We’ve dug deep into the archives to bring you the oldest and rawest show to date: 12.21.1992 The Bayou, Washington, DC. To our knowledge, there is no record of this show in the fan community or any seeded recordings.
DMB performed as the bar band at The Bayou during the holiday season in 1992 as evidenced by the sounds of the bar and holiday revelers on the recording. Peter Griesar was still with DMB during this time and his harmonica on So Much To Say kicks off the first set. Songs of note on the release include Pay For What You Get which quiets the crowded bar a bit, offering the other band members a chance to catch their breath and enjoy the soulful sounds of LeRoi’s sax. Two Step as the second set opener lights the crowd on fire again and the momentum continues with Help Myself which has an urgent energy to it likely due to Carter’s blazing hot drumming. The DC show ends with a little holiday nugget by Dave in the form of Christmas Song.
DMBLive: The Flood Zone - Richmond, VA -1993-01-27
The earliest show released to date in the DMB Live Series, this Flood Zone, Richmond, VA show was once considered for a Live Trax release. This was the 4th show after Dave's return from a visit to his birth country of South Africa in early 1993 and the band worked their way through the vast majority of their repertoire. Peter Greisar can be heard on piano on almost every song and performs a great samba breakdown in an early version of Two Step. Spotlight, and early versions of Halloween, Granny, So Much To Say, andDancing Nancies stand out on this performance as well as Dave's high notes in I'll Back You Up.
DMBLive: The Bayou - Washington, DC - 1993-04-10
As far as we know, this DMB show form April 1993 is not seeded and not available for trade which makes is a pretty coveted release. The show pick is a good representation of DMB in the Bayou days. The Bayou was a club in Washington DC which enjoyed a 30+ year run and for years was probably the most important musical showcase in the DC area. Highlights of the 1993 Bayou release include Boyd’s ripping ending to Blue Water; Dave’s acoustic performance between the first and second sets and Best of What’s Around as a rare show-ender.
DMBLive: Prism Coffeehouse - Charlottesville, VA - 1993-04-22
This Dave and Tim release is one of the first shows D&T ever played together. The Earth Day 1993 performance took place at the Prism Coffeehouse, a hallowed 140-seat Charlottesville, VA institution founded in 1966. The Prism has a rich history, hosting many musical legends over the years.
The 23-song setlist features songs from Remember Two Things and several that would make their future debut on Under the Table and Dreaming and Crash. Highlights include Granny, excellent slide guitar by Tim on So Much to Say and Angel From Montgomery.
DMBLive: Memphis - Richmond, VA - 1993-06-13
This DMBLive release is a Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds 1993 performance from the now defunct venue in Richmond, VA called The Memphis. The Memphis was located "up the hill" from the Flood Zone where DMB played many regular gigs in the 90s. This recording captures the intimacy of these early duo shows perfectly. Fans will love the playful banter between Dave and Tim and the audience. Early versions of now bonafide classics provide a different listen and Tim's stunning solo works make this,until now, unheard show a real gem. Dancing Nancies and Song That Jane Likes with Tim playing slide stand out, as well as Tim's Rheginos and the Resurrection.
The 3.2.94 show from The Masquerade Nightclub in Tampa, FL (the historic Rivoli then Ritz Theatre, now the Ritz Ybor) is the band’s second night performance at the venue during their first trip to Florida. DMB received a great reception from the audience.
Highlights of the show include a classic Warehouse with supporting vocals from Carter and, as always, one-of-a-kind playing from LeRoi. Hard hitters from the show includeTripping Billies, Pay For What You Get and a solid rendition of Help Myself. Minarets features Carter and Dave’s scatting intro and ends with its typical feverish finish, segwaying into Typical Situation. What Would You Say is funky and tight and keeps the crowd hollering. Ants ends the show with a rousing finish.
DMBLive: Irving Plaza - New York, NY - 1995-03-26
The March 1994 Dave Matthews Band show was performed at the infamous 1,000 capacity ballroom in NYC in front of a packed house. Highlights of this show include Minarets featuring Carter’s rap intro, LeRoi’s midsection solo on Lie In Our Graves. Other songs of note include Dave’s back-to-back solos, I’ll Back You Up followed by Say Goodbye, #36 and the crescendo closing song, Halloween.
