DMB | 11.13 | New Jersey

Words by Jessica Lopa | Images by Adam McCullough

Dave Matthews Band :: 11.13.07 :: Izod Arena :: East Rutherford, New Jersey

Dave Matthews :: 11.13
The Dave Matthews Band took the stage at 8:15 p.m. following their opening act, Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Starting with "One Sweet World," DMB eased into one of their last shows of 2007, a performance that would end up going past 11 p.m.

DMB draws from a large wealth of musicality, using these riches to formulate arrangements that thrive well past a four-minute pop song. Yet their songs appeal to a large fan base made up of both jam and pop fans. From early set selections like "Grace is Gone" and "You May Die Trying" to the more elastic arrangements of "Warehouse" and "All Along the Watch Tower," there was a sincerity and a passion that allowed emotions to meet their musical counterparts in perfect proportion and time - an execution that remains very real for fans. There's a trust present between DMB fans and the band in the song selection and order, an ebb and flow of thought and groove. Better yet, there's a consistent sense of musical endeavor in many of the DMB's songs, where each musician is given the means and support from the others to really shine and explore.

A mid-set "Dreaming Tree" demonstrated trumpeter Rashawn Ross and saxophonist/flautist's Leroi Moore's ability to bring the arrangement from its ambient beginning to an exuberant climax. The ripened solos yielded to a stripped down, minimal drum and bass ending.

Rashawn Ross :: 11.13
Matthews' voice is distinctive and colorful, and with its many nuances you can hear why the majority of his songs possess originality. Within songs like "Corn Bread" and "Louisiana Bayou" one can hear Matthews alternate between his upper and middle ranges, keeping the melodies interesting and exciting. Adding vocal rambling and impromptu scatting, Matthews' vocalizations earned the crowd's applause. Capturing a folk-like and southern flavor, Matthews pairs an impressionable guitar line (much like a banjo) with a lively tempo and melody that easily lends itself to the southern drawl in "Corn Bread." This sentiment is found once more in "Louisiana Bayou," where the phrasing of the word "bayou" mimics a hillbilly-ish attitude by putting the accent on the last syllable. This notion is strengthened with several mentions of the popular square dance move, do–si-do, and a violin solo from Boyd Tinsley, who treats his instrument like a fiddle, filling out the song's harmony ecstatically.

At its core, the DMB is one big rhythm section. With Carter Beauford's keen, evolved sense of rhythm, meter and syncopation, the band expands their harmonic intentions to a dimension beyond the backbeat. Following in this vein is Stephan Lessard's contrapuntal basslines that explore the open space in the drum's lead. The laidback groove within "Jimi Thing" migrated through pop rock to an improvisatory second section.

Dave Matthews Band :: 11.13
Exposing the band's ability to maintain tight-knit arrangements, "Grey Street" featured horn lines played in conjunction with the percussion hits to build the excitement of both melody and harmony. Not needing much more than the verse, chorus and Matthews' belting vocals to bring the song to its climax, Ross closed the song with high-pitched enthusiasm. "Eh Hee," with its bottom heavy arrangement and insightful lyrics ("We are just a collection of cells overrated. God, I'm avoiding the truth") revealed Matthews' continuing search for enlightenment. With its chant-like refrain, the song was one of the shorter ones in the set but was well received.

DMB welcomed Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno on for "41." With its mild horn intro and slow, steady build up, the arrangement later enveloped Krasno's clean, articulate playing into the climax. Robert Randolph later joined them for "All Along the Watch Tower," where he was given ample opportunity to fire up his pedal steel guitar. Randolph wailed through the choruses into a sustained whirlwind with his usual enthusiasm, giving the crowd and the band what they wanted at the pinnacle of the show's main set.

The encore began with Matthews alone playing two acoustic songs. First was a new song for his son called "Round and Round," followed by "Gravedigger," where the audience assisted Matthews with his melody. Following in stark contrast were longtime favorites, "Too Much" and the highly charged "Ants Marching."

