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DMB Nix New York City Fest

Plans fall through for summer concert

April 27, 2004 12:00 AM ET

The Dave Matthews Band's plan to host a two-day festival in the New York City metropolitan area for the July 4th weekend has fallen through. The group had spent months trying to organize the concert but claimed in a Web post, "due to logistical issues, it simply cannot happen this year."

The initial plans were triggered by a survey sent out by the fan-friendly band to its loyal following. The New York area and that holiday weekend were ranked at the top of fans' wishes for an extended festival. The group, which played to a crowd of more than 80,000 in New York's Central Park last September, hasn't ruled out a future fest. "We will continue to look for suitable opportunities and locations for DMB festivals in the future," the post reads.

The group has, however, added a pair of shows at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York, to its summer tour for that weekend (July 2nd and 3rd). The DMB will take a break from work on their next studio album for their annual summer tour, set to begin June 17th in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The dates run into early September, with Nappy Roots, N.E.R.D., Guster, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Jason Mraz, Robert Earl Keen, Daniel Lanois, Galactic, O.A.R., Keller Williams and others as openers on select dates.

Dave Matthews Band tour dates:

6/17: Maryland Heights, MO, UMB Bank Pavilion
6/18: Tinley Park, IL, Tweeter Center
6/20-21: Noblesville, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
6/23-24: Columbus, OH, Germain Amphitheater
6/26-27: Burgettstown, PA, Post-Gazette Pavilion
6/29: Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/30: Toronto, Ontario Place
7/2-3: Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga PAC
7/6-7: Mansfield, MA, Tweeter Center
7/10: Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/11: Bristow, VA, Nissan Pavilion
7/13: Darien, NY, Darien Lake PAC
7/14: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/16-17: Hartford, CT, Meadows Music Center
7/20-21: Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center
7/23: Virginia Beach, VA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/24: Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/26: Raleigh, NC, Alltel Pavilion
7/27: Atlanta, HiFi Buys Amphitheater
7/29: Tampa, Tampa Bay Amphitheater
7/31-8/1: West Palm Beach, FL, Sound Advice Amphitheater
8/4: Antioch, TN, AmSouth Amphitheater
8/5: Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center
8/7-8: East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16: Bonner Springs, KS, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/18: Selma, TX, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/20-21: Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/23: Albuquerque, NM, Journal Pavilion
8/24: Phoenix, Cricket Pavilion
8/26: Chula Vista, CA, Coors Amphitheater
8/28-29: Los Angeles, Home Depot Center
8/31: Marysville, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
9/3-5: George, WA, Gorge Amphitheater
9/8: West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater

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