Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dave Matthews Band in Tampa

Some of you might have heard that one of my true loves in life is listening to music by Dave Matthews Band.  They are absolutely my favorite band, and as a music lover, I feel like they're just crazy talented and put on the BEST live shows.  Their music is usually blaring in my car on my way to and from work, with me jamming out and bobbing my head while I sing along loudly.

Going to DMB concerts are one of my joys in life.  I feel so incredibly happy and fulfilled while listening to their music live with my, sister, friends and husband by my side.  I've heard people talk about experiencing moments that are their Happy Places.  Well going to DMB shows are some of my Happy Places in life, each with their own indelible memories.  I look forward to these shows every. single. year.  I was so disappointed that the band decided to take a summer off from a full tour last year, but was stoked when they announced that they were going back on the road for the summer of 2012.  YAY!!

I had seen DMB 17 times throughout my life, and last night, I had the opportunity to attend show number 18 with my dear friend Jess. 

I've known Jess for almost 4 years, and she's been such a blessing in my life.  I love that girl!  She also shares in my appreciation for jam bands and going to concerts, and we always have a great time tailgating and attending shows together.  Jess was my date to the 2010 DMB show in Tampa.  We tailgated, then walked to the gate, only to realize that we'd left our tickets in the car.  When we got back to the car and decided on the fly to drink one more beer (more like we slammed another beer, because we were in a hurry after trying to maximize our tailgating time) then ran back to the gate with our tickets in hand.  We just had to fit in one more beer that we didn't have to pay $10 for.  That's how we roll.  It's all about being economical.

After Jess and I took a swing by the merch stand and grabbed some food, then went back to our seats, which were actually pretty good this year.  Well, in a moment of staggering humiliation, the bottom of my seat broke, rendering it unusable.  Ugh.  No girl with any weight on her wants to experience her seat breaking in front of other people. EVER.  It just reminded me of why I am back on Weight Watchers!  The staff at the Amphitheater were wonderful, and ended up giving us new seats at the front of our section!  We didn't have anyone directly in front of us, so our line of sight for the show was perfect!  Maybe my seat breaking was a blessing in disguise.

The show's set list was okay, and contain some great songs and new material.  The show started out with a ton of energy, but there was just this lull in the middle of the show with a number of slow songs in a row, all with extended jams, that almost put my poor friend to sleep!  I was thrilled when they picked up the pace and played some upbeat stuff and some of their classics, and the show ended strong with a great encore.  All in all, a good show but maybe not one of my favorites.

I just have to get through tomorrow and then I'm going to the Saturday DMB show in West Palm Beach, FL with Hubs, my sister and my brother-in-law!  We have a fabulous tailgate planned and we're staying at a different hotel this year, so should be a great time!  Plus, the band is taking a one month hiatus after our show, so I'm hoping they pull out all the stops with the setlist (i.e. FINALLY play my favorite song, Granny). 

ON A COMPLETELY UNRELATED SIDE NOTE, I downloaded the Kindle app for my iPhone and downloaded the Fifty Shades books that Becca so graciously sent me.  Now I can take my books with me to work or wherever and no one knows that I'm reading soccer mom porn.  They just think I'm one of those Words with Friends addicts.  Small price to pay!

Hope you all have a great Friday!

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I'm a wife, daughter and amazing twin sister. I'm a mom to my adorable dog, Bella. Loves: Shopping, cooking, baking, good grammar and Dave Matthews Band. I'm also a Bath and Body Works addict, a Michigan State Spartans fanatic, and an iPhone aficionado. I see beauty in simple things and little things make me ever-so-happy. Welcome to my world!

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