News on Dave Matthews Band, Central Park SummerStage, Brian Setzer

DMBDave Matthews Band will make a rare return to a small venue setting for a May 9 show at New York's Roseland Ballroom, the evening before the group's new RCA album, "Stand Up," hits stores. The performance will by cybercast live via AOL Music.

Members of DMB's Warehouse fan association have first crack at tickets through 11:59 p.m. ET tonight. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday (April 23) via Ticketmaster.

DMB has not played Roseland since a celebrated Feb. 23-24, 1995, stand there, the second show of which featured surprise appearances by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and Blues Traveler frontman John Popper.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







DMBAlthough its full lineup won't be announced until May 18, New York's Central Park SummerStage series has unveiled a host of benefit concerts, proceeds from which will help underwrite a summer's worth of free performances at Rumsey Playfield.

First up is a June 24 show with the Killers and Louis XIV, to be followed by a June 20 set from Modest Mouse. David Byrne will perform with the Tosca Strings on June 29, followed by Broken Social Scene and the reunited Dinosaur Jr. on July 14. Lyle Lovett will headline on July 18, while the following night will feature Elvis Costello with Emmylou Harris.

The final benefit is set for Aug. 18, with beloved indie rock acts Death Cab For Cutie, Stars and the Decemberists. Tickets for these shows go on sale Saturday (April 23) via Ticketmaster.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







DMBStray Cats principal Brian Setzer has set a July 26 release date for his next Surfdog album, "Rockabilly Riot Vol. One -- A Tribute to Sun Records." The 23-track set features covers of such tracks as Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shows," Warren Smith's "Red Cadillac & a Black Moustache" and Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm."

Setzer is backed on the set by the Nash-Villains, consisting of drummer Bernie Dresel, bassist Mark Winchester and pianist Kevin McKendree. In other news, Setzer is readying another Christmas album, "Dig That Crazy Christmas," for an October release via Surfdog. The collection will include new versions of "Jingle Bell Rock," "My Favorite Things" and "White Christmas," among others.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.