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Widespread Panic Jams Out in Boise

Wednesday, July 10, Idaho Botanical Garden


Forgive the movie trailer reference, but "in a world" where people wear computers on their faces and carry access to the world's media in their pockets, it's hard to imagine how anyone can still have a unique experience with a band. What can a band do that hasn't been done and documented on so many other nights in so many other cities?

Widespread Panic, of Athens, Ga., may have the answer.

The group is notorious for never playing the same set twice. It starts with a master list of songs culled from its 20-plus albums at the beginning of a tour, then assembles a set from the list nightly, crossing songs off as they're used. Throw in the fact that the band's extensive jam sessions could mean that the song itself is as unprecedented as the set it's lumped into, and the novelty of the live music experience has been saved.

With Bloodkin. 6 p.m. $35. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649,