DMB to open JPJ

Dave Matthews Band will be the Grand Opening event for UVA's John Paul Jones arena. The announcement was made early this morning in a press release from SMG, managers of the 16,000-seat facility. The band, long one of the world's leading musical acts, will perform on back-to-back nights: Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. These will be the quintet's first Charlottesville performances since their April 2001 "homecoming" concert at Scott Stadium.
According to Pollstar magazine, the Charlottesville-based band is #5 in the North American concert money rankings (behind the Rolling Stones, U2, Bon Jovi, and Aerosmith) but actually performed for more people than the Rolling Stones did last year and came in second only to U2 in that measure.
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