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The Dave Matthews Band brought their signature sound to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 31, 2024, kicking off the night with a blast of energy with “One Sweet.” The crowd roared with approval as the band launched into their set, instantly setting the tone for a night of musical exploration.

A standout moment came during “Don’t Drink the Water.” The infectious chorus had the entire audience singing along, creating a powerful wave of shared enthusiasm. The band itself was on fire, with guitarist Tim Reynolds and keyboardist Buddy Strong particularly impressive. They engaged in an enthralling back-and-forth during a playful jam session, their riffs weaving together seamlessly.

The evening wasn’t just about the band’s core members. During “Jimi,” trumpet player Rashawn Ross and saxophone player Jeff Coffin took center stage. Their solos were nothing short of breathtaking, showcasing their exceptional talent. The energy was palpable as Dave Matthews himself danced with unbridled joy, clearly enthralled by their virtuosity.

Dave returned for an encore that resonated deeply with the audience. Before launching into a poignant rendition of “Whiskey Rye,” Dave Matthews addressed the crowd with a heartfelt message. He spoke passionately about the importance of peace, specifically the ongoing conflict in Gaza. His words, “war is never the answer, we got to have a ceasefire in Gaza,” elicited a wave of applause and cheers.

He emphasized the importance of unity and compassion, urging the audience to “look after our brothers and sisters just like they’re our own children.” This powerful moment underscored the band’s ability to connect with their fans beyond just music.

The night concluded with a crowd-pleasing performance of “Crush.” The entire pavilion erupted in a joyous singalong, creating a truly unforgettable finale. The Dave Matthews Band at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was a night filled with exceptional musicianship, shared energy and a powerful message of peace, solidifying their place as one of the most captivating live acts around.


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