Friday, July 22, 2011

DMB Caravan – Are we getting to old for this?

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I’m all for a good concert, especially outdoors.  So, when the hubs heard that Dave Mathew’s was doing this Caravan thing for their 20th anniversary, we jumped in. 

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If you haven’t heard about the Caravan, basically DMB put together a huge list of great artists to play over a three day period in only 4 locations…Chicago being one of them, in honor of the 20th anniversary.  Our neighbor is a DMB fanatic so we got them to go along with this crazy 3-day madness as well.

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Here’s how we spent our DMB Caravan weekend…

We saw too many great artists to count including…

Amos Lee

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David Gray

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Ray Lamontagne (which I didn’t get a picture of…ARGH!)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (who appeared on Treme if you’re fans of that, which we totally are.)DSCF4174

O.A.R. (Derek’s fave)

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Kid Cudi, Ben Folds, Gomez, The Wailers, Liz Phair….the list goes on and on.

Dave closed the festival each night.

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Dave himself is quite a funny man on stage.

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This was my first DMB concert and even if you’re not a fan of their music (I realized there are a lot of haters out there), you have to admire their stamina.  They plated three days in a row, for three hours each concert…not breaks and they never repeated ONE SONG!  I find that impressive.

The festival was held on the Southside on the site of an old steel plant.  We thought there would be a lawn of some sort…

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…but unfortunately it was acres and acres of mulch/wood chips.  And stumps.  OUCH!  Notice the funky dirty feet.  Oh, yeah.  THIS is how a festival should be.  :)

Where the mulch ended, the “moon rocks began…

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I got smart and wore sneakers on Days 2 and 3.

That leads me to GEAR.  One needs certain gear for an outdoor event in the summer.  An event with NO shade, loads of beer and dust.

The hubs wore these the first day..

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Smart man. 

He also suggested bringing hand towels that we wet and use for a quick cool down.

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Again, smart man.

Other items that we didn’t know were necessary, but saw plenty of were…

Rope sandals. 

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If that’s what they’re called.  I’m way too uncool for these.

Hula hoops.

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Yep, it’s 100 degrees outside…let’s hula.

The cowboy hat.  I think our buddy Ryan was almost sold on this one.

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And although we cursed the sun most of the three days, we saw some awesome sunsets over the masses each night…

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Did I mention that there were 60,000 people there??

Here’s what we say to YOU, oh sweltering sun…

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CHOMP!

All and all, it was a great experience.  However, after three days, it left us wondering…

ARE WE TOO OLD FOR THIS??

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NO WAY!!!

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1 comment:

  1. You got *THAT* right. Hells nah we ain't too old. I love concerts, street festivals, clubs, any venue of live music possible. :)

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