Dave Matthews Band for free

Con­cert on Mi­ami Beach to be part of the Or­ange Bowl fes­tiv­i­ties.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Cran­dell bcran­dell@sun-sen­tinel.com

The Dave Matthews Band will play a free con­cert on Mi­ami Beach on Fri­day, Dec. 28, as part of Cap­i­tal One Beach Bash events pre­ced­ing the Or­ange Bowl col­lege foot­ball game. Pop-rock band Walk the Moon will be the open­ing act.

With gates open­ing at 4 p.m., ad­mis­sion will be first-come, first-served for the con­cert and re­lated fes­tiv­i­ties, though Cap­i­tal One card­hold­ers have ac­cess to a front-of-the-stage lounge. Cap­i­tal One says in­for­ma­tion on tick­ets for the lounge will be shared on its Twit­ter (@Cap­i­talOne) and Face­book ac­counts (Face­book.com/Cap­i­talOne).

The con­cert takes place the night be­fore the Dec. 29 Or­ange Bowl game at Hard Rock Sta­dium, this year an im­por­tant semi­fi­nal game in the col­lege foot­ball play­off.

In years past, the Cap­i­tal One Beach Bash has filled Lum­mus Park (10th Street and Ocean Drive) with fans from the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, beach games, ven­dors, food and bev­er­ages, and a beer gar­den.

Teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the col­lege foot­ball play­off have yet to be de­ter­mined, but the cur­rent fron­trun­ners in­clude Alabama, Clem­son, Notre Dame, Michi­gan, Ge­or­gia and Ok­la­homa, with an out­side shot for Ohio State. Clearly a lot for Sun­shine State foot­ball fans to hate on that list.

Which makes the se­lec­tion of the Dave Matthews Band all the more wel­come. DMB is mas­sively pop­u­lar in South Florida, one of the mar­kets that his­tor­i­cally has got­ten two shows on a tour stop. The band’s two July con­certs at Co­ral Sky Am­phithe­atre in West Palm Beach — on the tour sup­port­ing the al­bum “Come To­mor­row” — were quick sell­outs.

Cap­i­tal One Beach Bash con­certs typ­i­cally are streamed via the WatchESPN app, with por­tions of the con­certs shown dur­ing half­time of the Or­ange Bowl broad­cast.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit OrangeBowl.org.

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