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My winter away from baseball took brought me to Charlottesville VA for to see the last two Dave Matthews Band concerts of 2010. The concerts were much anticipated because these would be the last DMB concerts until at least 2012, as the band is taking its first break from touring since its inception in 1991.
It was about a five hour drive but well worth it.
The John Paul Jones Amphitheatre:
Located at the University of Virginia:
Our seats were located in Sec 115 Row N, which was the very first row on the side stage:
Highlights of the concert were the song Spoon (the first time I’ve ever heard that song played live after 48 shows) Warehouse and Jimi Thing.
The next morning, we woke up very early to see the sun rise. It was pretty awesome to see it come up over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Since it was very early and we were at the top of a summit, the wind coupled with the cold made things very frigid. Here I am battling the double dose of cold and wind
The sun finally showed itself kicking off day two of the Charlottesville trip.
Later on that morning we headed into downtown Charlottesville:
There I found the Jefferson Theater, where Dave Matthews played with Tim Reynolds on 5/27/93 and 12/12/93:
Eventually, we found Miller’s bar, which was the birthplace of the Dave Matthews Band.
I found this on nancies.org to better describe the bar:
Miller's is a bar located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall on Main Street.
It is located in the old Miller's Drugstore building, and was turned into a
bar after being purchased by Steve Tharpe in 1981. In September of 2001 it
underwent some minor renovations before being sold to Scottie Kaylor. The new
owner alternately suggested that massive renovations were likely and that
everything would be kept the same. By mid-2002, most of the waitstaff had
turned over, pool tables had been added on a new third level, the menu had been
completely overhauled, and it had lost most of its long-time crowd of regulars.
It was at Miller's that the members of Dave Matthews Band first collaborated.
Dave Matthews and Peter Griesar worked at the bar, which has long been a
hotbed for jazz music in Charlottesville. Among the regulars at that time
were Leroi Moore, Carter Beauford, Tim Reynolds, Boyd Tinsley, Greg Howard,
and many others. With the help of musician John D'earth, Matthews was able to
assemble the Miller's regulars and the rest is history. Greg Howard, John
D'earth, Tim Reynolds and countless other Charlottesville jazz performers
performed there regularly for years, although most of them have ended their
tenure there since Miller's was sold.
Due to Miller's position in DMB lore, it has become somewhat of a mecca for
wide-eyed Dave Matthews Band fans."
Me outside the bar:
There was an hour wait for food, so we headed down the street to Christian’s pizza where I stood in line for what seemed like an hour.
After lunch we headed to the Shenandoah mountains and took a few pictures:
After spending a few hours in the mountain it was time to head back to Charlottesville and the concert (night 2).
Our seats were in the upper deck, section 313 row G, but I still had an absolute blast.
The highlights of the concert besides just being there and dancing were:
1) hearing Long Black Veil for the first time since my first DMB concert in 2000. It’s ultra rare nowadays, this just being the second time it’s been played full band since 2003.
2) hearing the Song that Jane Likes
3) hearing Write a Song for the first time.
4) an amazing 5 song encore.
After the concert, we drove home through the night and got back at 5:30 AM. It didn’t help that this had been the longest concert in DMB history.
The next day on 11-21-10 I went to the Consol Energy Center to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
I wasn’t into it.
We actually left early before the concert even ended to go to PPG Square to see the Christmas tree.
Before leaving, I took a moment to demonstrate my severe dislike for the Penguins.
I promise my next entry will have something to do with baseball.
My DMB Statistics:
By the way, I got 10 concert posters for $40 each before they sold out (I had early entrance tickets) which have sold for a nice profit on ebay.
Its been awhile since I’ve written anything on this blog, so I’ve decided to do a few entries now and then to keep folks updated on what I’ve been up to.
Earlier this month I headed to Philadelphia for a Dave Matthews Band concert.
Arriving in Philly hours before the show, there was some time to be killed, so we stopped by Citizen’s Bank Park:
Drove around some seedy Philadelphia streets,
And stopped at a park. It was starting to get a bit cold, but we enjoyed a real Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, and walked around a park for a bit.
The Dave Matthews Band show was great. It was Amy’s first ever DMB show and we were in about the 6th row. I snapped this picture with my IPhone:
After the concert, I took Amy to Cape May NJ. She had no idea we were going there, but she had mentioned that it was one of her all time favorite places, so I wanted to surprise her.
We checked out the ocean:
And walked around the town:
We ate in a small mom and pop type place:
At the top of a light tower:
More messing around:
Amy insisted I use this photo:
Anyhow, despite being just a two day adventure, it was a really fun weekend trip.
This was the finale of a three concert run at the Gorge Amphitheatre for the Dave Matthews Band. Since DMB usually plays their best show during the last show of a run like this, I was pretty excited. I had missed the Friday show due to work where the band had played many of my favorites such as The Last Stop, Crush, Write a Song, Grey Street, Loving Wings, and Dancing Nancies to name a few.
I arrived early and decided to pass the time before the gates opened by walking up to the camp ground in the distance.
Folks were already lining up to get a decent spot in the middle of the lawn or the front of the pit.
Here are my DMB concert statistics: