Saturday night was pretty dreary in Hampton Roads but the rain and storms didn’t hamper any of the 15,000 + people at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach for the Dave Matthews Band concert. The heaviest of the rain subsided as Dave came out on stage for the stage of his acoustic set at 7:40 pm. “It looks like it cleared up for me” said the singer and acoustic guitar slinger. “Once you’re wet, you’re wet…unless you’re wearing tight jeans and then that’s a whole new problem” A jubilant cheer from the crowd and then Matthews started the set with the Procol Harum tune, A Whiter Shade Of Pale, which he has only played a handful of time on the band’s current tour. He followed up with Neil Young’s The Needle And The Damage Done and then longtime friend and collaborator Tim Reynolds joined Dave onstage to an outstanding ovation from the rain drenched crowd for the Matthews solo tune, Oh. The rest of the band joined Tim and Dave on stage for the remainder of the acoustic part of the program or otherwise known as Set #1.
The Charlottesville band jammed their way unplugged through their way 6 more songs including a little mashed up version of Recently, where they added a little of Pretty Pretty Girl to the end. They garnered an ecstatic cheer from the crowd for that one.
The band wrapped up Set #1 around 8:45 pm and then the stagehands took over to set up for the electric portion of the show or Set #2. After about 20 minutes, the house lights went out and Dave and the boys along with The Lovely Ladies took the stage once again and plugged in for the next 2 hours. They kicked it off with Stay (Wasting Time) off of their Before These Crowded Streets album and the crowd was on their feet dancing. I’m pretty sure the crowd is a little sore today after non-stop cheering and dancing for over 2 hours. I’ve been to hundreds of shows and there are a very few where a crowd really gets into every song than a Dave Matthews Band show. From the extended version of Crash Into Me with an epic solo from violinist Boyd Tinsley to the electrifying guitar solo from Tim Reynolds in #41, the band played with every once of emotion and talent as if they were performing for that very first time in 1991 at Trax in Charlottesville.
The rain had a steady fall throughout the night but no one seemed to notice – until the band came out for the encore and performed, so appropriately, Virginia In The Rain. This was the first time they had performed the song in Virginia and I couldn’t think of a more meaning full night than this night to perform this song.
They ended the encore with 1998’s Rapunzel and just like that, another fantastic Dave Matthews Band show at Farm Bureau Live is in the books. This show is always a must see at Farm Bureau Live each time they come to town and even if you’re not a big fan, you’re going to find yourself having one of the best concert experiences you’ll ever have.
Dave Matthews Band Set List – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach