Dean and Gene Ween – a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman – have firmed up the first few weeks’ worth of dates, and are expected to eventually expand the outing through most of the year.

They’ll kick things off March 23 in Sea Bright, N.J., and toss in a mix of larger and secondary markets to their initial 11-city itinerary.

White Pepper, released last May, was the band’s final disc with Elektra Records and they’ve taken advantage of their liberation to work on other projects.

In the last few months, Ween recorded music for Fox Network’s sitcom “Grounded For Life,” as well as a contribution to Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob Squarepants” cartoon series.

Pretty impressive, especially considering the group has a knack for writing tunes that normally wouldn’t be considered appropriate for kids.

Most notably, Ween has contributed several songs to the “South Park” series – a great match for a band whose songs include “Poopship Destroyer,” “Touch My Tooter” and “Don’t Shit Where You Eat.”