DMB to headline ‘Concert for Virginia Tech’

Virginia Tech announced today that Dave Matthews Band will headline "A Concert for Virginia Tech," a star-studded free show for the Tech community at Lane Stadium on Thursday, September 6. DMB shares the decidedly eclectic bill with Grammy-winning singer songwriter John Mayer, rapper Nas, and country star and Lynchburg native Phil Vassar. According to a press release, Tech says the concert is to be "about showing the resiliency and strength of our community known throughout the world as Hokie Spirit."

Tickets are available to current Tech students and faculty as well as those Hokies who graduated this year. Those eligible members of Hokie Nation can reserve their tickets starting today until August 20 at the Virginia Tech website. Charlottesville-based MusicToday will handle ticket distribution.

The concert will coincide with the beginning of the new school year at Tech, the first since a student shot and killed 32 students and faculty on April 16. However, it will not be the year's first communion of Hokie Nation at Lane Stadium, as the home football season will open Saturday, September 1 with a game against East Carolina.

This will not be the first time that Charlottesville's most famous musical export will have played Virginia Tech, though it has been a while. The last time DMB made the trip down to Blacksburg was on December 2, 1993 to play a show at the Commonwealth Ballroom, over nine months before RCA released the band's major label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming.