Dave Matthews likes "people that can do things well"

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Dave Matthews is always smiling

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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(NOTE: Sorry about this being a little late going up, but sometime life gets in the way of blogging. Moving on.)

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Maybe at some point in the future, all the celebrity sightings at the New Orleans Arena are going to be so non-consequential as to not even merit a blog post. I'm hoping that day never comes. The obvious reason, ofcourse, is that if people stopped caring about celebrity sightings at the Hive then I would have no justifiable reason to stalk Dave Matthews at halftime of the Hornets game against the Celtics on Wednesday.

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Aside from Spike Lee, Matthews is likely the biggest national star that's been at a Hornets game and he definitely had best seat of any celebrity, mid-court next to team owner George Shinn. Matthews and his band mates, who are headlinging Jazz Fest, is in town early to finish recording their album.

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"We'd been talking about a few different places," Matthews said. "We all love New Orleans and our late sax player, Leroi Moore, really loved New Orleans and that was certainly something that got us to come down here."

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Matthews said that his band, which has always had a jazz influence, won't be directly incorporating any New Orleans music on the new album, but that he's a big fan of the city's music and can't wait to see all the acts performing for Mardis Gras and Jazz Fest.

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"I just love the music of the culture and that it's sort of part of every day life," he said.

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For the record, too, Matthews said that he's "not always" a fan of basketball but that he enjoys sports and "of people that can do things well" and that he's "very happy to be here." After the game, Matthews and a collegue waited outside the Hornets locker room and mingled with Shinn and some players. Surely Matthews didn't admit that he's not a big basketball fan, but Shinn admitted to me that he had no idea who Matthews was before he came to the game.

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"I started to tell people he was coming and then I realized that this guys is big," Shinn said.

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