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The 2014 Tour will be HUGE!

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 12:13pm on Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014

We aren't going to focus on where or who didn't get shows on the 2014 Dave Matthews Band Tour. Lets talk about the structure of the shows.

DMB will play 2- set shows. The wording of the announcement is ambiguous as to the exact layout, but it appears it will be an acoustic set & an electric set (that's not set in stone either). But just the possibility of seeing full band acoustic songs should make you leap for joy...and tickets. Full band acoustic shows are very rare, so the possibility to see a few songs like that is truly a 'can't miss' opportunity.

If you were pondering a draw back in your tour schedule, welcome to the tour increase side of the isle. We will see you on tour!
             DMB tour 2014

Check Out The One-Mic Recordings from Peter Griesar

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Side Projects at 4:30pm on Friday, Jan 3rd, 2014

Peter Griesar was sitting around in his kitchen on New Year's Eve morning, and decided to set up a microphone and a guitar and play a few songs. He posted em up on Soundcloud, so check em out!

You might recognize some from Peter's album Superfastgo (which is pretty awesome, BTW). If you've never heard Griesar's stuff, give it a listen and you'll see he's a bit more than a piano player. He first posted the recordings via his Twitter (@griesar) - so if you're in the mood to follow someone else, give him a follow.

And if you're new to the planet, welcome! Peter played keyboards (and harmonica) for Dave Matthews Band from 1991-1993. He is a Grammy Award winner for co-writing So Much To Say.
             Peter Griesar One-Mic

Dave Joins Up with a New Band

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Side Projects at 7:28am on Monday, Dec 16th, 2013

Remember a while back when we told you Dave was in the studio. We now know what that was; a new side project.

Dave will join with Jakob Dylan, Brady Blade (Of the Dave and Friends band), and brothers Charlie and Will Sexton to form The Nauts. Matthews and Dylan wrote songs for the group, and there will be a release coming "soon".

Before you start to panic, and #StoopstoDMB starts trending, just relax. No one even knows if there will be a Dave and Friends type tour out of this, or if this is just a straight studio project. The Dave Matthews Band is already set for tours in 2014; Australia is undoubtedly a go and the US summer tour is shaping up according to rumors, so relax. More info regarding The Nauts should be available in January.
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Blenheim 2012 Painted Wines Now Available!

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Side Projects at 8:38pm on Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 2013

The Fantastic The Blenheim Vineyards has released its eagerly anticipated Painted wines series, featuring bottles designed by Dave Matthews! The designs - as you can see to your right - are the labels of the bottles (as in the past); two are on the Painted Red and one for the Painted White. You can Pre-Order now until December 15. Then the wines will ship and be there by Christmas.

Additionally, each order receives a handbill of the bottle designs. And this year, there's something extra too! One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive the signed original drawing of the Painted White label by Dave Matthews. Check out the official Blenheim site for all the rules.

If you've never tried the Painted series, they're blends, and quite good ones at that. And the pre-sale will go quickly, so if you're a wino or a collector, or just have to order them because you already have the other bottles, you better get your order on stat. To make life easier, the following states can accept shipping from Blenheim: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, SC, TX, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, and DC. The rest of you, move.
             Blenheim Wine Dave Matthews

DMB Taps Cavallo to Produce Next Album

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Album News at 6:06pm on Thursday, Nov 21st, 2013

The rumors were true (for once), and yes, Dave Matthews Band will have a new album next year (allegedly). According to Rolling Stone DMB will work with Rob Cavallo on a future album. Dave has been in the studio off and on in November working on "stuff", according to the article.

Dave also heavily hinted to old(er) songs appearing on the album. So let the speculation begin! As for the fans, what does this mean? Well, to catch you up to speed, the hard-cores loved Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (Cavallo's first work with DMB), and then they got sick of it. So Cavallo is not as bad of a word as "Ballard" or "Baston", but those who complain the most aren't thrilled with it. Why? Well, in addition to "venue wars", we now have "producer wars". Steve Lillywhite's Away From The World did receive high marks from fans, and he of course produced the "Big 3" (UTTAD, Crash, BTCS), so Lillywhite is still god. Seems pretty unfair considering BWGK is a great album, and a Grammy nominated one at that (if that matters). But you can count on some producer wars coming up on the boards.

Here's what I mean. No one wants to hear what Rob Cavallo can do to Shotgun. Everyone wants to hear what Lillywhite can do to Shotgun. Isn't that crazy? So no matter what song(s) that are known pop up on the album, you will have 23 threads pondering what Lillywhite would do to them. It's not fair to Cavallo. (for the record I don't care who produces it, as long as Shotgun makes it).

