Stevie Wonder Joins Dave Matthews Band At Concert For Charlottesville

By Andy Kahn Sep 25, 2017 7:33 am PDT

Dave Matthews Band temporarily suspended their current hiatus to headline yesterday’s Concert For Charlottesville at Scott Stadium in the group’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. The first DMB performance in over a year came alongside appearances by several other musicians in support of the free event for members of the Charlottesville and University Of Virginia communities.

Sunday’s concert also saw appearances by The Roots who also served as the backing band for Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Pharrell Williams. Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande and Cage the Elephant were at Scott Stadium for performances yesterday as well. Dave Matthews began the concert with a solo performance of “Mercy” ahead of an introduction of Sussan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was murdered while protesting a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville on August 12.

Dave Matthews Band opened their headlining set with a rendition of “Don’t Drink the Water” with former touring keyboardist Butch Taylor joining-in for what would be the duration of the set. DMB offered subsequent takes on “Warehouse,” “Satellite, “Seven” and “You Might Die Trying.” Trumpeter John D’Earth then emerged to guest on “Grey Street.”

Legendary keyboardist Stevie Wonder then emerged unannounced and joined Dave Matthews at the center of the stage as the former addressed the crowd and the two musicians took a knee together, with Wonder stating, “I take a knee for America, and two knees in prayer for our world, amen.” The 67-year-old performer then led the group and fellow guests, guitarist Natural and vocalist RAab Stevenson, on the DMB debut cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Wonder also led the ensemble on the DMB’s first performances of his “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” and “Superstition” which closed out the set.

Watch DMB and Stevie’s take on “Superstition” at the Concert For Charlottesville below:


Dave Matthews Band at Scott Stadium

  • Don't Drink the Water  
  • Warehouse
  • Satellite
  • Seven
  • You Might Die Trying
  • Grey Street
  • Imagine  
  • Love's in Need of Love Today  
  • Superstition  


The Roots at Scott Stadium

The Roots
  • How I Got Over
  • It Ain't Fair
Brittany Howard
  • Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)  
  • Move On Up  
Pharrell Williams
  • Feels  
  • Get Lucky  
  • Freedom  
  • Happy  
  • Blurred Lines  
  • The Seed (2.0)
The Roots
  • Jeremy Ellis solo


Coldplay at Scott Stadium

  • The Scientist
  • Adventure of a Lifetime
  • You Never Can Tell  
  • Viva la Vida
  • Amazing Day


Justin Timberlake at Scott Stadium

  • A Change Is Gonna Come  
  • Drink You Away
  • Suit & Tie
  • My Love
  • TKO  
  • Holy Grail  
  • Cry Me a River  
  • Rock Your Body
  • Can't Stop the Feeling!  
  • SexyBack  
  • Mirrors  


Chris Stapleton at Scott Stadium

  • Sometimes I Cry
  • Second One to Know
  • Broken Halos
  • Fire Away
  • Tennessee Whiskey  


Cage the Elephant at Scott Stadium

  • Punchin' Bag
  • Cold Cold Cold
  • Trouble
  • Come a Little Closer


Ariana Grande at Scott Stadium

  • Side to Side
  • Be Alright
  • One Last Time
  • Dangerous Woman
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