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Dave Matthews Band at Darien

“Celebrate we will because life is short, but sweet, for certain.”

It’s summer in Buffalo, and everyone knows that a summer in Buffalo is not complete without Dave Matthews paying a visit. This Tuesday (July 3), the Dave Matthews Band will make a stop at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. And while Dave’s jam-infused style of rock may not be for everyone, he’s certainly garnered a following as a summertime music staple in Western New York.

Dave Matthews band formed 21 years ago in Charlottesville, Va. Matthews wanted to record songs he had written, but he didn’t want to just record himself playing a guitar. So he enlisted the help of a few local, talented jazz musicians – Stefan Lessard on bass, Carter Beauford on drums, and saxophonist LeRoi Moore – to give the music a greater sense of depth. Band members have come and gone over the years, but Dave Matthews Band’s sound and mission has only been fine-tuned. Lyrics range from sex and love to ending racism and other political, anti-war statements – something for every fan to enjoy. The band has recorded seven full-length albums, with plans to release an eighth – Away From the World – on September 11.

Dave Matthews and company will bring their jazzy, stadium rock to Darien Lake on Tuesday. Fans can expect the iconic light show and minutes-long music solos that DMB is known for with this chill evening of music. Alternative singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will open the night’s festivities. -rebecca bratek
7pm. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Allegheny Rd. (585-599-4641 / $40.50-$89.50.