Dave Matthews Band Concert Still On Tonight; Bring A Poncho

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As of midday, Friday night's Dave Matthews Band will go on as scheduled despite heavy rains. (Abigail Pheiffer / Special to the Courant)

As of midday, Friday night’s Dave Matthews Band will go on as scheduled despite heavy rains. (Abigail Pheiffer / Special to the Courant)

The threat of heavy rain is not enough to postpone tonight’s Dave Matthews Band concert at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford.

As of midday Friday, Live Nation spokesman Jim Bozzi said there were no plans to reschedule the concert, which is one of two the group is playing this weekend.

While there are no specific criteria for deciding to postpone a concert, Bozzi said summer concerts are rarely postponed, “unless there is a hurricane or something.”

Which is ironic, because tonight’s storm consists of the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea. Fox CT meteorologist Rachel Frank says 2 to 4 inches of rain can be expected by Saturday morning. Commonly concerts at outdoor venues will be postponed on the spot because of lightning or other intense weather more than heavy rains

Bozzi’s tip to concertgoers: “Bring a poncho.”

Sage advice.

Hartford Police have issued a traffic advisory for anyone going to the show. Officers from the traffic division will man the roads leading to the venue starting at 4 p.m., police told the Courant. Heavy traffic is expected on Interstate 91.

With the heavy rain things could certainly get interesting on the muddy lawn at the Comcast Theatre tonight. Dave Matthews Band concerts, despite the fun and upbeat music, have built a reputation for public intoxication and out of control crowds.

The commonly used example, though extreme and certainly not the rule, are the 1999 riots at the Hartford Meadows, now named the Comcast Theatre. However since that show more than a decade ago there have not been incidents anywhere near the same level, and the venue says they have worked with local police to improve security and safety for concertgoers.

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