Dave Matthews, DMB go viral with #DMB2Set
Dave Matthews proved to be a viral marketing genius this past summer. Not only did Dave Matthews Band make its annual summer concert tour, it did so behind the (much hashtagged) #DMB2Set .
After two decades of live shows, the legendary jam band served as its own opening act on tour this year. (Yes, you read that right). They staged a shortened acoustic set at each stop on the tour before playing their standard set. And now that the fun is over, the band has uploaded a ton of Instagram photos from some of its performances. You should go and check them out at www.instagram.com/davematthewsband.
The good news for fans of DMB is that the band has already confirmed its first date for 2015. They will play Mexico City on March 15, headlining the final day of the Vive Latino Festival. Other acts announced for the event include Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Interpol, Brandon Flowers and more.
Dave Matthews Band is also set to reissue its iconic 1994 album "Under the Table and Dreaming." One of the bonus items on the first-ever vinyl pressing is a previously unreleased studio cut of "Granny," taken from the UTTAD sessions.
Along with "Granny," DMB is also releasing acoustic versions of "Dancing Nancies" and "The Song That Jane Likes."
The "Under the Table and Dreaming" reissue is officially due out December 16th – just in time for the holidays.
Dave hits the road with Tim Reynolds (Updated 10/3/2013)
Dave Matthews Band's familiar sound has never changed much, but that's perfectly fine for a group which released its eighth studio album, "Away from the World," on September 11, 2012. While of no significant milestone to Dave and the band, the project marked the return of producer Steve Lillywhite, who had last worked with DMB on a collaboration on the never released "The Lillywhite Sessions" in 2000.
Suffice to say, Dave Matthews Band and Steve Lillywhite had more success this time around. "Away from the World" went to #1 on the Billboard 200, the sixth DMB release to make it to the top of the chart. That feat tied the band with legendary group the Eagles for the most #1 albums by an American band in chart history. Something to crow about, indeed!
Following the album release, Dave Matthews Band kicked off their 2012 Winter Tour with a two-night gig in East Rutherford, NJ on November 30 and December 1st. That tour picked up again in the spring with a run through the south, including a stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and has continued into the summer. And of all things Matthews could've made headlines for, it was this: The singer was riding his bike in Hershey, Pennsylvania on July 13 when he got a flat tire and was stranded on the side of the road. Luckily for the crooner, he was picked up by an avid fan who got the thrill of a lifetime when she gave him a lift – to his own concert.
Dave and Tim will reportedly kick off 2014 with a pair of shows in New Orleans, Louisiana. The duo will play the historic Saenger Theatre on January 15th and 16th. The iconic venue was built in 1927 in the Italian Renaissance style, and was once the flagship of the Saenger Theatre chain. Thought destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Saenger has undergone extensive renovation and restoration, and will be reopened as a performing arts center.
About Dave Matthews
In an age of social media dominance, not many musicians could market themselves with a following gained via word-of-mouth and sustained via constant touring. But Dave Matthews Band – Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, violinist Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter Beauford, trumpeter Rashawn Ross and guitarist Tim Reynolds – has and they do.
Crisscrossing the country since its inception in 1991, the Dave Matthews Band is known for its spectacular live performances across the United States and Europe. Its summer stops have often been highlighted by an elaborate video and laser light show designed and produced by former road manager and current lighting designer and video director Fenton Williams.
Two key events have helped shaped the Dave Matthews Band as it is known today. The first came in 1996, when Matthews launched an attack on bootleggers in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Government. The efforts resulted in an unprecedented crackdown the following year, and led to the release of DMB's first official double-disc live album, "Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95."
The second was the tragic death of the band's original saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. He suffered traumatic injuries in a serious ATV accident in June 2008 and passed away two months later. Coffin, a former Bela Fleck saxophonist, took his place and was part of the release of "Live at the Mile High Music Festival," a three-disc set from shows in Colorado that summer.
Dave Matthews and the Band paid tribute to Moore with the release of their most recent album, 2009's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, giving the band their fifth consecutive number one debut.
DMB took the year off from touring in 2011 but returned to the road in 2012.
Dave Matthews to Play Carnegie Hall With Hugh Masekela & More
Jam band pioneer Dave Matthews will be a special guest at Carnegie Hall next month, and he didn’t have to practice, practice, practice (#jokes). He’ll join fellow South Africans and freedom fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela at the “Twenty Years of Freedom” concert on October 10 at the Isaac Stern Auditorium. The concert was…Read more
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