Widespread Panic with JJ Grey and Mofro July 3 

Wax your dreads, don your tie-dye, grab some patchouli and a bottle of your favorite whiskey, and gently toss your three-legged dog in the back of the truck. It's time to head on down to Idaho Botanical Garden: Widespread Panic is coming to Boise.

The Athens, Ga., jam band has basically been on the road for the last 25 years straight, some years playing close to 250 shows. They've headlined almost every major U.S. festival including multiple appearances at Bonnaroo, a stop at Austin City Limits, Vegoose, High Sierra, Wakarusa, All Good and more. Not to mention, they just dropped their latest studio album, Dirty Side Down, on May 24.

Last time they played near Boise was back in 2006 at the Brundage Mountain Resort, and this time around, they're bringing guitarist Jimmy Herring, former member of Aquarium Rescue Unit and The Dead, who replaced guitarist George McConnell shortly after the Brundage show. Herring adds a whole new element to the band. His incredible fretwork, blistering speed and soulful solos bring new flair and depth to the long improv sessions Panic is known for.

Opening the show will be funk septet JJ Grey & Mofro. Loaded up with a slide guitarist, a killer Hammond organ player, and a trumpet/tenor sax brass duo, JJ Grey throws down long, two-hour sets full of Southern fried, booty shakin' blues.

The concert is part of the 2010 Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw Field Concert Series.

Saturday, July 3, 3:30 p.m. gates, 5 p.m. show, $35, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2335 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

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