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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
May 26, 2013
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: 15yoDaveFanatic
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Amazing everything, greatest show I've ever seen by far. Possibly best in DMB history.

User: adamra1
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Double encore! Enough said

User: aero780
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Very interesting mix / setlist, but a great closing of songs including an amazing Two Step!

User: AlexaJane
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Seats. Lower pavillion center section. 6th row behind pit. With Brandon.

User: and 1
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I had to go back and change my rating for last night's show down to a 4. This one gets the 5. Never leave before the house lights come on! Unfreakingbelievable show tonight!! Big Eyed Fish was an incredible start to the encore, felt like the night was just beginning.

User: anton13
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Sick! Nuff said!



User: bberns
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Incredible!!! Double encore!! Halloweeeen!!!

User: bradley.n
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Not the best set list, but the band had great energy and the double encore was a nice treat.

User: Bri2138
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Absolutely amazing! The band is only getting stronger.....water/wine jam was so sweet to hear! Plus it was only the 3rd double encore the boys have done in the states in the last 20 years!! I am honored to have been there, best show I have ever seen in 31 shows!

User: BSFD113
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AMAZING SHOW!!

User: Carterphan1
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Best show ever! Halloween!

User: CarterRocks41
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Loved the Water to Wine Jam!

User: chrimack
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The double encore was great! Ran into the orchestra from the lawn. Best night of my life!

User: ChrisAmorosi
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One of the best shows Ive ever been to. The enocore was incredible. Very rare double encore. Epic two step and crazy tripping billies opener

User: codemanck109
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one of the best live shows i have seen by DMB!!!

User: Cornbread345
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JTR. Recently. Halloween double encore. Gotta love night 2 at SPAC

User: CrUsHmE1220
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The show was amazing. Epic energy, old school feel to the set. The other great thing about this show was the crowd. I haven't seen a crowd this chill since '04 - everyone was real cool in the lots and there was a ton of energy in the building all night.

User: danastacy
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My 2nd night of the 2013: Minds Blown Tour. So cold I bought gloves that day, but the band provided some fiiiiiire!

User: David Neifeld
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Double encore!

User: DazedenConfewzd
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Double encore!!! Ran to inside seats due to no security. Awesome show. Crazy dancing douchebag was hilarious

User: DMB701NYC
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With Kristina and Brandon Gorall. Fun with drunk girl next to us. Lots of laughing!

User: dmbatspac7
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Amazing show of new and old and surprises!!

User: dmbcuse
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EPIC

User: DMBlovesSPAC
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Was hooked up by a friend of mine and made it into the pit for DMB at SPAC!!! On top of that it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. I love this band!!!

User: donnalee
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Amazing show. Great mix of old and new. Thank you Dave!!!

User: DontDrinkElAgua
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Incredible show! One of the best I have ever witnessed live. Double encore! wooo

User: draegs
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First SPAC N2 and it lived up to the hype!

User: Drummer58
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Top notch! Quite a selection of tunes and a real, honest to goodness encore! The crowd was out of their heads chanting and bringing the band out for encore #2 was a real treat!

User: DustyBalls
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Freezing cold night, rainy, Dave in a scarf. The lawn was WAY oversold with everyone pushing to the front to \"find their friends\". Will never go to the SPAC again. Wasn\'t the band\'s fault, but the show sucked. Bad energy all around.

User: FatmanPJ420
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meat

User: firegirl
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Rousing rendition of Halloween!

User: FoggyNoggin
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Freezing cold, the lawn was WAY oversold, the band seemed to have a hard time getting into the scene because of the weather. Dave in a scarf? They tried, they failed. Too bad, because it was my first Dave show ever. The venue could be beautiful, but there twice as many people on the lawn as there should have been, and most of them were rude. "S'cuse me," as they shoved you from behind again and again and again, "I'm trying to get to my friends at the front." F@%# you,!

User: gallagru
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a double encore so early in the tour.. brilliant N2 set at SPAC.. as always

User: gherbert
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Alec

User: giantsrgr8
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AWESOME!!

User: greystreet33
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Halloween double encore!

User: griffd2004
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Strong start, great set throughout. Not sure I've heard the crowd this loud ever - for double encore halloween. Had such a great time.

