"The field serving as the main concert grounds was awash with people as Matthews and company played the quiet opening chords of "#41." Matthews, a 32-year-old South African–born songwriter and former bartender, made sure to acknowledge the crowd's support several times. His Charlottesville, Va., band extended that appreciation, seemingly, by playing more aggressively than usual. The band turned "Don't Drink the Water" — a slowly rising, meditative tune off Before These Crowded Streets (1998) — into a hard-driving arena-rock song, with Boyd Tinsley's violin and Leroi Moore's saxophone riffing as sharply as Matthews' acoustic guitar. As if to drive home the point, Matthews loaded the set with fast songs, including "Two Step," "Too Much," "Ants Marching" and the climactic "Tripping Billies," with Tinsley athletically attacking his violin. Matthews was in good spirits as he conversed with fans, sometimes unintelligibly, between songs."
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