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Tour Central Advanced Search Now Available

Posted by Matt Yette in Site News at 8:41am on Tuesday, Aug 3rd, 2021

If you were to go back in time, and read the first notes scribbled down on paper that would serve as the seeds to what has eventually grown into the largest single band-focused website on the Internet, you would find two little words in the margins of that crumpled note: "Search Engine." Nearly 20 years later (my goodness!), we're so proud to finally release it.

Sure, Tour Central has always had "search" since its inception. Technically. But for once, technically correct is not the best kind of correct. It was a very basic version that let you search show data fields as if they were text. Sometimes it would work; often times it didn't offer the flexibility to be any sort of useful. It had been on our list, literally, for years (decades?), and we actually managed to put it together in the summer of 2019, but then life happened, and it got put on the back burner.

Ants Tour Central has always been the foundation of the site, with an advanced database that was built from the start to be a powerful and flexible means of storing data about the band's performances. It's been tweaked and extended over the years, but at its core, was intelligently designed to scale as it has over the better part of two decades. The power and flexibility of Tour Central has enabled us to bring this advanced search engine to the site!

The Tour Central Search Engine allows you to search for a single song, or multiple. You can stipulate that any song is an opener, a set closer, in the encore, or the encore closer. Or, you can string multiple songs together and turn up shows where those tunes were played in order. All of these options can be filtered by further metrics, such as guest, venue, artist and show date range. On top of that, you can also have it only display shows that are streamable on DMB Hub, or available to download on Ants. You can even check the box to only search against shows you've seen, so you can create a lot of personal queries. And when you've built your favorite searches, you can save them to your Tour Stats, so they're always accessible (and sharable!).

With a new tour comes renewed energy, and Ants is getting a ton of work poured into it, in various areas (more to come on that!). Stay tuned to Ants for the latest as we roll out more features, and we hope you're enjoying the tour so far!
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Ants Podcast 106: Back in the Game

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 1:11pm on Sunday, Aug 1st, 2021

The band is back! (In more ways than one.) Dave Matthews Band is back with new songs, album recording sessions, and are six shows into a long-awaited summer tour. So it's only fitting that the Ants Podcast with Matt and Joe is also back. We dust off the cobwebs and get right into all the details. We recap where we left off, what's happened over the last year, and the latest developments. There's a lot to be excited about, and as usual, we take the discussion and the debate off the beaten path. We're so glad to be back!

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!

We are also now on Spotify! Check us out!

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DMB Catch-Up: New Album, New Songs, New Tour

Posted by Joe M in Album News at 8:55am on Saturday, Jul 17th, 2021

When was your last DMB concert? Better yet, when is your next DMB concert? Very grateful that we can once again talk about the latter instead of the former. (I’m not crying, are you crying?) Over the last year+, not much has happened, yet a whole lot has happened, and going forward we’re about to get some DMB whiplash (of the good kind). Here’s your DMB Catch Up of all the things in the Dave Matthews Band world you want/need to know, including New Album, New Songs, and the upcoming New Tour.

First, let’s put this year in some context. Has the debate been settled if we increment our age during COVID lockdown year or not? Well with DMB and in the spirit of ‘no asterisks’ we do, and 2021 marks the band’s 30th anniversary! The anniversary itself fell on March 14th, the date of DMB’s first show 30 years ago. While there wasn’t much fanfare on the actual date, this year is set up to be a milestone year beyond just the number. Already with exciting highlights to look forward to this year, but hopefully there’s even more untapped we don’t yet know about. (Especially if compared to the commemoration of the bands 25th anniversary with a special vinyl box and hometown Charlottesville show.) But enough daydreaming, let’s recap what we know at this point.

We chunk this out into 3 topics: New Songs, New Album, and New Tour.

First up: New Songs

DMB Catch-Up: New Songs (part 1)

Posted by Joe M in Album News at 8:55am on Saturday, Jul 17th, 2021

The past year has created a ‘space’ for significant star song development. Specifically, Dave has said the past year has been a time of writing freedom. No pressure. And has been really open. We now know there was notable writing that took place, including 2 new songs we have to enjoy now, and the working names of many others.

Since the last concert you’ve attended there are two new songs that have debuted, both Dave solo (for now?) Those include Singing from the Windows and The Ocean and the Butterfly.

