Dave Matthews Band tour resumed on Wednesday at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon, where once again the group played without founding drummer Carter Beauford and bassist Stefan Lessard. Both Carter and Stefan were unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19. The band played in multiple formats last night as the did this past weekend at The Gorge and were joined for parts of the show by keyboardist Elijah Pigg and Dumpstaphunk bassist Tony Hall.
The concert started with Dave Matthews presenting solo versions of “Ants Marching,” “Rye Whiskey” and “Virginia In The Rain.” Next, guitarist Tim Reynolds came out for duets with Matthews on “Bartender,” “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” and “Crush.”
Dave, Tim and the remaining DMB members who were on hand — trumpeter Rashawn Ross, keyboardist Buddy Strong and saxophonist Jeff Coffin — continued the show with “Funny The Way It Is” and the recently debuted “The Ocean And The Butterfly.” The rest of the last night’s main set saw Strong play drums and the five musicians joined by Hall on bass and Buddy’s tech, Elijah Pigg, on keys.
Matthews, Reynolds, Coffin, Ross, Strong, Pigg and Hall performed “#41” to begin the seven-piece portion of the night. Next up were Come Tomorrow tracks “Can’t Stop” and “That Girl Is You.” The classic “Grey Street” followed along with “Lying In The Hands Of God” and “So Damn Lucky.” From there, the ensemble went with “#27” and “Louisiana Bayou” before presenting the recently debuted Beatles cover “Come Together” and capping the frame with “You Might Die Trying.”
Dave Matthews emerged for the encore with Rashawn Ross and Tim Reynolds. The trio offered up “Sister” and then Dave and Tim ended the night with the beloved “Dancing Nancies.” Dave Matthews Band continues the tour on Friday at Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
Watch a fan-shot clip featuring last night’s “Can’t Stop” below:
Setlist (via DMB Almanac)
Set: Ants Marching*, Rye Whiskey*, Virginia in the Rain*, Bartender**, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)**, Crush**, Funny the Way It Is^, The Ocean And The Butterfly^, #41^^, Can’t Stop^^, That Girl Is You^^, Grey Street^^, Lying In The Hands of God^^, So Damn Lucky^^, #27^^, Louisiana Bayou^^, Come Together^^, You Might Die Trying^^
Encore: Sister#, Dancing Nancies**
- * – Dave Solo
- ** – Dave & Tim
- ^ – Dave, Tim, Buddy, Jeff & Rashawn
- ^^ – Dave, Tim, Buddy, Jeff, Rashawn, Elijah Pigg & Tony Hall
- # – Dave, Rashawn & Tim