Horizons Of Rock Developing Everywhere or H.O.R.D.E festival was a touring summer rock music festival originated by the musical group Blues Traveler in 1992. In addition to travelling headliners, the festival gave exposure to bands, charities, and organizations from the local area of the concert.
Inspired by the previous summer's success of Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza Festival (which had been organized by Bill Graham Presents, the driving force behind Blues Traveler's record and promotional deal), John Popper and Dave Fry called upon their compatriots in Widespread Panic, the Samples, the Spin Doctors, the Aquarium Rescue Unit and Phish to band together - literally and figuratively - and fill the amphitheaters with the fans of all bands involved. After originally christening the traveling spectacle "Horizons of Rock Developing East Coast", the vision spread to "Everywhere", and so the name was created. It is rumored that John Popper came up with the idea of H.O.R.D.E. tour at the ArrowHead Ranch (a deadhead owned dude ranch in Parksville, NY that Phish, Blues Traveler, the Spin Doctors, Widespread Panic, the Aquarium Rescue Unit among others all played in 1991).
The H.O.R.D.E. tour can be viewed as the beginnings of the second incarnation of jam band music, as well as the improvisation, community of fans, and diversity of music that became trademarks of the genre. The initial incarnation of 'jam' music, lead and epitomized by bands like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, sparked a love for improvisational rock and jazz that was fostered by both the musicians and fans associated with the second wave of 'jam' music. The H.O.R.D.E. tour, featuring such new 'jam' icons as the Spin Doctors, Phish, Widespread Panic, the Aquarium Rescue Unit (and subsequent Col. Bruce Hampton projects), including the Dave Matthews Band, allowed for a new generation of experimental improvisation and progressive music to hit a national audience. The festival was able to bring together a group of musicians with a similar approach to live performance, and thus consolidate fans of the music; hence, a 'scene' was created around the developing genre.