Night & Day

August 20 - 26, 1998

august 26
What were the marketing geniuses thinking when they paired the Dave Matthews Band with jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters as his opening act? The Dave Matthews Band has been around and had a few hits, such as their latest, "Crash." But Hancock has really been around. He may be most widely known for his funky, hip-hop-inspired 1983 tune "Rockit," but way before that he was a jazz guy -- a legendary jazz guy. In the Sixties Hancock played with Miles Davis in some of that genius's finest ensembles. On his own in the Seventies, he formed the Headhunters, an innovative band that merged jazz with electrofunk. The Headhunters broke up in the Eighties but have now re-formed and released an album. Maybe if it does well some savvy record-company exec will let them headline their own tour someday? Or maybe they'll just put together another completely mismatched bill. How about Wynton Marsalis opening for Hootie and the Blowfish? Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $27.75. Call 561-793-0445. (

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