Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Dave Matthews Band. Dave Matthews Band are planning a massive summer tour which will run from May through Sept. Dubbed A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band, DMB will switch gears throughout the night from electric to acoustic sets, according to Rolling Stone. Expect stripped-down numbers from frontman Dave Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds as well as more flushed out lineups with the rest of the band.
“I was talking to Carter [Beauford, drums] about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together,” Matthews said in a statement. “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?”
The tour kicks off May 16 in Woodlands, Texas, and runs through Sept. 6 in Irvine, Calif.
The Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early 1991, when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape. Instead of simply recording himself with a guitar, he opted to bring in some instrumental help to give his musical ideas more depth.
Dave found assistance in drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene. Based on the recommendation of distinguished local jazz guru John D’earth, 16-year-old musical prodigy Stefan Lessard came on board to play bass. Completing the band was keyboard player Peter Griesar, who left the band after a couple of years, as well as the talented and classically trained violinist, Boyd Tinsley.
The first public performance of Dave Matthews Band occurred at the City of Charlottesville’s Earth Day Festival in April 1991. The first official gig for the newly conceived Dave Matthews Band was May 11, 1991, at a private party held on the rooftop of the pink warehouse on South Street in downtown Charlottesville. Local weekly gigs soon followed at Eastern Standard and then Trax nightclub, and within a little time, word of the band’s contagious new sound spread like wildfire throughout the region. Clubs started to fill up, tours began to cover more territory, and the fan base grew at an incredible rate.
On November 9, 1993, DMB released its first album, Remember Two Things, on its Bama Rags label. The album was recorded live at The Muse Music Club on Nantucket Island, in August of 1993. The album debuted on College charts as the highest independent entry, and went on to be certified gold by the RIAA — a significant accomplishment for an independent album.
Meanwhile, the band kept touring and its fan base continued to grow. By allowing fans to tape shows for their personal use, DMB created a highly interactive community that continues in spirit today.
Moore died suddenly in August 2008 due to complications from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Grammy Award-winner Jeff Coffin of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones has since filled Moore's spot as the band's saxophonist. Rashawn Ross and Tim Reynolds have also become full-time touring members of the band.
The band's 2009 album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (the first album since Moore's death) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, earning the band their fifth consecutive number-one debut. Their most recent album, Away from the World, released in 2012, debuted at number one on the Billboard chart — making them the only group to have six consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.
As of 2010, the Dave Matthews Band has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
The band is known for their annual summer-long tours of the United States and Europe, featuring lengthy, tedious improvisational renditions of their songs, accompanied by an elaborate video and lighting show. The band is known for playing the songs differently each time.
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