Dave Matthews Band have just announced another mammoth tour, stretching them into the fall of 2014.
The extensive tour will see the legendary band cover 42 cities, kicking off on May 16th at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas. Entitled “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band,” each night will boast not one but two sets from DMB, ranging from full-band performances to more scaled-down minimal numbers.
After that the tour will see the band make stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Virginia Beach, among other places, before wrapping up on September 6th in Irvine, California.
“I was talking to (drummer) Carter (Beauford) about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together,” Matthews says via a press release.
“It’s how we started – in the basements of Carter’s and my mom’s houses. Our shows are loose, but we started thinking that maybe this summer we should make them looser and bring some of that feeling to the stage. It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?”
”Everyone was really psyched about the idea, so we’ve been busy figuring out how to turn it into the best possible experience for our fans,” adds Beauford.
The band is currently expected to release a new studio album in the back half of 2014, produced by Rob Cavallo, who worked on their 2009 effort Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King.
When their last studio full length, 2012′s Away From The World, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200, the Dave Matthews Band became the first group to have six consecutive albums start at No. 1.
Dave Matthews Band wows its audience frequently with massive sets lists consisting of their original material, which spans over eight full-lengths. DMB have released over twice the amount of live albums, though, and plenty of them feature superb cover versions of tracks many of us know and love. While difficult to identify the best, here are some covers performed by Dave Matthews Band that best represent their ingenuity when interpreting another artist’s work:
All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix produced the most famous cover version of this Bob Dylan classic, but Dave Matthews made waves with his interpretation as well. The track has become a fan favorite at DMB shows, and has been played everywhere from his Woodstock ’99 appearance to Central Park. The disjointed guitar halts during the first chorus is an interesting touch, as is Carter Beauford’s very sporadic bursts of percussion. When the build-up finally erupts, the catchy stabs of brass and furious acoustic riffs that have become DMB staples are very apparent, but not as much as Matthews’ ferocious snarls. You can count on one finger how many musicians have performed the classic “All Along the Watchtower” better than Dave.
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
DMB’s cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” appeared on volume 13 of their ongoing live albums compilation, Live Trax. Playing at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Dave unleashed one of the song’s best covers, led by thumping distortion and whirling guitar solos that ingeniously complement the pounding percussion. While no one will ever beat Neil Young at singing his legendary “hey hey, my my, rock ‘n’ roll will never die,” line, Dave comes mighty close. While groups like Oasis have released basic covers of this classic, DMB does it right by capturing the aggressive push of Young’s voice. No wonder this is another fan favorite.
What better way to end a show than playing a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money”, complete with a massive saxophone solo and plenty of slap-bass? Dave Matthews Band has been known to play this as an encore at many of their shows. Their 5/31/12 show at Post Gazette Pavillion is one of the best representations. The band is an absolute force for over six minutes of guitar shredding and sax solos, all over the track’s infamous bass line. The only thing that’s missing is the cha-ching register sound. Backed by imagery of grey industrial machinery, similar to the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals, DMB’s cover of “Money” proved to be a spectacular closer – and one that showed them as a band whose energy should never be reckoned with.
Dave Matthews Band’s music is often placid and consuming, easy to get lost in despite its technical ambition. Bob Marley’s knack for breezy melodies made a laid-back impression as well, and opened the doors to reggae for many listeners and artists alike. Dave dabbles in most styles of music, so it’s not surprising that his cover of Marley’s “Exodus” is so accomplished. Infusing reggae certainly isn’t a challenge for him. While his snarling voice is a contrast from Marley’s smooth vibes, the extra flavor adds nicely to the strong rhythmic lead. Add in a beautifully improvised saxophone solo from the late great LeRoi Moore, and you have a cover that’s bound to have fans nodding their heads with a satisfied grin.
Covering a Led Zeppelin song is often a first priority for aspiring bands, but that doesn’t mean Dave Matthews Band is beneath the practice. Their cover of “Tangerine” is beautiful and gripping, with a chirpy acoustic lead that resonates crisply over the lead vocals – just like the original. While this is a fairly stripped-down interpretation, especially compared to DMB’s other covers, it captures the emotions of the classic-rock classic with a respectful flair. Dave has been performing this one since the early ‘90s; it’s one of the best displays of his vocal chops, and is certainly responsible for recruiting a few fans more entrenched in classic-rock than Dave’s expert blend of styles at some point in their lives. DMB is also known to play Led Zep’s “Stairway to Heaven” during encores, often following “All Along the Watchtower” to create one big jam.
