Dave and Emmylou Harris
DAVE MATTHEWS @ "GROUNDWORK" CONCERT
SEATTLE, WA. - OCTOBER 14, 2001
Groundwork was a week of music and events that raised awareness about solutions to world hunger and funds to help small farmers in developing countries in their struggle to overcome poverty. The Groundwork concerts took place in Seattle, WA, October 14-22, 2001.
No doubt charity is its own reward.
But the 3,000 folks who packed the Paramount Theatre Sunday night for the opening of
Groundwork 2001, a week of fund-raising concerts for the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization, received an extraordinary perk in the bargain.
The climax was a once-in-a-lifetime set by Dave
Matthews, all by himself, sitting on a stool, just him and his
Dark and poetic, obsessive and sincere, Matthews was somehow just right for this earnest event,
though his set was punctuated by the shrill voices of teenage girls shouting such things as "We love
you, Dave!" The cherub-faced singer humbly acknowledged he had never gone hungry himself,
except, perhaps, when he'd "missed breakfast and lunch from drinking too much coffee."
The lyrics of his song, "The Space Between" - "the space between the bullets in the
firefight, the space between the wicked lies, is where I'll be waiting for you" - nicely captured the
moral delicacy of the moment, as the crowd contemplated aid for the world's hungry, even as
America wages war.