Dave Matthews Band played to a sold-out Bridgestone Arena on Friday night.
Though it’s been a decade since he and his band played Nashville, fans in the crowd were rewinding the clocks back even longer. One fan, with a glass of Matthews’ Dreaming Tree wine in hand, excitedly remarked before the start, “It’s going to feel like 1993 tonight.” And though most of the audience could vividly remember the early ‘90s, a good portion of the crowd were obviously ‘90s babies and they showed just as much appreciation for the band that’s been creating music for nearly 30 years now.
The group opened with “That Girl Is You” from their latest album Come Tomorrow which was released last year, followed by “Too Much,” a ’96 release.
The night continued on like that with songs alternating from new releases to classics like “What Would You Say” and “Ants Marching.”
With spans of generations filling the arena, it was easy to see the depth in Matthews’ music. So many of his words and lyrics come out with an eager growl from his mouth, which only draws more delight from his fans. Surrounded by talented musicians, which he took the time to introduce during the set, the Dave Matthews Band is what really draws the crowd. Matthews was backed by Tim Reynolds on guitar, Carter Beauford on drums, Stefan Lessard on bass, Rawshawn Ross on trumpet, Jeff Coffin on saxophone, and Buddy Strong on keys.
The tour continues throughout the summer and makes a stop in Atlanta in late July. Tickets are still available online.