DMBLive: Town Point Park - Norfolk, VA - 1994-04-26
We had to dig deep into the DMB vault for this early show! DMB performed a free concert in Norfolk alongside the Elizabeth River to a group of ecstatic fans, many of whom were being introduced to DMB for the first time that April afternoon. The crowd was definitely having a good time as evidenced by the recording. The entire show is a highlight. Our favorite tracks are The Best of What’s Around, Warehouse, Tripping Billies and Minarets.
DMBLive: Blue Note - Columbia, MI - 1994-10-22
Another show from the early days, we selected the Blue Note show from DMB’s first trip to Missouri. The band was touring full force in support of Under The Table and Dreaming and the crowd happily sings along with the band throughout the show. Songs of note in this release include ultra rare Get In Line which is a song that DMB has not played in many years and the show ending Halloween.
DMBLive: Backstage Theatre - Seattle, WA - 1994-11-26
It epitomizes well played versions of each song, representing a solid show from this period in DMB’s history.
Highlights include the instrumental intro to One Sweet World and a What Would You Say that really jams. Pay For What You Get features an awesome soprano solo by LeRoi.
DMBLive: Palace Theatre, Albany, New York - 1995.02.08
Dave Matthews Band toured with opening acts Big Head Todd and the Monsters and the Ugly Americans in the winter of 1995. We’ve selected the 2.8.95 show at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY for our next DMBLive release, a show currently not available in the trading community. The show is classic DMB for the time period, each of the songs a bonafide standard from the band’s catalogue. Highlights include show opener One Sweet World followed by Two Step and Ants Marching, which have been played as show closing songs in more recent years. The sound of this Palace show is great, from the chaotic apex of Dancing Nancies to the intimately playful Pay For What You Get. Additional old school highlights include a jammin’ Jimi Thing, a solid Satellite and the fast and furious Tripping Billies show closer.
DMBLive: Lafayette College - Easton, PA - 1995-02-25
This new show in the DMBLive series from the Archive took place on February 25, 1995 in the Allen Kirby Field House on the Lafayette College campus in Easton, PA. The show marked DMB's first visit to Lafayette College, yet the audience offered the band a very warm welcome, singing along to many songs they'd heard but never seen live.
The band, energized by the crowd’s reception, performed great renditions of now classic DMB songs like Lie In Our Graves, in which LeRoi's saxophone is a soulful highlight. Stefan's funky rolling bass in Recently turns to hauntingly harmonic for the Water/Winetransition into Blue Water>Typical Situation. This Lafayette College show is one of the last venues where Blue Water is incorporated into the set as a full song by the full band and Boyd's performance reflects that. New to national success but seasoned on the stage, Dave Matthews Band gives the feverish crowd a great show.
DMBLive: The Revolver Club - Madrid, Spain - 1995.03.25
To continue to bring you previously unheard, recorded material, we have selected Dave Matthews Band’s performance from March of 1995 at The Revolver Club in Madrid, Spain. The band delivers a solid set to the expats and native Spaniards in attendance beginning with a charged Seek Up that works straight into Two Step.
At an early stage in the band’s popularity in Europe, the crowd in attendance sings along to the songs in this first audience mic recording to be released. Highlights of the show include Lover Lay Down, Tripping Billies and Ants Marching. The crowd begins chanting Ole’ and the band joins in, jamming along and illustrating the great time they were having and the strong connection formed with the fans that night in Madrid. 3.25.1995 The Revolver Club, Madrid Spain has been digitally mastered and is available in its entirety.
Highlights of this show include the first public #41 preceded by #40 and a substantial mini set of Recently>Water into Wine>Lie In Our Graves. This show marks the band's first return to the Southeast after a lengthy time away, touring in Europe and elsewhere around the US. The show is comprised of solid performances from each band member in front of a lively audience. This particular release is a restoration of sorts, being a mix of the soundboard and an incomplete multi-track recording. 4.7.95 Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC has been digitally mastered and is available in its entirety.
DMBLive: Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA - 1995-05-10
A highlight of the Warfield show is Don’t Burn the Pig which is truly in the early stages and more of a jam with improvised lyrics. Other highlights include Recently with band introductions during the Pretty Girl breakdown and All Along the Watchtower which features an outstanding performance by LeRoi. #36 is present on the setlist as its own track and not as an interpolation.
