Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow World Tour – Budweiser Amphitheatre

Posted: 07/14/2018 in Uncategorized

The third time’s the charm with DMB an excellent venue and a cooperative breezy summer night.  Dave has delivered and continues to do so. In the absence of Boyd Tingley, a great deal of violin/fiddle sections has had to be rearranged as horn or keyboard piano. This was done with aplomb and ease. I am not saying that Tingley’s work is not appreciated as his presence alone added to the concert experience. Dave Matthews is first and foremost a student of music and a consummate professional. As such, he made new arrangements work without a sense of loss in said adaption.

As with the Foos, our nephew accompanied us on this run. While his appreciation of the harder rock style was unquestionable, my wife and I wondered if how much he might enjoy this concert. While familiar with the man’s work, at least somewhat, we still wondered. With DMB’s latest foray, however, it looks like Matthews has yet another convert to his jazz/blues/bluegrass/funk/rock mixture.

Opening with softer, balladic material, Matthews quickly worked the crowd with his mixture of ‘aw shucks’ charm, humor and good grace. His referring to Canada as a return to the ‘civilized world’ was earnestly delivered and felt. The banter and interplay that has informed the band’s 20 plus year history was vintage Dave. He joked, spoke in his drawly prose and shuffled gleefully on stage while delivering a terrific feast of old, new and revised for two and a half hours. No opening act preceded his show and this wasn’t a bad thing as fans got more of who they came to see.

The tightness of DMB is at heart of the group. The longer they play, the better they get. The horn work alone with variations of sax, oboe (Jeff Coffin), trumpet by Rashawn Ross got huge exposure in this performance. Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews’ guitarist in residence played so damned crisply as to assert his position as one of this century’s best guitarists. He is subtle except when he isn’t. He plays with shamanistic smoothness. He is always good but occasionally he will remind you he is damned good. The natural jammy symbiosis of this band is so effortless that as a fan, you get as swept up in the moment as they seem to.

DMB remains simply outstanding and continues to present one of the best live acts in music history. Highlights of the evening were the dazzling cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” – which was given a funk driven boost making it seem almost new – and “Grace is Gone” which got everyone up for both its beautiful, evocative performance and content as well as the rarity of which it is heard live. “Tripping Billies” was a smashing closer to another memorable evening with DMB. Our third visit with Dave Matthews will not be our last.

The set list was as follows:

  1. Big Eyed Fish
  2. Lover Lay Down
    (Tour debut)
  3. Don’t Drink the Water
  4. (Peter Gabriel cover)
  5. Warehouse
  6. (Tour debut)
  7. Come On Come On
  8. Tripping Billies
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