Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Review of Dave Matthews Band Live August 23, 2010 Hollywood Bowl 8/23/2010
Jam Band Related
Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones really does add a lot to the jam band side of things. It is just great to hear a band that gives a platform for good musicians to play improvisation. On #41, the opening song, Reynolds, Coffin and violin player, Boyd Tinsley, all took extended solos and set a great expectation for the night.
The return to real jam band numbers didn’t come until the end of the show but WOW the last 6 or so numbers at the end was just incredible.
My favorite Dave Matthews song is probably “Don’t Drink the Water” but in concert “Two-Step” was far and away just beyond belief. The entire end of the set, Cornbread, Two-step, You and Me, Some Devil, Why I am and Ants Marching was just jam band heaven. The band does this simultaneous punch thing so well. The full band hits hard in unison from the baritone to the bass to the kick and Dave while Reynolds keeps soloing and they just keep it all in the groove of the song and just keep going and going. The aim is to get bigger and bigger and two-step got the biggest and the baddest of them all.. The Two-step outro was very good both visually and acoustically, heavy and fast and psychedelic.
At the end of the show for the encores my son and I moved forward up by the sound board and the sound quality is so perfect. All I can say is that when I grow up, I want to be in a band that sounds like that!!!