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Episode 74 - You have Got Questions, We dance around them
June 5th, 2016

The Crew was merely 2 Live this week; Jake and Joe M took the helm whilst Matt felt the Bern, so to speak. With the band off this past week and based on twitter feedback, this episode is listener question heavy. Also addressed is the latest release announcement (a Dave Solo from 1996), the Bernie Sanders Dave Solo performance, and the latest DMBHub update that you dont want to miss!


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Blenheim Painted series available for pre-order

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 6:20am on Saturday, Nov 25th, 2017

Dave Matthews great tasting wine is back with its annual "Painted" series - featuring a hand-drawn design by Dave Matthews himself. The "Painted 2016" features a red and a white - the red is a 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot blend, whereas the white is 59% Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Viognier, 10% Chardonnay. These wines are very popular and extremely drinkable - very smooth with a balance of sweetness and age to give you a great wine experience.

The pre-order runs until December 1, and as always they feature a great selection of swag - including a pre-order that features a Chicka Pig board! The t-shirts and sweatshirts are also very high quality, so if you need a comfy shirt that's a solid choice. Act quickly!

   
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Dave Matthews will join Metallica, Dead Co. and others at Band Together Bay Area Benefit Concert

Posted by Jen Henson in Charity at 4:26pm on Thursday, Oct 26th, 2017

What would you do if you had the year off? If you are Dave Matthews, the answer is that you would spend part of the year lending your name and music to those in need, specifically in the form of benefit concerts. The benefit concerts that Dave has participated in this year have centered on environmental disasters and political strife. Earlier, Dave joined the Hand in Hand Benefit for Hurricane Relief and later he joined the Lampedusa Concerts for Refugees Tour. The Band also took a break from their break to spearhead A Concert for Charlottesville after the tragic events that occurred there in August.

Unfortunately, the need for support is unceasing but Dave appears to be ever ready at the call. It has just been announced that Dave Matthews will join Metallica, rapper G-Eazy, Rancid, Dead & Company and Raphael Saadiq in the Band Together Bay Area Benefit Concert set to take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco on November 9, 2017. More names could still be added to the lineup in the coming weeks. The concert seeks to offer some relief to the thousands of people devastated by the 2017 California wildfires, in which, sadly, 42 people have lost their lives and nearly one hundred thousand people have had to be evacuated from their homes. The concert is being funded by its sponsors and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund. Ticketmaster has also joined in the effort by promising to donate the ticket fees directly to the relief fund. The Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund was formed by Tipping Point Community, an organization, founded in 2005, that focuses on providing education, employment, and housing to the most impoverished of the Bay Area community. Initially, the relief fund will be used to address the immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires. Ultimately, it is hoped that the relief fund will be sufficient to help re-build and re-house the community.

Note that some news reports have listed the lineup as including 'the Dave Matthews Band', however the bands own website only lists Dave Matthews as participating. Regardless of who will ultimately grace the state, if you are looking for tickets you dont have to wait long as ticket sales are set to open within 24 hours of the concerts announcement. There are a number of presale opportunities that beginning today and the general public onsale will begin on tomorrow at 10am pacific time. Ticket prices will range from $49.50 to $199.50 plus fees. Premier seats will be donated to first responders, volunteers and families impacted by the wildfires.

If you cant make it to the concert, but still want to help, you can donate to the fund here.

   
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Leaked: New Live Trax 44 brings first Blu-Ray

Posted by Joe M in Live Releases at 12:47pm on Wednesday, Oct 25th, 2017

If all indications from leaked photos and webpages are correct, the possible Christmas gift under your tree this year will be Live Trax Vol. 44: 9.4.16 from The Gorge Amphitheatre, and depending how good you've been this year then beyond the audio of the concert you could also get with it a foil poster, 2018 calendar, hoody, tshirt, blanket or more (all optional items being released with the Live Trax.) And if that wasn't enough, if you were extra-extra special you'll even get official high definition video (and hopefully high definition audio) of the show from the bands well overdue first Blu-Ray! (UPDATE: To be clear this is the first full band HD Blu Ray. LT40 MSG was from 2002 and not HD recorded. And Radio City was D&T.)

