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Dave Matthews Band
May 30, 2014
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: 20TwoStep
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The acoustic set was awesome and it was impressive to see how they jammed on Two Step , Jimi Thing & Stay, I'll Back You Up Was a special one for me. Sound was solid and the crowd appreciative. Second set was equally strong and #27, Proudest Monkey, & Granny were highlights. SPAC loves DMB, and the band always gives it their all and showing their love back. Looking forward to N2.

User: 41crush
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Nice vintage show - the band seems to enjoy this format.

User: adamortiz11
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Made the 12 hour drive from Chicago to SPAC this year since they skipped their annual Alpine Valley stop. Loved the new 2sets format & things got going in a hurry once the band busted out Two Step w/Stefan on the stand up bass. Very old-school feeling to it w/no songs being played from BWGK & lots of Crash. Hope this continues tomorrow!

User: AlexaJane
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Rail. Great group.

User: atreehugger
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Loved everything about the show!

User: Betsydmblover
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Best show set list in many years at spac.awesome

User: bigeyed36
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Front row baby!!! And Dave shook my hand!! We also met Boyd the next day :)

User: Billy9632
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Amazing show through and through.

User: blackbird22
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My first show of the tour, and I would have been satisfied if this was the only show I saw.

User: Carterphan1
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COLD! First I'll back you up!

User: ceeeeej92
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Great show in my opinion. The 2nd set was amazing and never slowed down. First show without a big whisky song

User: cgaven
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dmb 2 sets = awesome!

User: Cmb046
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Great show, was skeptical of the acoustic set and being all the way out in the lawn but enjoyed it a lot. Nice change up to hear some songs you may not otherwise. First time at SPAC, loved it.

User: CrUsHmE1220
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Band sounded great as always, played their asses off. But the setlists just don't seem to flow these days.

User: cxs333
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Pretty good energy tonight. I feel like it was not loud enough. The crowd always is so amped up at spac.

User: Dadokai1
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Super old school vibe, with new school flavor. I love the enthusiasm in everything they do. True showmen! Can't wait for Hartford

User: danastacy
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IBYU full band was what I've been hoping and waiting for since 2003 when I heard it just with Dave & Tim. So, this was pretty close! It was absolutely beautiful.

User: danbertoni
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Loved this show.

User: DazedenConfewzd
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Great set, loved the acoustic set, good song selection and energy, nice length, weather turned out good

User: DMB NY
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Awesome experience for my 5th DMB concert. Also had a great set list for Night 1.

User: dmbdoc
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1st time to SPAC...solid venue

User: dmbtim02
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Big party
Joe

User: Drummaster64
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My first Dave show. Awesome show

User: drummer6788
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encore only

User: dzinermomSUE
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Grey Street, Back You Up, AND Two Step … fantastic show

User: flueck
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Acoustic and Electric

User: Funki10is
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Boyd had something to prove tonight. Crowd was insane. HUGE ENERGY ALL AROUND. Top 5 show for me! One of the best live LIOG I ever heard! Band was on FIRE.

User: gherbert
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Cold and rainy

User: giantsrgr8
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AWESOME!!

User: Greene
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Incredible set list, Non stop rock out!

User: Greyy
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Every song blew me away, best dave show I've ever been to!

User: griffd2004
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Don't recall. Did i go alone on Friday? I think so yes, and sold Jordan my extra ticket or even traded for lawn?

User: jabberdmb
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A great N1 for myself and HS Buddy!!! Had a great time and loved the new 2-set format!!! As soon as they walk on stage all the hassle and 5-hour drive stress melts away!!! I preferred N1 over N2 but that's just my take on a wonderful 2-night SPAC run! Always great!

User: jaclarke
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First time at this venue! I loved it!

User: JCHOBS10
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Great show, great set, great energy. Doesn't get better than spac!

User: jedewan
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Great show!

User: Jhammy6
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Great set for night 1!

User: joeydonovan4
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Great

User: Joeynoodlez
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Excellent opening night for toga loved the split set list. Also side note dave thanked the band for opening for them selves lol !!!

User: jroseok
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I'LL BACK YOU UP!!! Awesome!

User: jstover13
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I'll back you up was amazing to hear

User: keepMEswinging
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Loved sugarman! Tailgating not so hot (damn VIPs at SPAC)

User: kempsted
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Excellent show. Great energy and top notch set list. Really no slow parts. Very good show

User: kenmail2
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Loved the 2 set format!

User: Kit Bigelow
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Great time of course, francis is the man, awesome peeps around us...#27 was bomb...

