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Dave Matthews Band
July 8, 2011
Lakeside, Chicago, IL

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User: <3DMB<3
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Joy Ride....What??? lol Perfect weekend!!

User: 22step
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Sweet, Sweet, Sweet

User: 41watchtower
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New song with Dave on the ukulele, Jimi Thing, Stay. Couldnt be happier that the band is back in Chicago.

User: adamortiz11
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Mediocre set in my opinion. Joy Ride was awesome to hear. First time played in 5 years or so. The crowd didnt live up to my expectations.. Pretty sure Alpine admits 1/2 the amount of people as this venue but yet seems 10x louder. Dont know if it was the venue setup or just bc people were hammered from drinking all day & seeing the other bands.

User: ahughes99
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Joyride.

User: ajk316
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Joyride was all i needed. Add in though an awesome start to the show and a 5 song encore! I love bayou so i was psyched to hear it! Love stay and the new song!

User: ajl0130
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sexy motherfucker

User: alpinevalley4
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Although I wasn't a fan of the encore(other than the new song) the band seems more tight than ever. Even the Big Whiskey songs have become somewhat bearable with some new twists. I can't wait for tonight and tomorrow!

User: andymc88
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Had a great time. Well done fellas.

User: archie358
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Unreal... Speechless... Great experience for any music lover. And If you are Popping your cherry with DMb, what a place to do it

User: awfredrick21
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Great way to start the weekend!

User: B7arnold
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Great show!

User: Baumann27
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Outstanding first night! Love me a Billies closer and a 5 song encore! JOY RIDE!

User: bbphil413
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Joyride! Face's vocals very fresh. Loved Squirm/ Big Eyed Fish / DDTW / Rapunzel start.
Had to take bathroom break at Write a Song. A lot of new stuff tonight but better versions. Stay or Leave is such a great song and the newer full band version is very tight and heavier. Nice extended encore and Stay sounded so good that I didn't bolt for the Trains to beat the massive crouds at this horrible venue!

User: bclong2
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4th row..amazing

User: Beaglefarmer
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Mediocre set list.

User: be_MERRY
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drank wayyy to much but first bayou in a while!

User: BF101519
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Great show

User: Billitrippin
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CARAVAN!!

User: bknapp4dave
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Good set- 5 song encore!

User: Bnannerz13
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The show was fantastic... all other surrounding events not the best.

User: Bpd1057
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Loved write a song, billies, joy ride, and the 5 song encore!

User: bqsick
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Awesome

User: bradroc
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Unfortunately one of the worst set lists for me personally (there are only a few dmb songs I don't enjoy hearing live, and they were almost all played at this show.) I liked the new song and good times bad times though.

User: brdejay
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Epic show! First time "sweet" was ever played

User: bsowers
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3 nights of DMB! Cannot get any better. I had a great time the Band played with alot of energy and Dave lost his mind on Night 3 Climbing off stage infront of the big screen on the final song, Thank You. The crowd was still chanting on the way out of the venue. Incredible weekend!

User: calidmb
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you might die trying, joyride, and jimi thing. heard some stuff I wasn't thrilled to hear, but glad we got it out of the way for night one.

User: caring
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Good

User: cartersgirl
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great show

User: cdehart
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Great show! Joyride, Tripping Billies, and Dave's new song on the uke were my faves.

User: ceyarg13
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This one rocked the most of the three nights in Chi town.

User: cforte7
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Incredible, especially hearing a song never played before about his son.

User: chadizzy1
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Great opening night!

User: claytonabbott10
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Great way to kick off the second stop of the Caravan!

User: cmoehling
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so awesome!

User: Cobo
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High energy and a fun show

User: cryfreedom84
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My favorite setlist of the chitown caravan, they played the most of my favorites.

User: damonk420
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No words can describe my time i had at this caravan..

User: Dancewme36
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About what I expected for N1.

User: danp1986
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Great first night. Highlights were squirm, big eyed fish, and joy ride.