User: hazeman
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Great

User: hitmansp13
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Great energy, great set, double encore!

User: HoneyBs
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Amazing! What a fans set list!

User: jchas41
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Excellent show!

User: Jhammy6
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Fucking un real

User: jmoss23
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The band was legitimately excited to be performing, which made this show particularly awesome. The setlist was stacked. 2 encores... Thank you Mr Matthews!

User: jodyb
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HATE the lawn at SPAC

User: joeydonovan4
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DOUBLE ENCORE

User: JohnDMB
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Great mix of old and new. Blended perfectly. Amazing opener, great can't stop, one sweet world at the end of the show, high energy ants, and incredible Halloween second encore! Throw in a great crowd and it's a top five show.

User: JohnG28
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This show was amazing. Couldn't ask more from a weekend at SPAC. Got first JTR and Recently and the guys were on fire straight through. One of the best I've seen ever.

User: Johyo
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Wow double encore! Ants was great!

User: JoMI
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One of the best setlists ever, Recently, JTR, Jane, and the finale of Halloween. Thank you DMB!!!

User: joshypage
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OHHHHHHHHHHHHH HELL YEA!!! Best show by far!

User: Joyousq
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Nothing like an early start AND a late finish!!





User: jp murph
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Another Great Show

User: Json417
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sec 17 row E seats 5/6 were awesome...double encore!

User: kempsted
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Although there were some lulls this was an amazing set ! Great SPAC weekend

User: Kit Bigelow
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Double encore we walk out of great seats, vin and AJ are tools....

User: kkrue99
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First year Lori and Jay came to SPAC. Memorial Day weekend and super cold. Couldn't get a room at the Gideon so had to stay in town. Sooooo not the same experience. It barely got above 50 degrees all weekend and rained and rained and rained. Under the shell both nights so at least we were dry for the show. Had the best seats N1 in the front row in the balcony. Amazing!!

User: ktarchie
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This show made the trip all the way across the country from Oregon so worth it. Just incredible! The energy from both the band and crowd were great. One of the best dmb shows I've seen - double encore!!!

User: lawlicorn
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retro rates

User: lconroy213
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Unbelievable Energy!! Double Encore with 'Big Eyed Fish' and 'Halloween'!!!!! Just Nuts!!

User: lkraso01
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Wow! Great weekend cant wait for the gorge!

User: lombo213
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Double encore!!!!!

User: madpiker
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DOUBLE ENCORE!!!

User: matt630
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This was a great show with my first full-band Recently and JTR. SO many great songs like Granny and OSW and Jane and of course that encore/double encore. Only thing that stopped it from being a 5 without a doubt for me were the few times I thought "really? this song now?" in my head (Can't Stop - ugh). Still, despite having my poster STOLEN (who does that?!), it was a great night and a great show!

User: mattbp102191
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never leave before the house lights go up. ever. if it happens anywhere, it'll be spac. what a great show. first SPAC weekend, and the legends are true...this place is something special. amazing time!!

User: max_barone
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Best show ever. 2 step

User: NatickDMBfan
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This one took a day to think about...WOW. Great jams, great set list filled with old and new, double encore, and the band was having a BLAST. N2 at SPAC solidifies itself as the must-see every year.

User: nick13618
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Awesome set list, awesome show!!!

User: nmr772
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Incredible.

User: nomadder
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Halloween in 2nd encore. Enough Said.

User: nschef
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Great

User: ouiballerina
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Best night of my life!

User: Patrick313
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Epic! By far the best show ive ever been to. I was so surprised when Tripping billies opened, it really set an amazing standard for the night. Kinda bummed that i had to hear Seven for the 4th time in 3 years But lord was i pumped to hear JTR, Recently--> Water Into Wine, One Sweet World, and FINALLY my first Two Step! Great Encore with BEF and Ants, ANd the best moment of the night when the band took the stage again for the double Encore. Simply Amazing.

User: pattyman313
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Awesome!

User: peachamus
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So freaking COLD!!!!!! EPIC show, though!!! People started leaving after the encore and I said to my friends, "they're not turning up the lights...no one is taking the set down! I think they're gonna come back!" And sure enough! Back they came for the most amazing version, to this day of Halloween! So...AWESOME!!!

User: Peanut2112
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The boys always put on a great show in Saratoga!

