Dave Matthews Band has announced their plans for a 2019 North American summer tour.Dave Matthews Band’s headlining summer tour will kick off on April 30th in Pensacola, FL and includes two-night stands in Camden, NJ; Noblesville, IN; Elkhorn, WI; Saratoga Springs, NY; West Palm Beach, FL; and Denver, CO. The band will return to the Gorge Amphitheatre for its traditional three-night Labor Day run August 30th through September 1st, pushing its total number of performances at the scenic venue above 60. Dave Matthews Band will also perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 4th as part of the festival’50th-anniversary celebration. The band will conclude its North American tour on September 22nd at the 2nd annual Sea Hear Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJ.An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin Thursday, January 24, 10am ET here. Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets February 19th at 10am ET through February 21 at 10pm ET. For complete presale details, click here.Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 22 at 10am local time. Every Ticket Purchase can be redeemed for an Unreleased Live Recording from DMB’s 2018 tour. For the complete list of tour dates, visit the band’s website.Dave Matthews 2019 Summer Tour4/30 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Bay Center5/01 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena5/04 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival5/07 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre5/11 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena5/14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Center5/15 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre5/17 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion5/18 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion6/14 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/19 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts6/21 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center6/22 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre6/28 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center6/29 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/02 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center7/03 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre7/05 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/06 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/09 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage7/12 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater7/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion7/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live7/23 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre7/24 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre7/26 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre8/23 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/24 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/27 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre8/30 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/01 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/04 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater9/06 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys9/07 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center9/13 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion9/22 Asbury Park, NJ Sea.Hear.Now FestivalView All Tour Dates
Good Old War. Good Old War is reviving the power of harmony. The increasingly popular indie folk trio sings unified multi-part vocals with the familiar pop-driven force of icons from the ‘60s. It makes sense then that, when the band started playing bar gigs around their home city of Philadelphia, sets were largely filled with covers of Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.“That’s how we learned we could sing together,” says band member Keith Goodwin. “With only three of us, we used the harmonies to get a bigger sound. For us, it took a lot of practice. In the beginning we were singing together for five or six hours a day.”The group formed in 2008 after Goodwin’s and drummer Tim Arnold’s former rock band Days Away decided to call it quits. Before breaking up, Days Away had a tour booked with singer-songwriter Anthony Green. Instead of dropping their slot, Goodwin and Arnold decided to add guitarist Dan Schwartz and play as an acoustic act. Thanks to good chemistry, Good Old War was born.“At first we were writing songs on the way to shows,” Goodwin adds. “We would work them out in the van and play them that night. When we started getting good reactions we realized this was something we should really take seriously.”Thus came the aforementioned intense practice sessions, as well as voice lessons from Arnold’s sister, an opera singer. The band also quickly went into the studio, releasing a debut album, Only Way to Be Alone, in 2008 and a self-titled follow-up in 2010. Just last month, the group unveiled Come Back as Rain. The new effort is the band’s most tightly focused statement, recorded at Another Recording Company, the studio owned by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes.While past albums were very DIY, this time the band enlisted help from producer Jason Cupp (Maps & Atlases) and utilized the tools of a real studio. It helped accentuate the band’s sunny melodies and uplifting textured harmonies. In sound and lyrical content the trio unearths the bright side of dark times with infectious hooks and strummy, sing-along optimism, especially on the bouncy comeback anthem “Better Weather” and the ex-lover sendoff “Calling me Names.”Broadly akin to yesteryear anthems like the “Sound of Silence,” the band delivers hand-on-the-shoulder comfort with vocal chemistry.“The attitude between the three of us is optimistic and upbeat, so that’s how we like to keep the lyrics and the melodies,” Goodwin says.As a harmony-based acoustic act, the band has surprisingly been able to adapt to a variety of stages. In the past couple years, the group has opened for a diverse lot, including bluegrass songstress Alison Krauss, new school punk rockers Gaslight Anthem, and one-man jammer Xavier Rudd. While they will spend more time in the headlining position this year, the members have enjoyed the chance to turn on a variety of audiences.“When we’re in a rock club, we’ll add some longer solos and instrumental breaks, but when we open up for someone like Alison Krauss we’ll include more of the vocal-driven, country-sounding songs,” Goodwin explains. “We’ve learned to adapt our live style to the setting. This band can play in front of a lot of different types of crowds.”Need a MiracleSouthern Deadheads were bummed last summer when Grateful Dead troubadour and rhythm guitarist Bob Weir canceled his solo appearances in the region. Fortunately for fans, Weir has rescheduled and is slated to bring selections from his portion of the Dead’s massive catalog to the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn., on April 24, and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Va., on April 26. Unfortunately for the ticket-less, both shows are sold out, so stick your finger in the air and hope for a miracle.Fishin’ and Pickin’Ace Appalachian guitarist Larry Keel loves to fish almost as much as he loves to pick bluegrass tunes. It makes sense, then, that the Virginia-based underground hero is combining his two passions. In mid-May, Keel will host Trout and Tunes, a long weekend of fishing and music workshops at the Elk River Inn in Slatyfork, W.Va. Nestled in the Monongahela National Forest, along the Elk River’s world-class trout waters, the event (May 17-20) will feature a fly fishing class, as well as daily group casts. On the music side, aspiring players can get guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass instruction, while also enjoying nightly picking sessions and intimate concerts by Keel and his band Natural Bridge. larrykeel.com
The regular season is quickly coming to an end, and with just three matches left, the No. 6 Women of Troy are hoping to come away with three wins away from home.USC has its final big road trip this weekend, as it heads north to face Oregon State tonight followed by No. 23 Oregon on Saturday.“We’re ready to go on this trip. We’d really like to go up there and try to get two wins if we can,” said USC coach Mick Haley.The Women of Troy already beat both of these teams at the Galen Center this season. The team swept Oregon State in three sets on Oct. 23. USC also defeated the Ducks, but it was a more difficult task. USC went up 2-0 but lost the next two games, eventually coming away with the win in five sets.Despite past success against these teams, Haley is not overconfident about his team’s upcoming matches.“I can’t tell you that I think anything’s going to be easy this weekend,” he said.Though Oregon State has an overall record of 8-20 and is just 1-13 in the Pac-10, when asked about the Beavers, Haley only had good things to say.“They’re maybe the best blocking team in the conference right now, and they’ll use that at home to get the fans going,” Haley said. “They’ll be very, very loud, so we expect a much better match from them than we had last time.”Saturday’s task will not be any easier for USC. The Ducks are 6-8 in conference play and look to improve this record as their season winds down.“They know that they have to have at least some big wins here in the end to get a better seed in the NCAA tournament, so we really have to win the serving and passing game if we can,” Haley said. “We expect a really tough match in Eugene.”With the season getting down to the wire, and USC playing in a stacked Pac-10 conference with seven ranked teams, it’s reasonable to think the players, especially the six freshmen, might be feeling the pressure. But Haley doesn’t seem to think his youngsters are intimidated.“We’ve got them pretty well focused,” Haley said. “They don’t have much time to think about pressure.”The Women of Troy are coming off two wins last weekend against Arizona State and Arizona, who was ranked No. 20. It seems USC might be peaking at the right time.“The team’s done very well this week,” Haley said. “We’re looking for two really big matches.”With only two weekends left, Haley hopes the team’s recent performance will carry over into the next few games.“[We’ll] try to win the last three,” he said. “See if we can maintain this momentum into the tournament and get the best seed we can possibly get.”Both of USC’s matches this weekend start at 7 p.m.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that seeks to shut down Iowa businesses caught repeatedly hiring people who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents.Republican Senator Julian Garrett of Indianola is the chief sponsor of the legislation that mandates businesses use the federal “E-Verify” system to confirm prospective employees are in the country legally.“The present system is very unfair to both legal workers — legal employees — and law-abiding businesses,” Garrett said.If the bill becomes law, businesses caught employing undocumented workers would be on probation for three years and have to confirm to state officials that newly-hired workers are in the U.S. legally. A business would lose its operating license after getting caught a second time with undocumented workers on the payroll.Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids was among the 13 Democrats in the state senate who opposed the bill.“We all agree that what really needs to happen is we urgently need comprehensive federal immigration reform at the nation level,” Hogg said.One Republican senator voted against the measure, but the other Republicans present tonight in the senate voted for it, as did four Democrats. The bill now goes to the House and must clear a House committee by Friday to be eligible for a vote on the House floor later this spring.
