Dave Matthews Band:
The quintessential jam band of the past two decades, the Dave Matthews Band, revolutionized mainstream music with a unique, laid-back style and similarly laid-back tour dates. 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Dave Matthews Band and, while the group has vowed not to play tour dates in 2011, they have produced mini-music festivals this summer that are bound to please fans more than an average tour date.
In 1990, Dave Matthews reluctantly formed a band utilizing some of the most talented musicians in the Charlottesville area of Virginia. Initially playing tour dates at small local clubs, college students were responsible for the success of early albums like, Remember Two Things, and Under the Table and Dreaming. Crash became a breakout success for the Dave Matthews Band in 1996, featuring the hit singles "Crash into Me" and "So Much to Say." The album has gone platinum seven times and was followed by higher profile tour dates than the band was used to. 2001's Everyday also did well with the singles "I Did It", "The Space Between", and the album's title track becoming hits.
Dave Matthews Band's latest album, 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King was nominated for two Grammys and received widespread acclaim from critics. The Dave Matthews Band Caravan has also received acclaim from critics, and the two remaining tour dates in 2011 contain all-star lineups that can't be missed. The next festival date is on the weekend of August 28 on Governor's Island in New York, followed by an appearance at The Gorge in George, WA on the weekend of September 2. Don't miss Dave Matthews Band on their 20th Anniversary tour dates in 2011 at these monumental music festivals.
As a member of her family's band, The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples became one of the most popular gospel singers of the 1950s. Due to her father's friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., she became a major voice (literally) in the civil rights movement, performing tour dates at dozens of protests. Both through her work with the Staple Singers and her solo career, Maples has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The success of her most recent album, 2010's You Are Not Alone has led to a number of highly anticipated tour dates in 2011, lasting well into 2012.
A Chicago native, Mavis Staples began singing Gospel in local churches with her family in the late 40s, traveling throughout the South in the early 50s. Their popularity and folk music style led to the group becoming prominent in the civil rights movement of the 60s, covering some of the most popular protest standards of the era at rallies and tour dates. The family band scored a number of hit singles throughout the 70s, including "I'll Take You There", "Let's Do It Again", and "Respect Yourself." While Mavis' solo career began to a sleepy reception, she hit her stride with Time Waits for No One and The Voice, both featuring production and writing assistance from Prince. Staples' 2004 album, Have A Little Faith received rave reviews from critics, as well as once again reigniting her career.
Staples' latest release, You Are Not Alone, has shown that, even though Mavis may not release an album every year, her talent will never cease. Mavis Staples has a number of high profile tour dates in 2011, including appearances at a few remaining summer festivals. For all the latest on Staples concert schedule this year, be sure to check Eventful often.