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Ants Podcast 86: Back on the Horse

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:43am on Wednesday, Jan 17th, 2018

Urgent Podcast Alert! Major announcements in the Dave Matthews Band World, and it’s time for us and them to get back on the horse for tour time. We have completed our year of #notour punishment and are rewarded with official dates for a DMB Summer 2018 Tour. And if that wasn’t enough, the rumors have been officially confirmed now; this year (summer) will bring a new album. We couldn’t be more excited so we had to call an emergency podcast. We just had to talk about how the 2018 tour shapes up, venues included (and more importantly excluded), ticket price changes, and of course the new album. Plus a few Periscope viewer questions.

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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Dave Matthews Band: 2018 Summer Tour Dates! New Album!

Posted by Sean Balogh in Tour News at 8:12am on Tuesday, Jan 16th, 2018

WOAH! Good morning, sleepyhead! It's been a while since we've had some excitement come from the Dave Matthews Band camp, and boy did they kick off the rust in a big way! The band announced the end to the longest hiatus of their career this morning so let's break it down.

First and foremost, there's a new Dave Matthews Band album coming down the pipe. The band's as of yet unnamed 10th studio album will be released "this summer" according to the band's website. We can only surmise it will feature many of the songs we've seen poke their heads out at concerts going back for a few years now. With Away From The World turning 6 this year, Dave and company certainly had a lot of time to tinker with some tunes.

Now that that's out of the way, let's turn to the important stuff: the summer tour. Once again, our troop of heroes will be crisscrossing most of the country this summer. As had been strongly rumored, the tour will begin on May 18th with a one night stand in The Woodlands, Texas. Swinging through the south includes your opportunity to see these guys in Dallas on May 19th, Austin on the 22nd, Atlanta on the 26th, Orange Beach for their 35th stop total in Alabama on the 27th, a wild ride back to Brandon MS where they assure me they have broadband internet and then ending the month of May in in the home state of Walmart, Rogers, Arkansas on the 30th.

They don't waste any time though burning through the months of June and July though, as they get back to a lot of their familiar stops for one night stands including Bugettstown, PA, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Syracuse, NY, Bristow, VA, Mansfield, MA, Hartford, CT, a quick jaunt across the border for a weekend in Canada before returning back stateside. June and July also see six two night residencies at the same places you've seen them before. Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NHm BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, Northerly Island in Chicago, the professionally named Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indiana, and lovely Saratoga Springs, New York have all gotten two nights previously before heading south for their routine get-away in sweaty West Palm Beach, Florida.

Their mid-summer vacation ends sharply though with a two night stand outside Denver, Colorado, followed by a night in Oregon, the typical three nights over Labor Day Weekend at The Gorge, and then three more west coast shows at Stateline, Nevada, Mountain View, California, and Los Angeles, California.

But wait there's more! Any ticket purchased through The Warehouse, Ticketmaster, or the venue will be accompanied by the option of either a digital download of the forthcoming album or a physical CD.

Warehouse ticket request period is open now. Did you keep your membership last year for the #notour? Public on sales in February 2nd.

The Major surprises? There are a handful, like no KC or STL and other misses. But two really take the cake: No Alpine (once again), and reserved ticket prices have leaped from $95 to $115, 21% increase (lawn prices look to have stayed the same.)
   
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DMB 2018 Summer Tour Dates - Latest Rumors

Posted by Sean Balogh in Tour News at 5:07pm on Saturday, Jan 13th, 2018

Hey gang! Hank Williams, Jr. once asked if everybody was ready for football and while his Monday Night Football opening song's been replaced we can paraphrase that tune with some "Are you ready for some DMB!?" It's mid-January, which means the Dave Matthews Band 2018 Summer Tour schedule is leaking like a sieve. Some dedicated and in-the-know users are sharing what they can over on our forums with fellow Ants, so let's gather around the campfire and spill what's been said. Is everybody here? Good. Without further ado, let's speculate:

It looks like the Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour 2018 is shaping up to be more of the status quo tour schedule as past years. The earliest date to be rumored is, once again, the typical (of recent years) tour start in Texas in late May. One night each for Austin and The Woodlands (May 18th & 22nd), and then heading over to southern Alabama (May 27th). (I hear most of the hotels down there have indoor plumbing by now, if that's what suits you.) Of interesting note, if the rumors stay true, the Alabama venue (Wharf in Orange Beach) only holds fewer than 10,000 fans. A small venue (kind of) overlooking (a creek that feeds into) the Gulf of Mexico sounds like a unique experience as far as Dave Matthews Band concerts go.

The month of June is shaping up to see a lot of the regular tour stops with a stop at Blossom Music Center outside Cleveland, OH (June 2nd) and a return to the highly rated Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY (June 5th or 15th). Also a two night stand at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH (June 12/13th) (the band made their first stop there only two years ago in 2016.) Both Camden, NJ and Hartford, CT are fighting to claim the June 15th/16th weekend, only one can win out.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre I guess decided to give this year the old college try to open up for business/concerts. But hasn't planted its feet as dates for it have been very dynamic, ranging from July 4th weekend (both before and after) and early August (get ready to sweat.)

Moving through July there aren't too many shows being leaked yet. An annual trip to DeerCreek (July 6/7th) looks to be happening. But the gang has been known to take a month off mid-summer, and they probably will need a few weeks off after their annual stop at the picturesque Saratoga Performing Arts Center in touched-by-God beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY (firm July 13/14th). Known as a venue prone to double encores and high energy setlists with rare songs, a two week break of no rumored dates following SPAC wouldn't be much a surprise, and just prior to heading south to Tampa (July 25th) and West Palm Beach (July 27/28th). However, the break is a little bit of a departure from the norm as their mid-tour vacation traditionally has come after the West Palm weekend, and not before. (The break could still follow the Florida run with a potential Alpine date to follow.)

