I'm so glad I've got to see this band live at last.
I "discovered" The Dave Mathews Band some years back during a business trip to the USA through hearing / seeing in particular Ant's Marching from Under the Table and Dreaming. That must have been in the mid 90s I suppose and for many years I'd buy their albums on my USA trips as I never saw them over here and hardly anyone who I ever mentioned them to had even heard of them.
Anyway - the gig. Brilliant! The stage set was minimalist to say the least in these days of huge overblown productions. A pretty bare stage with some scaffold like towers at the back for the lights to reflect off, a small drum riser various amps etc. and that was it. No big screen projection, pyrotechnics etc.
However these boys don't need it from the word go the musicianship was simply stunning. They rattled through a good number of tracks off the latest album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, and old classics including Ant's Marching which was one of the highlights for me. But there were many, almost every number was encore quality really.
It is clear that Dave Mathews isn't the most comfortable of live performers in the sense of the interaction between the songs or the show but that doesn't matter as I say the whole brilliance of the music and the musicianship transcends that - he over comes if with his own particular brand of dancing and self deprecating humour.
The final accolade I'll give is that they came on at 8:15pm and when they walked off I thought "Eh?! That wasn't very long" I looked at my watch it was gone 10:15pm - two hours straight and I'd been so lost in it all I'd lost total track of time.