The Dave Matthews Lightshow

Friday, August 26, 2005, 19:47 —by Eddie Phanichkul
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The Dave Matthews Lightshow
Coors Amphitheater, Thursday, August 25, 2005.

I might as well have forded a river and crossed the Northwest Passage for Dave Matthews. That may have been cheaper and easier. Getting to the show was a nightmare. A sea of multiple, single file autos and trailers blasting Satellite and Ants Marching. Very untraditional, I listened to Jimmy Eat World. I was pumped for the concert in other ways that shall remain nameless. And no, nothing illegal, I promise. Tickets were pretty steep, as always with a TicketMaster purchase. 58 bucks each for two seats in the back near the center (Hey, it beats the disgusting lawn seats—I mean patch of lawn you get for $40.00). In addition, the wonderful Wizard, TicketMaster, also charged a $10.25 convenience fee per ticket, as well as a $3.35 processing fee, also per ticket. On top of that, a $2.50 charge to email the tickets to me. That’s a whole other story about why I, and millions of other Americans, hate TicketMaster. The point of this article is Dave Mathews—and his band.

Opening up with Rapunzel they immediately captured the audience with a well known tune that stands timeless in the archives of the DMB. Sitting down was not an option. The only other thing spectacular about the opening song was the brilliant lighting design. About four arched pillars encapsulated the band, strung with various spot lights and effects. The pillars to the side were equipped with blinding LEDs that moved with the music, or the beat of their songs. I found the lights so alluring, my mind often meandered around, dazed by the simplicity, yet intricate lighting system. For a while I thought it was a contact high, but the lights were really that amazing.

The show progressed into slow then fast songs with many jam sessions packed in, and I had expected a lot more classic hits. None of my favorites, such as Lie In Our Graves, Jimi Thing, Crash, #41, or #34, were played. A lot of the new stuff was played, and like the old stuff, they will become classics as well, and they too will probably not be played in future concerts. Closing the show, they finished with What Would You Say, and after about 7 minutes, they came back for a single encore that encompassed two great DMB songs—I know, right? They should have done two encores! After the finale, an extremely long, yet satisfying version of What You Are, the audience cried for more. We knew it was over when the house lights came on and the amphitheater folk threw on Dido over the loud speakers. The band left the stage, those really cool lights turned off and we calmly walked amongst the stoners relishing the last moments of the concert.

The Dave Matthews Band continues to enthrall concert-goers with their amazing and uplifting performances. You really never know what you’ll get. This wasn’t my favorite of Dave Matthews concert, perhaps because I miss the tunes from Before These Crowded Streets and Under the Table and Dreaming. I was still impressed with this spectacle, as I have been impressed twice before by the band—after all, they are the Dave Matthews Band. The only thing that probably impressed me more than the band was my date, an extremely lovely twenty-something by the name of Jennifer. No let’s be real, Dave Matthews rocked.

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