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Henry Parsons Project plays last time at Goat

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KEYSTONE – About once a month last winter, jam band fans packed the Goat in Keystone to listen to the Henry Parsons Project. The band even has set a record for attendance and highest liquor sales at the Goat. “It’s one of our favorite places to play,” said percussionist Jeff “Birddog” Lane. “The energy of the crowd is through the roof. It’s incredible, full of positive energy. We consider the Goat our home bar.” That’s why the project, which began three years ago as a tribute band when Widespread Panic went on hiatus, plays its second-to-last-show ever at the Goat. After the Keystone show, it plays one more gig at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, and that’s it because Panic plans to return to its touring schedule this spring.While the band is performing most of its last shows to benefit nonprofits that give toys to tots or food to needy people, it’s playing the Goat “one more time because we’re hooked on soup and whiskey,” according to its website.”We provide a party with an excuse for the Widespread Panic family and fans to get together out here,” Lane said. “It’s a big energy that drives us.”

For three years, the project toured statewide almost relentlessly, honing its skills and honoring the music of Widespread Panic so fans could continue losing themselves in the jam.”We tried to emulate (Panic) as best we can, performing the tunes as accurate as possible,” Lane said. “We practiced our butts off to make sure we hit everything right.”Based out of Boulder, the musicians plan to continue playing in different outlets.Vocalist Tori Pater will continue in PolyToxic and Two Ton Moxie. Lane and keyboardist Ethan Ice play with The Menagerie. Guitarist Adam “Slick” Stern is in a band with singer and songwriter Dan Walker, and the musicians plan to start other projects in 2005. “It has been a hoot, and the amount of support from our friends and strangers alike has been a true testament to the quality of Panic’s music,” the musicians wrote on their website.

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