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Posted by shore On July - 27 - 2009

dmbtenk @Rob_Shore Dave Matthews Band was one of the first concerts I ever went to as a kid. I’ve seen him about a dozen times since then, but not in the last three years. The last time I saw Dave before the set at 10KLF, was the first time Umphrey’s McGee opened for him at Alpine Valley. I couldn’t have been more excited to see him with new material and a new line-up.

The show started off strong with “Shake Me Like A Monkey,” one of my favorites off the new album. It was a great way to show off the newly formed horns section of Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin. From there I began to notice how much more this band likes to jam now that they have a lead guitarist and a more full sounding horn section. “Seek Up” included a ten minutes plus jam before Dave even started to sing.

From there it was a mixture of new songs and old hits to keep the crowd happy. “Jimmy Thing” got the largest reaction from the crowd up to that point. Everyone sang along and watched in awe as Tim Reynolds ripped one of the more impressive solos of the weekend. I can’t say enough about what Tim adds to their sound. Having a lead guitar riff driving the song means Dave’s guitar is more for texture than anything else. That allows Dave to concentrate on his vocals which sounded better than ever Saturday night.

It seemed like the band was taking extra long between songs after the new tune “Lying In The Hands of God.” All was forgiven when they dropped into the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House.” That started a six song run to finish the set which included “Rapunzel,” “Ants Marching,” and my personal favorite “Two Step.” After an unbelievable Carter Beauford drum solo the band finished up “Two Step” and the two hour and twenty minute set  came to an end.

They came back for an encore with the last song off the new album “You and Me.” The happiest sounding of the new songs sounded great, including some great harmonies added by Carter and Rashawn. Stefan Lessard noodled around on his bass teasing “Stairway to Heaven” with some really cool sounding bass effects. From there Dave sang the opening line to “All Along The Watchtower” and the crowd erupted. After a masterful guitar solo from Tim Reylonds, Dave sang the end of “Stairway” before dropping back into “Watchtower” to complete a great show at 10KLF.

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