Singing From the Windows, a finger-picked acoustic (capo’ed 6 string) song, debuted on 3/26/20 for the Verizon Pay It Forward Live (the first one). A song inspired by the videos that went viral of Italy residents singing outside their windows together during quarantine.

Watch/Listen to Singing From the Windows

And the other, The Ocean and the Butterfly, a strummed acoustic (6 string) song, debuted on 10/18/20 for a webcast fundraiser for Save Our Stages (an organization seeking to give aid to independent music venues.) The performance occurred at The Jefferson Theater in the downtown walking mall of Charlottesville, a venue DMB performed at back in 1993, and a frequent spot of after party/concert performances when the band plays hometown John Paul Johns Arena, often with DMB connections or DMB visitors.

Watch/Listen to The Ocean and the Butterfly

(We’ll hold off on describing anymore of the song so that you can form your personal opinion. Feel free to join the discussion on the forums of your thoughts.)

[cue infomercial voice] But that’s not it, there’s more! [end infomercial voice]
There are some more songs we know are being worked on but we haven’t heard them yet. How many more we don’t know. Dave says a couple more than you can count on two hands, but we also have indication that it’s as high as 26 ideas/songs (but that number may include not just new songs, but existing songs to work on in the studio. More on that in a bit.) Dave says some songs are raucous rocking, some songs are really sweet, and some songs are "retro music" that he's excited about.

One of those is Walk Around the Moon, and we may have a new album thanks to it (full updates on album in part 2). The hype on this song is about as high as you can get, a dangerous and possibly unfortunate tag because of the extra inspection it will derive as a result. But Dave says (at least in the moment) that Walk Around The Moon is one of the best songs he’s written. (wowzers, ha) The birth of the song starts out in The Haunted Hollow Studios (DMB’s own studio built in the woods of Virginia) where Dave worked with Rob Evans (longtime DMB inner circle in lots of roles, but primary lead Recording Engineer) The song initially developed over just 2 hours of work and instantly stuck out to Rob. Rob had constantly been working to convince Dave to start having Carter get involved in the different ideas they were working on, but it was Walk Around the Moon that finally convinced Dave to bring Carter into the studio (and start a writing/recording session together.) Dave says the song is about taking a walk in the woods, and some connection to mushrooms that isn’t clear at this point.

But also, thanks to some Rockbridge Guitar humor/contest and the sniper eyes of the DMB community we also know the working names of other song/writing ideas. They include Monster, Stay Hungry, and Heart. And we also know partial working names that include Young, Heart, Uke (presumably as in ukulele), and 70's Song (presumably the “retro music” sound mentioned by Dave.) The list is numbered with working titles up to 27. (The 27th is A Dream So Real, an existing song, looked to be worked on in the sessions). We don’t know much more about these than their working names and we don’t know anything for the rest of the 27 unfortunately, but it does solidify 8 additional new songs/ideas on top of the 2 known new ones we already have.

The only other item to add about the new songs is some of the instruments played on them. It appears Dave has dove deeper into the ukulele. Dave recently had two new ukuleles produced to take on tour and has been pictured playing one while rehearsing with the band. So unless Sweet is about to get a very heavy tour rotation (ha), it seems like a new song(s) with ukulele is(are) very likely. Also, some of the new songs have been noted to have Carter on an electric drum set, but is this just for ease of recording ideas early in the process (vs multi-mic recording a drum set), or is this an instrument that actually makes it to the final versions? (It would be interesting if/how electric drumming would translate in some form/fashion to the live show if used in new music.) A couple Moog synthesizers of Buddy's were pictured, and effects pedals for Rashawn’s horns. And lastly, Stefan has commented that he played standup bass on a couple songs, and he’s been pictured playing an acoustic bass in tour rehearsals, something new outside of the acoustic set days.

(Continue reading on about New Album.)
(This article is one part of a 3-part series on New Songs, New Album, New Tour. See them all here.)

DMB Catch-Up: New Album (part 2)

Posted by Joe M in Album News at 8:55am on Saturday, Jul 17th, 2021

With all the previously mentioned song ideas, do they become just new road songs or do they make/form an album? To cut to the chase, the band started recording with an album in mind. We don’t know much about the songs being planned for the album. The presumed initial list of 27 was made up of both new and old songs, but did new songs win out? Will any of the Batson Session songs make it to the album? (example: Ask, Early Home, Drive Me Away.) We wait and see on this point. (What would be your preference?) But here’s what we know about album progression and most recent status.

