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Thursday, July 11, 2013

I Took My Mom to the Dave Matthews Band Concert Last Night, Where She Tried to Get Me Drunk: Review and Setlist

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DMB live last night - VIA MY CRAPPY CELL PHONE
  • Via my crappy cell phone
  • DMB live last night

At one point, my mom leaned over to utter some song title. When I couldn't understand, she loudly clarified with, "It's the one when every one gets up to go to the bathroom."

So we left for quick relief. With the stage area being a sauna, I wanted to explore the lawn. I saw, predictably, more hula-hoops and a sloppy couple slobbering on the grass. We reached the furthest point from the stage when DMB busted out "Crash Into Me," which summoned a bevy of raised cellphones. Just like clockwork, the crowd fizzled out after the big radio hit, but DMB dished out more songs for starving fans of a precious last few. The band was summoned back by "We want Dave," a chant that started and died four times before really catching on. I'm fairly certain the prominent "whooo guy" behind me can take credit for that one.

Between the set and encore, Drummer Carter Beauford ran out to toss drum sticks to the pit. Suddenly, that green, fan-made sign that kept popping up through the show with "Carter: Please Stick Me For My 30th" seemed significantly less suggestive. You should know that the woman who made that sign got her stick, as did a toddler, who was sitting on his dad's shoulders.

DMB cleverly doled out wanted jams by peppering radio hits between newer songs and covers. Show-goers were fed extended cuts of classics with lengthy breakdowns and several solos. This band, after all, is indulgent. Solos are certainly indulgent within the songs and DMB's own lyrics push this idea of self-indulgence. "Pantala Naga Pampa" contains the lines "Come and relax now / Put your troubles down / No need to bear the weight of your worries / Just let them all fall away."

DMB has no shortage of smiles on stage. Beauford can't hold back giggles, even when nailing down solid grooves. When he's not playing, saxophonist Jeff Coffin seems to be gleefully belting vocals, even off-mic. Bassist Steffan Lessard bobs, almost comically, to each beat. One gets the distinct impression that every man on stage loves these songs and loves to play. That vibrance no-doubt extends off-stage.

"You know why they're smiling so much, right?" my mom asked. "They're thinking, 'You know how much fuckin' money we just made?'"

The set list was not attainable under the venue's totalitarian security regime. I was told by a reliable source, my mother, that DMB set lists are usually posted through the band's official Facebook page. I verified this fact. See for yourself.

Critic's Notebook:

- Best quote I actually overhead on the lawn: "If you love this song, take off your shirt." - Runner-up: "Fuckin' Tom Petty!" - Number of times my mom got hit on infront of me: 2

Prominent fashions: - Long, loose-fitting dresses - Backwards hats - Cargo shorts - Flannel shorts - Flannel-shirts (half unbuttoned, sleeves rolled up)

Hardest person at the concert: The five foot tall old security guy clad in yellow. He fearlessly pushed people from the lawn out of our section all night and never smiled. Not even once.

Setlist via DMB Facebook:


See Also: - Dave Matthews Band Fans: It's Not Too Late For Something Better - Dave Matthews Band at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 7/11/12: Review and Setlist - Crotching Whiskey at the Justin Bieber Concert and Getting Thrown Out: A Review

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