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Published: 2012/12/12

Zac Brown and Kofi Burbridge Share the Stage with Dave Matthews Band

Photo via Dave Matthews Band’s Facebook page

Dave Matthews Band invited two Georgia music staples to the stage at Duluth, GA’s The Arena at Gwinnett Center last night. Near the end of their set, Dave Matthews Band brought out Tedeschi Trucks Band/Derek Trucks Band’s Kofi Burbridge to play flute on “Jimi Thing.” Though this is the first time Burbridge has been a featured guest with the group, he is an important part of the Southeast jamband circuit that nourished Dave Matthews Band during their early years. Different incarnations of old band Aquarium Rescue Unit toured with DMB in the ’90s, and his brother Oteil Burbridge has shared the stage with the members of Dave Matthews Band in a variety of settings. Touring DMB members Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross also have deep connections to his extended musical family.

After Burbridge left the stage, Georgia country/jam star Zac Brown joined the band on a set-closing cover of “All Along the Watchtower.” Brown is a longtime DMB fan, and Zac Brown Band has toured as an opener for the group. Recent Grammy nominees The Lumineers opened the night.

Dave Matthews Band will perform in Raleigh, NC this evening. For more on Brown’s unexpected connections to Dave Matthews Band, be sure to read our recent site interview.


There are 6 comments associated with this post

Justin Tramble December 12, 2012, 09:18:14

Kofi actually played the flute on jimi thing

ARU? December 12, 2012, 09:29:29

also kofi was barely a member of ARU, it wasnt until near the end (after Col. Bruce and Matt Mundy Retired) that he was with them.

ARUQuestion December 12, 2012, 10:17:40

Aloing with what ARU? said, does anybody know what happened to Paul Henson? I lost track of him after his brief stint with the Oteil and the Peacemakers.

Kofi & ARU December 12, 2012, 12:05:56

I don’t know about “barely a member”. Kofi joined ARU for the last few shows with Bruce still in the band, so April 1994. The band continued touring pretty much non-stop through 1997 and did one or two tours between Allman Bros. tours even after Oteil joined the ABB. So ARU was a functional touring band through 1998, Kofi having joined in the first half of 1994. That’s over 1/3 and closer to 1/2 of the band’s entire active history (excl. reunions in the 2000s). Kofi also played on over half their official releases – both “eePee” and “In A Perfect World” from 1994 and 1997’s The Calling (although not released until 2002-03 time frame). Since doing the occasional reunions with Bruce and Sipe in the 2000s, they sort of ignore or downplay the post-Bruce lineup and act like it never really existed.

Copperpot December 19, 2012, 01:15:44

Multicam/TaperAudSync Mix:

Steffi in Alaska February 18, 2014, 23:25:25

That Kofi Burbridge is what handsome guy. When will the Truck/Tedeschi gonna arrive in Anchorage, Alaska. We need some spice in our town. I would love to sing in there band too. haha.

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