Dave Matthews rocks Pine Knob with mix of musical genres
nesday, July 3, 1996 - The Michigan Daily - 11
Elizabeth Lucas of all, the Dave Matthews Band brought its unique
blend of folk, jazz and pop to Piine Knob.
The amazing thing about Dave Matthews Band Vocalist and guitarist Matthews took the stage
concerts is the power to bring disparate entities and immediately launched into "The Best of
together. For one thing, the sellout crowd at the What's Around," from the band's earlier CD,
June 22 show was as full of frat boys as Deadheads. "Under the Table and Dreaming." About half the
As for the band itself, its tradi- set came from this album,
tional guitar and bass shared the REV E with the rest coming from the
stage with a massive drum set, a band's latest release, "Crash."
xophone, a flute and a black- Dave Matthews Band The live performance had
d-chrome violin. Those last > noceni iCrimnsls and he more of a rock feel than did
instruments would be more at Freddy Jones Band the album, and Matthews
home in a high school band ... At embellished many of the
except that your high school songs, adding a long jazz
band never rocked like this. instrumental to "Jimi Thing" and extending the
The show began with Southern gospel-funk saxophone intro to "Ants Marching." However, all
from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, in a the songs were immediately recognizable -- just
quick opening set. The Freddy Jones Band then ask the audience members, who sang along with
took the stage, warming up the crowd with melod- every word.
ic country-rock, with the help of Dave Matthews The band's mixture of songs also highlighted the
violinist Boyd Tinsley. Then, in the oddest hybrid differences between its latest two albums. From
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"Dreaming," the band played songs with more
obscure lyrics and difficult melodies - "Rhyme &
Reason" and "Warehouse" - as well as the dreamy
However, the songs from "Crash" tended to be
either introspective ballads, like "Crash Into Me,"
or poppy, upbeat anthems like "Two Step," with its
refrain of "Celebrate we will...". It was clear that
on this album, the Dave Matthews Band might
have become more accessible and radio-friendly,
but have lost none of the gift for creating catchy
hooks and clever lyrics.
Toward the end of the concert, the band played
the familiar first notes of "Ants Marching." After
repeating the six-note progression for a few min-
utes, Matthews let up on the audience and com
pleted the song.
It looked as though the evening would end on
this exuberant note, but after a short delay, the
band returned to play "Drive in Drive Out" and a
slow, melodic cover version of Bob Dylan's "All
The quirky and rockin' Dave Matthews Band
Along the Watchtower." 1Those who didn't stay for
the encores missed an unusual and intriguing ren-
dering of this song.
But they weren't the only ones who missed out. As
one audience member said, "Look at all these empty
seats. It makes me sick. Sick!" He may have been on
to something. Next time the Dave Matthews Band is
in town, get hold of a few of those empty seats for an
electrifying concert experience.
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