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Dave Matthews Band: Summer Tour 2012

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Back in May we saw Dave Matthews Band in concert at the Gexa Energy Pavilion here in Dallas. We went with my brother, sister-in-law, and another couple we have known for a while. It was the first big outing alone for my brother and SIL since they had their baby, so we let loose a little bit and had a great time. We arrived early so we could get a good tailgating spot. There isn’t much shade to go around at Gexa so you have to arrive early or fry in the Texas sun.

We found a great parking/tailgating space next to a median with a shade tree in the parking lot. We brought several bag chairs, coolers, portable charcoal grill, food, drinks, and some portable speakers so we could jam to some DMB before the concert started.

My brother bought the portable disposable charcoal grill off Amazon for $6 and it was amazing! Which was good, considering our entire meal was riding on that thing working. It was perfect to grill two packages of hot dogs and 4 hamburger patties before it burned out. I was pretty shocked at how well it worked, and so were the passerby’s that stopped to observe the awesomeness that is basically charcoal in a foil pan. Seriously, give it a shot if you need something quick and easy with little clean up. We just poured two bottles of water on it and tossed it in the trash. So simple!

The concert was great, as usual! There was a couple that SLEPT through the entire show. I’m not even joking. They must have been on something because there is no reason why anyone should be allowed to sleep through something that loud! By the time the concert was winding down everyone started taking pictures of them. Probably not the nicest thing to do, but neither is sleeping through a DMB concert!

So there you have it! Simple and inexpensive concert tailgating!

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