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DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Dave Matthews
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Carter Beauford
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Stefan Lessard
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Rashawn Ross & Jeff Coffin
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Rashawn Ross
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Jeff Coffin
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Boyd Tinsley
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Tim Reynolds
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Dave Matthews
DAVE MATTHEWS / Martin Sexton
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ • June 30th, 2010
 
        Opening the show, American Folk singer-songwriter, Martin Sexton, played his 45-minute set drawing songs from his nine-album career and a few more off his lastest album, Sugarcoating, released in 2010. For more info on Martin Sexton, please visit his website at www.martinsexton.com.
        Up next, the Dave Matthews Band kicked off its annual two-night stint to a sold-out house of 25,000 fans. Those lucky enough to snag tickets to both shows will be among the last to see the popular jam band until at least 2012. The band recently announced they will take a break from touring in 2011 after a nearly 20-year long string of shows.
    The band took the stage at 8:20 p.m. and opened with "Squirm" and "Big Eyed Fish" which then segued into a 15-minute jam of "Bartender." Saxophonist, Jeff Coffin, shined during his whispy solo on the pennywhistle. Next up was "Hello Again," "Digging a Ditch" and "You Might Die Trying," featuring some crazy dance moves by Matthews. Then Matthews said to the crowd, "You are looking fine tonight. I've been told that the blue cotton-candy selling here tonight is much better if you stick it in your pants, and even better if you're tripping," which brought the crowd to an ear-numbing decibel. With his trademark saucy-smirk, Matthews and the band tore into "Seven" and "Lying In the Hands of God" with Coffin this time just tearing the song up on clairinet. Then "Shake Me Like a Monkey," "Cry Freedom" and "Tripping Billies" where violinist Boyd Tinsley played face to face with Matthews at the front of the stage where he kicked ass on the violin! Then "You and Me" and "Jimi Thing" which included snippets of Prince's Sexy M.F. which they finished with a climatic ending. The night continued with a mix of old and new songs including "Eh Hee," "Can't Stop" and "Cornbread." The audience was electrified by Matthews' dance moves again before they ended their first set with the always crowd pleasing "Ants Marching" before the band walked off the stage as drummer Carter Beauford threw out quite a few drumsticks.
        After a short break, Matthews returned to the stage alone to play the acoustic "Little Red Bird", commenting that he wrote the song while he was on an island and birds flew down to eat his crumbs of food. When the band returned, they launched right into "Time Bomb" before their finale, "All Along The Watchtower" which ended their nearly 3-hour show. Their second show was the following night for those fortunate enough to have a ticket to what will be the last DMB show at the SB Center for some time. The band has some dates close to us so if you're a big DMB fan, then make the trip. It's a well-oiled show and production, one not to be missed, and remember, they're taking 2011 off. Check their website for dates at www.davematthewsband.com. View more photos from the concert at www.coconuttimes.com.
– Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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