bandleader. Over the course of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s November 16 show in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Robinson Center, he put on a mesmerizing guitar clinic. Equally compelling, though, was watching Trucks direct the band sharing the stage with him.
Three weeks from today, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the 9th straight year, taking the stage for 6 performances from September through October 5. The band’s tenure at the venue, a tradition steeped in guitarist Derek Trucks’s Allman Brothers Band history has spanned over 30 shows.
This year, the band will have a few supporting acts – Capital Sun Rays (Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, Birds of Chicago and Grahame Lesh) on October 1 and John Moreland on October 2.