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Published: 2011/07/11

Dave Matthews Debuts New Material at Chicago Caravan

Photo by Kevin Yatarola

Dave Matthews Band hosted their second Caravan festival over the past weekend at Chicago, IL’s Lakeside. Like the previous Caravan stop in Atlantic City, Dave Matthews Band played three shows over the course of the weekend without repeating a song. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds also offered a ten-song acoustic set Saturday afternoon. In addition, the festival featured performances by Bobby Long, Alberta Cross, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, Drive-By Truckers, Blind Pilot, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, SOJA, O.A.R. Gary Clark Jr., Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Ray LaMontagne, Vieux Farka Touré, G. Love & Special Sauce, Kid Cudi, TR3, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Liz Phair, Ben Folds, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Emmylou Harris, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Why M.A.E.K. Music, The Jayhawks, Mariachi el Bronx, The Flaming Lips, The Wailers, Gomez and David Gray. Summer Camp festival regulars moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Cornmeal and Yonder Mountain String Band also performed a specially branded stage Saturday.

During their set Friday, the members of Dave Matthews Band busted out “Joyride” for the first time since June 24, 2006. Matthews also debuted a new original song called “Sweet” on his ukulele, which he wrote earlier in the day about his son learning how to swim. Then, on Sunday, Dave Matthews Band brought out crew member Joe Lawler to play guitar on a run from “Rhyme & Reason” into Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.”

Covers highlighted some other performances during the weekend. Amos Lee interpreted Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” while G. Love covered The Beatles’ ““Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” Meanwhile, moe. ended their set with a run from “Spike of a Dog” into “Buster.”

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