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Dave Matthews Band
May 31, 2014
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: 20TwoStep
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Another solid performance and PFWYG and Minarets were excellent for the acoustic set. I was impressed with the sound and how much they got from the songs they played. I feel they have really delivered with this new format and it shows how the band is always trying to evolve. Pig opener for the second set was awesome and overall I felt it was pretty good but If Only does put the brakes on hard and does not have the charm of Say Goodbye. DIDO and So Right were favorites for me, but the encore was lacking in choice & length. 27th show over 11 years and it is hard to be critical of a band that has given so much to me. Each show cannot be epic and I have had my fair share. Always grateful for the amazing experience and new friends made. See you in Bangor.

User: 2stheperfect#
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Shake Me Like A Monkey has entered into my top 10. What a night at SPAC. The weather was awesome and Dave was clearly in excellent spirits.

User: adamortiz11
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I'm glad we made the trip to SPAC this year to see what the fuss was all about. To be honest, our group of people that drove from Chicago actually enjoyed BALLSFEST more than we did the actual N2 show. I think SPAC ranks #3 after the Gorge & Alpine Valley if I had to rank the top 3 venues. In my wildest dreams I couldn't imagine DMB playing this weak of a set on N2 at either Alpine or the Gorge. The Jimi Thing closer, followed by an 8 minute "encore" of Squirm & SMLAM sent a lot of ppl home wanting more. Made me laugh inside a little bit though because of all the arrogant fans on the msg boards who say SPAC is the best because they played a double encore ONCE lol. I hope that one day those same people get to experience Alpine Valley and/or the Gorge for a better DMB experience. Glad I got to check SPAC out, but I doubt I would make the trip again.

User: aggiekjw
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picked up lawn seats at the last minute. lawn was an absolute nightmare. left early. decent set, boyd struggled on crush. last time i'll sit lawn at a show.

User: AlexaJane
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Rail.

User: AMPiper420
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Great crowd interactions out on the Lawn, though the sound sucked.

User: blackbird22
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Surprising choices but great songs/show! Lawn sucked. I love people singing and not hearing Dave sing and the band play BUT I HATED hearing non-fans there talking/screaming about "whatever" and not hearing Dave/Boys.

User: BPClemens
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This was my 92nd show and my 1st at SPAC, which has held a considerably positive reputation for great shows and fans. However, my experience was average at best- I found the venue to be difficult to navigate, get drinks at, use restrooms, and leave from. The fans near my section did not seem enthusiastic at all. I also had trouble hearing the band from where my seats were. While I can't fault the band for any of these issues, I was hoping for a gem or something rare/unique for the SPAC crowd, but left a bit disappointed. I was grateful for the length of the show, and loved hearing Crush, So Right, YMDT, and Pig. I also was hoping that the first set would be a bit more improvisational/looser/jammier/experimental, but most songs sounded very close to their electric originals. However, there was still enough of a difference to make it an awesome experience and left me looking forward to more acoustic sets this summer. Sorry SPAC, you left me underwhelmed and probably unlikely to make the trek out there from NYC again!

User: Branty
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Great show. Loved 'Pig' opening the main set. I'd not heard that one live before. I caught one of Carters Drum Sticks at the end :)

User: BrendanCarti
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My first show. Had an awesome time and picked a great show to start at.

User: Carterphan1
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STILL COLD!! Water into wine is always good!

User: ceeeeej92
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Outstanding acoustic set. Overall great night

User: Chitty54
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Great show!! I was surprised by the encore though.

User: danastacy
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After getting IBYU the night before, I would've been content with three hours of Old MacDonald. However, this set was aaaamazing as well!

User: Dancing Man
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Although a disjointed show from a set list perspective, the band played well, w/#27 & American Baby surprisingly highlighting the night's festivities and who would complain w/a Granny/Grey St. 2 close the electric set

User: daveleeson
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Great Pig & Where are You Going !!

User: dbcam5
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Lawn,N1 was sweet

User: dmbdoc
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40th DMB show was a special one ;) 1st ever "pay for what you get"! Saw Boyd on the street in downtown Saratoga Springs...much love

User: Drummaster64
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Amazing show

User: dwrock27
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Not bad but busy!

User: felman85
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ending was a little disappointing but everything else was AMAZING!!

User: FP424
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Excellent setlist, great crowd, and beautiful weather.

User: gherbert
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Lawn w/Hannah

User: giantsrgr8
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AWESOME!!

User: Graved1gger
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Hate the lawn at SPAC.

User: griffd2004
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With Mandy. Met Sue there.

User: IDidIt41
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Great Show. Brutal Encore.

User: jabberdmb
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Love these guys @ SPAC. Always a great energy!!! I was glad to be back after missing their last run through here!!! Love this band!!!!

User: jaclarke
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Awesome night!! Finally got Pay For What You Get!!! Yes!!!

User: JCHOBS10
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Great Set, Great show!

User: jerryg13
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Acoustic session left a little to be desired - I have seen Dave and Tim do accoustic and was looking for that energy level - which never happened.

User: jillian.maloney
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the worst encore ever

User: joeydonovan4
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Pig!!!

User: Joeynoodlez
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Had lawn seats for the second night not nearly as energetic as the first show for me from my perspective. Loved the set list though seeing it down on paper have to get CD now.....

