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 is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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