Odds & Ends: Dave Matthews, Switchfoot, The Afghan Whigs

Dave Matthews announces concert to benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe … Switchfoot planning “Cold Turkey Party” … The Afghan Whigs books two special performances to support guitarist David Rosser.

Dave Matthews is showing solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline by hosting a concert in Washington D.C., later this month. NPR notes that the tribe and its supporters are “specifically trying to block the portion that is slated to run under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.”

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MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.

“How can we continue to allow oil money to dictate our environmental and social policies? The people of Standing Rock, and those who are supporting them, are standing up for their children and all of our children,” Matthews said. “We are letting the Dakota pipeline silence their voices. Not only are they desecrating sacred lands, but they also threaten to poison the Missouri River.”

The “Stand With Standing Rock” concert is scheduled Nov. 27 at the DAR Constitution Hall at 7 p.m. More artists will be revealed soon.

All net proceeds from the show will “help provide supplies, legal assistance and other necessities to the ‘water protectors.’”

An online presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Assocation is underway. Tickets go on sale to the general public Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving weekend? Switchfoot fans are invited to join in on the band’s first-ever “Cold Turkey Party.” The group is teaming up with Live Nation to live stream its Nov. 25 gig from the Hollywood Palladium.

A post on YouTube says, “We’re throwing a Cold Turkey Party … because who doesn’t like leftovers?! So fix yourself a cold turkey and mashed potato sandwich and tune in.” You can stream the show via Live Nation TV’s Facebook page, Live Nation’s YouTube Channel and LiveNation.com starting at 9:30 p.m. PST.

The Cold Turkey Party show is just one of the stops on Switchfoot’s “Looking For America Tour.” The next show is Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
The Afghan Whigs broke the news to fans today that longtime guitarist Dave Rosser was recently diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. Rosser has also played with Gutter Twins and Twilight Singers.  

A group of artists including The Afghan Whigs, Ani DeFrano and Moby are helping out with Rosser’s medical care by putting on charity events in New Orleans and Los Angeles. The Afghan Whigs will be performing the band’s 1996 album Black Love in its entirety.

“Dave Rosser has been my close friend and bandmate for over a decade now,” vocalist/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli said. “By doing these shows for him we hope to ease any financial stress he may face as he pursues treatment to combat his illness.  100% of the proceeds for these shows will go to his medical care.  I’m hopeful that folks will come out and show their support for Dave who will be performing with us.”

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Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, Ill.

The Dec. 10 New Orleans show at The Civic Theatre features The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Morning 40 Federation, King James & The Special Men, and C.C. Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis along with special guests.

The Los Angeles concert is set for Dec. 14 at The Teagram Ballroom with performances from
The Afghan Whigs and Mark Lanegan, Moby, and Carina Round.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Click here to donate to Dave Rosser’s GoFundMe account.