Dave Matthews Band headlined three shows at George, WA’s beatific Gorge Amphitheatre this past weekend. G. Love & Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band opened all three shows and banjo player Danny Barnes sat in at various points throughout the weekend. Barnes, a longtime member of Robert Earl Keen and Tim O’Brien’s bands, is one of the few guests featured on Dave Matthews Band’s new album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. In addition to sitting in on DMB favorites like “The Dreaming Tree” and “Bartender,” on all three nights Barnes led the evening’s headliner through two of his own songs: “Caveman” and “Road.” Both songs are slated for inclusion on the banjo player’s new solo album Pizza Box, which was recorded DMB’s Haunted Hollow studio. Matthews also boasted that if he organized his own festival Barnes would headline it during a recent Outside Lands press conference.
Barnes also sat in with his frequent collaborators Yonder Mountain Friday night on “Death Trip.” Likewise, DMB touring saxophonist Jeff Coffin stepped out a little early to join Yonder for a cover of “2 Hits and The Joint Turned Brown” Sunday night.