Rounding out the summer is a rumor (more of a not-yet-officially-announced) of a Labor Day/Dave Weekend at The Gorge back out west in Washington (Aug 31-Sep 2nd) and then south to Shoreline Amphitheater in the Bay Area (Sep 8th).

There are likely quite a few stops that haven't leaked and will be announced. For those geographically challenged of us, there seems to be a huge swath of the country not being included in leaked tour dates. The entire central US and west coast, from Arkansas out to California, hasn't been lucky to have rumors floating around (save for that lone Shoreline Amphitheater concert). Maybe they're just better at keeping secrets out there. (Don't keep secrets, help a hippie out!)

There's also some speculation floating around of an unnamed winter show in New York City sometime in either January or February, but it looks like we're running out of time on that one. And looming way off in the distance is Farm Aid which allegedly will see Misters Matthews and Reynolds return to Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT (not Comcast Center, that's in Massachusetts. Don't show up to the wrong one, folks.)

As previously confirmed, The Band will once again be playing in support of the NFL's Super Bowl. This year brings them to Minneapolis, Minnesota for The Night Before concert, held at the indoor arena in town on the Saturday night of Super Bowl Weekend (Feb 3rd) (somebody thought long and hard on the whole “night before” name.)

Do we really need to do a disclaimer in a write-up specifically about rumors and speculation? Listen, planning a cross country tour of one of the biggest bands on the road is not like planning your route through the grocery store (or maybe it is.) Dates and venues change as they try to work in everything they can.

Want to follow along with the rumors? Have some inside intel on a tour date? Come share with other dedicated fans (Anonymously is an option). Head over to the 2018 Rumor thread. Thanks to Ants member Chadizzy1 for the unofficial title of rumor curator.

However, if tradition holds, all of our worries will be put to rest relatively soon, tour announcements tend to be released around the end of January (*cough* this week please.) Until then, I'll be in the Route-50 Parking Lot at SPAC, waiting for everybody else to show up.
   
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Dave and Tim Performing on Beach with Guests as half US snowed

Posted by Jen Henson in Tour News at 9:19am on Saturday, Jan 13th, 2018

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are back in Mexico for three nights of music. Last year's three night stand brought us a number of liberations. After a hearty Antsmarching.org campaign, Dodo was liberated on night two from a seven year hiatus. The Best of What's Around and Fool to Think were liberated from a 14 year Dave & Tim hiatus. And The Song that Jane Likes and Stay (Wasting Time) were liberated from an 18 year Dave & Tim hiatus. Raven, Dive In, Help Myself, and Eh Hee were also on the Dave & Tim liberation list. (Last Years Shows) Was this to make up for the no tour? Or was this specific to Mexico weekend?

Well so far, this year has not proved as ‘liberating', however it has been exciting in a different way. The addition of opening acts and surprise guests has opened the door to more of a Dave Matthews & Friends atmosphere. In 2017 , Vusi Mahlasela guested on two songs Mother of Africa and Everyday. He ended up being the only guest over the course of three nights.

Last nights show, Carlos Malta joined Dave and Tim on What Would You Say. This was followed by a Tim and Carlos jam reminiscent of last year's opportunity to watch Tim and Hamilton de Holanda play sans Dave at Jones Beach. Carlos remained on stage to play Lying in the Hands of God and Jimi Thing. Dave then invited Bela Fleck on stage and quipped that playing the banjo might not be the coolest thing that a kid can do but look at him now; jamming on the Mexican Riviera in front of a crowd of thousands on the beach and even more watching from home. We agree that watching Bela Fleck play Typical Situation and Lie in Our Graves is cool indeed.

The main set, of what is normally an intimate Dave and Tim show, ended with six musicians on stage as Dave invited the rest of the Bela Fleck Trio to join them. Antonia Sanchez and Matt Brewer rounded out the group and #41 and All Along the Watchtower closed the set.

At this point, one can only speculate if tonight's opening act Joseph will be invited onstage and, if so, what songs might pop up? If you couldn't make it to Mexico, you can play along from home with the AntsMarching Setlist Game. With Brandi Carlile opening tomorrow, Spoon will almost certainly be on everyone's set. You can receive real time set updates by downloading the DMB Hub iphone App or following Antsmarching on Twitter. You can also join fellow Ants forum users to discuss the sets in real time

There are fair share of rumors still circling Mexico. In addition to opening acts, speculation of Butch Taylor being heard/spotted around. It would seem that it's just wishful thinking, but if true, this would make the second appearance for Butch Taylor in as many years after a nearly ten year break.

Tour dates are about to drop for the full band. What does this year have in store for Dave Matthews Band? Only time will tell. Stay tuned to AM.org for news and updates as they happen.
   
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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 band’s own website only lists ‘Dave Matthews’ as participating. Regardless of who will ultimately grace the state, if you are looking for tickets you don’t have to wait long as ticket sales are set to open within 24 hours of the concert’s 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 can’t 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 month’s 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 DMB’s 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 it’s 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 “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Warehouse,” “Satellite,” “Seven,” and “You Might Die Trying,” local trumpet player John D’Earth 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 Dave’s vocal coach RAab Stevenson came up on stage to assist as Wonder led a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” before moving onto the Stevie Wonder songs “Love’s 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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