The Dave Matthews Band plays the Gorge, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. The Avett Brothers and Allen Stone open. Tickets are $48.50 and $75 and go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Friday.
After I heard the news that the Dave Matthews Band was going to bring the Avett Brothers and Seattle's Allen Stone along on their annual summer pilgrimage to the Gorge, I went back to the notes from my interview with Mr. Matthews to see if there was anything interesting that popped out. Our conversation was in December 2010, before Spotify was released in the U.S., before subscription services (including Seattle's Rhapsody) and their role (do they compete with piracy or album sales?) became one of the biggest music stories of the last year. Here, Matthews isn't addressing subscription services or piracy directly, but he is talking about what happens when "art moves like water."
Matthews: The great thing about the communication available now is bands that otherwise would have been undiscovered [can] have had huge audiences.
I remember the first time we drove up to Maine. There were 1,000 college kids up there. It was because they were taping music.
"What is going on here? How is it happening." There's an element of that that was there, but now it is a little more efficient. This may not produce an exact replica of us, the new environment, but it will produce something new that reflects present technology and present communications. That's great. I think. I get more excited by it, different avenues.
Art moves like water. It's not like the death of the record company is gonna kill music. It's going to kill them. Less meet and greets.