User: kkrue99
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Back at the Gideon! Better weather but still chilly. Hung out with the Darone's again. Sealed our friendship forever. Jay, Lori, Kate and Debbie and Tracy for N2.

User: lawlicorn
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retro rates

User: lilvic*20
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FAWESOME night. I love this place... so happy to be back! The main set was really solid and reminded me of the great shows from years ago. Even the "davespeak" was a nice treat. Only one BW song played is great news to my ears (plus I like #27, too). Warehouse --> #41 --> Granny probably was the highlight moment from a list of great back-to-back performances. This was icing on the cake, as compared to unexpectedly being able to spend most of the show with 4 friends in the back of Sec 13. Tough ride up with the storm but 100% worth it. THANK YOU to B-Rad & Ant for making this possible.

User: Maltier33
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Great start for the weekend!!!

User: MANecci
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This concert was laughable. 7(!!!!!!!!!!) songs off Crash? Is it 1996? 2(!!!!!!!) songs off their latest album?? JUST 2!!!!! What a joke. All those Crash songs are fun & I love them all, but Christ almighty... It's 2014! The crowd was terrible. So disrespectful. I was in Section 10 ROW EE seats 18/19, & too the assholes who clogged up the aisle & were disrespectful to security... EFF YOU. The crowd + a terrible set = the one of the worst shows I've ever experienced.

User: matt630
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SPAC never disappoints and this was NO exception. An amazing night.

User: MatthewHart
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I've only been to 6 Dave shows but this one was BY FAR the best line up I've ever heard. Absolutely blown away.

User: Mbonin21
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This was the best dave show I've been to, setlist wise. Hell of a time.

User: MikeyCarson40
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My 32nd show and definitely in my top 10 all time. Great sets and amazing energy! Love the fact that other then #27 there were no Big Whiskey songs!

User: Milenk
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Great

User: nriguardi
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So much to stay through watchtower ended unreal

User: nschef
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Fantastic

User: pattyman313
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Amazing Show! Only low point was last three songs, and that wasn't even that bad. Great Crash filled set, and cant wait for tomorrow!

User: peachamus
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Great set!

User: penut1220
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Group around us seemed to be mostly senior warehouse. Most people were not paying attention to opening DMB set; on their phones and one lady had an iPad. It was disgraceful. It was my brother's first DMB show inside, and I was very disappointed at the group around us.

User: rastamandmb
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For my 30th show, and first to see with the 2 set format, it was a pretty damn good show. Ill take some more of that night 2 at SPAC

User: rcspider1466
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It has been a long time since I was at SPAC. I've been spoiled by the Gorge, the lawn at SPAC looked brutal. Very full house, good energy. Love the split format adding new twists to old tunes. Proudest Monkey always seems to slow a nice tempo run. Loved Granny and the heavy flavor of early songs. Fun night at SPAC but if it is the second best place to regularly see DMB, it is a very distant second.

User: sabres2137
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Amazing!!

User: SayGoodbye18
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My 100th DMB show! Whiter Shade of Pale was a nice opener. I love the 2 sets.

User: sjsharkteeth2
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No Big Whiskey! How can it not be a good show without that??!!

User: slick1otm
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Phenomenal show American Baby #41 wow

User: slilly2321
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Amazing show crowd was incredible anytime you get lie in our graves and 41 I'm happy can't wait for N2

User: Timpicks
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Made the trek from Seattle to SPAC just to see what the fuss is all about. I've been to 29 Gorge shows, so I'm a bit spoiled, but I've got to give it up to SPAC - it's a great venue, but only if you're inside, where it's intimate and cozy and LOUD. 4/5 stars for SPAC. As for the show, night 1 was weaker than night 2. Whiter Shade, Stolen Away, Sugar Man - Meh. (And I loved the Rodriguez documentary!) The electric set list didn't flow for me, until the triple-threat of #41, Granny, and Grey Street. That was the highlight of the night. Weak start, strong ending, weak encore. 3/5 stars. But SPAC rocks! I'll see you next year, Saratoga!

User: twostepbec11
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Favorite of all time. Beats 6/17/2006

User: wastingtime28
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First time seeing the acoustic set. It was amazing! Tons of energy throughout both sets.

User: waters85
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Amazing show. First time in the balcony and I loved every minute. Not only did the acoustic set blow me away (that format is great btw) but the electric set even more. Dave said it's always nice to come back to SPAC and it showed, he and the band were on point. So glad to have been there - oh and the poster is awesome too (love that combination, great show and poster on the same night). Can't wait to see what happens tonight.


   


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