Review of 6/9/12 show by Janet Kwiatkowski
Photographs of 6/8/12 show by Bob Cohen
Picking up their summer tradition where they left off following last year’s hiatus, the Dave Matthews Band returned to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs for two sold-out performances last weekend. The DMB has built a solid and legendary relationship with SPAC and expressed their love for the venue in the Sam Erickson documentary “Hello Again: Part 2,” in which Matthews conveyed that they “love the whole vibe, the sound, the scenery” and they can “stretch out and be more experimental here than at other venue.”
The throngs were up for some serious pre-show partying, and the majority have made it an annual two-night event. Just about everyone I spoke with had well over a hundred DMB shows under their belt and were treading well-tilled ground at SPAC. Dave Matthews has also collaborated on a California wine called fittingly “The Dreaming Tree,” which was served throughout the venue.