Last night was a sentimental evening for Dave Matthews Band fans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, because the band played a show at the Marcus Amphitheater for the first time in 15 years. Judging from the sold out audience, we think it's safe to say fans were pretty pleased.
Usually, the band finds themselves playing at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin, but this year brought them back to Milwaukee.
The band's frontman took to the sold out crowd with, "It's been a little while since we've been in this building with y'all." Which was, of course, was followed by uproarious (and appreciative) applause.
Now in their third decade as a group, DMB chose to stick with their Summer Set Lists, which have grown to become very popular, and rid themselves of the usual supporting acts, splitting the concert into two sets. It's been a new format they've latched onto during their 2014 summer tour, kicking off each show with an intimate acoustic set.
To a degree, the band is opening up for themselves, which Matthews joked about during the concert, saying, "Thank you to Dave Matthews Band for letting us start the show this evening."
The smaller, cozier sets not only allow fans to clearly hear each instrument and the beautiful melodies DMB has to offer – on top of enjoying a rare acoustic viewing from the band – but also lets the group pick some numbers they're not so used to playing, such as "Minarets" and the unreleased "Write a Song."
DMB bassist Stefan Lessard recently delivered a telling interview that detailed the crafting of the now famed acoustic sets, or #DMB2sets, as it's known on Twitter.
So, will DMB be back in Milwaukee next year? We'll have to wait and see.