Concert Venues I've Seen Dave Matthews Band At
I've seen this band 39 times at 17 venues. Here, I discuss them all, from most times to least times at each venue.
- •Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ (6 times)I used to love going to this tonight stand. For three straight years, I went for the weekend, enjoyed Philadelphia in between shows, and saw some of the best concerts. In one of the nicest venues around. I don't go there anymore though. It seems that in the divorce, my wife chose to go to these shows
- •Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantaugh, NY (5 times)My hometown concert venue here on Long Island. It's so beautiful to sit under the stars, watch my favorite band, and look out over the water. Usually there's a nice breeze, and it's always pretty energetic.
- •Madison Square Garden - New York, NY (5 times)The world's most famous Arena, is also one of the best places to see a concert. Indoor concerts have such a different feel, especially Dave Matthews band concert. There is so much energy, it feels like the place might explode.
- •The Gorge Amphitheater - George, WA (3 times)Look at that picture. They built a stage on the cliff, overlooking the gorge on the Columbia River, in the middle of nowhere. The closest towns are about 20 miles away, and the closest cities are even farther. When you first walk in, you go over a hill. At the top of the hill, you see that view for the first time. And for three nights every Labor Day weekend, Dave Matthews band plays there. I was lucky enough to go there one year, crossing that off of my bucket list. It was indescribable
- •Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA (3 times)In 2008, when my friend and I were trying to figure out where else we should go to concerts, we decided on Scranton. We love the office, and we thought it would be fun to go there. Little did we know, that the venue, up on montage Mountain, was a really nice place to see a concert. Plus, we got to go to the Steamtown mall and see all the fun Dunder Mifflin things.
- •PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ (2 times)The last two years, I've gone to see DMB at this venue just outside New York City. We settled on this because it is a quick day trip, since we both have real jobs now and can't travel the country like we did eight years ago. It's a cool place with a fun atmosphere. Horrible traffic
- •Citi Field - Flushing, NY (2 times)There was nothing like seeing my favorite band at my favorite stadium of my favorite baseball team. Citi Field is a nice brand-new state-of-the-art stadium. It was really cool to see the band there
- •First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA (2 times)We chose this town, just outside of Pittsburgh, because I have relatives in Pittsburgh and so we had a free place to stay. My buddy had to be back early the next day after the two nightstand, so we actually ended up leaving after the concert around midnight, and driving the eight hours straight through. Let's just say, I was lucky to make it home. I may have driven slightly unsafely.
- •IZOD Center - East Rutherford, NJ (2 times)They haven't played much here, but when they have, I grab tickets. It's not too far and it's a nice place to go.
- •Xfinity Theater - Hartford, CT (2 times)First time I've ever gone to the lawn for a concert, and this is not the place for that. It was less of a lawn, and more of a dirty dusty place with drunk people peeing on it. I don't think I'd go back to Hartford.
- •Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY (1 time)Every year,night 2 at SPAC is epic. They pull out all the stops. Well, the one year we went, it was good, but nothing to write home about. It still is a nice place to go. In the middle of the state park. Really nice scenery.
- •Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY (1 time)I love this place. I've seen three concerts (DMB, postal Service, and Pearl Jam) plus Disney on ice there. I keep hoping that Jay Z will be there, but I haven't seen him yet. State of the art.
- •Rockefeller Plaza - New York, NY (1 time)In 2009, DMB was on the today show. So, my wife and buddy, and I decided to head out there. We got to the city at 4:30 in the morning, we lined up. And we ended up standing across the street behind the stage seeing nothing. And they just kept playing the same song over and over again for the camera. I will never go to a today show concert again.
- •Virginia Beach Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA (1 time)This was the first concert I took my wife to. We threw it on towards the end of our epic 10 show 2008 trip. It was good. Nice place. Beautiful city. Good times.
- •Piedmont Park - Atlanta, GA (1 time)This was the craziest thing I've ever done for this band. My friend and I got tickets to their Piedmont Park concert in 2007. We wanted to be right upfront, so we got to the park at 11:30 PM, the night before. We stayed up all night, sitting on the streets of Atlanta, playing Monopoly and chatting with other fans. At 3 PM, they let us in. We bolted for the front, but ended up being about a third row. Still, the greatest seats and most amazing time of my life.
- •Target Center - Minneapolis, MN (1 time)I went here with my girlfriend who lived in South Dakota. It was long distance, but I happen to go visit when they were playing just a few hours away in Minneapolis. So both of us being fans, we got tickets. I also worked at target, so it was fun to go to the target Center. I ended up moving to South Dakota for her. That didn't work out. But that's another list, for another day
- •Giants Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ (1 time)Giants Stadium. My first concert. June 11, 2001. I had been waiting to see them for years. This was the only real stadium show I saw. I mean, I saw them at baseball stadiums, but not football stadiums. It's a very different feeling to be surrounded by 60,000 friends. Amazingly, during the encore, they played Two Step and it started to pour and thunder and lightning and hail. And nobody cared. We all just stood there, dancing, and enjoying the moment. I still get chills thinking about it