As mentioned, it started with Dave and Rob Evans playing around and doing some writing last year, prior to September. And as mentioned, they brought in Carter to participate. The process progressed well, enough that they then brought everyone else into the studio to record pieces, and John Alagia (long time DMB Producer) also looks to get involved. It was a unique process because they were overcautious with being safe during COVID. They were tested frequently, wore masks, stayed distanced, etc. Dave mentioned Stefan playing in a hazmat suit with gloves. The horns were last to come in and record. (A point that some fans are reading into. Because what else can we do? ha) This all wrapped by the end of October and we didn’t have much more in the way of updates for months after (presumably over this quiet period the (initial) mixing and song recording structure was taking place, along with composition of orchestral parts.) The next update we saw was in mid-May with orchestra recording in LA (with Dave, Stefan, Rashawn, Buddy, John Alagia and Rob Evans participation.) Followed by Dave, Buddy and Rashawn returning to the Haunted Hollow studio after, and joined by Tim, to do some more recording. Based on recording of orchestra parts in the studio, presumably at least some songs are deep into being finalized. But also historically, there have been other times orchestra parts have been recorded but were never released. Hopefully that’s not the case here, which leads to the next question. What’s next/timeline?

Couple things play on what’s next. Even baring album completeness there’s the business/strategy side of things. One in particular that’s unknown, is how important is it to the band to extend their current streak record. Currently, the Dave Matthews Band holds the record for the most consecutive studio albums to debut at number one by a band (with 7 after Come Tomorrow.) If extending that streak record is important to the band (and I wonder what importance the fanbase puts on this), then they’ll want to deploy a marketing and release strategy to give themselves the best chance to earn number 8. For Come Tomorrow, the (gimmick) strategy was with each concert ticket purchase you received a copy of the album . So does that mean that the release of a new album will need to be timed for when a new tour gets announced and sold? (That will be a ways out seeing as the band is booked through November with already sold tickets.) You’ll be relieved to hear that Billboard chart calculations no longer account for albums part of ticket sales in the same way, so while it’s not a ‘no’ it sure doesn’t have the same attraction to do it that way again (and thus wait until next tour.)

The album doesn’t have to be finished to start marketing it (but it does have to have the proverbial tunnel with light at the end of it.) And with mentioned indications of serious progress, it’s been interesting why a marketing train hasn’t started up. Does the band see the light at the end of the album making tunnel yet to start the marketing train? Or is the album still a work in progress. This is the part that causes DMB fans PTSD. In 2014, two years after the release of Away From The World, DMB started working on material for a new album. What happened from there was a long 4 year period of making Come Tomorrow, and resulted in a gap of 6 years of no DMB studio album. (We are at 3 years since Come Tomorrow.) I think there’s a lot of promise about how this latest album work has come together that it won’t repeat the lengthy ways of the Come Tomorrow release. So let’s presume remaining album work is in the works to complete it, and that final mixes were listened to (as we’ve heard mentioned) and the mix is approved (as we hope, or at least only needing minor changes.) If that’s the case, then when can we get an official announcement?

(Marketing Team Enters Zoom Call) Do you leverage the excitement of the start of the tour with an album announcement? Leverage the excitement of a new album to help feed the tour (sales)? I’m sure the marketing team would like that, if the case we should be hearing something within the next week as the tour kicks off in Raleigh, NC on Friday July 23rd. Another possibility is the new album release gets slated for late in the year (holiday buying time, with a supporting indoor tour. Ha, wishlist.) and don’t want to announce too far in advance. The interesting part of touring with new songs without an album on the immediate horizon is, if the songs morph they may want to go back and re-record.

(Side note: We’re pulling for an album title of What. iykyk)

Join the album discussion/debate on the forums in the new album thread.

(Continue reading on about New Tour.)
(This article is one part of a 3-part series on New Songs, New Album, New Tour. See them all here.)

DMB Catch-Up: New Tour (part 3)

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 8:54am on Saturday, Jul 17th, 2021

Which leaves us to the most immediate thing we are looking forward to: the 2021 “Summer” Tour!

