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Published: 2012/05/27

Dave Matthews Plays Surprise Show Before Paul Simon, Jams with Stanley Jordan Once Again

Photo via Greenwich Town Party’s Facebook page

Dave Matthews played a surprise five-song show at Greenwich, CT’s Town Party on Saturday afternoon. Without much fanfare, at around 3 PM Matthews took the stage for a short solo set that consisted of “You & Me,” “Crush,” Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” “Save Me” and “So Damn Lucky.” Matthews—who was in Connecticut for a two-night run at Hartford, CT’s Comcast Theatre—reportedly played the surprise set as a birthday present. The Town Party was a closed event for Greenwich residents, and a few stage screens were turned toward the water so additional fans could watch from their boats.

After his set, Matthews returned to Hartford to perform with his band. For the second night in a row, jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan sat in with the group. This time the guitarist emerged during Dave Matthews Band’s set for a take on the Crash classic “Lie in Our Graves.” As previously reported, on Friday Jordan sat in with Dave Matthews Band on “Spaceman.”

In addition to Mathews’ surprise set, Saturday’s Greenwich Town Party featured event headliner Paul Simon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The School of Rock Allstars, The Wailers and several local acts (Gathering of the Vibes’ promoters had a hand in running the event). Simon—who lives in a few towns away from Greenwich in New Canaan, CT—bantered about the area and made a jab at the ritzy crowd during “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.” He also covered The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” as a tribute to George Harrison.

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