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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

7 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $55-$65.

 

Who can touch the Dave Matthews Band? With the June release of “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” the band landed its fifth consecutive debut atop the Billboard charts. The 15-million-plus tickets sold over the course of an 18-year-career make DMB the highest-grossing American act ever. The band's lately been in full-tilt-promotion mode for “Big Whiskey,” appearing on “The Tonight Show” and “Ellen” last week and serving as the official band for ESPN's College Gameday, which means, if you watch college football, you hear it a lot. Named in tribute to the band's late saxophonist LeRoi Moore, whose nickname was GrooGrux, the new album is DMB's first in four years. It plays like a New Orleans funeral march, a celebratory lament that allows the band — along with Matthews that includes drummer Carter Beauford, bassist Stefan Lessard, violinist Boyd Tinsley and new touring saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck's Flecktones, to mix emotions and musical traditions in one big swirling gumbo. Fans know it's a base that'll only sound better with the group's typical improvisational flourish. Gregg Allman opens the show with his classic brand of Southern rock.

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