Dave Matthews Band has welcomed an impressive mix of guest performers to jam with them during their 2018 fall arena tour thus far. Warren Haynes, Jon Faddis, James Casey, and Eric Krasno have all been welcomed to the stage to play alongside Matthews and his group since the tour began in late November. DMB continued that trend last night during their tour closing show in their original hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where they welcomed the show’s support act, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to join them for a set-closing performance of “Ants Marching”.
On Saturday, Dave Matthews Band opened the show with “Warehouse” off of 1994’s Under The Table and Dreaming, followed by fan favorite “The Song That Jane Likes”. Come Tomorrow’s “Do You Remember” came next, before Dave and company worked through a series of choice cuts with “Funny The Way It Is”, “Crush”, and a cover of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, played earlier this tour for the first time since 2016.
Dave Matthews Band – “Crush”
“Say Goodbye”, “You Might Die Trying”, and “Can’t Stop” all came next, before the band invited up guitarist Joe Lawlor to lend a hand on Under The Table and Dreaming’s “Rhyme & Reason”. Dave Matthews Band was firing off on all cylinders, as the band mixed old and new with “Digging a Ditch”, “She”, “Lie In Our Graves”, and “Where Are You Going”. The band then invited up jazz trumpeter John d’Earth for “Jimi Thing”, which included a segment of Prince’s “Sexy M.F.”, before the band exited the stage to allow Dave to deliver a solo rendition of “Here On Out”. The band reemerged for a smooth segue of “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel”, before inviting up Preservation Hall Jazz Band to assist on an impressive take on “Ants Marching”. Dave, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, and Tim Reynolds opened up the encore with “Christmas Song”, which recently made its way back into the setlist after a four-year break, followed by “Two Step”. Dave Matthews Band brought the show to a close with “Halloween”, played for the first time since 6/17/17.
Dave Matthews Band – “She”
Dave Matthews Band – “Two Step” > “Halloween”
Dave Matthews Band will look to pick up where they left off starting with a run of European concert dates next spring. Tickets to the band’s upcoming performances can be found on the official DMB website.
Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, VA | 12/15/2018
Set: Warehouse, The Song That Jane Likes, Do You Remember, Funny The Way It Is, Crush, Burning Down The House, Say Goodbye, You Might Die Trying, Can’t Stop, Rhyme & Reason*, Digging a Ditch, She, Lie In Our Graves, Where Are You Going, Jimi Thing^, Here On Out^^, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, Ants Marching^^^
Encore: Christmas Song%%, Two Step > Halloween%
*with Joe Lawlor
^with John d’Earth
^^^with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
%%Carter, Dave, Stefan and Tim
%Last time played 6/17/17