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2016 Blenheim Painted Series Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 3:40am on Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016

The Warehouse
The Fantastic Painted series from Blenheim Vineyards is back at it again with the awesome wine! The 2016 release features 2015 grapes - that's why it's called the 2015 Painted Series so don't get confused - and is just as good as ever! The pre-sale is happening right now and runs until December 9.

As the good folks at Blenheim often do, they're including some nice merchandise to accompany your purchase; a hand-drawn handbill by Dave Matthews. 20 lucky pre-orders will receive an autographed handbill from Dave himself!

The wine breakdown this year is as follows:

2015 PAINTED WHITE: 58% Chardonnay, 21% Viognier, 12% Albarino, 9% Sauvignon Blanc.

2015 PAINTED RED: 44% Cabernet Franc, 31% Petit Verdot, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The options for ordering are aplenty. If you're not a wine-drinker there are merchandise only options, and let me tell you their shirts are the most comfortable ever! There are also multiple labels, so you can choose an order package to get em all! Please note that due to the silly laws that govern alcohol shipping that it may not be available in your state; refer to the order page to see if you live in one of the sane ones that allows it.

Act quickly and grab this fantastic wine!
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Here's all the details on Live Trax 40

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 6:10pm on Monday, Nov 7th, 2016

If you were wondering if Dave Matthews Band's Live Trax 40 would be special, the answer is obviously yes. Let's take a look at what this release has under the hood.

Right off the bat... James Brown! If you're wondering how he even ended up with DMB, the answer lies in the opening act. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe served as James Brown's backing band. If you weren't around back then, the James Brown info leaked out prior to the show; not like anyone believed it however. So it wasn't a complete shock, but still, the Godfather of Soul appearing with DMB was stunning.

Live Trax 40 marks the first full band Blu-Ray release. By default, the audio will be 'better' than a standard DVD video. It's complicated to explain, but it just is. There's also a plethora of add-ons, including posters, t-shirts and an Encore disc. The details aren't out yet but it's from the 2002 winter tour. Please keep in mind that there is a different Bonus Disc for The Warehouse than the DMB store. So if you're a Warehouse member order via their site.

 1201                DMB Live Trax 40 James Brown

More Dave and Tim shows announced during 2017 year off

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 3:40am on Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will play a small tour of Europe during the 2017 break. The tour begins March 20 with a 2-night stop in London and ends April 11 in Portugal.

Dave and Tim are playing 3-nights in Mexico in February, so the grand total of scheduled shows is 18 (15 across Europe). Tickets go on sale October 24, for more details check out the official site.
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Here's all the details on Live Trax 39

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 3:55am on Wednesday, Oct 5th, 2016

The pre-order is now for the latest live release from the Dave Matthews Band; Live Trax 39 on 10.31.98 in Oakland, CA. The most obvious is that the show was on Halloween, so yes, the band did indeed play Halloween. The Halloween is also very similar to the Before These Crowded Streets album version; a style that is not played like that live anymore. In fact, there aren't too many live versions like this one from Live Trax 39. The rare 'companion songs' Halloween and I'll Back You Up are both played. The latter features Joshua Redman, a fantastic saxophonist. He also plays on Jimi Thing.

Greg Howard, guest on BTCS, plays just about the entire show on Chapman Stick. That unique instrument is featured on the album version of Dreaming Tree, so once again you get a live version that sounds a lot like the BTCS style. The show might not seem that long on paper, but this was in DMB's more jamming days with every song clocking in around 10 minutes, so the band really shines on the solos. 1998 was a special tour, and really featured the band at the height of their popularity; it's not a stretch to say this is one of the best shows of the entire 1998 tour. We don't like to call anything 'must own', nor tell you how to spend your hard earned money, but this show is as close to that as humanly possible.
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More Info on the Dave and Tim Mexico Excursion

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 9:39am on Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016

The 'year off' thing has begot its first show. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are playing in Mexico for 3 days, starting February 23. This 3-day event will be similar to the Dave and Friends island excursion in 2006 (that ended up happening on the boat) so it's not unprecedented.

The concerts will occur in the 'tourist' section of Mexico; the greater Cancun area. If you've never been that way, rest assured that pretty much everyone speaks English there so you won't be at a disadvantage if you don't comprende espanol. The way the packages are set up you really don't even have to leave the all inclusive resort(s) except to see the performance(s). Should you choose to do some adventuring in Mexico, it's a short drive to Xel-ha (pronounced shell-ha) - a wonderful lagoon with true brackish water (the freshwater is cold and the sea water is warm) and oodles of fish to see on a snorkeling adventure. Tulum is another short drive; it is a Mayan village with a small temple to climb if you choose. A bit further is the famed Chichen Itza with its pyramid temple.

