Re: The Dave Matthews Band
I was going to start a topic on this last week but I forgot.
I went to Indianapolis this past weekend for the 2 shows at Deer Creek (#20 & #21 seeing DMB for me overall). We camped out at Dead Creek and had a fantastic time with awesome weather and meeting lots of great people. I was even a little cold on Friday night sleeping. As for the shows, night 1 was a pretty standard set but I really enjoyed the Seek Up opener (been waiting to hear this forever as an opener). Also I'm really digging the new songs (#27, Cornbread). I also finally got to see Sweet Up and Down live after its return and finally got to see Shotgun live. Shotgun was a new song last summer and it's followed me since teasing me all the time. Last summer I went to the show before it was played for the first time and I've heard it soundchecked at least 3 different times. Finally hearing that song (which I think has tons of potential) was awesome.
Night 2, as Caveat said, was absolutely incredible. Definitely one of the top 3-4 shows I've seen live. It started off pretty slow but from the debut of Eh Hee on it was mind numbing. Getting so many good jammed out songs like Bartender, Crush, Rapunzel, #41, and Two Step was amazing. #41 with Joe Lawlor (road crew member) might have been my favorite DMB concert moment I've ever been to. Joe tore that song up. Night 2 definitely had an old school feel to it and the crowd around where I was sitting was dancing and singing all night.
I'm not going to Cincinnati because I am planning on going to both the shows at Alpine next weekend. Having Deer Creek and Alpine a weekend apart was sort of strange since myself and a lot of others I know always try to go to both weekends. Seems like usually they are split up by at least a month or so. If they were split up with Cincinnati somewhere in between I'd be more tempted to hit up Riverbend but honestly with seeing 4 shows that close Riverbend probably won't be much different. Alpine is probably the mecca to see DMB on this side of the Gorge and Red Rocks with great crowds and great people. Really looking forward to it.
I'm also planning on going down to Atlanta with my sister for the benefit concert in Piedmont Park with the Allman Brothers on September 8th. That show is going to be crazy since it's all general admission and at least 50,000 people or so.