Never miss a Sunday show, especially when it's the final show before the band's year long hiatus (2017 #notour). That's exactly what this show is. And it packs an impressive setlist. Including The Stone opener, #41, Say Goodbye, Minarets, The Maker, Typical Situation, The Last Stop, Ants Marching, among too many to list. Check out the full setlist here. The show features guests Carlos Malta on woodwinds for Say Goodbye, The Maker, and Typical Situation, along with Joe Lawlor (touring crew member) on guitar for Rhyme & Reason.

What about the other 2 nights of the 3-day Labor Dave Weekend? There will be a bonus disc (Encore Trax - The Gorge Extended) that will contain songs from both the nights. It looks to be 8 tracks for Warehouse members and include Big Eyed Fish, Satellite, Granny, Recently, Cry Freedom, Rooftop, One Sweet World and Why I Am.

Of interesting note, this Live Trax / Show doesn't feature any of the "new songs" (the 2016 new touring songs like Bob Law, Samurai Cop, etc.) You might say, sure it just so happens this show didn't have them in the setlist, but then none of the songs to have made the bonus extended disc either? Hmm. We are still left with no band-released versions of these songs, which leaves you wondering if it's pure coincidence or intentional. Does the omission of these new songs have anything to do with the anticipated new album to be coming in the first half of 2018? It does seem a bit puzzling why none of the new songs made the bonus disc.

We still have to wait for the official announcement on all of this. As always when we report pre-announce news, everything is subject to change in the final days before announcement, that's just how the business works. We'll keep you posted on when we officially know more along with presale details. In the meantime, dust off that Blu-Ray player if you still have one.

   
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Chickapig Gets Some National Recognition

Posted by Joe M in Band Collaborators at 5:41pm on Monday, Oct 16th, 2017

Chickapig, the fun strategic board game, is getting some well deserved national attention. Entertainment Weekly, yep that one, just reviewed the game and give it some glowing feedback. The article also includes some quotes from Dave Matthews in it, like how the game might never have came to be where it is now if it weren't for some "Guinness encouragement". Funny enough the game lends well to enjoying a Guinness (or two) with others while you play. Chickapig is also a great addition to Charlottesville Night 0 DMB Parties. :-p

We've enjoyed following the local Cville game as it's been growing larger. From the very early pre-release days of April 2016 when Chickapig participated in our Night 0 Charlottesville party at Mono Loco, we had the the game available for attendees to enjoy (sidecar'ed with a Starr Hill Warehouse Pils of course.) The community rallied to help with the initial kickstarter campaign to get the board game out to the masses. And then over the past year across the country, Chickapig has appeared at tailgates (you likely saw the 'big board' in action at any tailgates we participated in), with the latest culmination of a national Chickapig van tour.

What a ride Chickapig is on, and it has been fun to be along for it, including the most recent latest national attention. Check it out yourself if you haven't (couple ways to get 15% off when visit site.) Or if you already own a copy, get at it as you pass out Halloween candy (with a Guinness of course.)

   
    
   


Recap: Stevie Wonder joins DMB on Stage at Star-Studded Benefit Show

Posted by Matt Yette in Charity at 6:41am on Tuesday, Sep 26th, 2017

Sunday evening saw the return of Dave Matthews Band for their lone show of 2017 at A Concert for Charlottesville at Scott Stadium in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA. DMB headlined the event, which included superstars such as Justin Timberlake, Chris Martin, and a surprise appearance by Stevie Wonder.

The politically-charged event has silhouetted against an already tense atmosphere, with NFL games earlier in the day turning into ground zero for the ongoing #TakeAKnee hot button issue. The show began with Dave Matthews performing a solo rendition of Mercy, much like he did during the Hand in Hand telethon. Dave then introduced the mother of Heather Heyer, the Charlottesville local woman who was killed during last months protests.

The show went on, featuring short appearances by Cage the Elephant, Coldplay members Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland, The Roots featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Pharrell Williams, Chris Stapleton and Ariana Grande. The show then turned to a 45-minute Justin Timberlake set, which, for all of DMBs touring acumen, was an impressive act to follow. JT put on a signature high-energy show, drawing practically universal praise across social media and the Ants forums.

