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 tour kicks off June 1st at the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, AR before routing towards the West where the band will headline four consecutive nights (a Panic first) at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Widespread Panic holds the record for sold out performances at Red Rocks with 38 (three nights in 2011 sold out in seven minutes). The 24-date tour will also include stops in Knoxville, TN, Vienna, VA, Hunter, NY, Raleigh, NC, Lincoln, NE, Alta, WY, Missoula, MT, Boise, ID, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, AZ and Grand Prairie, TX before concluding at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre outside of Birmingham, AL.
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.