[UPDATED] Dave Matthews Band Perfoming Gorge Concerts In ‘Alternate Format’ Due To Potential COVID Exposure

Tonight's show is expected to air on SiriusXM's DMB Radio.

By Scott Bernstein Sep 3, 2021 3:07 pm PDT


  • Sep 3, 2021 • 5:20 pm PDT

    Dave Matthews came out to introduce opening act Dumpstaphunk and revealed co-founding DMB members drummer Carter Beauford and bassist Stefan Lessard are not at The Gorge, “due to COVID-19.”

    “I hope you’ll bear with us tonight because due to COVID-19, Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard are not able to be here,” Matthews explained. “So, we are going to do our best with our friends to make tonight a beautiful experience for you. I only hope that it can be. But thank you and I hope that you understand.”

    Dave returned to introduce Allen Stone. “My dear friend Carter and my dear friend Stefan both seem to be, not battling, ’cause they’re both vaccinated but … we want to set an example and they both apparently tested positive,” Matthews said. “So they’re not here with us this evening but we will play the evening for them. Because that’s what we got to do. And tomorrow is another day.”

Dave Matthews Band return to The Gorge in Washington state this weekend will see the group perform “in an alternate format” after a member of the DMB organization was potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus. The three-night stand begins tonight and continues through Sunday, September 5.

“Despite thorough safety protocols, a potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus within the organization has taken place,” stated DMB in an announcement. “In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, Dave Matthews Band will perform this weekend’s shows in an alternate format. We love playing the Gorge and are grateful to all of you who are joining us this weekend.”

No additional details have been shared. Tonight’s concert will be broadcast on SiriusXM’s DMB Radio. Coverage starts at 5 p.m. PT with the show slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.

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