Amy, Olivia and I went to Charlottesville VA over the weekend, as it was my last weekend of my summer vacation. The original plan was for Amy and I to attend the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds concert and come back early the next morning, but we couldn’t secure a babysitter, so Amy and Olivia stayed in the hotel while I went to the concert. Amy insisted that I go, even though I told her I wanted to sell the tickets if she wasn’t going to be coming.
It was my 50th Dave Matthews show. I have seen the band perform 48 times, and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds play acoustically twice.
Amy and I had spent a weekend in Charlottesville about 10 months and 30 pounds ago (before I started religiously hitting the gym to bulk up rather than lose weight)
In fact, in the background is the very pavilion that I would be at today.
I arrived about an hour before the gates were to open and listened to the soundcheck and took a picture of a monument that everyone writes on in chalk.
As for the concert, I was on the lawn – at the very front. It was the first time in 50 shows that I ever actually watched a concert from the lawn. I usually like to be down close. However, since this venue was so tiny, there weren’t a lot of tickets available. (The couple in front of me in line paid $580 for two lawn tickets).
This was my view.
I had my Song Bloggie with me, which really underperformed and took a lot of crappy blurry pictures. The best picture was taken on my old Iphone 3G:
As for the concert itself, I would rank it in the bottom 3rd of all of the shows I’ve seen in terms of setlist. I was expecting some surprises, but there were none. It doesn’t help that I attended one of the best Dave and Tim shows of all time at Appalachian State University in Boone NC on 3.29.03.
The highlight of the night was hearing a new song that I’d never heard before, called Sweet. It was the 159th different song I’d seen Dave play live. Here’s a video of that which I filmed:
I also filmed some of the song Crush, which was the first song that Amy and I ever danced to:
Anyhow, the next morning, all three of us went back to Charlottesville, stopping at the spot where Amy and I watched the sunrise back in November
so Olivia could see the Blue Ridge Mountains for the first time.
Once we got to downtown Charlottesville, the place was like a ghost town.
Most of the stores were closed since it was a Sunday, so there wasn’t a lot of activity. We posed at the bar where Dave Matthews got his start and met the musicians that he’d ask to form a band which would become know as the Dave Matthews Band:
And ate at Five Guys restaurant at 11:45 AM (and were the only customers there the entire time):
Then we made our way to the pavilion where the concert took place last night. It was eerily deserted:
So I made my way up on stage with Olivia.
We also stopped to make our marks at the monument:
And then made our way home. Amy had a great idea to stop and get our picture taken at the state welcome signs, but we ended up only stopping at the West Virginia one because I was in a hurry to get home.
That concert will be my only one of the summer. The last time I only attended one Dave concert in a year… 2000.
What are two things that I love? Baseball and the Dave Matthews Band.
I just got word that Dave Matthews Band is likely to play PNC Park on July 10th, 2010. This would break from recent tradition of playing their Pittsburgh Area shows at the Post Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown.
The last time DMB played a stadium show in Pittsburgh it was at Three Rivers Stadium in July of 2000. I was there, and it was my first DMB show. Rather fitting that 10 years later, almost to the day, they would return and deliver another stadium concert.
It’s not uncommon for DMB to play stadiums, as in the past few years they’ve held concerts at such venues such as Fenway Park and Busch Stadium.
This will not be one of those cheap 70 minute concerts that follow a Pirates game.
No, this will be an actual full length concert that has nothing to do with a promotion to get fans to come to a baseball game to see a free concert and fireworks.
The question is now, will Pirates season ticket holders be able to purchase tickets before the general public?
I spent Friday and Saturday taking in the Dave Matthews Band at the Post Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown PA, which is about a half hour or so outside of Pittsburgh.
I wish I could follow DMB everywhere. According to my concert attended list, these were my 38th and 39th shows that I’ve been to.
