The indomitable Widespread Panic has announced dates for their highly anticipated 2013 Summer Tour. After a year-long hiatus Widespread Panic returns for their summer trek, which has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands of fans. The ultimate rock band will make a stop along with special guest Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for two amazing performances Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13.
The band’s most recent release is a special edition 3LP boxed set and double live cd entitled Wood. Wood featured entirely acoustic live performances recorded at four select intimate venues in 2012 and were very well received by both the press and fans.
Widespread Panic is known as a national touring force and continues to hold attendance records at major venues across the country including Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, AL and Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. They are a mainstay at many major U.S. festivals, having headlined 10 nights on the main stage at Bonnaroo. This year Widespread Panic will be making stops at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Wakarusa in Ozark, AK and Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. The band still holds the single one-day attendance record for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – 63,000 in 1999.
For over ten years Widespread Panic has been dedicated to making their concerts “food drive events.” Since Summer 2008 the charity Feeding People Through Music has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and over 6,000 pounds of food. Since each dollar donated is worth seven meals, these events have bought over 350,000 meals.