The prices aren't for the squeamish; but keep in mind you are getting an all inclusive resort and 3-days of Dave and Tim music. And it's February and unless you live in a warm place like sunny FLA you will be elbow-deep in snow; and Mexico sounds pretty swell when you're shoveling 6 inches of partly cloudy.
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Ants Podcast 82: Ali-Bama and the 40 Things

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 12:32pm on Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016

Just because the band is off it doesn't mean the Ants Podcast is. In addition to the popular Twitter questions, the fellas talk about the upcoming TV performance on TNT of C'ville 16 and an interview Stefan did on YouTube. Samuel Adams, news, mispronounced words, and Twitter questions, what more do you need?

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Ants Podcast 81: Short Little Ditty

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 9:52pm on Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

If last week represented the mother of all podcasts, then this week represents the baby. With the band on a short break before the final seven shows, we took the opportunity to catch up on the backlog of questions that the listeners have been lobbing our way. This episode's a nice quick chaser after the marathon we put out last week. Thank you for all your questions, and enjoy!

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Ants Podcast 80: Joe Goes to Phenix

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:44pm on Tuesday, Aug 2nd, 2016

The mother of all podcasts. For the first time after doing podcasts on a weekly basis, the coordination of the schedule trifecta along with podcast recording oopsies led to a couple weeks without a podcast. We’ve heard your requests and we’ve brought it all in this latest content packed episode. We first discuss major news developments including Crash Vinyl, LT38, Coffin album, and very intriguing comments from RAab. Plus a plethora of DMB shows to cover (i.e. 12), including NH, SPAC, Deercreek, and WPB where we find clear ups and downs among this run of shows, but why does it have to be that way? Plus we SPEED recap the setlist game results with a few sidebars thrown throughout. And a big THANK YOU to the 1K+ that joined us on the Periscope LIVE!

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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More Information Regarding the Sweet Briar College release

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 6:09am on Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016

The first CD release of a Dave Matthews solo performance is now available for Pre-Order. We wanted to provide a little more info for you about this special release. The show, Dave performing solo at Sweet Briar College on 4.14.96 is a special one. And the release is just as special as net proceeds go directly to the small college to help offset their operating cost. Basically you're helping to keep this small women's liberal arts college from closing; they were on the brink of shutting down but 2016 has seen a tremendous increase in applicants.

If you're on the fence about this one, there is a song sample available; Dancing Nancies - which sounds fantastic. The set features a couple of gems in there too; Angel From Montgomery, #36, and Blue Water Baboon Farm stand out as the rarities, plus some songs you just don't ever hear from Dave solo; Jimi, Two Step, Seek Up, So Much To Say. We're not telling you that you have to buy it, we're just saying it's a special show and the money goes to a good cause. The choice is yours.
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Chickapig Game Launches

Posted by Joe M in Band Collaborators at 7:18pm on Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016

It seems we always get one-of-two questions when we talk about or play Chickapig. 1) What the heck is Chickapig!? Or 2) How can I get one for myself!? Can’t lie, we also went through the same two questions/phases. Once we learned about Chickapig and how to play we wanted one of our own. But whenever someone asked us how they could get their own, there wasn’t a way; that is until today! So for everyone that’s been asking, today Chickapig is finally making its first debut to the world via a Chickapig Kickstarter campaign!

You may have heard us mention Chickapig on the Ants Podcast, or at our Charlottesville Night Zero party, or at Ants tailgates across the summer. But what exactly is Chickapig? In short, it’s a board game with a bit of strategy and a lot of fun. (What other game has a tagline of ‘Don’t Poop In My Goal’. ha) Be the first to get your Chickapigs through your goal, bouncing off of hay bales, opponents Chickapigs and a pooping cow. The game was created by Brian Calhoun, the co-founder of Rockbridge Guitars (the maker of Dave’s guitars) and cohort in the famous ‘slap video’. He introduced and played the game around the Charlottesville area for some time. Including playing with Dave Matthews and Fenton Williams (heard of them?) who eventually helped to bring the game to life.

The Chickapig launch page is offering up t-shirts and the very first editions of the game. They have a Kickstarter goal of getting $30,000 pledged and as of writing this article, less than 12 hours from launch, the game has already received pledges of $26,000. If you’d like to be part of the first launch of potentially the next biggest board game, head over to the Chickapig Kickstarter page now. We love ourselves a game of Chickpig. (Any challengers?) A perfect paced, competitive and fun game for hanging around and enjoying some tasty beverages (we enjoy a ‘social’ drink anytime someone goes through a goal or through poop.) #dontpoopinmygoal


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