17: Happy Birthday to a Guy That Really Loves His Birthday

Happy Birthday to a Guy That Really Loves His Birthday

Happy Birthday, Jojo! It’s been 25 years since John ‘Jojo’ Hermann joined Widespread Panic – can you believe it? His New Orleans-influenced keyboard stylings have become essential to the Panic sound of the last couple decades, just behind Houser’s guitar and JB’s growl. Panic has typically had a show on July 18, and the band usually has gone out of its way to celebrate Jojo’s day of birth, from giving him the chance stretch out on the synth to a gorilla presenting him with a birthday cake on stage. This episode starts out in 1995, with an in-store performance at Bohemian Music, a record store-slash-piercing parlor in Billings, Montana, and winds up in Memphis, Tennessee during a stellar and steamy two-night stand in 1997. In between, stop in Raleigh and Indianapolis for Panic classics. So, Happy Birthday, Jojo, here’s to your health – SKOL!

Links below go to whole show streams from Panicstream.

18 July 1995 – Billings, MT – Bohemian Music
Get Up Early in the Morning
Source: AKG 463 by Mark Kabella

18 July 1998 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek
Happy > Walkin’
Source: FOB AKG 483 > Oade m248 > Sony SBM-1 by Bobby Moore

18 July 2000 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
Vacation > Jojo solo > Greta > North
Source: AKG 483 > EAA PSP-2 > Apogee AD1000 > DA-P1 by Eric Levita

18 July 1997 – Memphis, TN – Mud Island Amphitheater
Gradle > Red Beans, City of Dreams
Source: AKG480>Oade pre>SBM-1>DA-P1