I was, apparently mistakenly, assuming that these roaming festivals Dave Matthews Band was putting on would sort of be independent monsters with the notable exception of the headliner. This was a pretty dumb assumption considering that the word caravan is in the title which by definition means the same people will be traveling together. Then there's that whole Dave Matthews has a record label part. Either way the newly announced stop on the Caravan tour at Chicago's Lakeside will take place July 8th-10th, and it will feature much of the same acts as the first stop in Atlantic City.
Don't let this give any pause to those that wanted to spend their summers going on weekend vacations seeing all the Dave Matthews shows played in 2011 as there are some new acts getting in on the Chicago fun. Joining the traveling festival's holy quadumvirate of subheadliners (The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, David Gray, O.A.R.) will be our favorite piano playing frontman, of whom we admittedly have quite a bit, the wonderful Ben Folds. Others joining the caravan mid party will be Emmylou Harris, Kid Cudi, Edwarde Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, G. Love, Soulive, Gomez, Ivan Neville's Dumstaphunk and more. According to the official announcement one should "visit the Lineup page for more information on the Chicago line-up and for upcoming late night show announcements." Hooray late night shows!
Of course as avid Umphrey's McGee fans we assumed their past DMB connections would have landed them a slot at this year's midwest festivities, but you see the image above and there's no UM to be seen. Now keep in mind I have no inside information on this whatsoever but some digging leads me to believe they've still got a good chance. A visit to the lineup page for the Chicago stop reveals placeholders for four acts that simply show the Summercamp logo with a question mark. Presumably this has to do with a proximity clause and the four missing acts would all be playing Summercamp. Umphrey's has no shows scheduled for any of those dates. So you're saying there's a chance!
Tickets for the Chicago stop are currently available through the Warehouse presale. The public onsale starts Friday April 15th.