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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.

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Tour Dates: Bonnaroo Buzz Tour

As the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival gets set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this June, the influential festie is taking a hybrid of what they do each year in

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Interview: Grace Potter, The Anti-Diva

The year 2010 marked a huge milestone in the career of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The band broke out in virtually every conceivable way: they were featured on VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, Grace sang a duet with Kenny Chesney and the band had songs prominently featured in the feature films, Tangled and Alice in Wonderland. Shortly after the VH1 Divas performance, the band even outsold the Beatles on iTunes as the single top selling artist. Let’s just say the past few months have been nothing short of life-changing in the world of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

[All photos by Jeremy Gordon]

“It’s always a funny thing when things start happening quickly,“ Grace comments. “You know that these things have been in the works for a long time and all of the sudden they get delivered to the world. Sometimes things hit really big and sometimes they don’t. I was really pleased with how quickly people responded to everything from the Tangled song to the VH1 Divas performance to the duet with Kenny Chesney. All that exposure hit a fever pitch, and I guess people finally had to look us up online. Our website crashed the day of the VH1 performance. It was really rewarding to finally hit that moment where everything really fell into place.”

It’s rather ironic how the VH1 Divas performance breached the tipping point whereby Grace Potter and the Nocturnals catapulted into the limelight, because for years Grace has playfully shunned the diva mentality. Even in performing on the program, she sensed VH1 chose her based on the perception that she was going to show up as the Vermont girl in the flannel and boots, yet got a big surprise when she appeared in one of her emblazoned mini-dresses. Even now that she has embraced her style and performs in much flashier outfits, Grace still gets a good laugh out of the whole idea of herself as any kind of diva. READ ON for more…

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Last Week’s Sauce: June 14th – June 20th

This edition includes a sexy video montage of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Now that I have your attention, please also enjoy a fantastic meeting of the minds featuring the Marco Benevento Trio & Steve Kimock, the mellower but still driving side of Perpetual Groove, and Page McConnell’s most recent songwriting contribution to the always expanding Phish repertoire.

[Thanks to krsb for this week’s photo]

And we continue to take all the selected tracks, normalize them, create some simple fades and put it into one easy to download MP3 for you.

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Artist & Title: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – 2:22, White Rabbit
Date & Venue: 2010-06-19 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Taper & Show Download: jt/ny

This band has been covering White Rabbit for a while now, I keep seeing it on setlists but I hadn’t yet given it a listen until now. It’s everything you think it will be including some tastefully used vocal effects. Preceeding the Jefferson Airplane classic is one of Grace’s tunes from her first studio album Nothing But The Water. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals play tonight at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.


A video montage from their recent gig in

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