dmb 385 20 Acts Not To Miss This Weekend At Dave Matthews Band Caravan

DMB (photo Nate Azark/WXRT)

[photogallerylink id=86846 align=left]Although it was originally announced that the [lastfm]Dave Matthews Band[/lastfm] would be taking a well-earned hiatus this year, the plan to mount several regional festivals headlined by DMB was a far more appealing scenario to their legions of fans.

XRT will be leading the charge to Chicago’s Lakeside this weekend. We have all the info including updated schedules, maps, transportation info, and anything else you’ll need to maximize your experience. Be sure to start by listening to XRT’s Fri-DAVE Feature, spotlighting the music of DMB & Friends, including most of the artists who’ll be appearing at the Caravan during the next few days including big names such as [lastfm]The Flaming Lips[/lastfm], [lastfm]Edward Sharpe[/lastfm] and the [lastfm]Magnetic Zeros[/lastfm], [lastfm]Ben Folds[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Wailers[/lastfm], [lastfm]Sharon Jones and the Dap-kings[/lastfm], [lastfm]Umphrey’s McGee[/lastfm], and more.

As with any festival it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the amazing acts coming in to town, so we’ve taken the liberty of picking out 20 of our favorites that you don’t want to miss this weekend. And as usual, you can count on XRT to keep you updated with live coverage all weekend long as the party continues.

1. Ray LaMontagne – After graduating high school, leaving home and finding work at a shoe factory in Maine, Ray LaMontagne was living the simple life until he was inspired one morning by Stephen Stills album Stills Alone, and the rest is history. With over a decade of experience performing live, LaMontagne knows how to give a killer performance, which is easy considering his unbelievably soft, soothing, raspy voice and sweet guitar melodies. Check him out backstage at Bonnaroo.

Free download: “Beg, Steal or Borrow”

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2. Gary Clark Jr. – Hailing from Austin, Texas and weaned from an influence of deep blues, the up and coming artist combines blues, contemporary soul and an array of other influences that has helped himexplode on to the recent music scene.

Gary Clark Jr.

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3. Drive By Truckers – The six-piece, southern country rock band’s 2010 release The Big To Do resulted in their highest charting songs ever, a well deserved accomplishment after 9 studio albums and about 15 years together. As another veteran to the music festival scene, the truckers fit in nicely with a group of well established acts and put on a show you can’t afford to miss.

Free download: “Used To Be A Cop”

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4. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Drizzled and draped in flowing long hair and a stuffy beard, looking like a musical Jesus, Alex Ebert leads this extragent 10 piece traveling band that made a huge slash on the music scene last year with their hit single, “Home”, now heard on car commercials everywhere.

Free MP3 Download: Janglin’

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5. moe.
Grow out your hair, wear you hemp bracelets, and break out the patchulia oil. This legendary jam band broke out onto the scene in the 90’s with their album, “Fatboy”. Chill out with moe. as they jam through their catalog of music including their most recent album, Sticks and Stones.

More moe.

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6. Dave and Tim
Check out a special performance at Lakeside of Dave Matthews and thelead guitarist of his band, Tim Reynolds, playing a cozy, intimate acoustic set on Saturday before the rest of the band gather together on stage later that night.

DMB Concertgoers Guide

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7. The Jayhawks
Fresh off an XRT gig at the Taste of Chicago this past weekend, this alt-country group from the Twin Cities will be performing on Sunday. From 2005-2009 the Jayhawks were on haitus, but following their recent reunion they plan to release a new album entitled “Mockingbird Time”.

DMB Concertgoers Guide

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8. Ben Folds
The singer songwriter from North Carolina is best known for his sharp wit, fantastic piano skills and hit ballads. Touring now as a solo artist, his shows are a blast to see. Don’t miss his Ben Folds Live album where the audience takes the role of his brass section and don’t miss him this weekend in the caravan! His most recent album is
Lonely Avenue, a record with a simple, but enticing formula. AuthorNick Hornsby wrote the lyrics and Ben Folds composed the songs. The entire album is very well crafted and the two complement each other bringing new meaning to each of their work.

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9. Gomez:
The English indie-rock band won the distinguished Mercury Music prize for their debut album in 1998, and they’ve only gotten better since. While departing slightly from their initial experimental sound, their voice has remained clear and consistent through their illustrious career. They recently released Whatever’s on Your Mind to acclaim, with songs like Our Goodbye demonstrating their distinctive vocal work and harmonies.

Free MP3 Download, “Just As Lost As You

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10. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Born in Augusta Georgia, Sharon Jones is a singer that might seem more at home in the ’60s soul scene. Fortunately for us, the band is less than a decade old and would be brilliant in any time period. The passion that she puts into her music shines through, and we are gifted to have her voicing a style that should be heard more. Her most recent album is her I Learned the Hard Way, which continues her soulful groove.

Free MP3 Download, Album Stream

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11. Umphrey’s Mcgee
The Midwestern progressive rock jam band is always guaranteed to present a unique live experience. Their on-stage improvisation is integral to their style. Influenced by prog-rock, metal, and jam bands their fluctuating setlists present a musically rich and complex sound. Their latest album Mantis represents a push towards creating more focused studio albums that showcase their talent for creating vibrant, complex songs.


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