Dave Matthews Band:
The quintessential jam band of the past two decades, the Dave Matthews Band, revolutionized mainstream music with a unique, laid-back style and similarly laid-back tour dates. 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Dave Matthews Band and, while the group has vowed not to play tour dates in 2011, they have produced mini-music festivals this summer that are bound to please fans more than an average tour date.
In 1990, Dave Matthews reluctantly formed a band utilizing some of the most talented musicians in the Charlottesville area of Virginia. Initially playing tour dates at small local clubs, college students were responsible for the success of early albums like, Remember Two Things, and Under the Table and Dreaming. Crash became a breakout success for the Dave Matthews Band in 1996, featuring the hit singles "Crash into Me" and "So Much to Say." The album has gone platinum seven times and was followed by higher profile tour dates than the band was used to. 2001's Everyday also did well with the singles "I Did It", "The Space Between", and the album's title track becoming hits.
Dave Matthews Band's latest album, 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King was nominated for two Grammys and received widespread acclaim from critics. The Dave Matthews Band Caravan has also received acclaim from critics, and the two remaining tour dates in 2011 contain all-star lineups that can't be missed. The next festival date is on the weekend of August 28 on Governor's Island in New York, followed by an appearance at The Gorge in George, WA on the weekend of September 2. Don't miss Dave Matthews Band on their 20th Anniversary tour dates in 2011 at these monumental music festivals.
Pioneers and legends of Gypsy punk, Gogol Bordello, have turned the world of music on its head with cabaret-style theatrics on tour dates and songs that will have even the stuffiest of people tapping their toes. Since 1999, Gogol Bordello's Eastern European-infused sound has inspired a cabaret revival that has influenced bands like DeVotchKa and Balkan Beat Box. Gogol Bordello's loyal band of international followers are ecstatic over the band's many tour dates in 2011, which continue into late summer.
While Gogol Bordello was formed in New York, the band's leader, Eugene Hütz, grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and was greatly influenced by classical Hungarian and Ukrainian composers and writers, as well as traditional Gypsy music from Romania. The band's first performance was at the private NYC club called Pizdetz, where Gogol Bordello soon become the house band. As back then, their tour dates are always full of energy and often include fantastic theatrics that fans have come to expect. 1999's Voi-La Intruder went largely unnoticed, but Gogol Bordello crept into the public eye with their 2005 album, Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, which featured the band's first single, "Start Wearing Purple." Numerous music festival performances followed, including a widely publicized performance by Hütz and violinist Sergey Ryabtsev with Madonna at London Live Earth.
Gogol Bordello received even more popularity after the release of Super Taranta! in 2007, which featured an even more energetic sound on tracks like "Wonderlust King", which was used in a number of commercials and TV shows. 2010's Trans-Continental Hustle was produced by Rick Rubin and showcases a further evolved sound that has become a hit with audiences and many critics. Gogol Bordello is currently performing 2011 tour dates across Europe and the UK, before their schedule ends in the US on September 4 at the North Coast Music Festival. With only a few shows left, fans should buy their tickets soon to avoid missing these stellar 2011 tour dates.
the dreamscapes project:
Nearly a decade ago budding singer/songwriter Keith Center approached composition major Jeremy Rodgers in their college's performing arts building about forming a band. Rodgers, whose passion for music was evident from the bands he was already in, quickly responded with a resounding no. Yet after hearing a sampling of Center's take on folk rock, Rodgers joined what was soon to become the dreamscapes project. Rodgers was convinced by Center's dedication or perhaps by the intensity taking cover under the raw acoustics.
"I think there is something so disarming about acoustic music," says Center. "There are no walls of distortion to hide behind... to express emotion, you just have to express it."
With one of the strongest local following throughout the Washington D.C.-area and an impressive catalogue of releases the dreamscapes project is ready to break onto the national scene with their new full-length Pity In A Heartbeat, on Figmental Records.
On Pity In A Heartbeat, Keith Center (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Rodgers (bass guitar/vocals), Ben Guy (cello/vocals), Gordon Shankman (drums/percussion) and Eric Sanford (percussion/drums) harness the vehemence of Center's lyrics with Guy's sweeping cello lines over the complementary, world inspired percussion.
"Anger and frustration isn't about stepping on a box or hitting a switch, it's about lashing out and flailing, and an acoustic guitar forces you to do that," says Center. "There is no short cut, sometimes you just have to start breaking strings and bloodying fingers to get the sound you want."