Dave Matthews Band cofounders Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard will sit out this weekend’s shows at George, Wash.’s The Gorge due to a potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. Shortly before Dave Matthews Band were slated to kick off their annual run at the Northwest venue, the group posted the following message on their socials: “Despite thorough safety protocols, a potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus within the organization has taken place. In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, @davematthewsband 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.”
After he took the stage to introduce this evening’s opening acts, Dumpstaphunk and Allen Stone, Matthews broke the news that it was Beauford and Lessard who would miss this evening’s shows. Of note, Dumpstaphunk bassist Tony Hall played with the band’s namesake in his Dave Matthews & Friends side-project.
Reporting by Rob Slater