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Dave Matthews Band

Aug. 31, Taco Bell Arena



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. 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.


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