Post-hiatus Widespread Panic returns to Milwaukee September 26, 27, 28
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Like many bands who ply extended jams over extended tours and earn affectionate nicknames from followers (“Get some ’Spread!”), Widespread Panic gets pegged more narrowly than it deserves. There’s more to recommend this band than its accomplished instrumental workouts: Widespread Panic knows how to get the most out of brevity, as evidenced by some of its better songwriting moments (2001’s Don’t Tell The Band, for one), while John Bell’s voice rises to one of roots-rock’s most distinctive snarls. At length or not, WP picks up on a variety of influences with much more than just a passing noodle, delving into washes of ethereal noise and inventive instrumentation on its 2010 studio album, Dirty Side Down.
Following a year-long hiatus, Widespread Panic will return to Milwaukee for three shows at the Riverside Theater September 26, 27, and 28. General admission tickets are $40, and three-night passes are $120. Both go on sale Friday, June 7 at noon.