by Alan RobinsonPITTSBURGH (AP)—Bill Stull rarely hears himself mentioned in the same sentence as Dan Marino. He is now. Stull is one of college football’s biggest surprises and, if Pitt Panthers keep playing this way, they might be, too.Stull threw for two touchdowns, Dion Lewis ran for two and No. 16 Pitt scored on all five possessions in the first half to rout South Florida 41-14 Saturday and extend its best start in 27 years. MILESTONE—Pittsburgh freshman running back Dion Lewis breaks 1,000 yards on the season with this run past South Florida cornerback Jerome Murphy during the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Oct. 24. The Panthers (4-0 in Big East) opened up a 31-7 lead at halftime in improving to 7-1 for the first time since 1982—Marino’s senior season and the last time Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1.“I don’t how it could have come together any better than what happened today,” coach Dave Wannstedt said.Pitt made what was expected to be a difficult game look easy as Stull completed his first 11 passes against a Bulls defense that appeared geared to stopping Lewis, a freshman who came in No. 3 nationally in rushing. After that, Lewis took over and ran for 111 yards in three quarters to push his season’s total to 1,029 yards.“A defense cannot serve two masters,” Stull said. “If you try to stop our running game, we’re going to be able to make some big plays through the air and vice versa.”Stull, whose senior season statistics to date exceed Marino’s, hit Jonathan Baldwin for completions of 40, 34 and 35 yards while repeatedly finding receivers open by several steps behind South Florida defenders. Baldwin made six catches for 144 yards, while Stull was 18 of 25 for 245 yards and two scores and wasn’t sacked once.Stull, a senior who played so poorly at the end of last season he was forced to compete for his starting job during spring ball, has 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Marino threw for 17 TDs as a senior.“It’s his confidence,” tight end Dorin Dickerson said. “He goes out there every game, straight-faced, and doesn’t worry about nothing else but playing, and it shows.”Pitt leads the Big East and is in position to win 10 games for the first time since the 1981 Panthers went 11-1. However, the three biggest games of the season await in Notre Dame and No. 22 West Virginia next month and No. 5 Cincinnati on Dec. 5.“We always talk about wanting to get all cylinders rolling and today we took a first step toward that,” Stull said. “It’s great that we’re starting to play better and better toward the end of the season.”Lewis and Stull were pulled along with most of the Panthers’ regulars with Pitt ahead 34-7. Lewis, who has five 100-yard games, is only the fourth Pitt freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Tony Dorsett (1973), Curvin Richards (1988) and LeSean McCoy (2007).“It’s nice, but I’m not really thinking about that stuff,” Lewis said.“They just whupped up. They whupped us,” coach Jim Leavitt said. “They’re a better team than we are right now. We’ve got to play defense, and we didn’t play defense. “Stull was repeatedly given time to throw by an offensive line that effectively controlled Bulls pass rushers George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul. He found Dickerson for 20 and 22 yards on Pitt’s first possession to set up his 2-yard scoring pass to backup tight end Mike Cruz, the freshman’s first college catch. Dickerson later made his ninth TD catch of the season.By winning, the Panthers assured themselves of a second consecutive bowl appearance, the first time they’ve done that since 2003-04.