Review by Kelly Besaw
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds took a break from the aggressive Dave Matthews Band tour schedule to play a rare duo show at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua on July 17. Dave and Tim took the stage at 7:45 pm sharp and ripped right into “Oh” to kick off a three-hour, 27-song set.
Dave Matthews told the audience, “We are going to play some songs from over here and some songs from over there and hopefully we end up playing something you like.” The duo performed “Grace Is Gone” followed by “Grey Street.” At this point, the crowd was on their feet singing and dancing along.
The audience continued singing and dancing through “Satellite” and “So Damn Lucky” before Dave and Tim slowed things down with “The Ocean and the Butterfly.” Matthews showcased his vocals working in plenty of his trademark scat throughout the evening. He also proved that he knows his way around the guitar. The duo delighted fans with some intricate breakdowns and fancy fretwork. Tim Reynolds is a guitar god. At times it sounded like he was playing bass guitar, drums, horns, and even a mandolin. He often evoked massive cheers from the fans by adding amazing inflections and ornamentations to the songs. He treated fans to two interlude solos throughout the evening, “Betrayal” and “Tangled Web We Weave.” Matthews and Reynolds ended their set with some older DMB material including “Dancing Nancies,” “The Stone,” “#41,” “Lie in Our Graves” and ended their set with the epic, fan-favorite “Ants Marching.”
Matthews and Reynolds exited the stage briefly before returning to the stage for a three-song encore that included a new one for me, “Something to Tell My Baby.” Matthews described the song as being about “What I will leave behind for my children when I am gone.” The duo brought the mood back up with “Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)” and rounded out the evening with the classic tune “Warehouse.” It was the perfect end to an epic show.
Setlist: Oh, Grace Is Gone, Grey Street, Satellite, So Damn Lucky, The Ocean and the Butterfly, Stay or Leave, Crush, Walk Around the Moon, Save Me, Betrayal (Tim Solo), Out of My Hands, Don’t Drink the Water, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begins), Funny The Way It Is, Two Step, Do You Remember, You & Me, Dancing Nancies, Tangled Web We Weave (Tim Solo), The Stone, #41, Lie in Our Graves, Ants Marching
Encore: Something to Tell My Baby (Dave Solo), Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back), Warehouse