Widespread Panic plot summer tour

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Widespread Panic have announced a string of shows as part of their “The Dirty Side Down Tour” and are set to come to Boston on Saturday, July 24 for a show at the Bank of America Pavilion. Tickets for the show are $31 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

The summer tour is set to coincide with the release of the band’s 11th studio album, Dirty Side Down. The album is set a May 25 release on ATO records and follows their 2008 release Free Somehow. The band, who have been together for 24 years now and features John Bell (vocals/guitar), John Herman (keyboards/vocals), Jimmy Herring (lead guitar), Todd Nance (drums/vocals), Domingo Ortiz (percussion) and Dave Schools (bass/vocals), combine their efforts by writing, or co-writing, 10 of the album’s 12 tracks.

Produced John Keane along with Widespread Panic, Dirty Side Down also features a cover of “This Cruel Thing” written by the late Vic Chesnutt, whose songs the band has recorded and performed for years. Widespread Panic has previously collaborated with Chesnutt on two albums under the name Brute. “I guess Widespread Panic and Vic aren’t quite done with each other yet.”, explained lead singer John Bell in a press release.

As a part of the tour, Widespread Panic will feature ‘Feeding the People Through Music’ Food Drives at several of the stops on the tour, including Boston. The band is encouraging fans to make donations to the local area food banks at the venues.

For more information on the food drive program, go here.

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