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Review: Dave Matthews Band Caravan

Dave Matthews Band Caravan @ Atlantic City, NJ June 24, 25 &  26

Words: Carla Danca
Photos: Jeremy Gordon

When a band decides that they aren’t hitting the road for the summer, fans often start to worry, but in the case of Dave Mathews Band, a summer free from touring left them open to much bigger and better things. DMB is no stranger to the summer festival circuit having appeared in festivals from H.O.R.D.E to Bonnaroo over the course of their 20 year career, but their own events so far have been smaller – a two-day show here or there. This year they went all in, planning four separate Caravan events including three days at the never before used as a concert venue Bader Field in Atlantic City.

[All photos by Jeremy Gordon]

While DMB could have gotten away with being the only band on the lineup, they instead pulled from an eclectic mix of artists that combined old friends and up and comers. The days were jammed packed with music, often causing hard decisions when bands overlapped. Though many of the artists held obvious appeal for DMB fans, acts such as Big Gigantic and Bassnectar provided danceable grooves, while Punch Brothers and Thievery Corporation exposed fans to a much more worldly sound.

READ ON for more from DMB Caravan – Atlantic City…

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Announcing: DMB Caravan – Atlantic City

Back in January, we reported that Atlantic City officials were in negotiations to bring a hippie jam fest to deserted Bader Field and today we finally have an announcement of

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Review: Phish – Atlantic City Night Two

Phish @ Boardwalk Hall – October 30, 2010

Since the begining of the Halloween Musical Costume tradition, Phish has historically taken the night of October 30th off, playing only two pre-Halloween shows (1998 and 2009). So coming into Saturday in Atlantic City on the coat tails of an epic week and red hot Friday night, all signs seemed to point towards two sets of energy conservation; the quiet before the storm.

[Photo by Regan Teti Marscher from 10/29]

Enter Boardwalk Hall. The pre-show energy from Saturday night’s crowd was formidable and the impromptu cheers seemed to be on the level of a New Year’s Eve show at MSG. As a new venue, Boardwalk Hall is an instant favorite. The inside of the venue looks like a cousin of Hampton Coliseum, with the ceiling of Radio City Music Hall and the vibe of a 1920’s dance hall. As the house lights dimmed, the roar of the crowd shook the scaffolds and the merry pranksters took the stage with big smiles and a few waves.

The opening notes Kill Devil Falls sucked all the energy up and spit it right back, sending the crowd into a dancing frenzy. Rather then rifling through the first set, the band took their time and a number of giddy Trey/Mike exchanges took place between each song. It was clear the band was going with the flow and playing whatever felt right. Towards the end of Guelah Papyrus, the crowd exploded into an impromptu, music-less, Kuroda-less, glow-stick-war to the delight of the band – who seemed to stand back and take it all in. READ ON for more on Saturday night’s show…

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Phish Atlantic City Setlist: Night One

Phish Fall Tour 2010 has reached its final destination – Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tonight marks the first of three sold-out shows at the venue.

Adam Edelman will be reporting on the show for @YEMblog. Our friends at YEMblog have also compiled a Twitter List featuring over 60 fans tweeting from Atlantic City this weekend. Head over to PhishTwit for the full “Couch Tour” experience. READ ON for the setlist…

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