ATLANTIC CITY — As the old saying goes regarding the original Woodstock festival, held in August 1969: "If you remember it, you probably weren't there."
Well, if you were at the three-day Dave Matthews Band Caravan music festival, held in Atlantic City June 24-26, 2011, at the city's one-time airport, Bader Field, there are chances you do remember some or even all of it.
Hey, the times they have a-changed and with a line-up like the Flaming Lips, Amos Lee, David Gray, G. Love & Special Sauce, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ray LaMontague, Mariachi El Bronx, and, among many others, the Dave Matthews Band, the festival's onslaught of amazing music is more than memorable.
During the festival, the DMB, which hosted three other DMBC music festivals throughout the country this year, with Atlantic City being the first stop, closed each night's festivities with a rockin' set.
Now, through the official DMB Web site, a Dave Matthews Band - Live in Atlantic City recording is available for pre-ordering. (All pre-orders receive a 5-song bonus disc, according to the site.) The 2-CD set (or digital downloads in a variety of formats) will be released Dec. 13, and will include the band’s headlining concert on June 26, the final night of the festival.
As far as the June 26 show, as the DMB site recalls:
"DMB pulled some great stuff out of their trick bag on the last night in AC with rarity (and previously unreleased) Kill the King, Seek Up into Warehouse, Dive In featuring a new musical intro and a first for the band with a cover of Sweet Emotion. The crowd went wild during the quadruple encore when DMB began playing Halloween after Carter’s snare drum intro to Ants Marching, launching back into Ants at the end of Halloween. DMB ended the show and an incredible weekend of music with the apropos Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin. The fans continued chanting the song as they exited the Caravan and walked over the bridge to the Boardwalk."
DMB "Warehouse" members who pre-order Live in Atlantic City will receive eight bonus songs of tracks selected from DMB’s night one and two shows in Atlantic City, according to the site.
So, if you remember how great the DMB's sets sounded each night in Atlantic City, or if perhaps you don't — it was a multi-stage, multi-artist three-day festival after all — now you can re-live that "epic" concert on the final night of the first-ever Dave Matthews Band Caravan.
DMBC Cover Story, (June 2011)
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Atlantic City Weekly will be bringing you live photos, blogs and more from the DMBC festival this weekend at Bader Field in Atlantic City.
Single-day tickets are now on sale for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Atlantic City’s Bader Field. The event June 24, 25 and 26, will feature a diverse lineup of musical talent performing on three stages during the day and a full set by headliners Dave Matthews Band each night.
As the late Atlantic City historian and former Club Harlem house band drummer Sid Trusty once said, "Every night was our party. And we invited the world." The party may be starting up again soon.
The truth is, our region has been a live-music mecca since the early 1900s, when cats like Eubie Blake and Eddie Cantor hung out for summers and performed at local clubs. Decades later the Atlantic City jazz scene was as hot as they come, with internationally heralded performers from Billy Eckstine and Louis Armstrong playing residencies at some of the hottest clubs on the East Coast, namely the venues on Atlantic City’s fabled Kentucky Avenue — all of them are gone now — including the Club Harlem.
Summertime, and the groovin’ is easy. Tourists fatten the regular jazz crowd cramming Kentucky Avenue, where the night never dies. Inside Club Harlem, they press against the bar and each other, as the organist and his quartet tune up on the bandstand. The music comes fast and the band is tight and the organ looses a torrent of sound. And there’s an added bonus for posterity: the live session is being recorded for an album, a rare occurrence in Atlantic City. This was the scene on the Saturday night of Aug. 9, 1969, when master jazz organist Lonnie Smith and company cut Move Your Hand, an exemplar of ’60s soul jazz, for the legendary Blue Note label. The title song, which became a hit, borrowed its lyric from a joke that Smith’s drummer told about a substitute preacher who couldn’t deliver the sermon because someone else’s hand was covering the text. (The joke is less than hysterical, but the number’s a grabber.) “One night, I was playing a little lick and just happened to say [“move your hand”] to the fellows in the band,” says Smith, now 67 and as busy as ever. “People loved it and always requested it.” It became...