Stay tuned for the next few months of rumor, speculation, flat out lies, and a few tidbits of real info regarding the next DMB album. And just remember, nay-sayers, you loved BWGK when it came out. No, you did. Don't make me show you your posts.
                 New DMB Album

Live Trax 28 from Cville

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 3:20pm on Wednesday, Nov 13th, 2013

On the heals of the release of Dave Matthews Band Live Trax 27, The Warehouse announced the very next one, which is Live Trax 28 (but you probably gathered that). The show is from 2010 again, but it's a fairly popular one; Night 1 Charlottesville.

The Pre-Order is now, and as a special treat this Live Trax is also available on DVD! You can pick up N1 (which has a great Spoon, and the encore of Watchtower into Halloween is outrageous) along with the DVD and a special Encore Trax disc of songs from night 2. Those tracks are: You Might Die Trying, Proudest Monkey>Satellite, Say Goodbye, Song That Jane Likes, Why I Am, Granny, and, Last Stop

If you opt for the CD/DVD combo, the release is in 5.1 surround sound, a first for DMB LT releases. So it should sound awesome. And The Last Stop on the bonus disc is the best thing from night 2 (which truly was inferior to night 1, sorry), so really you're getting the best of both nights. If you're even wavering on this, order this for the Spoon alone. It's that good. Why would I make an incorrect promise?
             Live Trax 28 DMB Cville

Why is DMB's Picture on a VH-1 Super Bowl Concert Promo?

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 5:35pm on Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2013

VH-1 is hosting a Super Bowl concert in conjunction with the Super Bowl in New Jersey in the dead of winter (brilliant). And some inquiring eyes noticed everyone's favorite band pictured in the promo.

Follow this link and you'll notice a picture of Dave Matthews Band used in the VH-1 promo. Why would they use a picture of DMB unless DMB was one of the acts?

If you really look at the picture, you can tell it's from 2008. No, really, you can. Look at Rashawn on the right; he's a bit bigger than the slimmed-down Rashawn we have now. Jeff is in the picture too, so it's after June 2008. So did VH-1 just grab an old promo picture of DMB and throw it up there as "generic band photo" and did they not realize that we, the DMB obsessive-compulsive fan, would be able to nail the year of the photo?

Before you book a flight and get 50 yard line seats, wait for an official word from VH-1 or DMB. Or throw caution to the wind and take the entire month of February off in case there's a winter tour. It's entirely up to you.

UPDATE: It was pointed out that the picture is from the Beacon Theater 2009 (close to 2008, it was an early show), and DMB is likely part of the VH-1 Super Bowl Blitz. Over 6 nights, there will be 6 concerts throughout the greater Tri-State area. Stay tuned for more details as they become available, but at the least those will be televised.
                 DMB Super Bowl Show

Dave to play Colorado Flood Relief

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Charity at 12:54pm on Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013

Dave Matthews will perform in Colorado to benefit the victims of the flooding in Colorado earlier this year. KBCO announced the concert, featuring Dave, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and the Lumineers among others will occur on October 27 (that's a Sunday) at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The Official Site announced that tickets are available through another site - tickethorse.com. Tickets are $65-$125, depending on the seat you get. The funds raised will go to United Way Colorado branch. If you can't make it and are in a giving mood, you can straight up make a donation to them via the aforementioned link.
             Dave Colorado Flood Relief

DMB Supports Progeria Research

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Charity at 1:22pm on Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2013

Progeria is a disease you probably don't know by name, but you know it by sight. You know those little kids that age rapidly and turn very old at very young ages? That's Progeria. Dave Matthews and the rest of DMB are asking for your help in facilitating a cure.

Check out Dave and his friend Sam in this video that tells about the disease a bit. They're asking for your donations, so if you have a few bucks laying around, or maybe skip a 12-pack this weekend and you can donate $10 by texting PROGERIA to 80888 we can maybe have this disease wiped out one day.

A documentary on Sam will air on HBO October 21. There's more info about about the doc, which was a Sundance Official Selection if you're into that stuff.

UPDATE: Sadly, Sam passed away January 10. He was 17. He was a great DMB fan, and a great great human being. Rest in peace.
             Dave Matthews Progeria

Ask Rashawn A Question on Facebook

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Random Appearances at 4:05pm on Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2013

Do you Facebook? Me neither, but if I did, I'd surely follow this link and query our favorite trumpeter Rashawn Ross in a little Q&A.

The chat - it's more of a leave the question and Rashawn will answer it, but work with me here - is hosted by Jens Lindemann, Trumpet Professor at UCLA (a college with a great music program, BTW). Check it out and ask about Monkey Man or MacHead! If I had Facebook I would.
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