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Jam Central Station 12.21.13: From the Archive - Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Vol. 11 - 8.29.2000
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 12.21.2013

For my second dive into the DMB live archive, I moved back a couple of years. I was looking for some of the most well-loved live releases, and a lot of folks came back with Live Trax 3 from 8/27/00. 2000 was a great touring year for the band with plenty of excellent new songs which would go on to make up the Lillywhite Sessions/Busted Stuff albums. After listening to a couple of options, however, I went with a show from two nights later, 8/29/00, which was released as Live Trax 11. Both recordings are high quality, and I simply prefer the pace and attitude of the latter a bit more.

The band started out by setting a dark tone to the night with the opening run of "The Stone," "Rhyme & Reason," and "Don't Drink The Water." Looking back at the turmoil that the band was going through at this time (an unhappy and unproductive recording process), this opening run is a great representation of that. There's tons of beauty in it, from Carter's always spectacular drumming on "The Stone" or the massive horns on "Don't Drink The Water." Dave's vocals are also exceptionally driven and powerful in the early part of this show, and he's showing a lot of emotion early on.

The emotion didn't let up moving forward, although the mood lightened considerably. A 10 minute "#41" includes the mandatory awesome Leroi solo as well as some more great Dave vocals. Roi especially gets epic on his sax near the end of the song. This release doesn't include as many of the new songs as some other shows from the era, but a new pair of tunes in "Grace is Gone" and "JTR" come next. The slow, sad "Grace is Gone" is well offset by the upbeat "JTR," but both are beautiful early versions of the songs. It's clear that the band is trying out a couple different things on these songs still, with a somewhat different intro on "Grace is Gone" than is typical, and the lyrics for "JTR" are still only half formed. The band is still feeling out the jam in this one as well, as they keep things pretty tight without trying to do anything outside of the structure of the song. But it's a good idea of how the song started out.

They moved from the two new songs into a fan favorite with "What Would You Say?" It was a good opportunity to bring the crowd back after a couple unknown songs, and, other than a few flubbed lyrics by Dave the song was very good, including some nice solo work from Leroi . A real highlight came next with a pair of cover songs. The first was a beautiful version of "The Maker" followed by a mid-set "All Along the Watchtower." "Watchtower" is a long time fan favorite for the band with explosive energy, which makes it rare that it's not an encore song. They brought out another fan favorite with the ever popular "Crash Into Me" which is another nice respite in the set. One thing I liked in particular about this version was how the bass stood out at times, showing just how Stefan can keep a great groove but make it interesting. The one thing I like more about the 8/27 show is how the bass stands out on that song, but it's nice to hear it a bit on this one.

The next song is the highlight of the set for me. The band busted out the rarity "Minarets" for a very powerful performance. It's not an easy vocal performance, but Dave hits it very well despite the fact this show is later in the tour and he went out so powerfully on some of the early songs. The 9 minute jam moved into an excellent "Lie In Our Graves," by far the longest song of the night. While I'm not a huge fan of Butch Taylor when he played with the band, his keyboard jam on this version is top-notch, and the band is bringing a lot of positive energy to this one. Dave then leads the band through an early version of "Bartender" with the band following along nicely. They had this one down by this point in the tour, although they still weren't expanding on it too much.

The main set ends with a somewhat flubbed "So Much To Say" (the band was able to follow Dave through the vocal mistakes) into "Ants Marching" with a "Too Much" fake. This was before the "Too Much" fake became a mainstay, so it was a bit of a surprise at the time. The encore is a great combination of "Digging a Ditch" and "Rapunzel," two songs I've always loved in the encore slots. Both versions are pretty standard, but they're both just such excellent songs and the 2000 performances were always spot-on. The jam at the end of Rapunzel isn't very long but it certainly ends the show on a high note.

This is a great show from 2000. The setlist isn't crazy and it's missing some of the best songs that debuted this year, but overall it's a great show to listen to, and if I want to hear "Raven" or "Sweet Up & Down" I know where I can go to find them. Getting a great run to open the show, a 2000 "Minarets" and a set without a single weak point make a great show to come back to. While you really can't go wrong with any of the shows from 2000 that have been released, this is one that you don't want to miss.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees
The 2014 class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced this week. Inductees include Nirvana (on their first year of eligibility), Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Ronstadt. It's actually a very solid class, in my opinion. I'm not a Kiss fan, but they probably deserve it at this point. Plenty of other bands still deserve to get in, but putting in Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens were great choices.

