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By the third and final night of these concerts, the crowd had gotten so bold that not only did they stand, they rushed to the lip of the stage to cheer on The Hold Steady as they rocked out hard. It was no surprise since openers Titus A brought the show down to them (them being a bunch of brash and seemingly intoxicated teenagers) as lead man Patrick Stickles opened their set screaming from the front row. Couldn’t imagine Andrew Bird doing that.

I was fortunate enough to obtain a photo pass for the bands set opening for Dave Matthews. Being my first experience with a pass at the venue, I was struck by the precision of the operations and restrictions that come with it. Talk about a well-oiled machine. Being the opener, the band played to what seemed to be dozens of uninterested people. I believe the lack of enthusiasm really affected the band who only seemed to perk up during their last few songs. Bummer. More photos here.

Hi everybody. I am going on vacation and will not be updating the blog. I have a lot of shows backlogged, including the ones pictured, and there are a TON of shows I am hitting this summer which will provide plenty of fertile material for this site (Jenny Lewis, Camera Obscura, Conor Oberst, Old 97’s, Sam Roberts, Son Volt, Steve Earle, to name a few). As always, thank you for visiting my tiny piece of the interwebs and I will be back next week.



Munhall, PA Knowing full well that the venue might enforce a strict stay in your seat policy (which they did), I opted to snag an aisle seat as opposed to one closer inside the row. If there was a plea from the bands to ignore such an idiotic rule and there was a stage rush, I could have quicker access for good shots. As I spent the first few songs in my Row J seat, I realized that the images I was getting were kinda weak. Thankfully I threw all abandon out the window and just confidently marched down the opposite aisle where I enjoyed the rest of the show hugging the stage where not one person bothered me.