Widespread Panic leaves indelible mark on Georgia 

You know you’ve made some sort of music-scene impact when your own state’s government steps up to celebrate your group’s 25th anniversary.

Such was the case with jumping jam band Widespread Panic from Athens, Ga., this February.

The state’s Senate and House of Representatives passed formal resolutions, honoring their 2½ decades of music, service, charity and longevity. And once the members were officially recognized by the General Assembly, they promptly launched into an acoustic performance for all concerned.

Not bad at all.

Of course, what would a 25th Anniversary be if you didn’t bring the party to your fans?

Widespread Panic will headline the Bonnaroo Festival on June 12, and also return for a 3-night stand at Colorado’s great outdoor venue Red Rocks, where they hold the all-time attendance record (35 sellouts).

They shamble into the Fox Theater in Oakland for two back-to-back shows on July 8 and 9 (www.ticketmaster.com).

In case you miss them? They’ve also taped an “Austin City Limits” concert for broadcast later this spring.

For more information, visit www.widespreadpanic.com.

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