Qualcomm Hosts Dave Matthews Band for 25th Anniversary Festival

The tweets have been flying out of San Diego’s Sorrento Valley, where wireless technology giant Qualcomm is hosting the Dave Matthews band and multi-instrumentalist Tim Reynolds tonight as part of the company’s 25th anniversary festival. Thousands of Qualcomm employees and invited guests flocked to the party, which began at 5:30 p.m. at the company’s headquarters on Morehouse Drive, and officially ended at 10 p.m.

The company kept the appearance of the popular Dave Matthews band a closely guarded secret, although rumors of the show had been circulating on the bands’ fan site since Tuesday.

Qualcomm’s anniversary show included the opening of a new Qualcomm museum and a ceremony introducing one Qualcomm employee who started working for the company in each of the past 25 years, beginning with founding CEO Irwin Jacobs in 1985. The program then moved on to fireworks and a two-hour performance by the Dave Matthews Band and virtuso guitarist-pianist-drummer-violinist-keyboardist-bassist-harpist Tim Reynolds.

Among many who exulted about the experience was KPRI music blogger, longboard surfer, and self-described tech geek Chris Cantore, who tweeted, “trippy, dave matthews is playing / doing his jimi thing at the qualcomm 25th anniversary party … the q musta had a good year. #qc25” Tim McClain, the San Diego County director of communications and former editor of the San Diego Metropolitan business/lifestyle magazine, tweeted that the Qualcomm festival featured the “best portapotties ever. Full length mirrors and water and soap inside.” In another tweet, McClain noted, “Have not seen an iPhone among those raised to record Dave. Mathews.”

Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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8 responses to “Qualcomm Hosts Dave Matthews Band for 25th Anniversary Festival”

  1. dohh says:

    it was one of the worst stage performances you will ever see…dave matthews sucks big time…the whole Qualcomm party sucked…terrible terrible food

  2. anon says:

    gotta agree about the terrible food comment.

  3. dohh hater says:

    You suck dohh, big sausage pizza.

  4. lynnincali says:

    Not only was the beer and food great BUT… the performance by American Grammy award winner Dave Matthews and American multi-instrumentalist, Tim Reynolds (who is a master of seven musical instruments) was among their BEST!

    Dave and Tim played 18 songs from 6 different albums… Here’s the set list: Bartender , Oh , Funny The Way It Is , Stay or Leave , Crush , Satellite, So Damn Lucky, Gravedigger , Lying In The Hands Of God , Save Me , Betrayal (Tim solo), Rye Whiskey , Baby Blue , Don’t Drink the Water , Grey Street , Dancing Nancies , Encore included: Some Devil (Dave solo) and Ants Marching

    Dohh obviously has NO IDEA of what he’s talking about – Talk about Un-American!

  5. DMB fan says:

    To those diehard fans out there reading this article, I just wanted to point out that this was a performance by DAVE & TIM, not The Dave Matthews Band aforementioned. The current band members; Boyd Tinsley (violinist), Carter Beauford (drummer), Stefan Lessard (bassist), Jeff Coffin (saxophonist) and Rashawn Ross (trumpeter) were not present during Thursday’s event.

  6. Andrew S. says:

    WOW!!!! Way to go Qualcomm!!! I want to work for you guys. It must have cost them a pretty penny to get Dave and Tim to play that long of a private set, but that is exactly how you generate a positive workforce and increase productivity. Amazing!

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