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Harmony Festival lands hot Widespread Panic

Sarah S. Chung

A very good kind of panic will be hitting Aspen this summer.

Through sheer persistence, Harmony Festival promoter Paul Levine has landed an appearance by Widespread Panic.

“This is going to be the greatest concert to come to Aspen,” Levine said. “It’s even bigger than Santana because the venue will hold a lot more people.”

So far, Widespread Panic is the only confirmed act for the Aug. 7-8 festival at Buttermilk Mountain.

Their appearance has a broader significance than simply being a big draw for music fans, according to Levine.

“Demographically this is going to be the single biggest event in Aspen to attract young people,” Levine said. “We’re attempting to undo the damage of the perception that Aspen is just a snobby place for old, rich people. That there’s no place for young people.”

So how did he manage to lure the Panic to this neck of the woods?

“I really got them because I was so annoying, calling so many times. They finally said, `OK, we’ll come,'” Levine quipped.

“But seriously, I’ve been calling for a couple of years now pretty regularly and sending faxes. They’ve heard we’ve been doing some good stuff out here and probably know there are a ton of Widespread Panic fans here.”

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