User: daveindyman
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The energyz songs! It was nice to see a few things like Joyride come back but Stand Up should not be a featured album on the Caravan.

User: DMB1005
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great set and energy... Boyd tore it up all weekend

User: DMBFanInOPKS
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First time to catch them on a 3 night run. Loved YMDT.

User: DMBmatthews09
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Great opening night played some classics

User: Dmbvols
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Boyd for the win. Haven't seen a show where he jammed like that in a while. He was on fire. Highlights - BEF, Tripping Billies, Good Times Bad Times, Jimi, and the New Song. Can't wait for N2.

User: dorsal_finn
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Great show! Got to watch show from backstage starting at Louisiana Bayou til the end. Incredible experience until Night II surpassed it!

User: dray10486
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In my Opinion, the best of all three nights. Some surprises--Joyride-New Song, 5 song encore, great opening with Squirm, Big Eyed, Dont Drink the Water, Rapunzel, Write a Song-lot of energy right from the start. Liking Squirm as an opener. Other nights were repeats of AC, this was the most different and fun night of all three to me. Awesome!

User: dru07
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Joy Ride is incredible and the last 2 songs, great way to end the show

User: drumjkb
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First DMB show!

User: drumtechjp
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Awesome start to the weekend! Sooo much high energy! Totally called squirm opener! Also..... a 5 SONG ENCORE!

User: erinh84
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Great show, horrible venue

User: felman85
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Joyride and Dave playing that new song on the ukulele were pretty special...

User: forty-one7
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Good-good show tonight!

User: gaphillips1125
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Easily the BEST night of the caravan!! It seemed like they played for 6 hours. I could barely sleep just wondering about what the weekend was going to have in store for me.

User: gr33dylittlepig
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Awesome way to kickoff the weekend. Squirm was a surprising, yet enjoyable opening. Tripping Billies right before the encore break was truly incredible. Also have to love Good Times Bad Times.

User: grants1984
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Best energy of the three days

User: gretchda
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Jenna, Jon, Alexa, Jon, Dominic, "Real", Jaussi, Browning

User: greybart41
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Great!

User: greystreet46
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Joyride! Got a bobblehead jesus!

User: harribri
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Great start.. Stand up tunes slowed things down, regardless of hearing Bayou for the 1st time since 2009. Set finished strong with a sweet 5 song encore!

User: HoosierDaddy90
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Too much Groo Grux and Stand Up for my taste. Jimi Thing was the highlight, as it usually is.

User: hynessiu
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The idiot people around me took away from the show...

User: icedog
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good to see the boys again...

User: j1m1thing
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Great show. Hard to tell what was coming after the BEF>DDTW happened. Was pretty happy to finally see Write a Song and went nuts when Joy Ride was played. I never thought I would ever be so lucky as to hear that. And the 5 song encore starting with a brand new song? Exquisite.

User: jasetdx
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Dave came out with amazing energy. Some song selections and unusually long times between songs kinda killed some of the energy. I dont understand why Joyride wasnt on the last album, glad they brought it back. Maybe DMB felt it wasnt appropriate with the grux tribute theme, but thats going to be a radio hit whenever it gets released. From the reviews it looks like a lot of others love that song too.

User: JasonCoz
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Well worth walking over the moon to see a solid performance.

User: Jbrieger
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Great show! You could tell they all wanted to be up there playing music together :)

User: JDavis2144
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Incredible First Night for the Caravan....New Song was awesome....Dave wrote the tune that morning about his Boy learning to swim.....Great time, great venue.

User: jeepers11
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Goodtimes

User: Jeff2k12
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Epic!

User: jennjami
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Awesome show

User: JGRuff
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Included a great cover of Good Times Bad Times by Led Zepplin and a fun Ukulele performance from Dave.

User: john.cobb4
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The venue is weak and the audience seemed not to enjoying the show. The band tried but the crowed was lame.

User: johnmwright
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Awesome show. In front of VIP on the rail again!


