Dave Matthews Band - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 20

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Sayre Berman
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Dave Matthews Band
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach
Friday, July 20

Better than: Eating a $10 hot dog and chugging $5 water while watching talentless musicians perform mostly prerecorded pop music.

Dave Matthews Band isn't just a group that made the soundtrack for popping cherries in the late '90s. Actually, it's a band of sorcerers who've harnessed the powers of the Grateful Dead to cast a love spell on thousands and thousands of bad dancers, resulting in a massive DMB cult following of poorly dressed music lovers. These improv wizards packed a very sweaty Cruzan Amphitheatre with both casual and overly dedicated fans last night for the first of two West Palm Beach shows.

About a quarter of the way through the set, DMB performed "Typical Situation," a recognizable song for someone who went to college about ten to 20 years ago. For the casual fan, it perhaps brought a nostalgic tear to the eye or revived a dorm-room make-out-sesh memory. But for the devoted, this was a huge deal. Apparently, it's really rare to hear "Typical Situation" performed live. You know why we know this? Because we scored the best Dave date ever.

Let's call our mildly ashamed friend Handrew. This was the 23rd Dave Matthews Band concert that he's attended. Yes, 23. He's not even 30. You likely haven't gotten your teeth cleaned that many times in your life. Be honest and go see your dentist. That's real commitment.

Sayre Berman
Point being, we received an education. Handrew first saw DMB at the same venue when it was called Coral Sky ('member that?) on May 2, 1999. He knows this date and the dates of all the other times he's seen the band perform, what songs were played at each show, the percentage of songs performed off each of their albums at the show last night, and that this concert had a song rarity ranking of 15 out of 33 (whatever that means).

As a member of antsmarching.org, a fan site popular years back, you can keep track of this kind of genuinely nerdly stuff. It's like your own personal online DMB baseball card. Apparently, he and 305 other Ants Marching members were at the show too. Wait a minute; were they fucking with us about the 305? We always knew God was a fan of Miami jokes.

So, was the show last night a 10 or a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10? Well, it was not a 10, and it wasn't a 5. Just as each song meandered in jam fashion, so did the tempo of the evening. The concert was not seamless, and there were somewhat long pauses between almost every song. It seemed apparent that Dave was simply hot as shit. Like physically overheated (you perverts) and overwhelmed by the humidity. He kept saying things like, "Keep warm, it's a little bit chilly." But sarcastically, because it was balls hot out there. It was possibly a choppy show because these guys were taking breaks to wring the sweat out of their shirts. Dave definitely did a costume change.

Location Info


Coral Sky Amphitheatre

601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Music

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I love these guys!  I'm so excited for the new CD.  Just pre-ordered a copy and I can't wait to hear it all.  I am bummed that they aren't stopping in Colorado, though.


Liz, you're missing a fact that is very important to this article and, really why so many people hit DMB shows everytime they come down. That's great that you made mention of "Typical Situation" being such a rarity, but there's another thing that makes every DMB show different from the next. The fact that the band never repeats setlists...ever. Unlike many other bands/artists out there, they also very rarely play more then 4-5 singles in a show. Those little downtimes you mentioned between almost every song is the band basically deciding on which song they'll do next. 

Bethanie Faucher
Bethanie Faucher

Best time of my life! Everytime I see Dave it is like a catharsis of my life. I lay it all out and shake it all and leave feeling like a new person. :)


Was General admission open (the grass?) If not, don't pay up for tickets in sections 4-8 because the stadium is to cheap to hire ushers except for sections 1-4. Just buy a cheap ticket when you get there and sit anywhere (and that seat you paid for is a joke anyways because someone in front of you will stand up like they own the place blocking your view)


Awesome, Liz (but check out all the crazy punctuation in last graph)! Having been suddenly invited to the night and not even heard a single DMB album, much less own one (snob that I am [But of course as a former 90s college student, I could not avoid the singles and videos]), I felt I was missing something that the other hardcore DMB fans were enjoying. I appreciated the mellow tone of the middle part of the set, however. Still, I knew there was something else to appreciate, and "Handrew" certainly seems to sum it up right. No wonder the guy at the urinal next to me was shocked when I said I wouldn't be at tonight's show. He said he wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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