Dave Matthews Band was in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, where the band played host to its scheduled one-off performance in “Sin City” with a performance at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan. Friday’s show treated the band’s Vegas fans to a mix of songs from deep within the Dave Matthews songbook, including a trio of notable bust-outs including the revisit of a funk-rock classic.
With Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds back from their destination concert event in Mexico earlier this month which featured a surprise appearance from Phish’s Trey Anastasio, DMB tore into the start of Friday’s show with songs like “Granny”, “#41”, “What Would You Say”, and a notable bust-out of “The Riff” before diving into a two-song combination of “Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd” into “Warehouse”. The set continued with “Why I Am” and “Jimi Thing”, and the latter continued right into a bust-out cover of “Tell me Something Good”, which marked their first time playing Rufus‘ 1974 hit since October 2005.
The band kept rocking through renditions of “What You Are” and “Come Tomorrow” before turning to another cover with their take on The Doobie Brothers‘ “Long Train Runnin'”. Watch the cover performance from Friday’s show in full below.
Dave Matthews Band – “Long Train Runnin'” – 2/28/20
[Video: Jeff Nash]
Following “Crash Into Me”, “Pantala Naga Pampa”, and “Rapunzel” to close the set, the band returned for a two-song encore of “Sweet Up and Down”–their first time playing the song since August 31st, 2010–and “Ants Marching”.
Watch the bust-out of “Sweet Up and Down” from Friday below.
Dave Matthews Band – “Sweet Up and Down” – 12/28/20
Next up for DMB is the band’s scheduled appearance at the third annual baseball-inspired Innings Festival at Tempe Beach and Tempe Arts Park in Tempe, AZ this weekend. Head to the band’s website for tickets and info for DMB’s upcoming summer tour.
Scroll down for a full gallery of photos from Friday’s show, courtesy of photographer Erik Kabik.
Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV | 2/28/20
Set: Granny, Grey Street, #41, Do You Remember, What Would You Say, The Riff, Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd > Warehouse, Lying in the Hands of God, Why I Am, Jimi Thing > Tell Me Something Good* (Rufus cover), Beach Ball, What You Are, Come Tomorrow, Long Train Runnin’ (The Doobie Brothers cover), Crash Into Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel
Encore: Sweet Up and Down, Ants Marching
“Tell Me Something Good”, First Time Played since 10/29/05
“The Riff”, First Time Played since 7/22/14
“Sweet Up and Down”, First Time Played since 8/31/10