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Dave Matthews Band Reviews

ConcertsIndie & Rock

Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 18

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5.0 star rating Mary B from Los Angeles, California

WONDERFUL!

We thoroughly enjoyed the show. We have been listening to his new album and when he played the songs, from that album, it was awesome. People sometimes only want the "standards" but we loved every single song and every jam. End of the tour and the energy was fun. Hoping for another tour next year.

5.0 star rating Shannon from Denver, Colorado

AMAZING

Third time seeing DMB and I was not disappointed! Row LL had an amazing view, and Dave played the best songs, with tons of energy!

5.0 star rating Am from Denver, Colorado

DMB WAS AMAZING FIDDLERS NOT SO MUCH

DMB never disappoints, but unfortunately the speakers sounded terrible. I just can't image these are band speaker issues. It was the whole stadium. I heard them play in Ohio earlier this summer and they sounded amazing. Night 2 sounded better in Denver, than night 1, but I think that's bc we were closer. The Lawn speakers at Fiddlers are not good.

5.0 star rating Todaystheday from Indianapolis, Indiana

EXCELLENT SHOW!!!

Overall, Dave played an energetic and youthful performance along with the rest of the band. I had so much fun and do hope to see them again in 2019!

4.0 star rating SP from Toronto, Ontario

ELECTRICAL

My first DMB concert. Long time fan, and like the last reviewer I have most of the discography, including some Dave and Tim only. Overall, the show was amazing, as expected. The set list favoured the new songs and Under the Table, which I was ok with. With so many songs to choose from it would be easy to say I wish I heard this or that. But that's an unreasonable expectation. I absolutely loved the extended jams, something often missing from studio production. And Tim's electric work was fantastic. My only disappointment was not hearing a few more acoustic tunes mixed in, hence my 4 rating. Maybe too harsh, my apologies.

4.0 star rating from Tampa, Florida

FRIST DAVE MATTHEWS CONCERT

had a hell of a time they played a satisfactory setlist but i wish people would hav stayed and told him what they wanted him to play showd him that they wanted him to comeback out a 2nd time after grey street encore they would have played more songs like crash into me and ants marching and stay or even where are you going cant wait to see them again im a big fan and so is my mother.

4.0 star rating Steve "Claw" G. from Indianapolis, Indiana

SOMETHING MISSING

I've seen DMB a >dozen times at DeerCreek (now Ruoff) and must sadly admit, the band acted like they got into a huge argument before walking on stage. None of Dave's typical stories, not much inter-play between band members, the horn section just stood around talking between themselves when not playing, and Boyd Tinsley was def missed!!! Perhaps it was bc we had Pit Tickets and they oversold / over packed the pit to the point pushing and shoving kept occurring during the show, including a near fight right in front of us. The Pit was waaaay too large. We were 12-15 rows deep and historically, I've sat much closer than that for a lot less money. Ruoff is to blame for that, not DMB. But the sound and stage and behavior of the band was overall very flat. Def my most disappointing experience at DMB in over 10 years. I typically walk out of his shows so pumped I've followed them to other states on their tour. Not this year. We all have off nights....perhaps this was one?

3.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

I LOVE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND BUT WAS ACTUALLY DISSAPOINTED

Saw him in 2016. Have most of his albums, In general I absolutely love him and the bands sound. This was the first time I was to see him live and took by whole family 7 of us on my nickel. It was dissapointing that he played very little of the songs I have come to love. Did a LOT of jams, and by a LOT, I mean a LOT! I will likely continue to buy his albums, but not lay out the kinda cash to see all the jams. Hey tunes don't even have to be A sides, B sides would be fine. I am cool with promoting new material for a new album too, that's just good business, I get it, and support it, but maybe a few less jams and a little more from the portfolio. With respect RM

1.0 star rating Jack from Chicago IL

NOT GREAT

Flew in from Chicago to go to the show with my sister. First Dave show of the year 8 rows back Center. Seen them a bunch at Alpine & northerly Island. Boyd not being there drastically changed the entire sound of the band and songs- especially warehouse & nancies. I agree 100% with my guy from Indiana. The band was flat and it was obvious the crowd was not into the new stuff. Band beef seems likely Dave and Carter were the only ones interacting with one another. The fan demographic has changed and I Think that’s how the band wants it. Bummer

1.0 star rating Rob from Boca Raton, Florida

WHAT WAS THAT?

