Dave Matthews Band Caravan

Dave Matthews Band Caravan
Dave Matthews Band
Also known as DMBC
Years active 2011
Website DaveMatthewsBandCaravan.com
Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band Caravan is a series of concert festivals headed by the Dave Matthews Band. The four festivals, occurring during the summer of 2011, will take the place of DMB's usual summer tour, after the band announced its intentions to take time off from touring last year.[1] The first festival is taking place at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The second festival is at Chicago's Lakeside. The third stop of the DMB Caravan was to take place at Governors Island in New York, New York, but was rescheduled after Hurricane Irene hit the New York area the same weekend. On September 1st, it was announced that the dates were rescheduled, while the venue changed to Randall's Island. The last stop will be at The Gorge in Washington. Each festival is 3 days long, with each show featuring a full set from the Dave Matthews Band. Various other acts will be performing on different stages prior to DMB's set.[2]

As of the first two Caravan stops, set lists have featured a somewhat different catalog of songs. Many new covers have been performed, including Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times and Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion. DMB has also widened their own personal catalog of songs by performing older, rarer numbers such as Kill The King, Shotgun, Joy Ride, and The Best Of What's Around. The set lists, as of Atlantic City and Chicago, have an almost climactic sense to them, with sets building up to the third and final night.


Bader Field

On March 9, 2011, Dave Matthews Band Caravan announced that its first performance would take place at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 24–26. The lineup of performers was soon announced after, along with ticket information, lodging, and transportation suggestions.[3]


Acoustic duo Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds also performed a set during the Caravan. Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard also sat in with some of the performers during their sets. Dave Matthews Band headlined all 3 shows with a full set.[4]

Lakeside, Chicago

On April 7, 2011, Dave Matthews Band Caravan announced its second stop out of four on the tour. The scenic Lakeside area in Chicago will host the event on July 8–10. This is the first event to ever be held at the site of a since-demolished steel mill known as the South Works, referred to by the Caravan as Lakeside.[5]


Governors Island

DMB Caravan announced on April 21, 2011 that the third festival will be held at Governors Island in New York, New York. The concerts will be held August 26–28, and will feature various artists.[7]


More artists are scheduled to perform at these concerts, and they will be disclosed in due time.[8]

Reschedule and Cancellation

Due to the then-impending damages expected from Hurricane Irene, DMB Caravan was forced to cancel the Saturday and Sunday shows at Governors Island; the band still performed on Friday, along with all scheduled acts for that day. On September 1, DMB Caravan announced that the NYC Caravan stop had been fully rescheduled to September 16-18, and was relocated to Randall's Island. See below for more details.

The Gorge

On April 21, 2011, DMB Caravan announced that it would travel to the fan-favorite venue, The Gorge Amphitheater for Labor Day weekend (September 2–4).[9] This marks the sixth year that Dave Matthews Band will perform at The Gorge for Labor Day Weekend, and is the 16th year that they have performed at the venue.[10]


More artists are scheduled to perform at these concerts, and they will be disclosed in due time.[11]

Randall's Island

On September 1st, DMB Caravan announced that the postponed Governors Island shows were relocated to Randall's Island. The new dates are September 16-18, with DMB still headlining all three nights. Fans who purchased a three day ticket to Governors Island will be permitted to attend all three concerts at Randall's Island. Single day ticket holders who purchased tickets for August 27-28 (who were also allowed to attend the August 26 show) were allowed to attend the Randall's Island show on either September 17 or 18, depending on which ticket was purchased. For three day Governors Island ticket holders who did not attend any shows, there is also an option for a full refund. A three day ticket holder who attended the show on August 26 can receive a two-thirds refund. A new lineup of artists will be announced in the near future, along with other information pertaining to the venue and concerts.


Tickets for the Caravan festivals are currently being sold through Dave Matthews Band Warehouse Fan Association, as well as ticketmaster. There are two types of tickets available for the DMB Caravan. One is a 3-day pass that allows the ticket-holder entry to all three festivals; this is $195.[12] The other option is a VIP pass, that allows the ticket-holder entry to all three festivals.[12] It also gives the ticket-holder access to a sectioned-off area of each stage, VIP restrooms, free snacks, beer, and water, and a dinner buffet. Warehouse members that purchase the VIP pass will also receive a voucher that allows them to get one souvenir for free. The VIP passes are $825.[12]

Important Ticketing Dates

These are dates of all pre-sales, special pre-sales, and public sales for each DMB Caravan festival.

Bader Field

  • DMB Warehouse Pre-sale - March 14, 2011[3]
  • Citi Cardholders Pre-sale - March 21, 2011[3]
  • Public Sale - March 25, 2011[3]

Lakeside, Chicago

  • DMB Warehouse Pre-sale - April 7, 2011[5]
  • Citi Cardholders Pre-sale - April 11, 2011[5]
  • Public Sale - April 15, 2011[5]

Governors Island

  • DMB Warehouse Pre-sale - April 25, 2011
  • Citi Cardholders Pre-sale - April 25, 2011
  • Public Sale - April 29, 2011

All pre-sales for this show ends at 8 A.M. eastern standard time on April 29. The public sale begins at 10 A.M. eastern standard time on the same date.[12]

The Gorge

  • DMB Warehouse Pre-sale - April 28, 2011
  • Citi Cardholders Pre-sale - May 2, 2011
  • Public Sale - May 6, 2011

All pre-sales for this show ends at 8 A.M. pacific standard time on May 6. The public sale begins at 10 A.M. pacific standard time on the same date.[12]

Ticket Payment Plan

In response to fans complaining of high ticket prices, DMB Caravan released a ticket payment plan to help fans who wanted to attend the shows.[13] The payment plan consists of three payments over a schedule of dates, rather than pay the full price all at once. The payment plan is for both the 3-day pass and the VIP pass. The first payment contains all shipping and convenience fees, while the second and third are flat payments with no additional charges. The 3-day pass (which is usually $195), is now broken into three payments of $65, while the VIP pass (which is usually $825), is now three payments of $275.[13]

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