The band, known for freewheeling live shows, has already been out most of the year. This time, Panic is concentrating on colleges in the South and Midwest – heading west only for a November 8 show at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.

The non-collegiate gigs include a three-night stand October 27 – 29 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and a two-night engagement with the North Mississippi All Stars to close out the leg November 24 and 25 at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tenn.

The Athens, Georgia-based jam band has been building a devout following since forming at the University of Georgia in 1985.

Widespread Panic was one of the founding acts of the now-defunct H.O.R.D.E. tour, and the release of their album Light Fuse Get Away drew nearly 100,000 fans to an open-air “record release party” in its hometown in 1998.