(Regression: Is it really a “summer” tour? Ha It starts in late July, sure, but ends in November. I guess ‘Late Summer into Fall’ doesn’t have the same ring.)
(Regression 2: Personally, I wouldn't mind if the delayed summer start stuck around long term. All those people trying to schedule summer life events/weddings/etc. always worried how it will sit once DMB tour dates are announced. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the first ~6 weeks of summer open without that worry? (Edit: Tell me you go to too many DMB shows, without telling me you go to too many DMB shows. I’ll go first.))

So what can we expect? Well we can say pretty confidently that new music will be performed this tour. Based on photos from tour rehearsal (very grateful that band members & management have shared), the band members have been playing new instruments that they haven’t before and/or were spotted in the studio, like the additional ukuleles, acoustic bass guitar, and the Moog sytheniziers (that were brought into the studio) are now part of Buddy’s rig. On top of that Rashawn has frequently tagged social media posts of rehearsal with #newmusic So we have that to look forward to.

Let’s also consider where we left off: the two shows at the start of 2020 before the world was changed (Vegas, and Innings Festival), and how the Band teased what was to come. We saw the returns of songs like The Riff, Stolen Away on 55th and 3rd, Beach Ball and Sweet Up and Down. Excitement was pretty high following those one-off shows. So are these songs still in line to be played after the cancelled tour? In promising news for at least one of the songs, but maybe an indicator for all of them, the band practiced Stolen Away on 55th and 3rd during tour rehearsals recently. On top of song returns, the sets from the two shows saw Come Tomorrow album songs take a step back from the setlist makeup. The Come Tomorrow album was the top played album by song performances for the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Summer 2019 and Europe 2019 tours. The two 2020 shows had just 2 Come Tomorrow songs each night. (The actual song Come Tomorrow was played at both, but it was likely to be in heavy rotation in an election year.) So does this trend of less songs from Come Tomorrow also stick post-cancelled tour? (New music doesn't hurt that.)

The previous year of Dave web streams has also brought exciting developments. Pay for What You Get and Halloween were played by Dave and Carter together as part of “The Warehouse Session” / Warehouse Vol. 10. Dave broke out Dodo (!!!) on December 13th for Endangered Rangers stream. And during the second Verizon Pay It Forward Live event Dave performed Beach Ball (again), Up and Away (!!!) (first time in 15 years), and Break For It (!!!) (only played 7 times previously, back in 2010.) This would be a very welcome trend to also bleed into the 2021 Tour.

Thankfully we don’t have much longer to wait to find out where the 2021 Tour will take us. It starts Friday July 23rd at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek. Maybe everyone will get a chance to watch it? Wouldn’t that be nice. :)

At this point I think sentiment across the community is a lot of thankfulness, which is quickly followed by excitement. We’re here for it and along for the ride. If you’re just getting back on the DMB train, we got you covered. If you don't have it by now (you're crazy), download the DMB Hub app for your iPhone/iPad. DMB breaking news alerts, live song performance notifications, full setlists, streaming show recordings, setlist game, personal stats, badges, and more! (We just added some new badges you can earn too!)

Even if you don't have an iOS device, follow (with notifications) @dmblive for live show song updates, and @SetlistGame for game fun. And don't forget to subscribe to the AntsPodcast. Lastly, enjoy some debate or banter over in the Ants DMB forums. Looking to meet some new DMB friends at your next show, or want insight/tips about a venue? Head over to the Tour Forum and the associated venue thread to chat with others attending.

Know which shows you're attending? Add them to your personal tour stats ("I'm Attending"), either via the DMB Hub app or Tour Central webpage. That way we can make sure you don't miss any upcoming personal stat milestones! Happy Tour Time Everyone!

(This article is one part of a 3-part series on New Songs, New Album, New Tour. See them all here.)

DMB 2020 Summer Tour Confirmed Affected

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 3:32pm on Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2020

This news should not come as a surprise given COVID19 pandemic, but the Dave Matthews Band 2020 Summer Tour has indeed been affected (in addition to the current confirmed cancellations of Australian shows and 2 festivals.) What may be a surprise, is this was decided weeks ago and still no information has been published.

The latest update on the state of the tour comes via Jeff Coffin during a hosted session titled "Keeping the Beat" that took place last night (4/21). During the session Jeff Coffin mentions "the Dave Matthews Band tour as been pushed back until at least the end of July / early August. And that was a few weeks ago that it was pushed back that far."

