For jam-band enthusiasts, it's become something of an annual tradition. Like backyard barbecues, baseball and lazy days spent soaking up the sun, sand and surf, it just wouldn't be summer without Dave Matthews Band. That's because the band has consistently toured, summer after summer, since 1998. Likewise, the arrival of each spring usually brings with it a slew of amphitheater gigs. It's an unswerving pattern you could set your watch to.
Of course, Matthews isn't one to disappoint his loyal fans — meaning, this summer won't be any different. The rocker will crisscross the U.S. with his namesake band, packing them into one arena after another starting July 8 in Bridgeview, Illinois.
The 36-show run will conclude with a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl on October 1-2.
A host of support acts — including the Roots, Guster, Stephen Marley, Xavier Rudd, Toots & the Maytals, Umphrey's McGee, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Wailers, Robert Earl Keen Jr. and Pete Yorn — has been tapped to join DMB on various dates along the way. Presale tickets will be available to members of the band's fan club, the Warehouse, through April 9, with tickets going on sale to the general public April 21.
But before Dave Matthews Band can explore the 50, they'll be spending much of May in Australia and Europe, where Matthews has lined up several shows with longtime pal Tim Reynolds for late April.
DMB have been working on material for their next studio LP — the band's seventh — which is expected to hit stores before the end of the year. No additional details about the effort have been publicized. The offering follows 2005's platinum Stand Up.
Dave Matthews Band tour dates, according to the band's Web site:
· 7/8 - Bridgeview, IL @ Toyota Park
· 8/1 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
· 8/2 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
· 8/4 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
· 8/5 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
· 8/7 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
· 8/8 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
· 8/10 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
· 8/11 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
· 8/14 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
· 8/15 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
· 8/17 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
· 8/18 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
· 8/20 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
· 8/22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
· 8/23 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
· 8/25 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
· 8/26 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
· 8/28 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
· 8/31 - George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
· 9/1 - George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
· 9/2 - George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
· 9/11 - Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida/ Stephen C. O'Connell Center
· 9/12 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
· 9/14 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheatre
· 9/15 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheatre
· 9/18 - Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
· 9/19 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
· 9/21 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
· 9/22 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
· 9/25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
· 9/26 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
· 9/28 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
· 9/29 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
· 10/1 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
· 10/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl