Dave Matthews Band was at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday for the second performance on their current 2019 spring/summer tour. The popular rock band is known for welcoming a mix of special guests to join them on stage every now and then, and Wednesday’s show happened to be one of those nights as DMB surprised attendees with a special sit-in from Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalist, Susan Tedeschi.
Tedeschi, who calls Jacksonville home when she’s not on tour with her own band, came to the stage to join Matthews and company about halfway through their 21-song set for a cover of Neil Young‘s “Cortez The Killer”.
Matthews could be seen with his hands raised in the air with excitement as Tedeschi appeared from backstage with her own guitar in hand. Tedeschi didn’t waste any time in diving into their performance of the 1975 Neil Young tune, by riffing away on her electric guitar during the song’s intro, while Matthews supported her lead lines on his acoustic. Following a few minutes of jamming to start the song, Tedeschi approached the mic to start on the opening lyrics. Following the first verse, Tedeschi then took the audience on a melodic ride with a wonderfully-soulful guitar solo. DMB keyboardist Buddy Strong also followed up with an impressive organ solo of his own, allowing the song’s performance to stretch out to the 11-minute mark. Fans can watch the entire guest sit-in from Wednesday’s show below.
Dave Matthews Band with Susan Tedeschi – “Cortez The Killer” – 5/1/2018
[Video: Eric Stephenson]
The band’s spring-into-summer run continues this weekend with an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday. Fans can visit the band’s website for the full list of upcoming tour dates and ticket info.