Dave Matthews Band Kicks Off Summer Tour At Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena On May 11, 2016

When Dave Matthews Band announced earlier in the year that they were planning on embarking on a massive 25th year anniversary tour, the only thing that could top this news was the fact that they planned on kicking off this tour right here in Wichita's own Intrust Bank Arena on May 11, 2016.  As if nothing could top the previous announcements, it was also announced that the band will perform two full sets with no opener for this performance, so it is indeed perhaps the best way to catch Dave Matthews Band whether you have seen them perform before or not.  The summer tour is set to perform at 46 dates all across North America.  The band also made the announcement earlier in the year that they will take a hiatus from touring in 2017.  Wichita last saw Dave Matthews Band in August of 2010 when they performed to over 10,000 fans at the Intrust Bank Arena. 

Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991 and has had some changes in their original lineup over the years, however the band has been performing together for 25 years.  They just performed in their hometown of Charlottesville on May 7, 2016 at a sold-out benefit concert in which the band raised more than $1.5 Million dollars for local charities.  The band donated 100% of net proceeds from the show to include ticket sales, merchandise, VIP packages and sponsorship fees to Charlottesville area charitable programs through the band's Bama Works Fund which has raised over $40 Million dollars since it's inception in 1999. 

Dave Matthews Band consists of founding members, Dave Matthews (singer/song-writer/guitarist), Stefan Lessard (bassist), Carter Beauford (drummer/backing vocals) and the band later added Jeff Coffin (saxophone), Boyd Tinsley (violin/viola/mandalin/vocals), Tim Reynolds (guitar) and Rawshawn Ross (trumpet/backing vocals).  Original founding member LeRoi Moore sadly passed away in 2008.

The doors for this show opened at 6:30 pm and the show started shortly after 8pm.  With two full sets to be performed, it's essential to find one's spot for the evening ahead of time and thankfully, the Intrust Bank Arena offers the most spacious of seating and floor space.  The band's setlist from this show's performance is listed below, but some highlights include the opening track, "Satellite" as well as two brand new songs that were performed live that Dave himself introduced each song with, "I don't know the name of this song but I like it."  Another highlight was when the band performed Prince's "Sexy M.F." as a tribute to the late icon.  Dave's interaction with the audience was jovial and very welcoming.  His way of saying "Wichita-ta-ta" was a great way to connect with the audience.  The entire show was filled with spectacular lighting that was orchestrated to dance with each note, melody, and beat performed.  Truly an amazing visual and aural experience.  Members of the audience could be spotted dancing in their place and singing word for word back to Dave and the band.  The band performed for 2 and a half hours straight before taking a short break and performing two songs as part of their encore to close out the evening.  

Luckily the tour has only just begun and Dave Matthews Band started it off properly with a non-stop array of music and dialogue that made the experience thoroughly memorable.  Do yourself the favor now and buy the damn ticket and catch a show on this tour, your soul will thank you later.

WRITTEN BY SHABBY HASAN


SETLIST FROM THE MAY 11, 2016 PERFORMANCE AT THE INTRUST BANK ARENA IN WICHITA, KS

1. Satellite

2. Granny

3. Warehouse

4. Crash Into Me

5. Samurai Cop

6. Belly Belly Nice

7. Shotgun

8. You And Me

9. #41

10. Bob Law

11. What Would You Say

12. Sugar Will

13. Kill The Preacher

14. Why I Am

15. Big Eyed Fish

16. Bismarck

17. When The World Ends

18. Jimi Thing

19. Sexy M.F. (Prince cover)

20. Pantala Naga Pampa

21. Rapunzel

Encore:

22. The Space Between

23. Grey Street


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