DMB on the big screen
The cinema experience has been a whole new ballgame lately. Marcus is giving movie-goers the chance to see concerts, operas direct from the Met and movies in 3D.
Last night I saw the aptly-named movie "Larger than Life" featuring Dave Mathews Band in concert from the comfort of my seat at the North Shore Cinema. In fact, I appeared on stage, touched Dave's hand, caught a drumstick thrown out by drummer Carter Beauford and danced around without getting beer spilled on me - it was great!
The film uses digital technology that can only been seen in theatres and allows you to become part of the concert. You get sturdy and stylish Austin Powers-esque 3D eye-wear to make you feel like you are on stage with the band.
The film consists of excerpts from the Dave Mathews Band performance at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas. Mathews plays mostly songs from his new album "Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King" and closes with his iconic ditty "Ants Marching."
Although at times I couldn't totally feel the energy of the crowd like you do at a live performance, the comforts of the theatre more than made up for it. Plus, the ticket was much cheaper than a live show.
The beginning of the film shows a few songs from the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello at All Points West Music and Arts Festival in New Jersey and Ben Harper and the Relentless7 at the Mile High Music Festival in Denver. Two bands that nicely complement Dave's brand of jam-rock.
This week-long engagement is one not to miss. Hurry, the last day for screening is Thursday, December 17. Otherwise, you will have to wait until the next summer show at Alpine Valley. Trust me though, if you've been there and done that, this is a whole new way to enjoy the sounds of the Dave Mathews Band.