Widespread Panic is known for being one of the masterminds behind the modern jam movement. With Panic maintaining a rigorous tour schedule, new Spreadheads are born with each performance.
Many new fans tend to delve into the band’s bootleg catalogue and discover the work of lead guitarist Michael Houser. Houser was a Panic founding member and helped shape the band’s Southern jams and improv philosophies. Unfortunately, Houser was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2002 and lost his battle with the disease the same year. Houser’s legacy lives on not only in Panic’s music but also in the heart of the band’s friends and fans.
Guitarist Sam Holt (Outformation, Sam Holt Bad) is combining his talents with a rag-tag group of fellow musicians for an evening of Houser’s music. The band’s lineup includes members of Holt’s band, Farmer’s Soul, Truth & Salvage Co., Gary Jules, Dyrty Byrds, Bloodkin and New Orleans Suspects. The audience will experience two sides of Houser. The band will be playing Houser’s original music from his posthumous release “Sandbox.” Local Spreadheads will also enjoy a collection of Panic tunes that he wrote for Panic. Finally, Holt will play several of his own songs that were either written for Houser or inspired by this jam legend.
Remembering Mikey: The Music, Memory and Spirit of Michael Houser
Date: Saturday, March 28, doors at 9 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $10 advance /$12 day-of available at Soul Kitchen,
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