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The last time I saw the Dave Matthews Band was 7/20/2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The memories for me from that show weren’t that great because the power went out during the show due to a big thunderstorm outside and the stage lights and mics went out. Also my seats were in section 420 and I got busted for smoking a joint by an undercover cop. Now that I look back on it I think….”Funny the way it is”!!! πŸ™‚

This was the second time I have been to the enormous Jiffy Lube Live located in Bristow, VA. This time I knew what to expect. A VIP parking pass is a must, unless you feel like waiting for over 2 hours to get out of the parking lot. I had no issues leaving the venue except for being told by the parking attendant to stop as DMB’s 4-5 tour bus caravan cruised on by with Dave Matthews waiving goodbye out of the bus window. Other than that leaving the parking lot was a piece of cake. So a word of advice is to pay the extra $15 to get a Premiere Parking Pass. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.

I was lucky and scored a pair of GA/PIT tickets from the DMB Warehouse ticket lottery. I have photographed from many Pits before but the pit at Jiffy Lube Live was a crowd photographers dream. It wasn’t all crowded like at other venues. There was so much room on the sides and back of the pit that I was easily able to move from stage right to stage left and get to the rail without issue. I was also able to stand in the back of the pit and shoot the stage without a bunch of heads in my way. Being only 5’8 it always seems like 3/4 of the crowd is taller than me and I’ve learned to walk through the crowd standing on my tippy toes like a ballerina to try to get the shot I’m looking for. It can be very challenging at times and damn my feet hurt the next day. LoL

I don’t know who the opening act was but IMO they totally blew. SOJA had opened up for DMB the night before and I really wish that they had been able to open up for this show. It would have been a hometown show for SOJA as they are from the NOVA/DC area. I’ve attended a few SOJA concerts and have had a fucking blast each time. Did you know that SOJA’s newest album “Strength to Survive” was produced by John Alagia who was the producing mastermind behind Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R, Jason Mraz & John Mayer?

So back to the DMB show. I’ve had this image in my head of the photo I wanted to snap of Dave Matthews and I got it right away during the 1st song of the show. Much to everybody’s surprise the band came out and opened up with “Ants Marching”. Right then I knew it was going to be a memorable night with killer energy. Fact = DMB has only opened a show with Ants Marching 15 times ever πŸ™‚

The setlist was stellar and included a couple of cover songs, Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream” and John Denver’s “Take Me to Tomorrow”. #41 & Two Step were sounded absolutely amazing. The end of the show included an incredible trumpet performance by Rashawn Ross during the shows closing song “Rapunzel”.




1. Ants Marching
2. Big Eyed Fish —->
3. Granny
4. (Snow Outside)
5. Belly Belly Nice
6. Old Dirt Hill
7. Louisiana Bayou
8. If Only
9. Runnin Down a Dream
10. Crazy Easy
11. (Kill The Preacher)
12. Why I Am
13. Long Black Veil
14. #41
15. Grey Street
16. Take Me To Tomorrow
17. Don’t Drink the Water
18. You and Me
19. Two Step

——– ENCORE ——–

20. Some Devil *
21. Spoon
22. Pantala Naga Pampa —->
23. Rapunzel

* Dave Solo

So maybe people the night before in Virginia Beach had something to complain about but this show in Bristow was a 5 star performance.







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