Photos By : Chris Besaw
Written 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 Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY on July 6. Dave and Tim took the stage at 7:45pm sharp and ripped right into “The Stone” to kick off a three hour, 27 song set.
Dave Matthews told the audience they could, “sit down and relax if they wanted to” before playing “Grace is Gone,” followed by “Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back).” The fans didn’t stay seated for long and were on their feet, singing and dancing when the duo performed “Don’t Drink the Water.” The audience continued singing and dancing through “Satellite,” “Lie in Our Graves” and “Bartender.” The crowd went crazy and everyone was up on their feet boogieing when the duo played “Cornbread” and “Warehouse.”
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 fret work. Tim Reynolds is a guitar god. At times it sounded like he was playing a 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.
Matthews and Reynolds made the fans go wild with a double encore. The first encore included “Crash into Me” and Two Step.” The duo thanked the crowd and bid them goodnight. The house lights stayed dim and the fans went nuts, chanting, cheering and pounding on the seats. Dave and Tim came out for the second encore of what ended up being a nearly three hour set and played “Oh,” “Tripping Billies” and rounded out the evening with classic tune “Ants Marching.” It was the perfect end to an epic show.
Set list: The Stone, Grace is Gone, Old Dirt Hill (Bring that Beat Back), Don’t Drink the Water, Satellite, Bismark, Kundalini Bonfire (Tim Solo), Death on the High Seas, So Damn Lucky, “You & Me, #41, Snow Outside, Cornbread, Tangled Web We Weave (Tim Solo), Warehouse, Crush, Save Me, Dancing Nancies
Encore 1: Crash Into Me, Two Step
Encore 2: Oh, Tripping Billies, Ants Marching