I've gotten the opportunity to do this a few times with the back to back shows - but this was a bit disappointing from a venue standpoint!!! The band was great, but overall the whole experience sucked on a few levels!
HiFi (aka ATL) - Fucking awesome - First come, first served - about 10th row from the venue... first lot closest to the exit...
Starwood (aka Nashville) - Fucking sucked - Back 40, first come, last to leave! Not necessarily a long walk to the venue, but as for traffic after the fact, please! We got there around 4:30 - Back 40, some friends of mine got there around 6 - Front row parking with easy access - I say BS! Maybe I wouldn't bitch so much about this, but we had the glory of being at HiFi the night before and saw how it should have been!!!
HiFi - Sold out for a reason! The actually sell out when they are at capacity, which makes even the lawn pleasant and no need to pass seated section tix to your friends!
Starwood - No sell out because they evidently haven't determined what the capacity of the lawn section of Starwood is yet... With that being said, somehow our reserved section suddenly sat two or more to a seat!! You think there was a little ticket passing going on or duplicate printing of tickets (the whole fastticket thingy)??? We actually moved to the lawn because it got too crowded in our reserved seating!
HiFi - Good setlist, great to see all of them on stage with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (too bad they had to stay in ATL to play at Chastain!)! It was incredible actually - a great #41 jam!
Starwood - Okay setlist, opened with DDTW, which is awesome in and of itself, closed with Pig, which was cool - could've done without Stay though! How about a little Bartender or Two Step???
I think what makes a DMB show is the overall experience from start to finish! And based on my experience at HiFi vs. Starwood - HiFi wins by a landslide hands down! The whole experience in Nashville sucked for the first time that I can remember!
And this has nothing to do with the band! Just venue to venue, you never know - But it can set the mood for a good experience from the beginning