One Sweet World*, You Might Die Trying*, Grace Is Gone > Black Water*, Corn Bread*, Eh Hee*, Grey Street*, A Dream So Real*, #41*+, Louisiana Bayou*, Dreaming Tree*, Jimi Thing*, All Along The Watchtower*~, #27*, Warehouse* Stay (Wasting Time)*
Encore: Round And Round^ > Gravedigger^, Anyone Seen The Bridge* > , Too Much*, Ants Marching*

Show Notes:
* Rashawn Ross
+ Eric Krasno
~ Robert Randolph
^ Dave Solo

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johnnygoff starstarstarstar Tue 12/4/2007 05:00PM
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good to see kraz and robert randolph gettin down w/ dmb. despite all the bad vibes "real" hipsters bust out on DMB, he/the band has been layin' low as of late. They still may get some frat boys and screaming teenie bopper girls, but their music, (while still not my absolute favorite group) is great stuff, both lyrically and harmonically.

nice review Jessica. nice pics as always Adam.

mrkrinkle6884 starstarstarstar Tue 12/4/2007 05:20PM
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Nothing to do with DMB just thought it was funny that it took place in Jersey, which has been BASHED to hell by the BASE community from so many people who have never stepped foot in the state. Sorry for the Captain Obvious post, but I wanted to be the first.

Dave still doing the yayo?? Or is that old news?

canoftunapudding Tue 12/4/2007 07:09PM
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Carter Beauford is one of the most amazing drummers out there

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 12/4/2007 07:14PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy


Andrew Bruss Tue 12/4/2007 10:28PM
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Andrew Bruss

I'm surprised we're not seeing more haters posting garbage on this thread. nice to see people keeping positive. Nice article! way to put the readers in your seat

cocheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 05:48AM
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Nice review. I didn't get my annual summer time DMB show, thanks to LiveNation. DMB is a solid band top to bottom. They always get my feet moving!

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 06:09AM
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I've been listening to these guys since 94. They are terrific. Anything Dave does kicks some serious ass!

peaton Wed 12/5/2007 06:29AM
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good call tuna pudding, carter beuford single handedly makes that band. One of the top 5 drummers in the biz.

KCReb starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 06:44AM
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I'm so pleased to see this piece of writing. Dave has been one of my favorite artists for a long time now. The man just doesn't quit.

Lenox starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 06:47AM
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amazing band! these guys get too much shit from the community due to the fact that some college frat people like them. instead of hating the band for the crowd they bring, i say congratulate the crowd for finally wrapping their minds around some good music for once.

welting Wed 12/5/2007 07:52AM
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Yeah, this band definately deserves to be recognized on this site. They've been playing together for what, fifteen years? They're tight. I gotta admit though, the only time I've seen them I was very unimpressed. Would have been sick to see them with Krasno and Randolph.

moejoerisin Wed 12/5/2007 08:14AM
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dave matthews is one of the best songwriters of our generation. i would have loved to catch 'dreaming tree' live.. definitely one of the best dmb songs. the crowd has definitely been a major deterrant for me, however. naturally i'm down for a good party, but the frathouse vibe is way too suffocating at their shows now - i've seen fights in the parking lot, horny college freshman making out in the row behind me for the show's entirety. one of my friends even told me she saw two kids having sex on the lawn one summer.. i don't understand this kind of mentality.. if you want to make out and listen to dave matthews band, stay in your fucking dorm room and save forty bucks. insane.. anyway, this is a nice review and i would have loved to been there to see kraz and robert rock it with the band. peace.

NJPHISH starstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 09:37AM
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why does it matter whose at a show..if your having a good time?

jimmy row Wed 12/5/2007 09:37AM
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DMB eh

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fans fans fans. they do not make the music. but they can sure try to ruin your show. best thang to do, is move away if u are irritated. I moved during the last panic show in huntsville alabama, because some loud mouth dude who wanted to talk to the entire world sat in front of me. His cute little wife with him did not seem to realize her husband was a loud mouthed moron. poor girl.

moejoerisin Wed 12/5/2007 09:51AM
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it matters because i don't care for 10,000 alpha frat males with popped collars drinking their weight in beer, not caring at all about the music being played, and either trying to a.) fight, or b.) mate with something blonde. but that's just me.

mrkrinkle6884 Wed 12/5/2007 10:10AM
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Frat guys are bad.....sorority girls are worse("Oh my GOD I just lit the WRONG end of my cigarette!! haha)

