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'Devil' May Care

Dave Matthews plans benefit concert in Central Park. Matthews and sponsor AOL will plug their newest releases while raising money for education

To promote the release of his solo debut ''Some Devil,'' Dave Matthews is throwing a record release party for about 100,000 of his closest friends. On Sept. 24, the day after the album's release, the Dave Matthews Band will perform in New York's Central Park, Billboard reports. The show, a benefit concert sponsored by AOL, will be filmed for release on DVD and CD in November.

Tickets will be available via AOL and at Warehouse, the official DMB fan website. They're free, though organizers are soliciting donations of $25. Warehouse members will get to sit in a preferred seating area on the park's Great Lawn and enjoy access to an exclusive backstage barbecue picnic.

In addition to plugging ''Some Devil,'' the concert will serve as a promotion for AOL 9.0, the latest upgrade from America Online (which, like EW.com, is part of AOL Time Warner). Funds raised will go to AOL's "Concert for the Schools!" program, which will disburse the proceeds to the Fund for Public Schools of New York City and the Music Resource Center in DMB's homebase of Charlottesville, Va.

Originally posted Sep 10, 2003