It had been 247 long days since I had seen Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge for my final shows of the 2015 tour.
On May 7th, DMB celebrated their 25th anniversary in the city where it all began, Charlottesville, VA.
Fans traveled from all over the country in order to see this once in a lifetime show. My group strolled into town on Friday and I had never been so excited to get out and explore a new city. Charlottesville made me feel right at home as soon as I got out of the car. The small town feel made me so comfortable and open.
We decided to unpack our things and immediately head downtown where we could visit Miller’s, the legendary bar where Dave Matthews worked and the band performed. After we had taken our pictures and met with friends, we headed to a party that Ants hosted at Mono Loco Restaurant just down the street from Miller’s. I attended the party hoping to see some familiar faces and what happened was even better than expected.
I saw some “old” friends that I met last summer or the summer before, but I also met so many new faces that I had only “met” through social media. Meeting these beautiful souls face to face was an experience like no other. It’s so surreal to meet someone for the first time and to feel as though you’ve known them for years, which is exactly how it feels when I meet people that have the same passion for this band as I do.
We continued our journey on Saturday morning by going back downtown and visitng the art exhibit for the 25th anniversary. Early photographs of the band were featured along with many of Dave’s drawings and handwritten lyrics for some of their most popular songs. A wave of emotions came over me as I walked through the exhibit. I had so many tears of joy pool in my eyes, but I could not keep a smile off of my face. It was a memory I will always cherish. Outside the exhibit, the original van that the band traveled in was on display. It was amazing to see the transformation of 25 years.
My group had floor tickets for the show and decided to go into John Paul Jones Arena around 6pm. We were about 10 rows back from the stage and had a perfect view of the band. The energy in the room was electric.
The band opened with The Song That Jane Likes, which hasn’t been an opener since 1994. They played three new songs, which completely blew me away. (Samurai Cop, Bob Law and Bismarck)
AND GET THIS.
They haven’t been played since 2010.
The whole show was incredible. I’m so incredibly thankful that I was present for such an amazing performance. The band was totally on fire and the fans were loving every single second.
I am so proud to call these fans my family and friends and to connect over this band who has brought so much joy to all of our lives. The entire weekend was something I will always carry with me.
Thank you, Dave Matthews Band.