When I was in high school, my good friend James bequeathed to me a copy of Dave Matthews Band‘s first studio album. Under the Table and Dreaming completely changed the way I listened to music. I was a typical music listener for a teen: radio obsessed and repetitive. With my introduction to this album, I was ushered into a world of complexities and layers like I hadn’t heard before. It was my start of musical appreciation. Under the Table and Dreaming remains, to this day, one of my favorite albums of all time, book-ended by Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Ryan Adam’s Gold, and LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut.
After that, I spent a good portion of my high school summers touring DMB shows, from city to city, where every night they would play completely different sets and completely different songs, all the while managing to sound like an orchestra was on stage. I can say with 100% confidence that I have seen more DMB concerts than any other band in the short history of my life.
I loved their shows and while I hadn’t seen one in over ten years, the moment Dave started playing and tapping his toes, I was transported back in time. I had briefly doubted if the DMB I heralded in my head after all this time would live up to the musical memories of my nostalgic mind and instantaneously this idea was proved totally baseless.
Dave Matthews Band was an impeccable gorgeous spirited show when I was young and he is the same today. While no album of his may live up to the aggressive complicated ambitiousness of Under the Table and Dreaming, his catalog of music remains impressive, varied and filled with everything crowd pleasing jingles to southern rock ballads.
After this experience, I’m not sure if any band I photograph for the rest of my life will live up to Dave Matthews Band. The unparalleled excitement I felt in that photo pit was fueled by awe and devotion.
Dave Matthews was and clearly still remains the King of my Satellite Castle. I may not purchase all his music anymore, but he proved his place on a pedestal in my musical library.
Thank you Tahoe South for the opportunity to photograph my musical legend.
The last time I saw Devil Makes 3 was in 2011 and the experience didn’t end very well for me, though it wasn’t any fault of theirs. It seemed like all of South Lake Tahoe turned out for their sold out show on Saturday at Montbleu. I had a blast and I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos.
I love discovering new bands. Check these guys out.
Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe for it’s third year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun. Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale.
LAUREN’S PICKS – DAY 3 – Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Welcome to Snowglobe Music Festival! New Year’s Eve at Snowglobe brings the day with the line up I am personally the most excited about, mostly because Cut Copy is definitely in my list of the top five bands of all time.
- Vokab Company: Main Stage, 5:30-6:15. Vokab Company is no stranger to Tahoe and these MCs from San Diego have built up quite a following here with their special blend of electronic, hip-hop, soul and funk. Their super dynamic sound has garnered them the title of “best hip-hop group” at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row now. For fans of: Gift of Gab, Timbuktu, Hoodie Allen.
- Beats Antique: Main Stage, 8:00-9:00. The energy, excitement and mesmerizing beauty of a Beats Antique show is a completely unique, provocative and dazzling experience. Check out our interview with Beats Antique from last year for more. For fans of: STS9, Les Claypool, Pentaphobe.
- Steffi Graf: Igloo Tent, 9:00-10:15. This house and disco loving DJ duo was one of my surprise finds and favorites at last year’s event. For fans of: James Murphy DJ sets, Prince, and Danny Tenaglia.
- Cut Copy: Main Stage, 11:15-12:30. Cut Copy’s freshman album Bright Like Neon Love remains to this day in frequent listening rotation. This band’s dreamy love-laden and 80s flavored pop songs will have the field dancing into the night. They are currently on tour to support their new album, Free Your Mind and I caught their show recently in Reno, NV where they played a sing-a-long inducing mix of old and new songs. For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, Empire of the Sun, and Phoenix.
COMING UP in our coverage of Snowglobe:
- Reviews and photos! See you there!