The information, while to the point, still spurs lots of questions, which you can understand band management, touring company, promoters and venues are all trying to work out (not only for DMB but for other bands.) Questions such as; Will the shows be cancelled or postponed? (A designation that could impact the possibility of refunds.) Which/How many shows should be affected initially/totality? Will the dates be rescheduled? Will there be refund options? Can people keep their seats if they choose? How will future scheduling work when the future of mass gatherings is unknown? The struggle of how much information to share when you don't yet know all the answers, and what is an over or under reaction.

The band's tour schedule had them playing through to West Palm Beach, FL on July 31st and August 1st, and then having the month of August off (as they typically do.) The optimists out there will view August as a prime time to look to reschedule shows. But with 24+ shows affected prior to the West Palm Beach shows, that's a significant amount to reschedule. As planned now the tour would pick back up September 2nd in Vancouver prior to the Gorge on Labor Dave weekend. (With complications already associated with the rescheduled Summerfest and existing show dates.)

Other major acts have already announced cancellations, including Dead & Co, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, the Biebs, etc. (some of which stretched into September originally, as the DMB tour currently does.) Also mayors of major cities, like L.A. and New Orleans, are recommending that all festivals, concerts, and large events be cancelled for the rest of the year. And possibly the most telling for the live concert space is from Live Nation President Joe Berchtold, who was asked specifically when the live-concert business would restart, said “That’s actually a question that can’t be answered right now." (via CNBC’s “Squawk Alley”.) He mentioned “There’s a long way to go" and discussed the idea of no concerts for 15-18 months.

We'll keep you updated as we gather more details. But in the mean time you can catch Dave Matthews perform this Friday, April 24th at 5:30PM ET on earthdaylive2020.org in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Or you can check out the latest addition of DMB Radio on SiriusXM Radio (initially) on channel 176 or on the app under Rock. And don't forget to pick up your firedancer face mask on the DMB Store.

The DMB 2020 Summer Tour

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 6:08am on Friday, Feb 21st, 2020

With both a hellacious/crazy two-year period (that included a frenzied non-stop touring schedule, a new studio album, and deluge of drama) and a major milestone year just around the corner (30 years of DMB in 2021), all things DMB have culminated to this sandwich point between them, the DMB 2020 Summer Tour.

The band has just come off a record touring period (of recent times). Playing across 4 continents with Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Europe 2019, Summer 2019, Latin America 2019, and (to be) Australia 2020, a total of 131 full band shows over that two year span. Impressive. This touring surge is timed with, and follows, the bands 9th studio album, Come Tomorrow. Which has been, expectedly, the featured album for live song performances over this period, with ~20% of all song performances (nearly "to the T".) It also marks the figurative performance death of the bands 8th studio album, Away from the World, with <1% of the song performances (which essentially was a handful of plays of just 1 song, Rooftop.) While there hasn't been any outcry, the abrupt abandonment has caused many to speculate the cause, with the likes of producer Steve Lillywhite adding to the debate with cryptic sentiments.

But this period isn't only defined by relentless touring and new music. The band has also embarked on their latest transition in sound and members (both new and departing.) The latest iteration referred to by the community, for reference & debate purposes, as DMB 4.0. (Visit the forums for more on the phases of DMB over the past 29 years, including 1.0, 2.0, & 3.0.) And in addition to this transformation, the band reached a tenure of music years (qualification) that lead to the bands (first) opportunity for nomination and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Except, the latter would not come to fruition. A rebuff of the band with a length and depth of career (29 years, 9 studio albums, and the record for most consecutive #1 debuts by a group), a body of work (over 100 live releases, and a catalog of over 170 original songs), several musical influences (Mraz, Mayer, ZBB, etc), and an innovation and superiority in style and technique (created and defined their own genre, and features the highest regarded musicians within each of the respective instruments.) If only those were the specific criteria that RRHoF voters were instructed to consider. (Overt Sarcasm: Those are.) There's clearly a disgruntled DMB fanbase, but does the band harbor any similar feelings? Lack of industry recognition is not a new phenomenon for this band, and it historically has not been a motivator or deterrent. But can it be?