User: jphooster22
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joy ride was awesome and a pretty good jimi thing

User: justlau
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Great show as always. Nothing like a new song to top it off!

User: jw1985
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Pretty tame setlist, not nearly as interesting as night 2 or 3.

User: Karrissa0971
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Friday night had a great line up and Dave even debuted a song he claimed to have written that morning! It was fantanstic!

User: katiewright
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It was a great way to open the amazing weekend.

User: khdmb9
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Great show. There was some craziness going on onstage during Bayou but it seemed to be all in good fun. Great first night for the Chicago leg of the Caravan.

User: kimmyv
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LOVED JOYRIDE!!!!!

User: kjwtwe03
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Great show and atmosphere, YMDT mid set was great as well as bg eyed fish a little earlier

User: kkyates24
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MY M.F. B-DAY!

User: Lauri29
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Amazing

User: LeaveOrStay
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Was pretty good loved Joy Ride but was waiting for less gru grux

User: lisafindley
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Awesome set list!! This was my second Dave show and they definitely blew my mind! The crowd around us was a lot of fun as well!

User: lofsfire3592
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Pretty average a few new great songs,great venue

User: Lorriern
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Nothing but perfection!

User: mattbp102191
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Good show overall, Joyride coming back was incredible. There was a really bad run in the show w/ out of my hands, louisiana bayou, you and me, etc. But the FIVE SONG encore including a beautiful new song on the eukelele really made it an enjoyable show. I thought they were done after SMLAM but then dave grabbed another guitar..stay was a nice finish. I am really looking forward to the next two nights.

User: memuller23
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Great night, for the first of 3

User: mike54704
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I love it all every single song. Every single version.

User: mikeuga
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A blast! Amazing energy on this first night of the Caravan in Chicago!

User: mmadara
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Joy Ride totally made this show for me! Bobblehead Jesus foreva!

User: mmbaron
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Great show as always ray lamontagne opened doesn't get better

User: MNDaveFan
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Loved out of my hands, joyride, awesome jimi thing and new song in encore.

User: mrayburn
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The band seemed on fire. The set was short but a 5 song encore including Jimi Thing and Stay made up for it. Joy Ride was an unexpected treat and Louisiana Bayou was great to hear.

User: mrcrazyeasy
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Great start to the weekend. Big eyed fish, joyride,and a very strong encore.

User: msfahy
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Loving the setlist

User: mtoigo12
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One of the best shows I've been to. Absolutely incredible set list. Saw many songs I hadn't heard before. So much more energy than an average VZW Amp show in Maryland Heights, MO.

User: nags41
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Got the Setlist!

User: Nathandg79
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Great show!!! Way close to the front of the stage as we camped out all day. Pretty great set list since even some of the "overplayed" stuff sounded new. Highlights - Dive In, Dave's new song that he apparently wrote today, Jimi Thing, Out of My Hands, and more!

User: ninjatim33
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the last half of this concert may be the best thing Ive ever seen in my life

User: Noahschechter1
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Any show that Dave plays big eyed fish is a 5 in my book great way to start the weekend off set a great tone !!!!!!

User: noliemarie
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Wow.

User: nutz81
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HT

User: pantelis38
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I shouldnt have drank so much. but had an excellent time. He could have played a few better songs in my own opinion. which doesnt matter.

User: phreakyb
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Other than a lot of Whiskey songs showing up on the setlist it was still a pretty decent show

User: pmcmahon22
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Great show, not so great venue.

User: pmtobin
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That was great!!!! Would have been better at Alpine though!

User: Putterboy1912
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Joy Ride!

User: rbdntd
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5 song encore. STAMPED!

User: rjgoode
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Absolutely amazing. They blew my mind.

User: rpsadowski
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Joy ride
Ymdt

User: ruli02
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Excellent comeback show. Really enjoyed it!

User: ryansnyder
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what a mess.

User: rydog7
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amazing 3 day set!!!

