Remembering Mikey

The Music, Memory, and Spirit of Michael Houser

Sam Holt Tribute to Michael Houser Planned for March.

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“Remembering Mikey”, the band honoring Michael Houser’s music, is back on the road this March with shows throughout the Southern USA.  Lead by Sam Holt, the show will feature Houser originals as well as songs from Houser’s posthumous release Sandbox.  Holt will also be performing a number of original songs written for and inspired by Houser.

Widespread Panic’s founding member, Michael Houser, passed away in 2002.  Holt served as Houser’s guitar tech at the time and remembers experiencing a moment of clarity.  “There were many times when he [Houser] told me, ‘You need to go play music,'” says Holt.  “I realized I needed to make the most of my time.”   Eventually, Holt performed with Widespread Panic as their lead guitar player.

Since that time, Holt has formed his own musical groups, touring and building a large fan base across the country; first with Outformation and currently with The Sam Holt Band which formed in Colorado in 2011.

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Holt takes time to honor his friend Michael Houser with the upcoming shows, billed officially as “Remembering Mikey” – Honoring the Music, Memory and Spirit of Michael Houser.
Along with Adam Grace, keyboardist for Truth & Salvage Co., “Remembering Mikey” will be a unique experience for Houser fans. “I am a huge fan of Widespread Panic and Houser’s music,”  says Grace.  “It is an honor to be a part of this tribute to Houser, one of the greatest musical minds of our time.”

Two other members of “Remembering Mikey”,  Jeremy Ward and Ross Parker, played the music of Widespread Panic for years in a tribute band called “Farmer’s Soul”.  They garnered a huge fan base in the South and will provide the perfect rhythm section for Sam Holt.  The final member of the group, Adam Stern, will be playing pedal steel and guitar, making this tribute a show that cannot be missed.

After playing his own music for many years, Holt will be returning to his roots and playing the tunes of his mentor and friend Michael Houser.  Holt relates, “Mike meant so much to so many. He instilled me with the confidence to play music… and these shows are a way for us to celebrate his music and memory.”

You can read more about Sam Holt, Remembering Mikey, and get your pre-sale tickets at the official band website www.rememberingmikey.com.

Remembering Mikey official Tour Dates:

March 14, 2015 – Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom

March 19, 2015 – Charlotte, NC @ The Rabbit Hole

March 20, 2015 – Charleston, SC @ The Pour House

March 21, 2015 –  Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall

March 25, 2015 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ The Booth

March 26, 2015 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s

March 27, 2015 – Jackson, MS @ Martin’s

March 28, 2015 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen

 

 

Headlining the Cuko Rakka Festival

On Sunday, October 5th, Remembering Mikey is proud to be a part of the Cuko Rakka Festival.  Come experience that “magic feeling on the mountain” at the second CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival at the breathtaking natural amphitheater of Horse Pens 40 in Steele, Alabama.

Come cleanse your soul at this friends and family event on October 3-5, 2014.  The CukoRakko Fallfest will feature diverse music with mixed media arts, including glass blowing and blacksmithing, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, kid’s activities, food & drinks, craft vending, craft beer and more. The 2014 CukoRakko Fallfest has also added a PDGA Disc Golf Tournament and a Home Brew Beer contest. Please visit the official Cuko Rakka Festival page at http://www.cukorakko.com

VIP Weekend Pass $100: Includes access to 3Day festival with VIP parking, camping, restrooms, observation deck and picnic tables, food & beverage, craft beer, festival T-shirt and poster.

Friday & Saturday including two nights camping $65.00 at gate
Saturday including one night camping $55 at gate
Sat only no camping $40 at gate
Sunday $25.00 at gate

Kids 10 & under free
11-16 day pass $20 at gate for Sunday only

 

See Tour Dates

 

Upcoming Southern Tour | Press Release 1

Upcoming Southern Tour

June 15th, 2014 – Sam Holt is honoring Widespread Panic’s founding guitarist, Michael Houser, with shows billed as “Remembering Mikey” – Honoring the Music, Memory and Spirit of Michael Houser.  The shows will feature Houser originals, from his posthumous release Sandbox, as well as songs he wrote for Widespread Panic.  Holt will also perform a number of songs he wrote for and inspired by Houser.

After the 2002 passing of Michael Houser, Widespread Panic’s founding member,  Sam Holt experienced a moment of clarity.  “There were many times he [Houser] told me, ‘You need to go play music,'” says Holt.

Sam Holt served as Houser’s guitar tech and his passing defined a moment of clarity for Holt.  “I realized I needed to make the most of my time,” Says Holt.  Soon, he had formed his own band, “Outformation” and had gained a large following with his own original music.

Currently,  The Sam Holt Band,  which formed in Colorado in 2011, has been keeping Holt busy touring the country.  He developed his confident, hypnotic style by learning at the foot of Michael Houser, and eventually performing with Widespread Panic as their lead guitar player.

Along with Adam Grace, keyboardist for Truth & Salvage Co., “Remembering Mikey” will be a unique experience for Houser fans. “I am a huge fan of Widespread Panic,”  says Grace.  “It is an honor to be a part of this tribute to Houser, one of the greatest musical minds of our time.”

Two other members of “Remembering Mikey”,  Jeremy Ward and Ross Parker, played the music of Widespread Panic for years in a tribute band called “Farmer’s Soul”.  They garnered a huge fan base in the late 90’s and will provide the perfect rhythm section for Sam Holt.  The final member of the group, Adam Stern, will be playing pedal steel and guitar, making this tribute a show that cannot be missed.

After playing his own music for many years, Holt will be returning to his roots and playing the tunes of his mentor and friend Michael Houser.  Holt relates, “Mike meant so much to so many. He instilled me with the confidence to play music… and these shows are a way for us to celebrate his music and memory.”

TOUR DATES:

September 10th, 2014 – Tupelo, MS @ The Blue Canoe

September 11th, 2014 – Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewery

September 12th, 2014 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar

September 13th, 2014 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City

September 14th, 2014 – Chattanooga, TN @ Clyde’s On Main (3pm)

 

 

 

Past Shows

Past Shows

Past performances of “Remembering Mikey” have taken place in Colorado and Georgia.  Here are some of the posters from those shows.

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