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Dave Matthews Band
August 28, 2018
Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend, OR

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User: blue232
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Really liked the venue. Band sounded tight. Really like Buddy Strong as the new member.

User: dubstylee
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Great show, played a lot of classics as well as a good mix of new songs!

User: ducker2448
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The guys started off weak. Can’t pinpoint a root cause, but Dave’s voice wasn’t solid, they seemed to make a couple of little mistakes, I think that maybe even the soundboard wasn’t mixed quite right. But then, they busted into Bayou, and took a 180. From this song on, they sounded great. I thought to myself, “ok, now I’m listening to DMB”. really enjoyed the show from that moment on.

User: freerider59102
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Solid set for a one-nighter; better than I anticipated. Band sounded great, although Tim was a bit overbearing on most songs. Buddy rocked it! Great show at a great venue glad/lucky to be there again.

User: Jenbo528
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Took my best friend Sara with me and had a blast!

User: LuckySeven
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\"Everyday - Drunken crowd immediately starts drunk singing #36\" review from another Ant One man\'s trash is another woman\'s treasure - I felt this was a very touching moment in the show and my heart just melted.

User: Madnana
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Good show. Not great. Highlights were #41 (for the 41st show of the tour), TOTS & WWYS. Overall, it seemed like the band really did not want to be in Somewhere, Oregon... definitely felt like they were treading water until the Gorge. Venue: Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR. Get your tires at Les Schwab. Free beef! It was weird seeing DMB in such a small venue. They couldn\'t even get the video screens in! Luckily, I was in the pit so I could see the band pretty well. Feel bad for the people farther back on the lawn though. That Girl Is You - I\'m trying so hard to like this song, but it is just not a good opener. One Sweet World - Pretty standard version. Band already looks a little bored. #41 - This is really where the show got started! Only real \"jam\" of the night, but it was a good one. Love the outro they do on this. Again and Again - Dave told his usual story about how Tim plays both the guitar parts. Always weird seeing Dave without a guitar, especially when he can barely sing the song. A shame, considering it\'s like the best song on the album. Louisiana Bayou - bleh. I\'ve heard it plenty of times already. Satellite - meh. I\'ve heard it plenty of times already. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) - pretty standard Time of the Season - Only the 14th time ever played by DMB! It is by far the rarest song played that night. And it was smoking! Buddy Stong, need I say more? Warehouse - Great follow up--keeping that energy up! Tripping Billies - This was the only song that I actually kinda missed Boyd. Still had great energy, but it\'s just not the same anymore. Come On Come On - Whoa! Slam on the breaks! The show came to a screeching halt with this one. Don\'t Drink the Water - As usual, the prelude was the best part. But at least it got the crowd dancing again--at least those who weren\'t still stuck in the beer/restroom lines. Lover Lay Down - It\'s funny how when Rashawn leaves the stage, Jeff is allowed to solo. Beautiful soprano sax--absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, it was poorly placed late in the set. I had a hard time keeping my eyes open, and I think most of the crowd managed to squeeze in a short little nap. What Would You Say - Fantastic! And, in all fairness, Jeff was allowed to solo this time even though Rashawn was on stage. She - Hands down the best performance from the new album. It actually sounds better live than it does on the album--like most DMB classics! Why I Am - During this song, someone in the front row unfurled a quilt/blanket that appeared to be a hand-stitched re-creation of the Big Whiskey album cover with LeRoi\'s face. After the song was over, Dave brought it up on stage and showed it to the crowd. It was a sweet moment. Forever dancing with the GrooGrux King! Everyday - Drunken crowd immediately starts drunk singing #36, so I couldn\'t really hear much of Buddy\'s intro. Another song that\'s not quite the same without Boyd, but it still works just fine. » Ants Marching - Definitely a segue. Carter launched right into the solo with a gusto that said \"I can\'t wait to get the hell out of here!\" Lol. Still a great song, even without Fuckface McDirtysocks. Although I think Buddy missed one of his cues on the round robin jam. -ENCORE BREAK- As they were getting ready to leave the stage, Dave wanted to sign the Grux quilt and nearly collided with Carter giving out sticks. The end result was a full on man-hug center stage! The Space Between - We knew we\'d be getting a short encore due to the 10pm curfew. Band came back out at 9:49, Dave with an acoustic guitar in hand. Was pleasantly surprised to hear Space Between, as I assumed they would play Come Tomorrow. It was awesome to hear the band kick back in after the first chorus like they used to do. Aside from the acoustic guitar, this performance felt straight out of 2002. Pantala Naga Pampa » Rapunzel - With a brief, quiet guitar prelude. Can\'t really complain about this, even though I\'ve heard this song so many times. Always a great closer.


   



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