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Dave Matthews Band, Snoop Dogg at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 8-23-13 (photos, review)

As Dave Matthews Band shows go, Friday night’s was not one for the record books. Twenty years from now, no one will dig into their archive of “Dave” looking for their copy of “DMB 2013: Live From Commerce City feat. Snoop Dogg & Tha Snoopettes.”

See our photos and review of Dave Matthews Band’s second night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

To sum up the first part of the DVD would be simple: Insert every exhausted, cliched pot joke and you have opening act Snoop Dogg.

Then on to Dave Matthews Band, a group whose draw in Colorado is as strong as anywhere else it could go. If there were ever a DMB show at Red Rocks in the dead of winter Colorado would sell it out. But Friday’s show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park seemed far removed from what Coloradans have grown to expect from Dave. Is it unfair to draw comparisons to legendary shows such as 2001’s “Live from Folsom Field,” or “Live at Red Rocks 08.15.95?” Yes, but comparisons are how the true DMB fan measures his or her love for the band — song to song, album to album and live show to live show.

Friday night’s show — blame it on the venue, the weather, or the rows and rows of empty seats — did not capture that Dave Matthews Band magic. Bottom line. Blame it on the venue.

Thank you to Commerce City for hosting, but your stadium, which blocks a perfectly good view of the airport, has no business as a concert venue. As proved from DMB’s Mile High Music Fest, the dried up pastures on the outside of the stadium are more welcoming than the cold metal seats inside and plastic floor brought in to protect the Rapid’s soccer field. At least when the show is on the outside the smells match the setting.

As far as song selection and execution of the music goes, there is no argument. The Dave Matthews catalog is time-tested. He continues to find new ways to write the same music. He and the deft backing band of musicians caters to the audience’s hunger by building anticipation with a soft guitar lick or a fiddle riff that ends in the blasting crescendo of a horn section.

The songs that will be talked about the most from this show will be the band’s cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” the two monkey songs “Proudest Monkey” and “Shake Me Like a Monkey,” a darker than to be expected “Don’t Drink the Water” and the encore of “Ants Marching” and “Halloween.”

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

Joshua Lowe is a Denver-area photographer and new contributor to Reverb.

  • D. Maes

    So you’re not a fan, Evan.
    It takes a lot less effort to phone in a review than it does to entertain (insert official attendance here.)

    Good pictures Josh. At least it’s clear that you were at the show.

  • RMck

    Just wait till Phish plays there next weekend.
    That joint will be going bananas.
    No shock that DMB w/ Snoop Dogg sucked.

  • Bob

    Dave Matthews is an African American!!!

  • marco

    for real. number one, a pretty terrible review of a concert. secondly, Phish fans nationwide hold Dicks in the highest of regards. Great sound, and plenty of space to move about and dance. The staff and security are beyond courteous, and the ease of accessing the venue near perfect. It continues to be one of the can’t miss venues of Phish summer tour. Don’t blame a shitty show on the venue, blame the band, or, the crowd, which is this case both suck.

  • Conert goer

    Pretty obvious the reviewer doesn’t like DMB. That’s okay a lot of people don’t. Send someone else to review the show if you even wan’t to call this a review. I wish Dave and Phish were both at Red Rocks but it seems that AEG is in charge and can turn a substantially bigger profit at Dick’s.

  • concertfan

    DMB performance tonight (Saturday) was a huge disappointment. The venue is awful for concerts. The sound was terrible!!!!!! It would have been nice to have a large screen so the audience could see the band perform. The stage just didn’t work in the space. Will think twice about spending $75 on a ticket again.

    • Pure Garbage

      Evan and concertfan –
      Your review is accurate. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT.
      I was a long-time fan.

      Without a doubt, the concert at Dick’s Sporting Goods Event Center was the worst concert I have ever seen. The venue was horrendous and the acoustics were disastrous – I cannot even explain how bad it was.

      Coupled with a crowd of fans hard-pressed to slam and spill as many 24-oz beers as possible and burn a pile of joints and endless cigarettes made for air (yes, even outside) that was impossible to breath.

      We (4 people) sat in our second row seats for 15 minutes, moved to fresher air and slightly better acoustics at the far end of the center, but still gave up, forfeiting $500+ in tickets, parking, shirts, etc. and left half way through the show.

      The DMB show I saw at the Pepsi center was WAY better.

      If there was some way to get my tickets refunded, I would. Since there isn’t a way to get a refund, I’ll speak through future purchases…I’m throwing away the shirt (Sorry Dave Mathews Band O Bama Green project) I bought and I will never buy another seat at a DMB concert nor buy music through any means.
      Speak loudly people, maybe artists will start treating us like we deserve when spending hundreds per person on their events.

  • M. Jordan

    I have to agree with you Josh. Went to the show last night and left early. I’m going to blame it on the venue as well. I have never been to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and I don’t think I’ll be back. Having never been there, I made the mistake of buying GA stand tickets because I couldn’t bring myself to pay more than $55 a ticket (after fees), not realizing I was stuck at the way back of the stadium. They shouldn’t even sell tickets back there, it’s a joke. Call it a combination of terrible seats, the $15 parking fee on top of ticket prices, and unabashed commercialism, and it made for a sour night. Hoping that Dave pays down his bills and springs for Red Rocks next time he’s in town.

  • JT

    Phish at Dick’s the past two years has been pure fire all three nights. Maybe blame the band a bit this time around? Labor Day weekend this years is going to be bonkers once again…

  • tromnick

    The venue suuuuuuucked. The sound of the band was disjointed to the point where some of the unique and subtle parts of the band could not be picked out. That effectively neutered the DMB experience, in my opinion. And it neutered the crowd too, because for a DMB crowd they were quiet and seemingly uninterested. Granted, the 2nd night concert was way better than the first night, and had an electric ending (holy shit can Carter solo like a boss).

    The venue for unknown reasons to me also made you show a bracelet to get on the GA field. So, despite the fact that the GA stands were the exact same damn price as GA field, and despite the fact that even with a larger crowd in night 2 there was still a ton of open space on the field, I could not get down there. I was stuck in the stands, way too far away from the speakers. The sound just wasn’t that great. (And let me get this straight….people with stands tickets cannot get on the field…but for the same damn price, people with field tickets can go up in the stands at their leisure. THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE.)

    Knowing what DMB can (and did) achieve on stage, it’s a damn shame. I hope Dave never returns there again, he’s better than that.

  • Cr

    Can’t blame it on the venue, when others perform there successfully. Blame it on the bands management, and Snoop Dog as an opener for DMB? there’s where it started to go downhill.