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Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley 8/9/08

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Posted by admin On August - 10 - 2008

-A.S. I’m not shy about the fact that Alpine Valley is not one of my favorite music venues. I don’t like how steep the hill is on the lawn, and it usually takes two hours to get out of the parking lot. Last night, as Dave Matthews Band opened up their set with “Dancing Nancies,” it was really cool to see the sea of Dave fans on the hill singing along to every word.
Zack insists he’s been thinking about how much Dave Matthews looks like Tom Hanks since we saw him there at Rothbury.

We were with our friend Gabe at the show, and he was adamant that he did not want Dave to open with “Seek Up.” His request was granted, with the song being played second. It opened up with an awesome intro that featured the horns section of Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin as well as the always mind-boggling drumming of Carter Beauford.I guess you can afford to have a light show as awesome as the one here at Mile High when you’re just about the biggest grossing act of the last decade. The lights were just about the same at Alpine.

If seeing Dave for the third time this summer reminded me of anything, it was that Tim Reynolds is a great guitar player. He took over the stage on several songs, including “Proudest Monkey.” Reynolds also stood out with a slide solo on “Corn Bread.” Coffin impressed several times in the evening, but really had us confused with what appeared to be a recorder solo on “Bartender.”There are so many differnt ways Dave can look in his band to have someone blow you away with a solo. Boyd Tinsley was doing so here at Rothbury.

With an already impressive set-list developing, we started to wonder what covers DMB would have for us. Almost on cue, they busted out the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House.” They have proved themselves to us this summer as a capable cover band, and Dave’s David Byrne-esque inflections were spot on.

The set went out with a bang. “Crush” was highlighted by Reynolds and Coffin trading lick after lick during the jam. A cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money” was made even better by a nasty Coffin sax solo. “Ants Marching” closed out the two hours and forty minute set, and had this Festival Crasher wondering what Dave would have in store for the Sunday show.Aside from his great dance walk Dave has some great facial expressions, as he showed here at Rothbury.

Just when I started to think the show couldn’t get any better, Dave encored with “Don’t Drink the Water” and the crowd favorite “Two Step.” Zack and I agreed with Gabe that the band seemed to have more energy at Rothbury, but it was hard to argue against that set list. A sold out show at Alpine Valley has a special feel to it. The one thing I did have to say to Zack today, was that it made me wish it was a sold out Phish show instead.

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