You Won’t See Me
While covering The Beatles in nothing special for any band, even the great ones, Dave Matthews Band showed off their clever infusion of strings with a cover of “You Won’t See Me”. A weeping southern-inspired string melody complements the song’s wistfully melodic acoustic lead, as brass reflects the percussion to create spurts of rhythmic additives. It’s a simple yet great cover of this Beatles staple. Even more noteworthy, “You Won’t See Me” is one of the band’s first circulated tracks during their early days; several recordings from 1991, the year DMB formed, are available. It’s one of their earliest songs, and covers.
Old friends and regular-collaborators Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are set to play two acoustic shows at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on January 15th and 16th 2014 together.
Each imaginatively-titled individual evening with Dave and Tim, “An Evening With Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds” are set to be presented by The Dreaming Tree wines, a collaboration between Dave Matthews and winemaker Steve Reeder, so we imagine there will be wine.
Reynolds and Matthews’ bromance has been blossoming ever since the pair met in Charlottesville, Virginia. Back then, Reynolds led a successful band called TR3 and Matthews was a humble bartender by night, and aspiring musician by day (or whichever way his shifts worked out.) Reynolds convinced Matthews to start his own band, who, it’s fair to say, were quickly massive. (Apparently, between 2000-2010, the Dave Matthews Band sold more tickets and earned more money than any other act in North America!!!) As of 1999, the pair have released three live albums together, with Reynolds contributing to a number of Dave Matthews Band recordings, and touring as a DMB member.
The duo also recently performed at Farm Aid 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The January shows, however, will be the pair’s first acoustic duo shows in New Orleans since a 1997 concert in the now-closed State Palace Theater, though the pair did share a stage as part of the Dave Matthews Band’s performance at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest.
If statements on the pairs’ respective websites are anything to go by, the Saenger Theater sounds pretty cool too:
“The New Orleans movie palace, built in 1927 in the Italian Renaissance style, was once the flagship of the Saenger Theatre chain. Destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Saenger has undergone an extensive restoration and will soon open as a performing arts center.”
Farm Aid will move to New York this year, and the bill will be topped once again by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.
Nelson, Young and Mellencamp founded Farm Aid in 1985 in an effort to help farmers pay off their mortgages and to keep farms in the family. The event has become the longest-running benefit concert in the nation, and has raised more than $43 million to date. Matthews is a board member of the event.
This year’s event will be held September 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which is located about 30 miles north of Albany. Other performers will be announced in the coming months.
“There’s a whole lot of small family farmers in upstate New York,” Nelson told the Associated Press. “I think this is a great place to try to reach some family farmers.”
He went on to speak about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.
“More and more people are asking about where their breakfast comes from, why it comes from 1,500 miles away when there’s a farm next door,” Nelson continued. “A lot of people are thinking about what we’re feeding our kids. Young people are trying to stay healthy, wondering who’s watching out for our food supply.”
Speaking to the Albany Times-Union, the 80-year-old Nelson said that he keeps putting on the shows every year for the farmers he talks to.
“Every time we have a Farm Aid, a lot of farmers show up and say, ‘Hey, keep it going,’ so it’s not a hard decision for us,” he said.
The most recent Farm Aid was held in September of last year in Hershey, Penn. The same headliners performed, though Young played with Crazy Horse and Matthews appeared with Tim Reynolds. Other artists performing at the event included Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Dale Watson, among others.
The Final Four was officially in the books, but the music had just begun to play Sunday afternoon at the Big Dance Concert Series in Atlanta’s Centennial Park. The Capital One JamFest was a free concert for anyone who could pack their way into the park featuring heavyweight performances by acts like Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. It was a beautiful spring day in Atlanta. Temperatures hovered in the 70s as the first dusts of pollen began swirling about. The crowd started to stack up on the muddy lawn to get a prime spot for what promised to be a long day of music.
Blind Pilot took the stage first. The Oregon indie folk group were an eleventh hour addition to the line-up and weren’t even listed on the NCAA’s site a couple days ago. Needless to say, we came in on their last handful of tracks. The first artist of our day was the beautiful Grace Potter. She and her band of Nocturals hit the stage around 4 and kicked their set off with “Hot Summer Night” from their self-titled album. They were last in town a few month’s back at Star 94s Jingle Jam and were the highlight of the evening. They’ve been on the road constantly since, recently wrapping a European tour. The band has a busy summer planned. They have nine festival dates on the calendar as well as supporting fellow JamFest players, The Dave Matthews Band, on select dates.
