Dave Matthews Band & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
As I’m coming down from this Summerfest high I;ve been on since Saturday, I thought I’d catch up a bit on reviews before I start posting the loads of pictures from this past weekend. I had the opportunity to catch Dave Matthews Band return to the road when they started their tour off here in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. As they always do, DMB brought along a solid choice of opener in freak-folkers Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.
Read about the show after the jump
I’ve had the opportunity to see DMB pretty much every year since 2001, so to not see them last year was a little odd for me. While my musical tastes have dramatically changed in the last decade, I still hold a serious soft spot in my heart for this group. While it was openers Ed Sharpe and Co. that I was most excited about going into the show, I knew once I was there, I’d be singing along to every DMB song for the entire night. That was exactly the case for this show. While Edward Sharpe played a fun set, the crowd was just too small and all over the place to get into it. A lot of the DMB fans in the building didn’t really know what to think of the group for the majority of their set, well, until “Home” came on that is. As soon as people heard a song they were familiar with, they were happy as a pig in shit. That’s somewhat unfortunate as the rest of the set was great and featured a slew of new songs from their recently released album “Here.” They tried to get the crowd on their feet to dance during a new song, but the slowly building audience in the pavilion were more interested in their conversations about the new H&M opening up or how many joints they brought for when DMB plays their favorite song. Sad, but hopefully they gained a few new fans that evening.
Dave Matthews Band are road stalwarts that have no problem selling their shows to near capacity just based on their song list alone. While this ended up being one of my least favorite DMB setlists that I’ve experienced over the years, it was still solid and featured a ton of old material like “Big Eyed Fish,” “Rapunzel,” “#41,” “Don’t Drink The Water” and “Crush.” They debuted a new song “Gaucho,” which was one of my favorites of the evening, and played a few songs full band for the first time that Matthews had been flirting with on a few of his solo treks in the past few years.
I was excited to be back in front of Matthews and the Boys, and you could tell they were just as excited to get back out on to the road. DMB are a band that’s going to be around for a long time to come, and with the size of their fanbase continually growing every day (name another 90’s band besides maybe Radiohead that are still gaining new fans on the regular), you wont see them slowing down any time soon. I really dug the new material presented that night, which brings my excitement level for a new album up higher than it’s been in a long long while. This show proved that they could expand on those same songs they’ve been playing for years, and make them completely new animals by adding bits and pieces to their jams. It was a great show, and definitely gained them a host of new fans that night.
Check out a ton of pictures from the show!