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Jonathan Russell of The Head and The Heart performing

Gone are the days.......

This week I was privileged to see The Head and The Heart open for the Dave Matthews Band not once, but twice.

I have been to many DMB shows, (and by many I mean more than 50 but less than 250) and the general rule of thumb is: you do not go in for the opening act unless you want first crack at the toilets before the drunk masses of young people make their way in to the venue. This was not the case for The Head and The Heart. Although the amphitheaters were not packed for their performance, there was more of a presence than is generally seen for the opening acts.

Night 1 – May 22, 2012 – Atlanta, Georgia.
The Head and The Heart, and Atlanta have a great history. For some reason the shows in Atlanta are always special, and this one was no exception. I have never before seen the pit full for an opening band, but on May 22nd it was full. Dave (Matthews) came out to introduce The Head and The Heart and expressed his love for the band, and how grateful he was that they were opening for him. I was in the upper sections for this show so I had a good view of the entire crowd aside from those on the lawn, and it was really nice to see that many people show up for an opening act. Again the amphitheater was not full, but for an opening act there was a really nice turn out. The set was solid, and as it went on more people got out of their seats and rose to clap, and dance along with the music. Lost in my Mind really got the crowd going, and Rivers and Roads made for one hell of a closer. It was my first time seeing Gone with the full band, and I really loved the build up. Later on during DMB’s performance Dave again mentioned how much he loved the Head and The Heart, their music, and has a hard time holding himself back from calling them all the time, and hopes he does not scare them off. Personally I enjoyed THATH’s 45 min set more that night than DMB’s 2 and a half hour set.

Setlist: Cats, Couer, Ghosts, Gone, Lost in my mind, Winter Song, Down in the Valley, Rivers and Roads

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Dave Matthews taken by Jay Yee

The Head and The Heart to Open for DMB

Dave Matthews Band released their official tour dates today, and The Head and The Heart will be supporting them on at least 2 dates as of right now.

DMB will most likely be on tour promoting their new album, which they are currently recording in Seattle with producer Steve Lillywhite.

Currently THATH are scheduled to open for DMB on:

May 22 2012, at Aaron’s amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, Georgia
May 23 2012, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina

The complete list of DMB tour dates along with opening acts (for those interested) is available: HERE
Tickets for the shows will go on sale March 9, at 10am EST.

The band has opened for Dave Matthews solo before, so this should be quite a fun show.

Side note: Hopefully we will find a way to give fans an inside look at Dave Matthews’ Kenny Hensley obsession.

***Photo Credit to Jay Yee


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Friday, January 27,2012

The Head and The Heart have announced that they will be playing a show at the Savannah Music Festival on March 22, 2012. The 2012 festival, which begins March 22nd and runs through April 7th. The show is being billed as:
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE/THE HEAD AND THE HEART  taking place March 22, 2012 7:30 PM at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts
Tickets for the show can be purchased from the Savannah Box Office online: here

For more info on the festival you can check out their page at,
and for more info on THATH show you can check out the event page here.

Festival related postings:

Music Fest adds Lovett/Hiatt, The Head and the Heart –
Lyle Lovett, The Head and The Heart join Savannah Music Festival’s 2012 lineup –

In other news:

Yes, it’s true, the pre-sale for The Head and The Heart’s two night run at The Fillmore sold out.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Sunday 1/29 to the general public – as soon as we have a link to the general sale page, we will post it.


The Head and the Heart announce two Fillmore shows, presale sold out today –


Dave Matthews Band summer tour dates have been popping up on the web randomly but yesterday it came to our attention that 2 dates were posted at SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) June 23rd and 24th, and have the opening act listed as The Head and the Heart.  The validity of these dates or the opening act has not been confirmed, and we have heard from a reliable source that DMB will play SPAC on June 8, and 9th which contradicts those dates posted. As soon as we hear something concrete we will let you know. Until then…..

Other posts from around the web:

The Head and the Heart –

Come and relax now, lay your troubles down, close your eyes, and enjoy the music.

Top 25 Albums of 2011 – #5 –
An interesting review for a #5 album, but nonetheless it’s still #5.

Best Albums of 2011 – A Retrospective, Vol. II –
The author reveals her own opinions on Paste magazine’s top 50 albums. At #33 you will find the album you are looking for.

Found Things: The Head and the Heart –
It’s never too late to discover the music of THATH, in fact you are probably just in time.

Artist: The Head and the Heart Genre: Indie, Folk
Loving this line..”The second it starts, 84.7% percent of people instantly relax..” on THATH live.



Snowball Music Festival: Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, Rusko & more… –


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