Widespread Panic Returning To The Road

Veteran jam Widespread Panic band has ended a 15-month hiatus and will return to the road in 2005.

Veteran jam Widespread Panic band has ended a 15-month hiatus and will return to the road in 2005. The trek will kick off with a March 24-26 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, near the group's Athens, Ga., home base. Highlights of the itinerary include Widespread's first appearances at New York's Radio City Music Hall and an April 29 visit to New Orleans' annual Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Although Widespread traditionally plays a high percentage of shows in amphitheatres, the group is focusing on more intimate venues this spring, including the 3,154-capacity IU Auditorium on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, and an April 7-9 run at Chicago's 3,604-capacity Chicago Theater.

A new concert set, "Live at Myrtle Beach," will arrive Feb. 22 via Widespread Records/Sanctuary. The label issued three live albums this year, including the Halloween-themed "Jackassolantern" and the largely acoustic "Uber Cobra."

Ticket information for the upcoming tour is available on Widespread's official Web site.

Here are Widespread Panic's tour dates:

March 24-26: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
March 29: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Civic Coliseum)
March 30: Cincinnati (Taft Theatre)
April 1: Detroit (State Theatre)
April 2: Cleveland (Music Hall)
April 3: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Auditorium)
April 5: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
April 7-9: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
April 12: Boston (Agganis Area)
April 14-16: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
April 17: Philadelphia (Tower Theatre)
April 19: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
April 20: Salem, Va. (Civic Center)
April 22-23: Raleigh, N.C. (Altel Pavilion)
April 24: Columbia, S.C. (Three Rivers Festival)
April 26: Columbus, Ga. (Civic Center)
April 27: Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon County Civic Center)
April 29: New Orleans (Jazz & Heritage Festival)
April 30: Dallas (Brady Theatre)
May 3: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Theatre)
May 5: St. Louis, Mo. (Fox Theatre)
May 6: Louisville (Louisville Gardens)
May 7: Asheville, N.C. (Civic Center)