The moment then arrived for Dave Matthews Band to make its return after more than a year since its last performance. An unheralded but certainly noticeable addition on stage with the band was the return of touring keyboardist Butch Taylor, whose last performance with the band dates back to a corporate function for Outback Steakhouse in 2008. After beginning the set with Dont Drink the Water, Warehouse, Satellite, Seven, and You Might Die Trying, local trumpet player John DEarth emerged to join the rest of the band for Grey Street. Things then turned political, as Stevie Wonder entered the stage, unannounced. Wonder joined Matthews at center stage as both musicians took a knee, with Stevie leading in prayer. After a lengthy monologue by the 67-year old legend, guitarist Natural and Daves vocal coach RAab Stevenson came up on stage to assist as Wonder led a rendition of John Lennons Imagine, before moving onto the Stevie Wonder songs Loves In Need of Love Today and Superstition, which ended the set.

We now wait until 2018 for more DMB, which is shaping up to be a big year for the band, with the return to regular touring and their first studio album in nearly six years slated to be released.

   
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Band Room Poster Appears to Reveal Chris Martin Guest Appearance

Posted by Matt Yette in Charity at 8:18am on Sunday, Sep 24th, 2017

Late last night, Twitter user jay posted an image of all the laminated sheets that normally show up backstage to direct performing acts to their own green rooms. We've seen various shots of these posters over the last few days, but this image had a sheet stick out that contained a name that hadn't been announced: Chris...well....something. The picture taken has a strong glare on that exact poster, and the last name is unclear at first glance (of course it is).

Running the image through an inverse filter in Photoshop, and lightening things up a bit, reveals more about the last name. We can see that the first letter is likely an 'M', and it's fairly clear the last three are "TIN." Could it be Chris Martin of Coldplay fame? Well, let's see. Coldplay was in Seattle, WA last night for a concert at CenturyLink Field, and just two hours ago posted an image on their Instagram page that shows a "Welcome to Virginia" sign. It seems highly plausible that Mr. Martin took the redeye out of Seattle late last night after his concert, and is now in the great state of Virginia.

We only have a few more hours to go until we have our definitive answer. There's no doubt though that tonight's benefit show is shaping up to be a special evening.

   
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The Return of Butch

Posted by Joe M in Band Collaborators at 5:13pm on Saturday, Sep 23rd, 2017

Speculation has been bouncing around the community about the possibility that long time bandmate Butch Taylor may be joining the band to play on stage at the Concert for Charlottesville. Could it be true or is it just the community spinning itself up in the excitement of the only full band concert of the year?

A friend of Butch's tells AntsMarching.org it's actually NOT community hysteria. That indeed Butch is "around" and has been at rehearsals.

But on top of just rehearsing, will he play on stage with the band? Well Rashawn Ross recently shared a short video of the band getting ready to sound check. And what appears to be Butch's current go-to keyboard, the Yamaha Motif XS8, is on the stage in the typical Butch stage position. (Some other unknown keyboards are setup at the front of the stage, but those are less identifiable as Butch's vs the Yamaha.)

Stefan has lead to the cause too, in a less obvious way by tweeting an image of the band in their Haunted Hollow studio in Charlottesville, presumably of the band getting some practice in. With the photo he commented Leading lines and I spy, which lead the community to read into the photo more.

It's been nearly 10 years since Butch last played a show with the band. Why hasn't Butch made any kind of an appearance especially with shows happening in Charlottesville over the years? This was a question the community has always wondered. Was it because Dave found his own fondness with piano? Hard to say. But what is certain is there is a noticeable level of interest in seeing Butch back in some capacity and things are looking up for that to happen tomorrow. But we'll have to wait and see.

UPDATE: Jeff Coffin didn't want to be left out of all the fun and has now posted an image of the band soundchecking on stage and sure enough the Yamaha keyboard has a very Butch-like figure sitting at it.

Side Note: If you're wondering what Butch Taylor has been up to, he has been doing some producing and performing. One in particular project was his production of Whispers & Secrecy by Michael Coleman. In addition to engineering, producing and mixing the album, he also plays on a few tracks. Definitely a recommend listen, Charlottesville local Michael Coleman is quite talented.

