I was 13 years old when my mother took me to my first Dave Matthews Band show at the First Union Center in Philadelphia on November 30th, 1998. All it took was the opening song, “Last Stop,” and I was hooked. The band’s fusion of jazz, rock and alt-country was unlike anything I had ever heard before. Their music was complex, intense and full of raw emotion.
This year the band embarked on their ‘standard’ summer tour with a little more purpose — celebrating 25 years of masterful musicianship, dynamic jams and a loyal fan base. By the time the two-night stand at the BB&T Pavilion comes to an end, the band will have performed its 55th show in the greater Philadelphia region. Their first show in the area was at 23 East Cabaret (currently the Ardmore Music Hall) in Ardmore, PA on July 30, 1992. Quite a run it’s been for a group of musicians who have stuck together through the best and worst of times.