User: PenguinMRD
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First time at SPAC! I'm so glad I decided to make it. The show was incredible!

User: Photographer37
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Lawn

User: pmcmahon22
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granny, ymdt, double encore.....blown away

User: prrose14
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Double encore!

User: Rems24
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Amazing show, it flew by. JTR was fantastic, and Granny was a great surprise!

User: rightorwrong
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Halloween as a SECOND encore! Like somebody else already mentioned, NEVER leave until the house lights are on!! Honestly, Can't Stop wasn't as disappointing as I thought it would be, and those guys from Galactic really rock! JTR and Recently were liberated, Song that Jane Likes is always great, Ants was kick-ass, and even though I've heard Two Step a million freakin times, they still made me enjoy it with their jammin at the end. 5 out 5, easily

User: sab4279
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This is one of my most unforgettable shows. The energy in the venue was very much alive, the most alive I've ever seen. And the double encore, wow!

User: SayGoodbye18
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I didn't think they could top N1, but they did! WOW! A double encore? ANd Halloween! SICK! The venue was soooo loud no wonder they came back for one more song! Absolutely amazing. Highlights: JTR, Granny, Recently, a FULL WATER/WINE Jam, Song that Jane likes. I wish we got more of Boyd, he was kind of missing both nights, but oh well, the sets were still insane.

User: ShakeMe41
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Amazing....finally got one sweet world.... Chills :)

User: Shellebelle
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Unbelievable!!! Favorite show for me out of over a hundred. Would LOVE to see this released as a LiveTrax.

User: shiffer123
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Amazing show. Seats were awesome.

User: Slcanzano
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Best show ever!

User: SPAC12
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Gotta love a double encore

User: spacmaverick
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Life changing. Speechless

User: Spulver41
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Epic show. Double encore

User: stepanek22
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Great opening and an amazing run at the end. JTR, Recently, & Big Eyed Fish were great to hear. As always, never leave before the lights go on.

User: Stevethedj
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Great night two show just wish the weather was better, too cold!

User: tarbender
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Definitely a Top 5 show. Awesome setlist, crowd and band energy and 2 encores !!!

User: Tee-Dollarz
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double encore!!!!!

User: tjot127
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Wow what a show! Have been waiting forever to hear JTR and Jane. Great set list and great energy from the guys. Easy 5 for me. To me SPAC is the venue to see them on the east coast.

User: twinkstar66
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Incredible!! Almost left- TG we didn't. Instead we bum rushed the stage in time for the start of Halloween!!

User: Undepeteable
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Double Encore!!

User: warehouseguy
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Double encore! Chilly night at SPAC, but we were all dancing bundled up. Tripping Billies was a pleasant surprise to open. The next few songs were throw-aways, but starting with JTR, the evening really took off. The band was feeling it tonight, as evidenced by Dave's interaction with the crowd (e.g., improv song). Recently -> Water/Wine, I thought we might get a Red Rocks-style Lie In Our Graves, but still a nice treat for the evening. Broken Things sounds like a song that could have been written at any point in the band's history. Really like Boyd's fills on that one. I know Can't Stop gets a lot of hate, but it is a funky number and about as close tonight to the song's best performance with Tower of Power guesting as possible with Galactic members stepping in on the horn session. With respect to the encore, shocked that Big Eyed Fish took the E1 spot, but Dave's voice had been strong all night, so I am guessing they were feeling bold. I started to file out when Ants Marching finished, but noticed the house lights hadn't turned on yet. Interesting... I then heard the crowd starting cheering and sprinted back to catch Halloween. What a great night! Five stars.

User: waters85
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As close to a perfect show as you can have. Rivals C-ville N2 2010 as the best show I've ever seen. Truly an amazing night!!

User: westwingjl
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Great show. JTR, Recently really made it special. And a double encore, so much energy.

User: Whitaussicker
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Speechless

User: why i am
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Wow. Awesome

User: Wigighost
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Great Billies Opener!! Threw in some nice surprises...JTR, Recently, STJL..crowd shook the place after encore..The guys couldn't help but come out for another one..Halloween!!

User: wrafrat
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Great Time!

User: yankees310
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Double Encore!

User: zmaller
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Great sound, double encore was awesome!!! Beautiful Venue!


   


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