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Dave Matthews Band Takes On The Rain At Darien Lake [PICTURES / VIDEO]

It just wouldn’t be a Dave Matthews show in Buffalo if there wasn’t some rain to go along with it.

Fitz & the Tantrums got the crowd going with a great set full of energy with their self-described “soul influenced indie-pop”. If you have never heard of Fitz & the Tantrums, do your ears a favor and check them out — you won’t be disappointed.

The moment you could see DMB walking on to the stage, the crowd erupted in cheers and screams, and with no introduction needed, the boys got right into the music with their hit, “Best of What’s Around”.

You could easily pick out the die-hard fans that knew every word to every song and speculated on what was coming up next based on previous set lists from the tour. You could also easily pick out the ones that were just there for the party, as they would drunkenly shout or stumble through the crowd to get another beer during songs unfamiliar to most.

One of my pet peeves was all around me, as people would just sit down during new songs. I hate that. You paid good money to come out and see a great band, and sure they have plenty of hits that could fill a set list, but if that’s all you want to hear, stay home and listen to the CD. DMB shows are where you go to hear music before it’s even recorded. You never know, you could be sitting through your next favorite song and you didn’t even know it because you were sitting down and playing with your phone. End of rant.

In the end, Dave Matthews and Co. delivered a great show as they have done for the past 22 years. New songs, classic songs — they were all played that evening, and whether you are a die-hard fan following the band across the country or a casual listener, there was something for you. For some, it may have been their first DMB show, and after Wednesday’s performance, I’m sure they are now fans.

Check out some photos below, including the full set list.

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