It pains me greatly to post this, but I just learned that Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Leroi Moore passed away today. The news came via the band's official site:
We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.
Leroi had been with the band since its inception in 1991. I will miss him tremendously and there is no doubt that he will be missed greatly by the band, the crew and the entire DMB community.
Jeff Coffin has been filling in for Leroi since his accident in late June. Leroi's final show was at the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge in Bristow, Virginia on June 28, 2008. If anyone would like a copy of the show, let me know and I will provide you with a copy or tell you where you can get one (DMB explicitly allows taping of their shows, so it is completely legal).
Scoble linked to South African musician Vusi Mahlasela playing at TED. Dave Matthews Band fans might know Vusi from his vocal work on the title track of 2001's Everyday (and occasionalguest appearances with the band since then). I have to admit that I've never listened to any of his own music until this video, but just watching this performance has spurred me to purchase his (only available) album on iTunes.
I just got an email from the Warehouse, the Dave Matthews Band fan organization, announcing that Dave will be playing a solo acoustic set at Farm Aid this year. This comes at no surprise since Dave is on the Farm Aid board and has played at the benefit concert for the past few years.
What is surprising is the news that this year's Farm Aid will take place at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey which is just across the river from Philadelphia. This will be my first time seeing Dave perform solo so it should be a real treat.
The Warehouse ticket request period is currently taking place and will close at noon on July 18th. The public on sale date is Saturday, July 22 at 10am Eastern Time.
From the email:
The mission of Farm Aid is to keep family farmers on their land. Family farmers are our only guarantee for fresh, local food. Our goal is to bring together family farmers and citizens to restore family farm-centered agriculture. Family farmers ensure safe, healthful food, protect natural resources, and strengthen local economies. For more information, please visit www.farmaid.org
One Sweet World *
What Would You Say
If I Had It All *
Dancing Nancies * >
Warehouse * >
Typical Situation *
Tripping Billies *
Smooth Rider * >
What You Are *
Two Step *
All songs with Butch Taylor
* Rashawn Ross on Trumpet
Take everything I said about the energy during night 1 and flip it upside. The band was definitely on fire tonight and didn't really want to stop between songs, as showcased by the unusual segues present. If I Had It All made its return tonight with an extended jam reminiscent of the Dreamgirl jam (yes, that's a good thing). Just as the band finished an explosive Dancing Nancies > Warehouse duo, the band segues into Typical Situation AND then tops that off with Tripping Billies in what can only be described as a 40 minute giant ball of energy. I also noticed there was no pause between Everyday and Stay, something the official setlist doesn't reflect but that just added to the electric atmosphere on stage.
The band switched up American Baby Intro and Rapunzel in the encore for Two Step in response to crowd chants for it. I was a bit upset during the show because I thought the band had foregone Shotgun and Kill The King in favor of Two Step. After seeing what was on the original setlist, I would have been fine either way.
I am sad that I didn't get to hear Shotgun or Kill The King, but the band's solid performance more than made up for it. It should also be noted that this was the first two-night stand since 2003 that no songs have been repeated, something that was bound to happen sometime this tour since last year was an album year and the year before that had the four new songs being played every night.
The band now takes a strange break from the east coast for a two-night stand at Alpine in Wisconsin before coming back to Virginia Beach on Independence Day.
Don’t Drink the Water *
When The World Ends *
Proudest Monkey *
Crash Into Me
Lie In Our Graves *
Hunger For The Great Light *
So Right *
Jimi Thing *
Grey Street *
Break Free *
So Much To Say * >
Anyone Seen The Bridge * >
Too Much *
The Idea Of You *
Louisiana Bayou *
The Dreaming Tree *
Ants Marching *
All Songs with Butch Taylor
* Rashawn Ross
~ Dave Solo
This was my first show of the summer and 11th all-time DMB show. I saw seven songs I'd never seen live before (Pig, Proudest Monkey, So Right, Break Free, The Idea Of You, Sister and Dreaming Tree). All in all this was a pretty standard show for this tour. Nothing spectacular came out of the setlist and the song performances, while energetic were nothing I haven't heard this tour. The show met my expectations but nothing wowed me like Hello Again on 7/29/04 did, for example. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the show, on the contrary, I had a lot of fun and I'm glad the weather held up for the most part (a few sprinkles here and there). It was also pretty cool to hear some people singing along to Break Free and The Idea Of You. I hope that we may have done a little something to make that happen :)
I'm really looking forward to tonight, where the band will most likely pull out Shotgun, Can't Stop and Kill The King and old favorite JTR.
As I wrote last month, Stefan Lessard of DMB started a blog on his site and began engaging fans in conversation via his MySpace page.
JTR (link to mp3), a song that previously thought to have been shelved forever, made a comeback after not having been played for almost 5 years last Saturday at the New Orleans JazzFest. The reason? Fans requested it and Fonzi delivered.
A lot of people have been coming to me saying "I thought that you hated JTR". I'm not really sure where this comes from but I don't hate any of our songs. I don't remember telling Cali that we would never bring JTR back but if I did say that exactly then I apoligize, I must have been being sarcastic and it was probably taken out of context like so many things that are said from the band members.
OMG The Edge!!! This Jazz festival was so amazing and the crowd rocked so hard! We loved playing JTR for everyone and you all can give yourself pats on the back because of the messages that I read informed me how much the fans love that song.
Ants Marching, a DMB fan site, links to a "blog" post that Bassist Stefan Lessard (aka Fonzy) has made on a snowboarding/skateboarding site he started with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.
Once I read the news, I went to the site and looked for the RSS icon to popup in the address bar, but no luck. My excitement about this "blog" quickly waned when I realized that I'm actually going to have to go to the site to see when its updated. Ugh, checking for updates is so Web 1.0. Bring it to my feed reader, dammit!
I'm in the process of rewriting the DMB Summer 2004 Lyrics Database using Ruby on Rails. All the logic is done, I just need to work on upholding the DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principle by putting some reusable components in layouts or partials. The CSS should be relative simple so I think I'll have this up by the end of the week.
The current database was written in PHP in a purely procedural way. Yeah, it was pretty easy to write that way, but I paid for that ease when I looked back to see how I did something and the code was pretty hard to follow. Contrast this with Ruby on Rails, which enforces a Model-View-Controller framework. At first I found RoR a bit restrictive, but once I started to learn how to use it, I really enjoyed the simplicity of it.
I have to admit, it was that "Creating a weblog in 15 minutes" screencast that got me to drink the Kool-Aid. In reality though, it has taken me a long time to finish the relatively simple lyrics database. The 15 minutes thing may be true, and I know it is mostly a marketing device, but there is a caveat that they don't mention: you have to have some knowledge of the framework (and that's something that takes a lot longer than 15 minutes).
That said, Rails makes programming database access trivial. Both the PHP I wrote for the lyrics database and some SQL access stuff I've written in my C# class last semester were pretty painful. At the very least, scaffolding gives functionality in one line that might take a few dozen in C#, however limited scaffolding might be (after you see what you can actually do with Rails).
Anyway, keep an eye out for the new DMB Summer 2004 Lyrics Database and a few other things I'm working on in Rails.
The Onion has a somewhat funny article featuring Dave Matthews. As the title suggests, the article talks about how Dave isn't into himself anymore. It starts out pretty funny, but when Dave starts talking about performing on stage, it loses the funniness of Dave the fan. Regardless, it's short and does have its moments.