Potter spent her day trading turns behind the piano and manning the electric guitar. Its rare to see a musician so comfortable at both. The setlist spanned the spectrum of the band’s four albums, not showing any favoritism. Potter’s soulful voice added body and umph to great tracks like “Paris (Ooh La La)” and “Never Go Back.” The band even got a little nostalgic, pulling out Tom Petty’s “American Girl” to charge up the crowd. Grace Potter was having a blast onstage, dancing around and was barefoot by the end. The hour long set was pure emotion and the perfect introduction to Sting.
It is baffling that Sting wasn’t the headliner of this event. That comment is certainly no knock on the Dave Matthews Band, but just shows how stacked this mini-line-up was. Sting hit the stage at 6pm. He may be 61, but he certainly doesn’t look it. All that healthy living he’s become known for (yoga, running, Macrobiotic diet) seems to suit him. The Brit rock star wasted no time with introductions, biting right into “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.” The man just personifies rock star, walking out on the stage in tight jeans and a ratty t-shirt that he could have just finished painting the house in. He was also remarkably tan.
The set moved on into some lesser known Police and solo tracks before he started reeling off the hits. He played “Fields Of Gold” which he says was inspired by his castle. The crowd really got charged up when he teased out the first few notes of “Message in a Bottle.” At once, the Police had come to Atlanta even though Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland were no where to be found. Once he riled up the crowd, he never really let them settle back down. He played the Police’s Greatest Hits from “Roxanne” and “Walking on the Moon” to “King of Pain” and “Every Breath You Take.” While it was great to hear all of these 80s masterpieces, they weren’t quite as sharp as when he toured Atlanta with the group on their reunion tour a few years back.
The park was comfortably packed by the end of Grace Potter, but it was beyond overflowing by the time Sting finished digging into his guitar. Someone really needed to shut off the tap of people as even the walking lanes were hopelessly bogged down with bodies. The announcer said there was 60,000 people filling the park, but that had to be grossly underestimated. At some point, the fire marshal did intervene, shutting down the park. You could see the crowds start stacking up outside the gates, filing up the sidewalks and taking over the streets just to get a taste of the sweet nectar of Dave Matthew’s sound. DMB sold out Piedmont Park by himself a few years back. A free show with Sting in a much smaller expanse was a recipe for disaster.
After much anticipation, Dave Matthews and company took the stage at 8pm. Dave entered the stage flailing about making crazy faces. He owns one of the most expressive faces in music almost like his facial contortions are the only way the notes will get out. The band’s set started with “Don’t Drink the Water.” The seven-man ensemble sounded fluid and tight as they found their way into the groove.
The band seemed to be using the Centennial Park show as a warm-up for the massive 47-date summer trek that kicks off at the end of the month. They are set to tour on their 2012 release Away From the World which got its fair share of love in the setlist. They confirmed their reputation as one of the premiere jam bands by stretching songs to their limits as Dave spent time dueling with violinist Boyd Tinsley and sharing the beat with drummer Carter Beauford.
DMB sampled tracks across their extensive album catalog for the Centennial Park set ensuring their was a little something for everyone. Matthews even started playing “Message in a Bottle” as a tribute to Sting before he broke off and set sail into “Crush.” The crowd was loving every minute of their set framed against the lights of the beautiful Atlanta skyline.
I don’t know that you could have asked for anything more from the Capital One JamFest. Huge kudos go out to the NCAA and Capital One for putting on this free event. I know this concert series has become mandatory event for host cities of the Final Four, but they pulled out the big guns to really give this weekend concert series national significance. The only gripe I had was just having something of this magnitude at Centennial Park. I understand that the series had to be within walking distance of the Dome, and I do miss concerts in the park. Its just the footprint of the park couldn’t possibly accommodate the masses that descended upon it. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that many people on the streets of downtown Atlanta before. It was like a Falcons game times two maybe three.
Space concerns aside, this was a great event for Atlanta natives, visiting Final Four fans and even those streaming it from the comfort of their home. Maybe its time to start booking flights for Dallas in 2014.
Grace Potter Centennial Park Setlist
Atlanta, GA : April 7, 2013
Hot Summer Night
Never Go Back
Stop the Bus
Nothing but the Water (I)
The Lion The Beast The Beat
Paris (Ooh La La)
Sting Centennial Park Setlist
Atlanta, GA : April 7, 2013
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
I Hung My Head
Driven to Tears
Fields of Gold
Message in a Bottle
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
The Hounds of Winter
Walking on the Moon
King of Pain
Every Breathe You Take
Dave Matthews Band Centennial Park Setlist
Atlanta, GA : April 7, 2013
Don’t Drink the Water
Funny the Way It Is
Belly Belly Nice
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Why I Am
What Would You Say
Pantala Naga Pampa
Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Muse, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Zac Brown Band will be among the performers for the 2013 NCAA Big Dance Concert Series in Atlanta presented alongside the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament.