Add to all of this, the band is approaching a major milestone, 30 years in 2021. And following all the festivities 4 years ago around the 25th anniversary (including special anniversary shows and limited edition (vinyl) releases) it's easy to let the mind drift to think about what may be on the horizon for the 30 year milestone, if it is celebrated with equal or greater spotlight. But what the 30 year anniversary will bring is for a future debate. To be debated now is, what influence does that upcoming milestone have on this year's summer tour. And how can this year be used as momentum to amplify the bands brand (RRHoF take2) and milestone (30 years).

Logistically the DMB Summer Tour 2020 follows a recent trend, where long-established locations are rotated out for a year (i.e. no shows), in order to rotate in other skipped locations. The likes of St Louis & Kansas City were affected in 2018, and in 2019 Blossom (Cleveland, OH) and Pittsburgh. This year sees venues shift within metros; from Hartford to Uncasville, CT and Bristow, VA to Columbia, MD. And the 2020 venues rotated out include Tampa, Toronto, and (gasp) Camden. (Some might add Texas, but we aren't so quick to judge.) Alpine also steps away again to make way for the Northerly/Summerfest (non-consecutive) combo (sorry Alpiners). The tour is definitely shaken up from the last two years, and at its current length, the tour is a couple weeks shorter in comparison. (Full list of tour dates in here.) Of note this year, outside of a one-off Vegas splash, the band starts off the year with a couple festivals (Innings and BottleRock) and dare we allude/speculate they may end the summer with a couple/few festivals too?

To satisfy your cravings until the band makes their way to a city near you (or if you're in one of the rotated out cities, then 'until you make your way to a city the band is in'), we have a bunch of ways for you to stay satisfied. If you don't have it by now (you're crazy), download the DMB Hub app for your iPhone/iPad for: DMB breaking news alerts, live song performance notifications, full setlists, streaming show recordings, setlist game, personal stats, badges, and more! Even if you don't have an iOS device, follow (with notifications) @dmblive for live show song updates, and @SetlistGame for game fun. And don't forget to subscribe to the AntsPodcast. Lastly, enjoy some debate or banter over in the Ants DMB forums. Looking to meet some new DMB friends at your next show, or want insight/tips about a venue? Head over to the Tour Forum and the associated venue thread to chat with others attending.

Know which shows you're attending? Add them to your personal tour stats ("I'm Attending"), either via the DMB Hub app or Tour Central webpage. That way we can make sure you don't miss any upcoming personal stat milestones! Happy Tour Time Everyone!

Special Photo Gallery - DMB Return to Alpine

Posted by Joe M in Site News at 7:41pm on Sunday, Jul 21st, 2019

After a couple year venue hiatus, Dave Matthews Band made their return to Alpine Valley this year (to the praise of many midwest DMB fans.) The 4th of July holiday weekend was a special concert weekend for those that attended. If you weren't able to go check out the sets from the show (Night 1, Night 2).

To capture the Alpine return moment, we have a special photo gallery to share from an Ants member. You may know him as Boywonder44, but in a more professional setting he tends to go with Brett Bergen (we don’t get why either.) Brett has some serious live music photography skills, and we’re lucky enough that he’s sharing some of his latest shots with the community. Brett has previously shot TR3, Umphreys McGee, 311, STS9 and a slew of others (oh, did I mention other DMB shows too?) If you want to check out the others you can see them here.

Brett was just at Alpine Weekend and lucky for us he brought a camera and is sharing pictures from the first 3 songs of the Night 1. [Think You Never Know, Anyone Seen The Bridge, and Too Much.] Click on the Dave image to the left to go through the gallery of 41 great photos. (OMG #41! :p) (Click here to view from DMB Hub App.) Thanks to Brett for sharing! Let the reminiscing begin. (For bonus points, as you click through the gallery see if you can notice the transitions between songs.)

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds return to Alpine later this year for FarmAid 2019 on September 21st. They will be joined with founding members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, along with other supporting musicians/bands.

Ants Podcast 105: So Hot You Could Fry An Egg

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 4:45pm on Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

The current extreme heat may or may not be a result of DMB's recent run of form. It’s been a month of shows and news and we're here to recap all the highlights and do some deeper examination, from Camden, the Northeast, Deer Creek, Alpine and SPAC and everything in between. There have been over 20 new tour debuts, including a song last played in 2012. Plus we get a new behind the scenes glimpse into a tool Dave uses for selecting songs for each show, ie the "Yellow and Red Songs". We explain and break it down.

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!

We are also now on Spotify! Check us out!

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