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Four days " OK nights " with Dave

Don Rogers

Perhaps my single favorite CD of all time is “Live at Red Rocks” with the Dave Matthews Band. Guitarist Timmy Reynolds joined the band for the concert back in the mid-’90s. And when he plays, the band steps it up another notch from great.

DMB skipped Colorado last year. I don’t know if that … who threw a knife at Dave at the Pepsi Center the year before had anything to do with that decision. I do remember drummer Carter Beauford coming out for the encore that night wearing a yellow hardhat.

Well, the band is back in Colorado, back at Red Rocks, in a big way. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and now Monday night ” oh boy ” we have tickets for every show.

The girls in the family ” Mom and high school daughter ” are the real fans. They are going Friday, while the boys ” Dad and high school son ” are going to an event featuring Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson here in Eagle County.

I join the grind beginning Saturday night, when we leave the kids home. Sunday, the 11th, it’s the whole family. And … Monday, the concert for Katrina victims, the wife and I.

I’m not sure whether I’ll wind up the long weekend hating or loving DMB. My wife, no question, she’ll be all the more in heaven. She already has every CD the group has put out commercially and through the fan club, The Warehouse. She also listens nonstop to AOL’s all Dave all the time music connection.

So those are our bonafides with Dave Matthews. Part of what my wife loves, I think, are all the people in Warehouse with whom she communicates on e-mail. She loves it. She loves them. There’s a community there.

This is part of our modern, virtually-connected world. Critics forget that while the conversations are “virtual,” the people are real. Flesh and blood. Real as a prick drawing blood. No one has shown up for dinner or the weekend yet, but I don’t doubt that will happen. And we’ll all love it. Brave New World. But in a good way.

Here’s an e-mail talking about helping Katrina folks with a food drive. For us in Ski Country, nice to see the Aspen Ski Co. stepping up. Write this down somewhere: The editor of the Vail paper is giving Aspen kudos. Well, maybe don’t tell anyone! There’s a huge rivalry between Aspen and Vail. Don’t ask me why ” ask those snobs in Aspen. (OK, I think you get that picture.)


Dave Matthews Band Food Drives at Red Rocks


DMB and the Colorado non profit group,

Conscious Alliance, are partnering to conduct food drives at each of the Red Rocks shows. All food donations will benefit the Houston Food Bank to assist the relief efforts in the aftermath of the recent hurricane.

Donation bins will be located outside of each entrance to Red Rocks and every patron that donates 5 non-perishable items will be entered into a raffle to win a signed DMB poster. 3 posters will be raffled at each show.

For a list of requested donation items, click here.


Aspen Skiing Company and its employees have partnered with the Dave Matthews Band to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The company and its employees will donate $125,000 of lift tickets to the Dave Matthews Band Hurricane Relief Concert. The tickets will be offered as part of a package to anyone purchasing VIP tickets to the event and are good for skiing or riding on any of the four mountains at Aspen/Snowmass – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – for the 2005-2006 season.

In addition, DMB has teamed up with ( ) EA Sports to provide copies of their new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 video game FOR PC, featuring “Stand Up” as the title track with your purchase of VIP benefit concert tickets.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities that have been hit by the hurricane. The devastation and human loss is heart breaking. In an effort to raise funds to assist the victims, Dave Matthews Band will be performing a special benefit concert that will take place on Monday, September 12, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

All proceeds from the event will be collected by Bama Works Fund and distributed to appropriate relief charities. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper announced earlier today that the event will include official support from the City of Denver and the promoter, Chuck Morris Presents. Please click for more info.

Click to join the Warehouse and request tickets and/or donate to the hurricane relief.

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