DMBLive: Mud Island Amphitheatre - Memphis, TN - 1995-07-20
DMB begins this Memphis show with One Sweet World during a light rainfall. Before the song's end, the rain stops and the clouds begin to clear. Dave tells the audience that he had hoped the rain would stop so they could see some satellites and the band then launches into a notable version of Satellite. Additional highlights include Angel From Montgomery with Boyd singing lead and All Along the Watchtower which features a quiet interlude that sounds like distant thunder. Watchtower comes screaming back in full force with LeRoi's saxophone. 7.20.95 Mud Island River Park Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN has been digitally mastered and is available in its entirety.
DMBLive: Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Pelham, AL - 1996-09-09
Highlights of this early Birmingham show in front of a particularly energetic audience include Carter and LeRoi's performance during Seek Up and a noteworthy #41. Leon Mobley joins Carter and contributes to some amazing percussion on Drive In Drive Out. Ben Harper and Leon Mobley join DMB on stage for All Along the Watchtower. 9.09.96 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL has been digitally mastered and is available in its entirety.
DMBLive: Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX - 1996-10-24
1996 was an exceptional year for DMB with the hugely successful release of Crash; an extensive North American tour, a Europe tour and HORDE Festival run plus a performance at Jazz Fest, SNL and Letterman. DMB performed a great show at the University of Texas, Austin in October of that year which we’ve selected as the next DMBlive release. The setlist features a fairly even representation of Crash and Under the Table and Dreaming. Highlights include the #41 opener into Say Goodbye featuring beautiful flute work of LeRoi’s. One of our favorite parts is Recently>Water Into Wine into Typical Situation. The Austin show features a solo acoustic double encore by Dave of Little Thing and All Along the Watchtower and represents the last time Dave performed Watchtower solo at a full band show. 10.24.1996 Frank Erwin Center Austin, TX has been digitally mastered and is available in its entirety.
DMBLive: J.T. Kingsbury Hall - Salt Lake City, UT - 1999.03.03
In January 1999, Dave and Tim embarked on their longest tour - 39 shows spread across the country, largely played in theaters and college auditoriums. Unique versions of older songs, new covers and tracks from Before These Crowded Streets – performed acoustic for the first time – played a prominent role in the tour setlists. For our next DMBLive, we have selected our first show from this tour - a late stop at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah's campus.
Highlights of this release include the first Dave and Tim version of The Last Stop (a song that the duo has only played one other time) & Stay (Wasting Time) - which was played in 6/8 time for most of that tour. Both of these Dave and Tim songs are being released for the first time! Also included is an early version of Bartender that at this point was beginning to resemble the song that it would become, and Seek Up, which contains the outro that outside of this tour has only been performed during full band shows. Finally, new covers only played that tour include Lyle Lovett's If I Had a Boat & The Rolling Stones' Wild Horses, the latter played on 12-string guitars. Those two songs, along with both of Tim's solos, are making their live release debut. 3.3.99 J.T. Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, UT, has been digitally mastered and is available in its entirety.
DMBLive: Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA - 2002-10-24
On Thursday, October 24, Dave Matthews played a solo acoustic show at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA which benefited the Bullitt Foundation, who strives to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. This intimate concert, one of Dave’s first big solo shows, is a show marked by inspired performances peppered throughout with witty anecdotes. Highlights of the show include Crush, Loving Wings, The Maker, and Gravedigger as well as the flawless Fool to Think which Dave performed for the first time live and solo.
DMBLive: Appalachian State University - Boone, NC - 2003-03-29
The ASU Dave and Tim release is a favorite selected from the 2003 D&T tour. Dave and Tim’s performance on that spring evening in Boone, NC was nothing short of synergetic. The extensive set list speaks for itself and showcases Dave’s comedic storytelling woven between songs. Highlights of this Dave and Tim show are too many to list. A few include Blue Water, Christmas Song, Stay or Leave, Help Myself, Long Black Veil and Satellite which features an interesting intro.
DMBLive: China Club - New York, NY - 2004-01-09
This Dave Matthews solo show is about as intimate as it gets, attended by only 200 fortunate fans and guests. Dave’s birthday, a small NYC club, the opportunity to sing Happy Birthday to Dave in person, what’s not to cherish? Highlights from this private solo Dave performance include So Damn Lucky, Stay or Leave, Bartender and Crush.