When word spread that Dave Matthews Band was coming to town, the feelings the news engendered were as inscrutable as the name of DMB's last studio album: Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.
Some people consider DMB the master of mediocre while others heed his siren call--or 25-minute songs as it were--to the annual DMB weekend at the Gorge. Regardless of how you feel about Matthews' music, it's kind of a big deal to be able to see the man of a million jams right here at home. Pollstar.com says that "not only is DMB one of the biggest touring acts in the world, but the group is also the No. 1 touring band of the past 10 years, selling 11.6 million tickets from 1999 to 2009 and taking in $529.1 million at the turnstiles."
During this summer of serenading, DMB recently played a free concert at a Utah venue to make up for cancelling a 2009 show there. Clearly, one free show isn't going to break Matthews, but it's still a generous gesture.