   
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Dave Discusses the Time Off From Touring and Charlottesville Concert

Posted by Joe M in Charity at 2:51pm on Saturday, Sep 23rd, 2017

Dave Matthews appeared on the Charlie Rose show on PBS last night along with Sunday's Concert for Charlottesville co-bill Pharrell Williams to discuss the event. The 32 minute segment touches on a range of topics around the concert, around the state of the nation, and other personal thoughts and items from both Pharrell and Daves past. As can be typical with episodes of the Charlie Rose program, the episodes don't touch on simple surface questions. It provides a look into Dave's connection to Charlottesville, how the concert came about, the motivation behind the concert, and what they hope will come from it. It's a unedited look into Dave and Pharrell's thoughts.

As a side topic Charlie does ask Dave "When you took the time away from touring, was it an introspective period for you or were you just resting?" Dave makes it clear that he wasn't resting and was doing a number of things, including writing. He also goes on to say "I feel like [the time off] made me love my band more. It made me miss them. It made me want to do more things in music."

The full program is available online on charierose.com. The Concert for Charlottesville kicks off tomorrow at 6pm and will be live streamed for all to watch.

   
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Concert for Charlottesville Show Itinerary Leaked

Posted by Matt Yette in Charity at 7:51am on Friday, Sep 22nd, 2017

An image purporting to be A Concert for Charlottesville's stage schedule has shown up in the wild, detailing each act's planned performance time with some minor notes. It must be noted that the listing itself claims that the set times are subject to change, but for now, antsmarching.org can corroborate that this document is authentic and represents the planned schedule for the evening.

It should be no surprise, given that Charlottesville, VA is the town where Dave Matthews Band started its meteoric rise to the top of the touring world (setting a few album-related records on the way), that the hometown performance schedule dedicates three times as much stage time to Dave/DMB than the next longest performance. Dave himself will open the festivities with a short, 15-minute solo set at 6:00pm, before introducing Brittany Howard and giving way to the bevy of acts that are also signed on for the charity gig. Howard's time on stage is slated to be a mere 20 minutes, followed by the same duration for Cage the Elephant and The Roots, with 10 minute breaks in between. These are roughly half-opener performance lengths. At 7:45, the show times bump up to 30 minutes, with Ariana Grande taking the stage, followed by Chris Stapleton, and then Justin Timberlake at 9:05pm, all with 10 minute breaks in between. Interestingly, the handoff to Pharrell Williams will not include a break, which seems to indicate that there will be some sort of joint performance between the two long-time collaborators. The schedule notes that Pharrell must leave the stage at 10:00pm "PROMPT", allowing for a 15-minute break until the main act, Dave Matthews Band, takes the stage for their 75-minute set.

The schedule makes note that the set designs themselves are intended to be minimal to keep the set breaks to a minimum and allow for maximum play time. It also mentions that extended play permits are already in place, but whether that means DMB could run past their 75-minute allotment, or must stick to it firmly, is unclear.

UVAToday, the newspaper for the University of Virginia, has also released an article detailing some of the security and parking information related to the benefit show. Security will be implementing a clear-bag policy, so if you have something to carry in, it must be clear and smaller than 12x6x12". Signs and banners, often a staple at DMB shows, are prohibited. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, with lots opening at 1:00pm. Parking in spaces closest to the venue are $20, with outlying lots commanding $10. Note that all parking fees are cash only. Tailgating is allowed, with the caveats that no cooking or public consumption of alcohol is allowed. Those Solo cups better have Kool-Aid in them, folks. Concert gates are set to open at 4:00pm.

A Concert for Charlottesville will be live-streamed starting at 5:55pm EDT this coming Sunday, September 24, 2017.

   
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Concert for Charlottesville to be Live-Streamed

Posted by Matt Yette in Charity at 4:39pm on Wednesday, Sep 20th, 2017

Given the relatively difficult and unlikely path to obtain tickets for this weekend's Charlottesville Benefit Show, as well as Dave's involvement at the Hand in Hand Telethon, there was always a hope - nay - an expectation, that there would be some sort of live-stream of the star-studded event. Today, we learned that those wishes would be granted.

Per an email from The Warehouse, it has been revealed that A Concert for Charlottesville will have multiple live-streaming partners, including Yahoo!, Huffpost, Build, and AOL. Yes, those of you who hung onto all those free floppy disks, CDs, and hundreds of free hours will finally get your due. The stream will be compatible with mobile devices as well as your desktop.

The stream is set to start at 6pm EST this coming Sunday, September 24th. Watch it with us and join the discussion on the Ants Forums!

   
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