What concerts have I been to? Maybe we’ve been to the same ones:
DMB 2000-07-03 Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
DMB 2002-04-05 Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2002-04-24 Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH
DMB 2002-08-02 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2002-08-03 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2002-12-22 MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
D&T 2003-03-29 Holmes Center – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
DMB 2003-06-18 Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
DMB 2003-06-21 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2003-06-26 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2003-06-27 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
D&F 2003-12-12 Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2004-06-24 Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
DMB 2004-06-26 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2004-06-27 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2004-10-01 Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2005-06-04 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2005-06-05 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2005-06-15 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2005-06-25 Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
DMB 2005-12-06 Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University, University Park, PA
DMB 2006-06-07 Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
DMB 2006-06-10 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2006-06-23 Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
DMB 2006-08-02 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2007-08-07 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
DMB 2007-08-08 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, Camden, NJ
DMB 2007-08-10 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2007-08-20 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2008-05-30 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2008-05-31 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2008-06-17 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
DMB 2008-06-18 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DMB 2008-06-27 Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA
DMB 2008-07-30 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
DMB 2008-08-07 Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
DMB 2009-04-18 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
DMB 2009-06-19 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
DMB 2009-06-20 Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
Anyway, what’s the baseball connection you might ask? Well, I was sitting in Sec 6 Row E, directly behind a former MLB player’s box: (scroll down slowly and see if you can guess who he is) He’s wearing black in the picture:
Can you identify him?
I’ll give you a hint, 3 time All Star first baseman. Played for the Indians, Reds, Pirates, Tigers and Red Sox. C’mon….
When he walked by, I tapped him on the shoulder, “Sean, what’s up man! Great to see you!”
He acted like he knew me. “No way man, what’s up dude, how’ve you been.” Then he asked my name.
I told him I was a big fan when he played for the Pirates in 2006.
Throughout the night, I proceeded to get 5 more unsolicited high fives or handshakes from Casey. No wonder they call him the mayor and he was voted by fellow players as the “friendliest player in baseball,” in a Sports Illustrated poll.
No one else around me knew who Sean Casey was. Not even the security guard in the yellow recognized him. He checked his ticket at least 3 times when Casey was coming and going.
Another baseball connection? Guitarist Tim Reynolds wore a Pirates hat.
Check this review:
The June 20 at Star Lake outside Pittsburgh, PA was certainly one for the ages. On paper, it looks like the best show in 10 years. Yes, 10 years. But concerts aren’t played on paper, they’re played in venues, and in front of people watching the setlist on AntsLive!. Fans at the show seem to justify the reaction by those watching the setlist as it appeared. Fan reaction from those at the show justifies it as one of the best shows in a while. Reports of the band sounding sharp, energetic, and having a lot of fun are common themes in describing the show. Our own Joe M, who has now officially seen more DMB shows than Dave Matthews himself in 2009, put it at the top of his list of shows for this year a scant few seconds after Halloween ended the show. And it’s no coincidence that there were no Everyday or Stand Up songs either. If you go back to the Hartford show, Night 2, up to the June 21 show, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better run by this band in over 12 years. Really.
If given the choice of attending a DMB concert or going to a baseball game, I’d pick DMB. Sorry, but I would.
I could only attend batting practice at today’s game because I had Dave Matthews Band tickets for later tonight.
Since today’s game was to begin at 12:35, I feared that there would be no batting practice. Usually on day games after night games, there is no batting practice. However, when I was walking to the Center field gate, I could see this.
I got to the gates at 9:45 AM, 15 minutes early, and was third in line. There were two non-ballhawks in front of me, so I felt pretty confident about being the first person into batting practice and claiming any Easter eggs.
I was the first one to the early entrance point, but the season ticket scanner wasn’t there. A few other security guards came and said we had to wait until the scanner showed up. I showed them I had season tickets and I even flashed my season ticket card. They said no one could enter until the scanner showed up. In the mean time, there were three fans with visitor passes in the bleachers.
Ryan Doumit crushed a homerun that landed in the bleachers. All I could do is stand helplessly and watch one of the visitor fans walk over and pick it up. One missed opportunity. Doumit hit another ball that hit near the bullpen. It bounced off a bleacher and rolled down to the front row. Luckily, the visitors didn’t see this one. When the employee who scans the early entrance finally showed up 6 minutes late, I ran in and claimed the Doumit HR ball. It was ball #1.
Game: 6 Balls (3 hit, 3 device)
Season: 26 Balls (12 hit, 9 thrown, 5 device)
Games: 6 Games (5 with BP/ 1 without)
Average: 4.33 Balls per Game
Career: 192 Balls