"Right away, we knew we were on to something special, and our fans were going to do a lot of the legwork a traditional record company would do through an expensive publicist.

"Fast-forward to the way it is now and music is practically free — and I think it's for the better. We were never one of those bands [who were going to] make millions selling records. We needed our music to be heard so people would come see us play. We get what we need that way."

Widespread Panic is well aware its strength lies in the live performance, and its offbeat way of spreading its reputation hasn't let the band down yet. Beginning this year, the band has even taken over the fans' bootlegging work, offering free live streams of every show with soundboard quality audio. They've named it The Couch Tour.

Widespread Panic: As relentless as its fans.
Widespread Panic: As relentless as its fans.

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Pepsi Amphitheater

2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Fort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Outside the Valley

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Widespread Panic is scheduled to perform Sunday, July 14, at Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff.

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