While the basketball games will be played in the Georgia Dome, the concerts will be held down the street in Centennial Olympic Park April 5-7. Additional performances will come from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ludacris and Flo Rida.
Dave Matthews Band will be the headliner of the overall event, closing out the festivities on the night of April 7. The group will head out on the road this summer for an extensive tour, as they usually do.
Sting’s performance will also serve as a prelude to his summer tour. The Back to Bass tour will take him around both North America and Europe this summer. The shows on the tour will more intimate affairs than some of his recent treks, which included the former frontman of the Police playing with a symphony orchestra..
The shows at Centennial Park are free and open to the public.
“The Big Dance Concert Series is one of the most popular fan events that takes place during the Men’s Final Four weekend, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our corporate champion Capital One for its support in bringing great musical acts to the city,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances, in a statement. “The Big Dance is free to the public which enables everyone the opportunity to enjoy the Final Four weekend excitement regardless of whether or not they have a ticket for the games. We hope everyone has a great time at Centennial Olympic Park and the entire weekend in Atlanta.”
Last year’s Final Four was held in New Orleans, and performers during that weekend include Jimmy Buffett, the Black Keys and KISS.
2013 Big Dance Weekend Concert Schedule
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
3 : Gates Open
4:45 pm : Saints of Valory : Centennial Olympic Park
7 pm : My Morning Jacket : Centennial Olympic Park
9 pm : Zac Brown Band : Centennial Olympic Park
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Noon : Gates Open
12:15 pm : Yacht Rock Revue : Centennial Olympic Park
1:45 pm : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis : Centennial Olympic Park
3:15 pm : Ludacris : Centennial Olympic Park
4:30 pm : Flo-Rida : Centennial Olympic Park
8:30 pm : Muse : Centennial Olympic Park
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
2 : Gates Open
4:15 pm : Grace Potter & the Nocturnals : Centennial Olympic Park
6 pm : Sting : Centennial Olympic Park
8 pm : Dave Matthews Band : Centennial Olympic Park
Dave Matthews Band has spent many a summers on the road, and this year will be no different as the group releases an extensive North American tour schedule.
Many stops on the tour feature multiple night stands, and the jaunt will be begin on May 17 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. The tour will continue through a September 8 show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Other cities along the route include Saratoga Springs, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Noblesville, Indiana; Camden, New Jersey; East Troy, Wisconsin; Cincinnati; West Palm Beach, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Salt Lake City and Chula Vista, California. As part of the tour, the group will return to Quincy, Washington for a three-night stand to celebrate Labor Day at the Gorge Amphitheatre on August 30-September 1.
Before the tour kicks off in earnest, the band will appear at a few dates including a performance at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 28. Before that, they will perform at the Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont on March 16. O.A.R. will open that show. They will appear at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Alabama on April 6 along with Vintage Trouble, and finally they will play the Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, Mississippi, with the North Mississippi Allstars providing support.
Typically, the Dave Matthews Band has a slew of opening acts appear throughout its summer tours, with groups appearing at only a handful of shows before leaving the tour to make way for the next special guest. However, no acts have yet been announced.
The tour will be part of the band’s continued support of its most recent album, Away from the World, which was released in September of last year. The album is the group’s eighth studio album, and was the sixth in a row to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums charts.
The 2013 incarnation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be just as eclectic as ever – or at least as diverse as it has been for years now. Big names include Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews Band and Billy Joel, along with plenty of other artists that will take the stage during the seven days of the festival.
Once again, the event will be held over two weekends – April 26-28 and May 2-5. The festival is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is located 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Other artists that will perform this year include John Mayer, the Black Keys, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Widespread Panic, Maroon 5, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Patti Smith, Jill Scott, Willie Nelson & Family, B.B. King, Ben Harper, Jimmy Cliff, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, The Little Willies, Gary Clark, Jr. and many more.
As per festival tradition, a large portion of the lineup is devoted to local Louisiana artists. In fact, the event began as a showcase of exclusively Louisiana musicians, but soon opened its lineup to include artists from other parts of the U.S. and the world. Still, 85 percent of the lineup traditionally consists of Louisiana musicians.
