Dave Matthews Band Caravan @ Lakeside Chicago – July 8-10
The Dave Matthews Band’s roving music festival Caravan made its second stop at Chicago’s Lakeside on July 8 – 10. The festival featured 38 bands spread over three days and three stages, and the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) closed out each night with three-hour performances. For DMB fans I am sure the experience was heavenly; as for the rest of us Caravan was exhausting, yet it had its perks. I was drawn to Caravan for primarily two reasons: The Flaming Lips were performing The Dark Side of the Moon and the festival was at a new, never-before used site on the south side of the Windy City.
Chicago geography is strange in that one side of the city may as well be a different state from the other. Those who live anywhere north of the Loop, aka downtown, rarely venture south of the Loop and vice versa. Caravan was stationed at an old U.S. Steel Plant near 83rd street off Lake Michigan, roughly nine miles south of downtown. The festival’s location was a great tactic to draw life and money into the under served community.
Initially I was pumped about Caravan; Flaming Lips and a south side adventure! Being a Chicagoan I tend to travel by bus or train. The press release for the festival read “easily access Lakeside” by public transportation. Alright, sounded easy enough. The first red flag was when I Googled directions, the site did not register on the map. Weird, but no problem, I thought. I would just hop on the train and hope for the best. The second red flag raised when it took me two to three hours each way to get to and fro the grounds. I participated in a pilgrimage revolved around a band I did not necessarily care for.
READ ON for more of Allison’s take on DMB Caravan Chicago…
From July 8 – 10, the Dave Matthews Band’s second of four multi-artist festivals will take place at Chicago’s Lakeside, the first-ever event held at the site located on the south shore of Lake Michigan. Joining the DMB for this installment of the Caravan will be David Gray, Ray LaMontagne, O.A.R., Kid Cudi, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, G. Love & Special Sauce, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gomez, Drive-By Truckers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, The Jayhawks, Soja, Soulive, The Wailers, Blind Pilot, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, TR3, Vieux Farka Toure, Alberta Cross, Mariachi El Bronx, Bobby Long, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet and Gary Clark Jr.
Acts will perform on three different stages with the Dave Matthews Band capping each night with a full set. The Lakeside “Caravan” will also feature special performances by Dave Matthews Band members Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard will also perform along with a Dave and Tim acoustic set. There will also be a Summer Camp Saturday Stage, featuring artists who will also be appearing at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival.
Here’s the ticketing information from today’s announcement…
Tickets will be available as three-day passes only. An online ticket request period for the Chicago festival begins today, April 7, at 10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ET at http://www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com/. Hotel and travel packages will also be available. Citi® is the official credit card of “Dave Matthews Band Caravan.” Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 11, at 10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ET through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Both online ticket request periods conclude on Friday, April 15, at 8:00 AM CT/9:00AM ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 15, at 10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ET at www.DMBCaravan.com. They will also be available by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX.
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