Dave Matthews Band Plays Sold-Out Show at Mid-Florida Amphitheatre in Tampa

Dave Matthews Band Plays Sold-Out Show at Mid-Florida Amphitheatre in Tampa

On a humid Wednesday night, Dave Matthews brought his gang of musicians to Tampa to a very grateful audience of fans.  Tampa has always been a stop for Matthews since his first gig here in 1994 at The Ritz in Ybor City.  A lot has change for Matthews since the 90’s.  His albums have made Billboard’s Top 100 on every outing, usually landing at the #1 spot.  This writer last saw DMB in 1998 at a venue called “The Ice Palace”, in downtown Tampa, today known as “Amalie Arena”.  One thing that was clearly the same as 20 years ago was the musicianship of Dave and his band. That 98’ show was one of the best shows musically I have ever seen before or since.

Dave MatthewsRecently dropping a new album in June, “Come Tomorrow”, Dave and Company are touring with new purpose – new music!  A DMB setlist is different at every show.  A 90’s jam band if you will, Dave takes you on a 3-hour tour of his music and occasional covers with a relaxed, whimsical trip that his fans are totally along on the ride for.  In Tampa, he opened with “One Sweet World” and the audience was ready, with applause and screams for the musician. FYI, “One Sweet World” was actually a Ben & Jerry limited ice cream for charity at one time.  South African born Matthews is a multi-talented artist, not only musician but actor as well.  He has appeared in television, movies and has 2 Grammys!  He has collaborated with many artists and is on the board of directors of “Farm Aid” with Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson.

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For the last 13 tours, Dave and crew have played the Mid-Florida Amphitheatre as one of the last shows of their tours, as they always end a leg of their tour in Florida.  Dave took a year off from touring in 2017 to record “Come Tomorrow”.  Dave has a six-man band of master musicians that include Carter Beauford on the drum kit, Stefan Lessard on bass guitar, the horn section of Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin keep the sound classy, new touring keyboardist Buddy Strong and guitarist Tim Reynolds, Dave’s longtime collaborator and duo partner. 

Live Music Mid-Florida Amphitheatre in TampaRegardless of the heat, the crowd was totally on board with Dave dancing from the lawn to the GA pit, although there didn’t appear to be any moshing going on, there were plenty of signs waved and beach balls being thrown around.  Dave and the band gave it their all with great music and a fab light show.  3 hours and a 22 song setlist, what more can a music fan ask for?  Dave has a couple of more stops on the tour.  Friday night’s show at West Palm Beach will be live on SiriusXM Channel 716.  So if you missed the Tampa show or want to keep the vibe going, check it out! Dave’s website lists all their tour setlists and other great info at www.davematthewsband.com

Photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography 

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