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On paper, an evening with Widespread Panic has all the makings of being one of the most excruciating of your life. There will be gray-haired men playing congas. Hammond organ lines that can make a 10-minute-long version of a Black Sabbath song feel like a 20-minute-long Deep Purple deep cut. And six-string bass solos. Lots of those. Ordinarily in a preview, this is where I’d tell you that as bad as all that sounds, Widespread Panic is really OK live. But actually, I’ve given you the executive summary here: Widespread Panic will drain the blood from your night as expertly as it will exsanguinate a Talking Heads song, or a Parliament song, or any of the songs jam bands have to cover lest their audience notice how dire their originals are. —Andrew Beaujon

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Widespread Panic performs with the Allman Brothers Band Tuesday, Oct. 6 (today!) at 4:30 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD (410) 715-5550 $40-$75