Wow....I’ve been to dozens of Dave shows and this was by far the worst one. Awful! What was that setlist? No energy. Crowd was basically asleep because the songs were so bad, jams too long, and overall boring. Really disappointing.

2.0 star rating Bill from Jacksonville, Florida

DISAPPOINTED

Totally agree with Rob Jack and Steve, the band was flat, disinterested, and lacking enthusiasm. The void left by Boyd's absence cannot be filled by an organ. I think this is my last DMB show.

5.0 star rating Re from Jacksonville, Florida

FANTASTIC.

I have had the opportunity to see DMB multiple times. It’s wonderful to be able to see a band multiple times and have each show be so different. They played an energetic show with a mix of new and old material. The Cortez cover was an absolute treat. Seeing the band with Buddy Strong on the keys was different. He adds a fresh jazz vibe. Supper talented musician. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to see them again.

3.0 star rating Uncle Wally from Saigon, Vietnam

SOUND QUALITY AFFECTED THE PLEASURE FOR ME

Was in the pit 10 feet off the rail. Maybe this was why the sound was terrible. Dave singing but cannot hear a balance with the instruments. Beats and Luscious layering sounded like they were coming through a one speaker clock radio. Love DM though and will try again but it’s a long way from home.

2.0 star rating John from Nashville, Tennessee

VOCALS / SOUND WAS AWFUL IN NASHVILLE

Not sure what the problem was but the vocal sound quality was very poor Saturday night. We were very disappointed in our experience. Not sure if it was an arena issue or Daves sound techs fault. We had good seat too...

2.0 star rating Don W from Dallas, Texas

INTERESTING

Bad sound, long jams that didn't flow well into the next song. They covered sledge hammer and fly like an eagle...really??? They could have replaced those 2 songs with Dancing Nancies and Ants Marching, at least it would have been his stuff. I've see a dozen of his concerts and this one goes down as the worst.

2.0 star rating Roger Campbell from Carbondale pa

BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Going threw the motions. No opening act. Instead this recorded voice of the rules of the amatheater. Thought dave would come out early. Nope 25 mins late. Thought dave would of said something about the delay but nothing. Odd pauses between some songs . Seemed like dave just looked at the band like what do you want to play. Ross was singing backup a few times. When they showed him on the big screen . He looked like a kid who's mother made him sing for his grand parents. Dave has not been to bethel in years counted the days till the concert. Left early.

4.0 star rating Brian Scanlon from New Jersey

SO MUCH TO SAY

I had the pleasure of seeing Dave last night in Bethel NY. The set list wasn't my favorite but I've been going to see him since the early 90's so I'm all about the old school jams. That's why I selfishly gave it 4 stars. If I'm being honest I must say that the band has never recovered from losing Boyd Tinsley. The band was at its best when he was a part of it. Anyone remember 2 Step in the rain at Giant Stadium? Anyone? I rest my case. But to be fair he still is great and puts on a great show for all ages. He ended the night with Wasting Time, So Much To Say and then brought the house down with Watchtower. Just enough to leave me wanting more and looking forward to the next one. Thank you DMB for the some of the best times of my life!

1.0 star rating Gwen from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

DMB FAILS AND SO DOES DTE

Was really disappointed in the play list and was hoping to hear at least "Crash". Left at 10:00 because we were so bored. Dave doesn't seem to care too much about his fans...very little interaction. As for DTE: they should re-name the lawn seats section because there is barely any lawn left. It's all dirt. Dirt seats would be more accurate. There are a few patches of grass on the far right and left but not a good view of the stage. Probably not going back this year; I'd rather listen to Pandora.

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