Single day tickets to the festival range from $45 to $65 depending on when you purchase. Additionally, festival goers can choose from three VIP ticket Packages: Big Chief VIP Experience, Grand Marshal VIP Pass and Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass.
New Orleans Jazz fest has been held every year since it was founded in 1970. In addition to music performances, the events also features local craft and food venders, many of the latter serving traditional Louisiana favorites including crawfish and po’ boy sandwiches. The festival welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, topping out at more than 650,000 visitors during the 2001 festival.
Dave Matthews has always been good to his fans. He has put out a standing offer, from an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, to correct the album cover when he signs autographs for fans who bring their copies. He opted not to include nipples on the nude women who adorn the cover of Away From the World, but he’ll draw them in for you in person.
This really feels like an album for the fans. It is certainly the sound long-time fans of the band have longed for, after a few albums which strayed just slightly too far from the realm of simple songs with complex musical interplay, into songs that were just complex and perhaps trying too hard.
The sounds on this record are absolutely brilliant, even though a template is being followed at times. The playful battling of instruments is something only a great jam band or a great touring band with a lot of experience can do while maintaining exactly the soul of the song. They know how far they can creep out of line with the colors out of music, and they know how to spontaneously turn a chord into an arpeggio or play a riff along the harmony without leaving the progression of the track behind. At its most frantic and layered it still has the sound of simplicity, just with a lot of texture. The music always finds its way back to the center of the maelstrom, no matter how torrid the storm.
“Broken Things” seems unsure of whether it is a love song or a thesis on finding prettiness in an ugly world, which is also true of anthemic lead-single “Mercy,” about being proactive, hopeful, and exacting change in life or in love. These songs seem to want to have multiple faces. The music video for “Mercy” is a somewhat ridiculous collage of fans miming out the lyrics in very literal ways, but its concept is clear and it grants some insight into Dave’s songwriting: This song is whatever you need it to be.
It can be a fine line between social consciousness and coming off as a little bit preachy, and I think the latter is the case at times. The album’s two faces are sometimes interwoven and sometimes conflicting, but while the full-on love songs are pristine and beautiful, the more political moments can seem overly dramatic or even sensational.
It’s those love songs that bring everything home. Dave Matthews is one sexy beast of a man, and ‘Belly Belly Nice’ is an example of a song that continues Dave’s penchant for somewhat quirky tunes of lust. He sings, “You can’t get too much love, gonna eat your belly jelly ‘til my kingdom come.” It’s a funky track, and you can certainly tell that they’ve got a couple of new horn players.
The album features very well thought-out transitions, and has great pacing all the way through. “Sweet” is exactly that, and “Belly Full” steps in at just the right time to keep the album from swelling up beyond itself again, a tender little acoustic number.
“Drunken Soldier” is the sprawling, epic finish. The songs on this record feature very distinct movements within them, and while the band members sometimes stray from each other they continue to dance around a common line. They always find their way back, and when they come together it can be very playful, sounding at times improvisational and exploratory.
Away From the World was probably expected to be a pretty mediocre album, but it’s a great one, really showcasing the musical and emotional strengths of Dave Matthews and his ever-growing band. For longtime fans this is a wonderful return to form, and for people who have shrugged the band off in the past it seems like a good one to listen to and come to appreciate what is very intelligently crafted music.
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Image Courtesy of RCA
Celebrating their recent number one album, Dave Matthews Band will head out on the road for a winter tour later this year.
The tour will kick off with a two-night stand for the band at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on November 30 and December 1 before visiting arenas around the eastern portion of the U.S. and Canada. The trek is scheduled to run through December 22, when the group will play a show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Other cities the band will visit include Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Baltimore and Brooklyn, as well as another two-night hometown residency at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. on December 14-15.
The two Charlottesville shows also will be used to raise money to support the Local Food Hub and the BAMA Works Fund. These will be supported through VIP packages that will be available for each show. The packages cost $275, and include a concert ticket, a parking pass, access to a pre-show hospitality area with a silent auction and a limited-edition tour laminate.
Premium ticket packages will be available for all other shows to members Warehouse, the fan club of the Dave Matthews Band. These packages will cost $500 for two people, and include two tickets to the concert, a parking pass, two Columbia fleece jackets and two limited edition posters signed by the band.
There’s no word yet on what artists will support the Dave Matthews Band on the outing, but the group typically hosts a number of support acts during tours.
DMB’s most recent album, Away From the World, is the group’s eighth studio album and was released on September 11. The band debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album will be released in the U.K. and Europe next week.