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

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Either way, everyone on stage was a fantastically talented and skilled musician. Like 'em or not, you can't say they suck. Boyd Tinsley on the violin, in particular, was a treat. Carter Beauford was chillin' on the drums, and Stefan Fessard hopped around the stage like a dorky version of Flea. Much of the show's songs revolved around the instrumentation of saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and trumpeter Rashawn Ross. Dave kept calling out guitarist Tim Reynolds for praise. And Dave himself, well, even though he was uncomfortably warm, he provided the emotionality and strong vocals fitting of the superstar he is.

Something struck us as funny, though, about this whole divided reaction to "Typical Situation." Just about all white, Asian, or Hispanic Americans and a small group of black dudes between the ages of 26 and 40 owned a copy of Under the Table and Dreaming or Crash. But that was where the love ended. That's normal. For those next-level folks, going to DMB shows is like playing the bingo of songs. For normal DMB fans, a song is a reminder of a time and place. Since then, we've all moved on to listening to crap like Rihanna and Drake or whatever. But for those who settled in comfortably and permanently into Daveland, we wondered, what is the experience of being at a show like this? Listening to the same songs for the past 15 years? Don't you get tired of this again and again?

"It stops being about the singular experience and becomes a comprehensive experience," Handrew informed us. It's about variations in the songs, the dynamics between performers. He says, "The changes are what's important, it's how it deviates. It's about where they are jamming, who's jamming. It's about the living experience. It's bigger than the two-hour show. You have to look at it in the context of the tour." Well, then we're shit out of luck 'cause all we know is that this summer tour started in May.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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