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Dave Matthews Band Live :: Irvine, CA

Dave Matthews Band Live :: Irvine, CA

After taking a year off from touring, Dave Matthews Band is back on the road this summer. The band kicked off on May 18 in Woodlands, TX. The 41-stop tour features three Southern California dates:

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on September 7
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on September 8
Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood on September 12

Having been a DMB fan since 1995, I am always one of the first to log onto Ticketmaster to score the best seats I can afford.


This year was no different. I have been to at least 20 shows and since we met in 2003, my understanding (albeit reluctant,) husband always accompanies me. He pretends not to be a fan, but once the concert starts, he magically knows all of the lyrics. We attended Saturday’s show in Irvine and I wouldn’t think of missing Wednesday’s show in Hollywood.

Dave Matthews Band never fails to deliver.

Their live shows are always high energy and my butt never touches the seat because that energy radiates throughout the entire audience. With a vast catalog of music, you never get the same show twice. Saturday’s show was no different as the band’s chemistry and talent oozed throughout the venue and most certainly, the music. Plus, if you’ve never been to a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (formerly Irvine Meadows), you are really missing out. I don’t think there is a bad seat in Orange County’s largest amphitheater (it can accomodate 15,000 people,) and nothing beats being under the stars on a cool summer night. Every seat, including the lawn was packed on Saturday night for Dave Matthews Band.


Dave Matthews Band has one the most of loyal fan bases of any musical group performing today and I believe it is because how hard they work during their live shows. It is not uncommon for the group to perform for 3 – 3.5 hours and they always feature a unique setlist and even special guests. Saturday’s show included guitar great, Stanley Jordan. The band is also known for its breakout jam sessions during songs that can last several minutes long with surprising and fun segue ways into new songs.

Even though I would consider myself a die-hard Dave Matthew Band fan…


I had only heard one of the new songs from the band’s forthcoming album, Away From The World, and was worried that the show might be a vehicle to showcase new material. There is nothing worse than going to a concert and not recognizing any of the music. This was not the case for Saturday’s show and I might not have minded anyway. DMB performed only four songs from their soon to be released album; Mercy, already a Top 3 hit at Triple A radio was one of them. The album is expected to release on September 11 and you better believe I have already pre-ordered it! Personal favorites also performed on Saturday included “Crush” and “Two Step”.

Besides the performers, another element that can make or break a concert for me is the audience and luckily, my husband and I were surrounded by fellow true Dave Matthews Band fans who danced and sang right along with us.

If you’ve been a fan from afar but have never attended a live Dave Matthews Band show, I promise you will not be disappointed.



The setlist from the September 8, 2012 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater show.

Eh Hee
If Only
You Never Know
Rhyme And Reason
Dreaming Tree
Don’t Drink the Water
Digging a Ditch
Snow Outside
Corn Bread
The Riff
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Two Step

Some Devil (E)
All Along The Watchtower (E)


– Tonya

Honest with every keystroke, Tonya Wertman, a freelance writer, is a SAHM to Lucas and new puppy, Charlie Pasta. Lover of Dave Matthews and red wine, she created to document Lucas’ childhood and maintain her sanity. Twitter: @Letters4Lucas

Disclosure: On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own. Photos courtesy of Tonya Wertman and Nicole Standley
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  1. Great review! I’ve only seen them twice but love the energy of their live shows and live versions of their songs.

    (Two Step is my all-time fave, so yay!)

  2. I saw DMB live in New Orleans at the jazz festival right before Hurricane Katrina, and you are right…they are AMAZING!! Great review 😉

  3. I cannot believe I’ve been a DMB fan for years and this was my first show! It was beyond fun. He is one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen and sounded better than the albums! I can be a concert snob, and he blew me away. I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I was! Wow. Just wow!

  4. Execellent review! I felt as though I was both present & missing out all at the same time…I cannot wait to catch DMB live!

  5. SUPER cool! I have never been to a Dave Matthews Band concert before — concerts can be so expensive, and when the performers “phone it in,” it’s such a disappointment. Sounds like this is NOT a problem with DMB though!

  6. Never seen it but I should!!!

  7. LOVE Dave Matthews Band. Great pictures!!

  8. great pictures and looks like it was a blast!

  9. Looks like a fun night!!!


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