Is there anyone better than the Dave Matthews Band? The man himself hosted the massive ‘Concert For Charlottesville’ event on Sept. 24, and brought the house down!
It was good fun for a good cause in Charlottesville, Virginia on Sept. 24. Along with an incredible number of major acts, including Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams, the Dave Matthews Band frontman Dave Matthews, 50, ended his year-long hiatus and played his heart out for the people of the community who were affected by the horrific white supremacist rally on the University of Virginia campus in August. Dave Matthews Band hosted the free concert, described as a “night of music and unity” for thousands of Charlottesville residents and UVA students as a way to give back to their hometown. The show did not disappoint, and neither did the band!
Dave kicked off the night with a stirring solo acoustic rendition of the band’s hit “Mercy.” He spoke to the crowd about how DMB started in Charlottesville, and he expressed what the city means to him in an emotional speech. He also invited Heather Heyer‘s mother Susan Bro onstage to say a few words. “I’m here in her place to sing with all of you in her place,” she told the crowd, inviting us to “turn our righteous anger into action and understanding.”
The free Charlottesville concert was in response to the dramatic and vile gathering of KKK members, alt-right, neo-nazis, and plain old white supremacists who descended upon the UVA campus to protest the removal of a confederate statue. Counter-protestors reached the campus as well, and they were immediately attacked in a bloody and brutal showdown. Thirty-two-year-old activist Heather Heyer was murdered during the rally when a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of counter-protestors with his car. He ran Heather over, ending her life. Her death, the violence, and the fact that white supremacists were so bold and comfortable rallying in public has rocked the Charlottesville community. This concert, which was livestreamed on Tumblr in partnership with Oath, was an amazing way to help them heal. Good on the Dave Matthews Band.
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