I mentioned last spring that Dave Matthews Band was coming to the Mile High Music Festival. Originally I wasn’t too enthused with only seeing them in a festival setting, but after digesting the lineup I’ve really warmed up to the idea, and happy spent my summer’s concert budget on the festival (which $150 for 2 days isn’t really that bad).
The performers schedule was finally released last Friday and I’m beginning to plot my itinerary for the day. I’m a little disappointed because many of the bands I was excited to se will be overlapping, although some just overlap slightly.
Also when planning the itinerary it’s also important to remember that it’s impossible to see all the bands, and you physically can’t watch shows from 11am to 11pm in the hot sun both days. As much as I’m looking forward to seeing the bands, I’m just as excited about tailgating in between shows. It reminds me of football games, where sometimes tailgating beforehand can be just as much fun – or even more than – seeing the actual game.
With that in mind, here’s my in-progress schedule:
2:00pm Gavin Degraw
3:00pm Jason Mraz
4:00pm Steve Winwood (or Tailgating)
7:00pm Michael Franti & Spearhead
9:00pm Tom Petty
2:00pm OneRepublic (although I’ve heard they’re not great live)
3:00pm Colbie Caillat
4:00pm Rodrigo Y Gabriela or Flogging Molly – that one’s up in the air
7:00pm The Roots
8:45pm Dave Matthews Band
Do you have any suggestions for bands that are worth seeing? As you can see, I need to do some listening of the other bands, especially before 2pm.
An update on last week’s rant on DMB not scheduling a Colorado date – it turns out they are taking part in the Mile High Music Festival. The rumors were off by 1 day (but makes sense if they’re doing a festival). They’re headlining Sunday. There are going to be a ton of bands there including Spearhead, Tom Petty, John Mayer, the Black Crowes, O.A.R. and the Roots + a ton more. A 2-day pass is $150, and a 1 day is $85 – a pretty good deal considering you’d probably pay $150 seeing 2-3 bands.
Bethany and I are blocking the weekend of July 18 & 19 to go to this, it should be a blast. There is a pre-sale going on if you go to the stations web site, sign up to be an “Interactive Member” which is free, then you’re given access to the pre-sale code & link to the pre-sale site. We picked up our tickets.
I only put an “*” next to this because typically festival concerts aren’t the same as single-headline shows and typically run shorter. Additionally, my Warehouse Membership is basically useless for another year, since they’re not offering any Warehouse pre-sales – bummer. At least I won’t have to consider traveling to see DMB.
Are you going? Let me know so maybe we can tailgate and get a big group together.