I hate to admit it, but there was a time in my life when I wore hemp jewelry. I liked Phish. I went to kick it in the parking lots at numerous shows, from here to Chicago. I could tolerate a 45-minute version of “Harry Hood,” which was originally an 8-minute long track. I had to be really, really stoned. Otherwise, there was no way that would have ever made sense to me. Despite going to a Rainbow Gathering and 13 Phish shows, I never once made it to a Widespread Panic show. Although I can imagine they would be similar to what I witnessed during that weird, pseudo-hippie phase I experienced. Since its 1986 inception, Widespread Panic has become one of the nation’s preeminent jam bands and established a healthy cult following. Often referred to as “road warriors,” Widespread Panic holds the record for most sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and is seemingly always on tour. – Kyle Eustice

Widespread Panic, June 21, at Pinewood Bowl, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.50 and up. Visit www.pinewoodbowl.org for more information.


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