Being a good samaritan paid off for a fan of singer Dave Matthews on Saturday, as the stranded bicyclist she and her boyfriend picked up turned out to be Matthews himself.
“We saw him on the other side of the road and we pulled my car in here,” Emily Krauss told WHP-TV on Sunday. “And he picks up his bike and throws it up here.”
The couple was on their way to Matthews’ show in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday when they encountered the singer, whose bicycle had broken down along a local road, leaving him both without a ride and without his cell phone. Krauss ended up giving him a ride to the concert.
“We didn’t know how to make conversation with him, in fact,” she told WHP. “We were talking about his tour, where [he] had come from, and they had just been in Cincinnati. He said, ‘I’m taking a short break after this because I have to drop my daughters off at camp.’ He’s just a very humble guy.”
To repay the couple’s kindness, Matthews invited them to dinner and also granted them both front-row seats for the show and backstage access. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the singer also recounted the story during the show, telling the audience, “I did not have a cell phone on the bicycle. So I thought, ‘Shit.’ “And then a nice lady named Emily rode up in a red car with a bicycle rack on it and gave me a ride on to the gig.”
Watch WHP’s report on Krauss’ brush with the singer, aired Sunday, below.
And Matthews’ version of the story, posted on YouTube by user “aerofan2007,” can be seen here.