All Good on hiatus
After 17 years, the All Good festival will be taking a year off. The festival will also be looking for a new venue come 2015 after two years at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH. Hopefully this hiatus leads to some long term stability for the event.

Wakarusa 2014 dates
Wakarusa will be back in Ozark, Arkansas in 2014. The festival will take place from June 5-8, and the lineup will be released in January.

High Sierra dates
The High Sierra Music Festival will return to Quincy, CA for its 24th installment. The event will take place from July 3-6 next year, with the lineup set to be announced in the next few months.

John Butler Trio confirm album, North American tour
The John Butler Trio will release their new album Flesh & Blood on February 4th. The band will also be touring the U.S. and Canada in February as well with a limited run of dates.

February 3 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
February 4 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
February 6 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
February 7 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
February 8 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre – sold out
February 9 Minneapolis, MN -First Avenue
February 12 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
February 14 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
February 15 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
February 16 Vancouver, BC- Commodore Ballroom
February 18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
February 20 San Francisco, CA – TBD
February 21 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
February 23 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Phish to webcast NYE run
Phish will once again be webcasting their 4-night New Years run from Madison Square Garden. The shows will stream in HD and can be purchased individually or a bundle of all four nights.

Gov't Mule announce dates
Gov't Mule announced another set of dates in support of their new album Shout! Their current run of dates take them through most of February.

December 27 Philadelphia, PA—Tower Theatre
December 28 Philadelphia, PA—Tower Theatre
December 30 New York, NY—The Beacon Theatre
December 31 New York, NY—The Beacon Theatre
January 15-19 Negril, JM—Island Exodus V
February 6 Columbia, SC—Township Auditorium
February 7 Bowling Green, KY—SKY PAC
February 8 Durham, NC—Durham PAC
February 11 Huntsville, AL—Von Braun Hall
February 13 Baton Rouge, LA—Varsity Theatre
February 14 Tunica, MS—Horseshoe Tunica
February 15 Mobile, AL—Saenger Theatre
February 18 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant
February 19 Des Moines, IA—Hoyt Sherman
February 21 Evansville, IN—Victory Theatre
February 22 Charleston, WV—Clay Center

Earth Night
December 20-21, 2013
Papadosio will headline both nights. Other artists include: Ott & The All Seeing I, Hundred Waters, Shigeto, and The Main Squeeze.

Jam Cruise
January 4-9, 2014
Miami, FL
Performers include: Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Bootsy Collins, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Keller Williams, Galactic, and many others.

One Big Holiday
January 26-30, 2014
Riviera Maya, Mexico
My Morning Jacket will be performing 4 nights at this event.

Aura Music & Arts Festival
February 14-16, 2014
Spirit of the Suwanne Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: Papadosio, Lotus, Conspirator, Zoogma, The Werks, The Revivaalists, Particle, Marco Benevento, Dopapod, and many others.

International Incident
February 19-23 2014
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Performers include: Multiple shows from the String Cheese Incident, EOTO< Kyle Holingsworth Band, The Motet, and Prophet Massive.

Winter Wondergrass
February 21-23, 2014
Nottingham Park
Avon, CO
Performers include: Greensky Bluegrass featuring Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Fruition, and many others.

Jam in the Sand
February 28-March 4, 2014
Negril, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra will host the event. Other performers to be announced.

Panic en la Playa tres
March 17-21, 2014
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Widespread Panic will perform four shows during the event.

Suwannee Springfest
March 20-23, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Southern Soul Assembly, Donna the Buffalo, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Hoopla in the Hills
March 27-30
Poston Lake Music Park
Athens, OH
Performers include: Papadosio, Keller Williams, EOTO, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Cosby Sweater, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others.

Wanee Festival
April 10-12, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL

Tortuga Music Festival
April 12-13, 2014
Beach Park
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Sheryl Crow, Train, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, Brett dennen, Delta Rae, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, and many others.

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, EOTO, and many others

Dark Star Jubilee
May 23-26, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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