On April 14, 2009, RCA will release Dave Matthews Band's first studio album in four years, and the first since the death of founding saxophonist LeRoi Moore three months ago. Produced by Rob Cavallo (David Cook, Green Day, My Chemical Romance), the album's title hasn't yet been announced, but a tour sure has: The band will celebrate the album's release with a show at Madison Square Garden before hitting the road for a month, taking along some perhaps unexpected artists for opening support.
The Roots will take leave from Jimmy Fallon for the tour's first few stops, with Jason Mraz wrapping up the jaunt with two shows in Nevada. In between, though, are the makings of one weird musical sandwich: Old Crow Medicine Show's old-timey, moonshine country will warm up three nights, but it's the Avett Brothers doing most of the work, opening up eight shows, including two on their North Carolina home turf. How their wildman bluegrass ways will translate to such spacious environs as, um, Dallas' Superpages.com Center (that's real?) remains to be seen, but we're rooting for them like $10 Bud Light-filled frat boys hollering for "Ants Marchining" during Dave's second encore.
Dave Matthews Band's remaining core members will be joined on the road by Tim Reynolds (guitar), Rashawn Ross (trumpet) and Jeff Coffin (saxophone), all of whom also played on the upcoming release, and it looks like they'll be playing the bulk of the new material live for the first time. Pre-order tickets for all dates go on sale Jan. 17 (except Nashville tickets, which go on sale Jan. 16) through the venues and local ticket vendors.
14 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden *
15 - East Rutherford, N.J. @ IZOD Center *
17 - Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena #
18 - Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena #
20 - Pelham, Ala. @ Verizon Wireless Music Center #
22 - Raleigh, N.C. @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion %
24 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre %
25 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Vanderbilt Stadium ?
26 - New Orleans, La. @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
28 - Alpharetta, Ga. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park %
29 - Alpharetta, Ga. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park %
1 - The Woodlands, Tex. @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion %
2 - Dallas, Tex. @ Superpages.com Center %
5 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Journal Pavilion %
6 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion %
8 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena ^
9 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena ^
* with The Roots
# with Old Crow Medicine Show
% with The Avett Brothers
? special show, TBA
^ with Jason Mraz
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