So much to say
In fact, what was there not to say about the two performances of the Dave Matthews Band this past weekend at Wrigley Field?
The latest in the string of top-shelf musical talent to grace the “Friendly Confines,” DMB did not disappoint. Friday’s performance offered picture-perfect weather, but rain threatened the Saturday concert all day.
In the end the clouds backed off, but DMB did not. They surged through all of their biggest hits including “Stay” and “Trippin’ Billies” in front of two massive jumbotrons and another
directly above the stage comprised of five smaller screens. It offered a clear view of everything from Dave himself, to the bass player wearing a Cubs knit hat, to the horns and backup singers.
It also was a decidedly more energetic crowd. I’ve had the good pleasure of covering all of the concerts–Jimmy Buffett in 2005, The Police in 2007 and Elton John and Billy Joel in 2009 (I missed Rascal Flatts)–and the crowd was simply more jumpy.
People were dancing in the rows, aisles, even with Wrigley Field ushers!
No matter who plays at Wrigley Field, it is always still a strange sight to see a massive stage right in the middle of centerfield.
The scoreboard was dwarfed by the stage’s scaffolding. But DMB’s stage was not as complicated as the one The Police had–featuring a laser show–or EJ/BJ, which had ascending, descending/rotating pianos. Rascal Flatts had a catwalk that extended out into the general admission crowd on the field.
Others who didn’t have tickets sat in lawn chairs on Waveland Avenue and listened to the concert. It was an older crowd out there, in what many were calling “Wrigleyvinia” an obvious play on the lawn seat, garden-like atmosphere of Ravinia.