User: samharbaugh
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good variety.

User: seekup1978
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This show had the potential to be pretty good given the set list but I just never got the feeling that the band really got going before it was over. Which is really too bad. Good Times Bad Times was awesome but the lack of jams was disappointing. It was great to hear the new song though - Dave on a uke!!!

User: shinanigans09
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Cool getting new song. Joyride was a nice surprise

User: Slimmixer57
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Venue was suspect...loved the Cornbread shot and the Led cover!

User: snowrider
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Excellent way to kick off the weekend!

User: surfhigh001
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Solid show

User: susanwentz
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Joy Ride, Cornbread AMAZING...great show, great energy...5 song encore with a new song that almost made me cry....venue was terrible though.

User: sweet2step
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"Sweet" was amazing...Dave keep playing it please

User: Swid007
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Awesome show! Joy Ride, Good Times Bad Times, and 5 encore songs! When the slowest song of the night is big eyed fish, you know you saw a rocking concert (i don't count the new song our out of my hands as a song)

User: tcw103
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sick encore!

User: TDMacek
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First dave show.. unbelievable experience. Caravan day 1 was amazing. wish i had the money for all three days. looking back it would have been well worth it.

User: The DMB 201'ers
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Opening night of the Lakeside Caravan. "Squirm" got things started...Lots of energy! "You might die trying" and "Good times Bad times" was also a favorite of the night for me. Songs that were a first for me: "joyride","louisiana bayou","Good times Bad times", "sweet" and "What would you say".

User: thewarehouse34
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Meh on the set. Joyride was crazy awesome

User: Tina T
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Big Eyed Fish, Rapunzel, Write a Song, all heard within the first half of the show; what a great way to start the weekend!

User: Tjg8590
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With Erica and Laura

User: tkandtk5413
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Had not seen them since Wrigley, missed DMB! Stellar show. Crowd more mellow than usual

User: Tracyg1313
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Caravan Show! Great!

User: UrsadonDMB
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Got some great photos from the front row. Made some great friends from New Jersey. Joy Ride was fantastic. I would like to shout out to the folks next to me in the front holding a Bobble Head Jesus high in the air during that song...and the five song encore was unreal...just kept them coming. All five songs were fantastic and I was glad they were played early in the weekend.

User: vwsanley
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Unreal Time!

User: warehouse55
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starting my first dave concert with 2 of my favorite songs at the time was just great. just the overall experience of listening to dave life was mind blowing

User: Wicklutz52
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Songs I felt like I would never hear at my first show ever. First show was amazing.

User: WidespreadMule3
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Superb first night of the caravan. Really enjoyed the joyride bust out And hearing the bayou's killer outro. Really good Jimi thing and the BW songs have been reworked some and sound really good. Great times! Can't believe that was only N1! Oh yeah! Dave's new song on the Uke!!! Beautiful! Hope he keeps at it!

User: willie scotland
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Fantastic, well worth the trip from Scotland..!

User: winkdaddy06
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Holy hell, first half!

User: wotl
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good, VIP viewing area w/TJ

User: xyphor77
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Our first Dave show together!!!!!! SOO AMAZING...they played em's favorite song Stay or Leave on N1!!! pretty epic i'd have to say. I was reaaaally happy for her!!
I couldnt believe they played the song I wanted to hear the most live- Stay or Leave! Hearing Big Eyed Fish 2nd on the set list was a nice surprise too, I just started really liking the song..and of course SO happy they played you might die trying & dont drink the water. AAAAANDDD one of the best parts of Caravan as a whole was when they played Jimi Thing cuz that's what Andrew wanted to hear and Dave did amazing!!! I was rrrreally really happy for him:)
Dave scatted most of the night...between corn bread and Jimi Thing...Two of the best I have heard period.

User: zaj128
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Solid night one... 5 song encore was just filthy...

User: Zcappos
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1st DMB show + OAR = solid.

User: Zcrawford44
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All I got Say is JOYRIDE.


   


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