LIVE: Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band crashed through Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 26 with a 21-song set list.

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Dave Matthews Band rolled through Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 26.
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The band is one of the most successful touring acts ever – routinely playing 40-plus shows a year on massive tours.
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Getting to the actual show was quite the endeavor: a downed power line snarled traffic out to Sleep Train Amphitheatre.
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Dave Matthews founded the band in 1991 with bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer Carter Beauford (pictured) and saxophonist LeRoi Moore (who passed away in 2008).
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Violinist Boyd Tinsley was added to the lineup shortly after the band was formed.
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Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His family moved to New York when he was 2 years old.
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Fun fact: His first concert was Pete Seeger.
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He worked at IBM for a short time before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he eventually started performing music.
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After meeting and eventually founding the band with the Lessard, Beauford, and Moore, they quickly rose up the ranks in the local music scene.
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The released their first album, “Remember Two Things,” on Nov. 9, 1993.
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One name they considered for the band was “Dumwelah,” which is Tswana for “hello.” They decided against it, obviously.
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According to the band’s Wikipedia page: “One story is that Moore reportedly telephoned a place they were booked and said to write ‘Dave Matthews.’ The person receiving the call wrote ‘band’ after the name” and it stuck.
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Matthews has said that the name doesn’t imply leadership of the group – it just happened to be the name people were using for them.
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Beauford told Modern Drummer at one point: “That’s one of the things about this band that everybody likes: There isn’t a leader. Everybody can offer what they feel is gonna enhance the music.”
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After releasing their first live EP, “Recently,” in 1994, the band released their second album “Under the Table and Dreaming” the same year, and its follow-up, “Crash,” in 1996.
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Both of those albums brought the band massive worldwide fame, and resulted in five Grammy Award nominations between ‘96-‘97.
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The hits were dizzying in those three years: “What Would You Say,” “Satellite,” “Ants Marching,” “Crash Into Me,” “Too Much” and “Tripping Billies.”
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They followed up those albums in 1997 with “Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95” and “Before These Crowded Streets” in 1998, their fourth studio record.
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The latter contained the hits “Stay (Wasting Time),” “Crush” and “Don’t Drink the Water.”
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Over the next near-two decades, the band released five more studio albums, a myriad of live recordings and solo projects.
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Their latest album, “Away From the World,” was released in 2012.
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In June of this year, the band announced that Dave Matthews’ 1996 solo performance at Sweet Briar College would be released this year, with all profits to be donated to the college (which almost closed last year).
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The band’s current lineup consists of: Matthews, Beauford, Lessard, Tinsley, guitarist Tim Reynolds, trumpeter Rashawn Ross and saxophonist Jeff Coffin.
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Their Aug. 26 Sleep Train show featured the following 21-song set list: “One Sweet World,” “Seek Up,” “Gravedigger,” “Satellite,” “Samurai Cop,” “Grey Street,” “Bismarck,” “#41,” “The Idea of You” …
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“Why I Am,” “Where Are You Going,” “So Right,” “You Might Die Trying,” “Rhyme & Reason,” “Cornbread,” “You & Me,” “Pantala Naga Pampa,” and “Rapunzel.”
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They then played a three-song encore: “Oh,” “Granny” and “Warehouse.”
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