The local music front is pretty quiet tonight, so I'll take the opportunity to point out the perfect storm of 1996 frat party pop-rock bliss that is converging on Columbus.
First of all, Dave Matthews Band, the most polarizing band in America throughout my high school and college years, comes to Crew Stadium, 1 Black and Gold Blvd., for their first local show in two years. DMB used to kick off their summer tours at Germain Amphitheater, but even they skipped the morbidly thin 2007 season up on Polaris Parkway. So Dave fans — at least the ones who haven't road tripped to see him in the past two years — must be desperate for a fix. I provided some background on Matthews' supporting cast in last week's paper. This show begins at 7 p.m., with sexy librarian type Ingrid Michaelson supporting. Tickets range from $39.50 to $70.
Across town at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., will be three acts that might have joined Matthews on a Horde Tour some years ago but have not maintained DMB's intense cult following. Live, Blues Traveler and (my personal favorite) Collective Soul make for a triple bill to take me back to morning music videos on VH1 before that network descended into a black hole called nostalgia. Of course, this show is nothing if not a nostalgia trip for my generation, so I guess it fits the current VH1 model pretty well too. (And 10 years from now these bands can be on VH1 classic.) Doors open at 5 p.m.(!) for this show, tickets cost $34(!) and someone named Hana Pestle has the honor of opening.