User: jroseok
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Say Goodbye! Great energy.

User: kempsted
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It was a very good show with a very poor encore. To open the set with Pig was wonderful. But to have a Squirm/Shake me like a monkey end was disappointing. My section was not very good either as almost everyone was sitting down. The guy next to me sat through everything but got up for So Right. Strange. Anyway a good two night stand to kick off my summer

User: Kit Bigelow
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Great time with j9 vin and francis....great last min tickets....good job frank....hit brewery before we went tailgating. ...

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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Originally I wasn't planning to attend N2, but that morning some friends hooked me up (Thanks, Lisa!). Bad view of stage but I had a BLAST with my friends in the lawn. Say Goodbye --> So Right --> DIDO --> YMDT --> WAYG --> Nancies I swear I nearly lost my mind. Watching the moon fall behind the treeline was a nice touch... matches the shirt nicely.

User: MANecci
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Acoustic set was great, the 2nd set started greater & then YMDT started and it went downhill. It's pitiful that in 2 days this band played only 3(!!!!) songs of their latest album. Inexcusable. Does this band rehearse? Do you they see each other before the show starts? Seeing the same songs night in & night out is tiring. What happened to The Stone? Dreaming Tree? WHAT ABOUT SONGS OFF AFTW?!? Seeing the band is fun, but I'm glad these were my only two shows of the '14 summer.

User: matt630
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Amazing acoustic set, and a Pig start to the electric set was the set-up for what would have been one of the best nights ever. Only let down was that encore. Ohhhhhh man, what a killer.

User: Mbonin21
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Another great show, not as great of a playlist as night 1 at space, the day before, but much more grooving and jammin, awesome night.

User: mct765
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That was the worst encore I've ever seen.

User: mdevane
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SPAC's environment is amazing. 1st show in the upper deck and the view was great.

User: MikeyCarson40
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Great set, but horrendous encore. I rated it high because I have been chasing PFWYG for 15 years and FINALLY got it! The Pig opener was amazing!

User: NickEbeans
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Great show, camped at Lee's, made some friends on the lawn and had an awesome time!

User: nmr772
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Great set but the encore was very disappointing and ruined this one for me.

User: nschef
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Not a spectacular playlist, still great.

User: pattyman313
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Amazing Show, and amazing times with friends, but that encore was rough. Outstanding Acoustic and Very Solid Main set though!

User: peachamus
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So excited to hear Pay For What You Get!! Another great one in the books!

User: peterberg94
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Great list.

User: Peterherrick
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My first show when I was 16, knew maybe half of the songs and loved every minute of them. Hearing the new ones (to me) made me fall in love with them.

User: pjs2869
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I have to agree with the others . Was an outstanding show until the Encore. It really ruined it for me. It was like someone let the air out of my balloon .

User: rightorwrong
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encore was weak

User: ryanpclarke86
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dad came!

User: sabres2137
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SPAC is just incredible.

User: SayGoodbye18
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Great setlist, great show. I think I liked tonight better than Friday, even though Friday I was in the pit. Great though!

User: sjsharkteeth2
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Terrible encore, but a good crowd. Id rather slice me nuts off then listen to that encore again.

User: slick1otm
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Back to Back nights first time and will never do it any other way

User: slig67
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I have to echo the thoughts of several of the previous reviews. This was a very good show with a horrible encore. I can't stand Squirm in general, but to have it as part of the encore lowered the quality of this show in my opinion. It seems that every time I go to SPAC I get the heavy GrooGrux song rotation. I have heard Seven/Squirm every time I have been to SPAC since they have been released. It's time to retire Squirm forever. I honestly would have been OK with any other song in the encore. All in all this was a very good show with a horrible encore. Highlights include Bartender, PFWYG, Satellite and Crush. Side note: N1 set list looked incredible, I am bummed I didn't go Friday instead.

User: slilly2321
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Another amazing night Pig opening the second set was a huge plus a little disappointed with encore but overall amazing show and a great weekend

User: stumpe1231
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Acoustic set was very cool, but I actually had the chance to meet Jeff running into him on the street in town before the show. Thought Say Goodbye was a little fast but always a good time at SPAC!! Went with Chris and Angie and Tracy. Fun tailgate!

User: Timpicks
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Great acoustic opening set with a spirited Ants finale. Electric set was uptempo nearly the whole way through, which meant the energy level stayed at a fever pitch from start to finish - something you can't say about every DMB show. The knock from 5 to 4 stars was for the weak encore of Squirm and Shake Me Like A Monkey. Nearly a perfect show!

User: Tom Brady
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Good set and great to see the 2sets! Touch encore with SquirmyMOnkey

User: twostepbec11
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Lawn

User: wastingtime28
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Ants to close the acoustic set, BOOM! Pig to open the regular set, BOOM, BOOM! Could have used one more during the encore, however this was my first weekend ever at this venue and it really lived up to all the stories I had heard.

User: waters85
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Best energy I've ever seen on Crush. Nice to see Pay for What You Get. However, If Only is just a killer (and not in a good way) - place literally let out a sigh of displeasure all at once, you could hear it. This coupled with the horrible encore just made it all the more obvious, the better night was N1.

User: wilsah1141
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Met up with Sadie during Pig.

User: wisertime33
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couldn't have asked for more. crush was nutso. just loved it all!!


   


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