What songs will Dave Matthews Band play in concert?
Dave Matthews is one of the most prolific touring bands in the entire history of rock music, a status they easily lead into today. The group has a few very common tropes for their live show.
1. They always add in some obscure cuts.
2. They skip a lot of major singles.
3. They jam out and extend a big song of choice
Dave Matthews continues these typical tropes for their latest shows, in a number of ways. The group brings out “Grey Street” from their 2002 album, Busted Stuff. It is an interesting, if not altogether fitting title considering the group was in a weird place in the early millennium, after their biggest singles yet preceding their late 2000’s ‘second wind.’ Other more obscure deep album cuts include “Tripping Billies” from their mid-90’s masterpiece, Crash, and Stand Up’s odd tune, “You Might Die Trying.”
The second trope is why they skip a lot of big massive hits. Considering they have so many, this seems a bit inevitable. This year they manage to bypass big tunes such as “Ants Marching” and “Crash Into Me.” The latter may be a big miss for fans, considering it is probably the biggest hit of their career and a fan favorite. They make up for it by playing “What Would You Say” from their debut Under the Table and Dreaming and “Satellite” from their sophomore record.
The last major trope is their notorious jam session that tends to cycle around all major players in the band and goes on for close to 15 minutes at times. The big jam here is often in “Don’t Drink the Water” or the group’s rendition of Neil Young’s clever, “The Needle and the Damage Done.”
The group closes this tour with a new song, “Shake Me Like a Monkey,” which is a little odd. But they really make it work by closing it in grand orchestration. The setlist will certainly have a few major omissions, but the group’s prolific touring schedule and tendency to shake it up makes this part of their charm and wide appeal.
This means the setlist below is so rough and estimated that it only really represents a general trend from a band that prides itself in changing songs, from big simples to forgotten gems, each and every night.
Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd
Pay for What You Get
I’ll Back You Up
What Would You Say
Stay (Wasting Time)
Belly Belly Nice
Drive In, Drive Out
You Might Die Trying
Don’t Drink the Water
The Needle and the Damage Done
Shake Me Like a Monkey
How long is a Dave Matthews Band’s concert?
Dave Matthews Band is well known for giving fans plenty for their money. A show may reach three hours, though two and a half is a safe bet.
Is this an acoustic tour?
Dave Matthews Band is doing something a bit different; Zax with a mix between an acoustic and electrical set. The first half of the show is acoustic, consisting of about an hour of material. This does not mean Dave Matthews is on stage alone. He has a slightly constrained band playing the songs in a whimsical and acoustic format.
The back half of the set is a little more traditional, with the full 7-piece band involved on every track.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Dave Matthews Band’s tour?
Dave Matthews Band is famous for having one of the most uproarious and fanatic fan bases in rock music, and this is only accentuated through the group’s fan club known as ‘The Warehouse.’
Launched in 1988, the Warehouse was one of the first major online fan clubs, and one of the first to offer a dizzying assortment of features for fans. The website was an industry leader in providing presale tickets at such high volumes, and this practice continues today. The Warehouse has presales available for every single show, but membership is required.
Non fan club members can still enjoy obtaining presale tickets through the American Express platform. The service requires an American Express card, but they are servicing the entire Dave Matthews tour.
Who is Dave Matthews Band’s publicist and press contact?
There are a few contacts on the table for Dave Matthews Band. For general inquiries, you may have a decent response rate contacting the website direct through firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on your inquiry, they will redirect you to the appropriate media contact.
The group works with Red Light Management for general promotions. You can contact them through their online form.
“Like life, which really has no straight roads, a DMB show is a journey down twisting and turning byways. The difference is that there are no speed bumps, no orange barrels, but there ARE plenty of fascinating side roads. A hint came from violinist Boyd Tinsley’s sizzling break during the set-opening 10-minute foray into “Dancing Nancies.’’ Chuck Yarborough of Cleveland Press
“In an industry where aging rockers routinely spend their lives trying to innovate in an attempt to stay relevant, the Dave Matthews Band has had its own strategy.
Find a sound, build a fan base and then give the people what they want for two decades. So when Matthews took the BOK Center stage Wednesday night, the crowd knew what it was in for, and the band played to its strengths.” – Dylan Goforth of Tulsa Press
“The surprises took over from there, first with Matthews approximating a slight Gainesville whine to perfectly nail a version of Tom Petty’s “Running Down A Dream,” followed by an appearance from jazz guitar great Stanley Jordan who pitched in on songs “The Dreaming Tree,” and “Rhyme and Reason.” – Donnie Moorhouse of MassLive
Dave Matthews Band 2013
Tour Opening Acts: The Head and the Heart, Carlos Malta
Started April 6, 2013 in Pelham, Alabama | Ended September 8, 2013 in Mountain View, California
Dave Matthews Band 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Stanley Jordan, Joe Lawlor
Started May 18, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas | Ended December 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dave Matthews Band 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Warren Haynes
Started June 24, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey | Ended September 18, 2011 in New York City, New York
Dave Matthews Band 2010
Tour Opening Acts: Danny Barnes, Trombone Shorty, The Zac Brown Band
Started January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California | Ended December 16, 2010 in Arlington, Texas
Dave Matthews Band 2009
Tour Opening Acts: Danny Barnes, Robert Randolph
Started April 14, 2009 in New York City, New York | Ended November 21, 2009 in New York City, New York