Todd Nance will make his first major appearance since taking a hiatus from Widespread Panic last fall. The drummer will team up with a number of friends for a benefit show at the Georgia Theatre in Athens on May 12, with proceeds going to the Garrie Vereen Roadie Fund at Nuci’s Space.
Nance will be joined by his WSP bandmate Domngo “Sunny” Ortiz, Col. Bruce Hampton, Patterson Hood, Randall Bramblett, longtime WSP producer John Keane, former WSP guitar tech Sam Holt, Layy Acquaviva, David Barbe, James Calemine, Eric Carter, Daniel Hutchens, Kathy Kirbo, Eric Martinez, Spanky McClure, Jon Mills, John Neff, Tori Pater, Aaron Phillips, William Tonks and more. Tickets for the show will go on sale tomorrow at 10am.
As previously reported, Nance announced his hiatus from WSP last fall. Duane Trucks has been filling in for him on the drum kit since then. Nance made his public appearance since taking a leave absence from Panic on March 11 when he made a surprise appearance with Dyrty Byrds at Denver, CO’s Local 46. Nance, who has been living in Colorado, performed with the group throughout their entire show. The setlist included “Clinic Cynic,” a song he sang on Panic’s most recent studio album Dirty Side Down.
In related news, the Georgia Theatre will also host Athens Potluck, a benefit for Nuci’s Space, on April 7. Jason Thrasher will host a viewing of his photos of the local music scene in the venue’s gallery from 6pm to 8pm. The photo viewing will then be followed by a performance from an all star lineup of local musicians, including Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Laura Carter and Andrew Rieger (Elf Power), W. Cullen Hart (Circulatory System), Kevin Sweeney (Hayride), Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk), Vernon Thornsberry, Jill Carnes, Don Chambers, Jim Wilson, Art Rosenbaum, The Darnell Brothers, Daniel Ray, Dave Marr, Thayer Sarrano, Matt Stoessel, Kelly Noonan, Charlie and Nancy Hartness, and others.