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September 29, 2009 - Theresa Proudfit
My friend and co-worker Margueite Lanthier  and I have been to seven of "The Dave Matthews Band" concerts together. She has a couple more under her belt, but we hit seven together. The first one we saw was at Soldier field in Chicago, the next five at Alpine Valley in Milwaukee and the last at The First Midwest Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois, south of Chicago. Of the three venues Tinley Park was most disappointing.  For starters no tailgating. At the Alpine Valley events we always came hours early and geared up for the event by cooking out, listening to our favorite songs and meeting other Dave fans in the parking lot. Speaking of parking lots... This year we picked up three other friends and Dave Fans to join us at the concert, Mindy, Michelle and Sarah, so we decided to all pitch in for VIP parking. We figured $40.00 divided by five was only $8.00 a piece and we could "Drive In, Drive Out". What a waste of money. The parking attendants had no idea what they were doing and three separate attendants sent us in the wrong direction.  We ended up missing the first act, which was Willie Nelson, and we finally parked in the $30.00 VIP section instead of the $40.00 one we payed for. At the concert I bought 2 20 ounce Miller light drafts for $9.50 a piece and ate a $6.00 hamburger.  Maggie and I had seats and the other three girls had lawn tickets. We found our seats, by ourselves, because I didn't see anyone checking tickets, and the seating area was pretty packed. I'm pretty sure not everyone in the seats was a ticket holder.  Our seats were terrible. I couldn't see the stage and I could barely see the big screen.  Mindy, Michelle and Sarah could see better from their lawn seats.  The only positive thing was a great set list. They led with Maggie's favorite  "Don't Drink the water", played all my favorites off the new album, "Seven", "Funny the way it is", "Why I am", and "You and Me" and some other favorites like "Gravedigger" with Willie Nelson,"The Song that Jane likes" and "Jimi Thing" and did an encore of "Grey Street" which is one of my all time favorites. I really don't think DMB could disappoint me when it comes to the music, but as far as the venue I'll stick to Alpine Valley.


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