5 reasons to catch Widespread Panic’s John ‘JoJo’ Hermann and Slim Wednesday in Eagle, Aug. 2 | VailDaily.com

5 reasons to catch Widespread Panic’s John ‘JoJo’ Hermann and Slim Wednesday in Eagle, Aug. 2

Jaimee Rindy
Special to the Daily

John “JoJo” Hermann, of Widespread Panic fame, and Slim Wednesday play the penultimate show in the Kaiser Permanente ShowDown Town free summer concert series on Thursday, Aug. 2.

EAGLE — In this valley, Slim Wednesday hardly needs an introduction. The band, led by Widespread Panic keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann, has made appearances at both the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series in the past, garnering a loyal and lively audience from Gypsum to Vail.

The local favorites return for the Kaiser Permanente ShowDown Town free concert series on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Town Park. Here's five reasons you should check out the show.

1. New Orleans' roots — Slim Wednesday's southern roots and a sweet New Orleans-inspired sound promise to deliver a taste of something just a bit different. Hermann is known for his keyboards and lead vocal work on many jazz and blues covers, and he applies his knowledge of the genre to Slim Wednesday. The songs are upbeat, funky and energizing — a perfect combination for a fun summer evening.

2. New album — Panic fans will recognize some of the groovy, piano-laced jams on Slim Wednesday's new album, "Reptile Show," in particular the title track to the album, which has an authentic, raw feeling that seems as though it comes from a different era. Slim Wednesday's current tour will feature songs off the new album, as well as the favorites. Get ready for the show by listening to "Reptile Show" on iTunes, Spotify or Amazon Music.

3. Soul songs, Southern food — Along with good soul music, you need some good soul food. Whether you live downvalley or you're commuting for the concert, stop by Moe's Original Bar B Que in Eagle before the show for a southern-inspired meal and two-for-one Pacifico beers. After all, it is JoJo's connection to Moe's Bar B Que owners that began his longstanding connection to the Vail Valley.

4. Summer socializing — If you haven't made it out to a ShowDown Town concert yet this year, then now is the time to start. Bring the kids and pack some snacks and drinks, but remember that under Colorado state law, only non-alcoholic beverages or 3.2 percent alcohol by volume beer are allowed in public parks, including Eagle Town Park for ShowDown Town events.

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5. It's free — Spend an evening with family and friends without breaking the bank. Just bring a good attitude and some dancing shoes and you're good to go.

If you go …

What: JoJo’s Slim Wednesday plays the Kaiser Permanente ShowDown Town free summer concert series.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.

Where: Eagle Town Park, Washington St., Eagle.

Cost: Free.

More information: Next up in the series is The Mammoths on Thursday, Aug. 9. Visit http://www.vvf.org to learn more.