Photo by Sanjay Suchak

On Tuesday, Dave Matthews Band stopped by the United Center in Chicago. For the performance, New Orleans funk and jamband, Dumpstaphunk opened for the ensemble, and during the main set, the group’s trombonist Alex Wasily and trumpeter Ashlin Parker sat in for a couple of songs.

It’s rare for Dave Matthews band to have an opener, but Dumpstaphunk–whose members acted added as last-minute additions to Dave Matthews Band in 2021 and this year after members of tested positive for COVID-19–served as an exemplary supporting act before the Dave Matthews led ensemble took to the stage and performed “Madman’s Eyes.” The single set performance marched on with hit songs from across Matthews’ discography; highlights included “The Song That Jane Likes,” “The Ocean and the Butterfly,” “You Might Die Trying,” along with covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” and Partial’s “Kill the Preacher.”

Wasily and Parker joined to lend their brass on “Jimi Thing” and “Why I Am” before Dave Matthews Band closed with “Ants Marching.” After a short break, Matthews returned to the stage for a solo rendition of “Virginia in the Rain” before his bandmates joined for the final song of the evening, “Don’t Drink the Water.”

Dave Matthews Band will perform the final shows of their fall 2022 tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City this weekend on Friday and Saturday.


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Dave Matthews Band
United Center – Chicago
Nov. 15, 2022

Set: Madman’s Eyes, Grace Is Gone, Louisiana Bayou, If Only, Funny the Way It Is, The Best of What’s Around, The Ocean and the Butterfly, The Song That Jane Likes, You Might Die Trying, Proudest Monkey, Satellite, Fool in the Rain, (Led Zeppelin cover), Come Tomorrow, So Damn Lucky (Dave Matthews song), Jimi Thing*, Kill the Preacher (Partial Song), Why I Am*, Ants Marching

Enc.: Virginia in the Rain (Dave Solo), Don’t Drink the Water

Notes: *with Dumpstaphunk’s Alex Wasily, Ashlin Parker