Bonnaroo 04, and 05 had so many college kids there to see ONE person. 240 bucks plus food and supplies to see ONE person... thats asinine.

welfpack Wed 12/5/2007 10:12AM
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only on jambase do people complain about people wanting to bang out hot chicks

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 11:29AM
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NJPhish, because the people you invariably interact with at a show can affect whether or not you're having a good time.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 12/5/2007 12:33PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

I like a band based on how their music sounds as how it feels to me and not based on their fans. Although, I gotta say that if there is a lot of douche bags at a show, I can understand why that would drive away some people for going. Popped collers and frat boys can ruin a vibe when all you wanna do is feel the music and if they're gonna ruin a goos time than it's not even worth going to the show and spending your hard earned dollar.

With that being said, the frat/college/MTVgeneration crowds are an easy and acceptable target for comic fodder when talking shit on a band you don't like. Basically the god time jam scene that I knew from between the late 90's and early 2000's is all but null and void thanks in part to these Abercromie people.

cdrase starstarstarstar Wed 12/5/2007 01:20PM
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Im glad to see an artical on here about DMB. There a great band and this show was GREAT! Drove down from Western NY for this one and im glad i did!!! Randolph rocked the house, and from the family band set they did a sick cover of Billy Jean. Granted the croud someimes sucks! But like one person said, "just move away." There ARE alot of really great DMB fans out there that i have met over the years. NOT EVERYONE is a Frat Idiot....

cuttyfives Wed 12/5/2007 03:32PM
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No disrespect but Ive seen far far far far far worse than parking lot scuffles and some dude gettin laid at shows...I know a lot of you have too.

golfer648 Thu 12/6/2007 05:33AM
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i agree...if youve been around youve seen A LOT worse...i think overdoses and fall outs on the floor are a lot worse than fnn and fighting...

shonuff Thu 12/6/2007 07:42AM
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Also, Dave continues to get kick ass opening bands almost every summer. One of the only acts I actually feel decent about pay $50 to go and see. Cheers

moejoerisin Thu 12/6/2007 08:10AM
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yea.. everyone's seen worse (at camp bisco VI i saw someone selling, and someone subsequently purchasing, huffs of household cleaner). that's not the point, though. random people fucked up on random drugs gives me no headache.. it just seems to me that dave matthews shows have become more like keggers for the 16-24 meathead / prep syndicate with the band's performance as an afterthought, which is not my bag. and obviously it's not the band's fault, but for me it detracts from the music. but if that doesn't bother you, then by all means hit up the next dmb show near you. more power to you.

trini. starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/6/2007 09:35AM
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Article made me sad I missed my annual DMB outing. What a great set.

Mr. Brojangles starstarstarstar Thu 12/6/2007 05:03PM
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Most of y'all are on point. DMB still makes great live music, and I dig 'em. But as we all know, the makeup of the crowd plus the music determines the "scene" and how good of a time you have. That's why I've only seen these guys once in the past 5 years.

ROCvibes Fri 12/7/2007 11:37AM
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like many have said i like daves music (and band), also opening bands are also in very good taste...i cant agree more w/ the crowd comments, the crowd is what gives a show good or bad vibes and seems more and more at dave show its leanin towards bad-vibes...only my opinion, if im gonna spend $50 id rather go see phil...i know there will be good vibes there

galenpg Fri 12/7/2007 06:12PM
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forgive me if i´m wrong, but isnt rashawn pretty much a member of the group these days? looks like he played on nearly every song(probably more than leroi, who last two times I saw the boys sat out almost every other song and seemed a little strung out- with all do respect to leroi)

guitardave starstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 06:45AM
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Frat boys. What a waste. Organized "friendship". Do they still wear those dopey baseball hats? I guess its good if you have no idea how to meet people and you are willing to degrade yourself through vomiting.

musical Sat 2/16/2008 10:03PM
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I have been to several dmb shows and I can agree that most of the crowd sucks-BUT if your looking for a good time, come find me on the lawn-I'll be the one not TALKING DURING THE WHOLE SET, BUT THE ONE DANCING HER ASS OFF!!!!! Lots of love to the DMB!!!!