Last night, Dave Matthews could be found among a number of talented performers at Joshua Bell’s “Seasons of Cuba” event at Lincoln Center. Bell led an ensemble that included a number of artists, with many paying respect to the Cuban culture in honor of opening the US-Cuban relations after many decades. The Chamber Orchestra Of Havana was also on hand, adding a magnificent touch to each performance.
Dave Matthews was one of the final musicians to play, first joining up with Carlos Varela for a rendition of “Muros y Puertas (Mirrors and Doors).” Matthews then played his new song “Samurai Cop,” complete with the orchestra, Varela, and Alonso Orlando. After that song, Dave was left with the orchestra, where he performed a brand new song called “Here On Out.” This was the first time that “Here On Out” was played live, but the song title was actually revealed back in May of 2015, when composer David Richard Campbell (aka Beck’s father) posted an image with the name on some sheet music. The song selection makes sense, as Matthews actually had an orchestra in the studio when recording “Here On Out” at the time.
You can watch the full video of “Here On Out” with the Chamber Orchestra Of Havana below, courtesy of dt41lt on YouTube.
Matthews’ set concluded with a performance of “Ants Marching,” before all of the musicians returned to the stage for an encore of “Guadalajara.” By all accounts, it was a great night of music.
With so many new songs in Matthews’ catalog, it seems that an announcement of a new album is imminent. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.