Back in the summer I was at a Cardinals game with Janice and Scott texted me saying that Dave Matthews was going to finish off his summer tour at Wrigley Field. My obvious reply was, "Why are you telling me this unless you are taking me to this?" and, of course, he did. We were able to get 4 total tickets so we asked our friends, Janice and Tony, to go, too.
The day of the concert was very hectic. We all took a 7:45am flight out to Chicago and wouldn't you know it, it was pouring down rain. All day long. We resigned ourselves to sitting out in the elements and even all stopped to buy umbrellas but at about 3:00 the skies lightened up and we had a fantastic night for an outdoor concert.
While walking the wet streets of Chicago, we were looking for a place to watch some football games and grab a bite to eat. A Chicago police officer referred us to Pippens Tavern. Turns out, Dave Matthews and band hang out there when they are in Chicago. While we didn't have a Dave sighting, I sure was watching that door closely. LOL Apparently, they were all in Pippins on both Thursday and Friday nights.
The bartender at Pippins referred us to Timothy O'Toole's where we could eat lunch and, once again, have access to a lot of TVs for sports. We ended up going back on Sunday before flying back to St. Louis and watching some of the NFL games, too.
While in Chicago, Janice has a friend that lives there that she wanted to meet up with. Mandy took us to her apartment and it was incredible! It is right across the street from Soldier Field and the lake and she has the most incredible view of the Chicago skyline.
We left Mandy's house and headed for Wrigley. Once inside, we were happy to find out that our seats were actually under the awning, in case it rained again. Since Scott has been a DMB Fan Club member for about 12 years, we normally end up on anywhere between the 7-12 rows of the concerts but this time the close seats were actually Standing Room Only General Admission seats. There was no way that all of us wanted to stand up for that long and deal with so many people so we opted for seats instead. Turns out, that was a good call as there were close to 13,000 people on the field!
Jason Mraz opened the show and he was awesome! We saw him last year at Farm Aid so I already knew that he would be good.
Finally, Dave came out and played for 3 hours! It was, by far, the best Dave concert that I have ever seen. Here is the play list:
Dave Matthews Band
You Might Die Trying *
Stay Or Leave *
Crash Into Me *
(Good Good Time)
Tripping Billies *
Digging a Ditch *
Stay (Wasting Time) *
Cant Stop *
Grey Street *
Jimi Thing *
Time Bomb *
Two Step *
Christmas Song +
Corn Bread *
Last Stop *
* Jeff Coffin
* Dave, Carter and Tim
(song name) indicates a partial song