What: Widespread Panic, with Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons

When: 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, doors at 5 p.m.

Where: Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend

Cost: $45 plus fees

Contact: bendconcerts.com or 541-312-8510

Rumors that Widespread Panic will stop touring after this year have been greatly exaggerated.

In April, keyboardist JoJo Hermann revealed to the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, that the band would “end extensive touring” after this year. The story was picked up by jambase.com with the headline “JoJo Hermann: Widespread Panic To Stop Touring After 2016.”

According to longtime percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, the part about ending extensive touring, at least, is correct. But the band isn’t giving up all touring.

“That’s false. That’s false. False, false, false, false, false,” Ortiz said from his home in Athens, Georgia, just before the start of the band’s summer tour.

“I think the big disclaimer is that we’re still gonna tour, we’re just not gonna stay out as long as we have been. Usually for the past — let me see, I think we took off 2012, the whole year off, and so that was a year off. But, you know, I think our plans are we’re gonna do less amount of dates and just concentrate on major markets instead of hitting all these secondary markets that seem to be bogged down with other great acts.”

Of course, that means Widespread Panic’s first visit to Bend could be its last. The band plays back-to-back shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater on Saturday and Sunday — good news for a band notorious for playing songs that are rarely less than seven minutes long.

“I remember back in the day where we would just play for hours without stopping, to where the dancers were fried, frazzled, because of the intensity of the music, you know,” Ortiz said. “It’d be nice to do that, but there’s stipulations, things that we have — guidelines that we have to follow in order to play certain venues, whether it’s a noise ordinance or sound curfews, starting times. There’s just so many incidentals that go into a show now that wasn’t going on when we first started back in ’86.”

The band, like many of its jam-band contemporaries such as Phish, Blues Traveler and Dave Matthews Band, is known for never playing the same set twice. And after 30 years and more than 20 live and studio albums to its credit, including last year’s comeback record, “Street Dogs,” there’s no shortage of material to choose from.

The band — Ortiz, founders John Bell (guitar, vocals) and Dave Schools (bass), Hermann, guitarist Jimmy Herring and drummer Duane Trucks — won’t decide on a set list until the day of the show, Ortiz said. But the music is just one component to what goes into a Widespread Panic performance.

“What makes it exciting for us is the excitement that we get from the fans,” Ortiz said. “You know, we’ve got a great PA system, we’ve got a great light system. And all that is considered part of the show; the music is just one facet of it. There’s just so many dimensions of a show, be it us or Dave Matthews or Blues Traveler or String Cheese (Incident). … And believe it or not, the fans are a big portion of it, too; it’s one of the kinds of things we feed off of.”

Trucks, younger brother of guitarist Derek Trucks and nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, became an official band member this year after filling in for founding drummer Todd Nance in 2014 (he also plays with Schools in Hard Working Americans). Nance was on hiatus from, and then left, the band due to undisclosed personal reasons.

“I love Todd to death, and I just want to move away from that,” Ortiz said.

Trucks makes his recorded debut with Widespread Panic on “Street Dogs,” the band’s first studio set since 2010’s “Dirty Side Down.” The band once again worked with longtime producer John Keane, who put the focus on live performance in-studio, with few overdubs. The resulting album is full of winding musical passages, raging Southern guitar leads and, naturally, 10-plus minute jam freakouts.

“We’ve only worked with a handful of producers — John Keane, Johnny Sandlin, Terry Manning and then we went back to John Keane,” Ortiz said. “And each one of those producers dug and respected us and wanted us — and knew who we were in the sense to where they knew that if they wanted to get the true Widespread Panic sound … we would have to play live in a big room together.”

Nance isn’t the first, nor the most painful, membership exit Widespread Panic has experienced. Founding guitarist Michael Houser died of pancreatic cancer in 2002, after being diagnosed with the disease earlier that same year. After a brief stint with George McConnell, Herring filled the guitar slot in 2006.

Ortiz is aware there are Panic fans who will probably never embrace Herring or Trucks in the band. He’d prefer to look toward the future and the band Widespread Panic has become.

“It’s no different than when Mikey passed away and then we got Jimmy Herring,” Ortiz said. “There were a lot of people that dissed us, that said, ‘Oh, it’s not the same band,’ and it’s not — I’m glad they saw that. And some people said they just don’t like it, they don’t know if they could ever listen to us again, and they’ll never come to another show and so on and so forth. You know, we just gotta stay true to ourselves and keep pounding the streets, keep on playing and make people realize that’s why it’s called a band. It’s not called Jimmy Herring; it’s not called Duane Trucks. It’s called Widespread Panic, and that goes pretty deep.”