Widespread Panic, the Southern rock jam band behemoth from Atlanta, who recently announced that they will not continue touring after 2016, will pay their loyal fans in spades with a two-night stand at The Fox Theater in Oakland, Thursday July 14 and Friday July 15.
Widespread Panic, a sextet that consists of John “JB” Bell and Jimmy Herring on guitar, John “JoJo” Hermann on keys, Domingo S. Ortiz on percussion, Dave Schools on bass and Duane Trucks reprising his role as drummer, have a strong “home” advantage in the Bay. Though they’re not from here, one of the most direct reasons for the deep connection between Widespread Panic and the Bay Area is in large thanks to the Haight-Ashbury artist Chuck Sperry, whose 15+ years of illustrating fine art silk screens for concert posters has had some of his most memorable work featured for Panic prints. So much so that on Friday July 15, from noon-6pm, Sperry will be hosting the 3rd Annual Open House at Hangar 18, the Oakland studio where Sperry’s works are born. This will be a farewell any fan of soulfully southern jam-rock will not want to miss.
Tickets for each night add up to close to $70 after fees, but the band is also making $100 flat-rate charity tickets for the 14th and 15th, as well as ANY show available. The commemorative tickets are available for will call pick up only, and the dollar amount over face value goes directly to Tunes for Tots, a charity Widespread Panic has supported in earnest since 2005. To date, the organization has raised over $1,500,000 for the purchase of musical instruments for public schools in need, directly keeping music alive in public schools.