Dave Matthews Band with Special Guest Jason Mraz May 8-9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Dave Matthews at MGM Grand Garden ArenaDave Matthews Band returns with its first studio album in four years and a 2009 spring tour, which will include a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena  for performances Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Fans will experience the group’s first-ever live performances of songs from the new album. The concerts are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. with special guest Jason Mraz.

Tickets priced at $66, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The band’s yet-to-be-titled album is being produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and will be released by RCA Records. The record is the follow-up to the 2005 album Stand Up, the fourth consecutive Dave Matthews Band studio album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. Formed in Virginia in the early 1990s, Dave Matthews Band has sold a collective 35 million units (CD and DVD combined). With more than 15 million concert tickets sold, the group has been named the top-drawing American band in the world by Billboard.

Dave Matthews Band consists of Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar) and Boyd Tinsley (violin). Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, the fifth original founding member, passed away during the band’s summer 2008 tour. Joining the group on the road this spring will be Tim Reynolds on guitar, Rashawn Ross on trumpet and Jeff Coffin on saxophone. They also are featured on the new album.