PHOTOS: Billy Bauer Band’s Dave Matthews Tribute

On Saturday night, the excitement of those inside of a packed Musikfest Cafe was unmistakable, as the sold-out crowd came through to hear Billy Bauer Band pay tribute to one of its biggest influences — and one of the most successful touring artists of all time — Dave Matthews Band.

The excitement was rewarded, as the band — which sported six members on this night — delivered two hours of hits, DMB fan favorites, and even managed to sneak in a Billy Bauer Band “cover.”

The evening was opened by the acoustic stylings of Matt Dellecker, providing a nice and mellow start to the night. Joined by cellist Jacob Maurer, the duo combined to create a folksy acoustic sound with a soft tenderness that called The Lumineers to mind.

After a brief intermission, Bauer took the stage around 8:50 p.m., opening with “Typical Situation” from DMB’s innovative 1994 record, “Under the Table and Dreaming.” Other highlights from early in the set included the enduring classic, “Ants Marching,” and a chill-inducing version of popular ballad “Crash.”

The audience remained rapt through the entire set, as Bauer and his band kept the energy up through extended jams highlighted by the distinct tones of electric violinist and Billy Bauer Band co-founder Chris Lorenzetti and noteworthy saxophonist Garrett Powell, who capably performed the parts that late DMB sax man LeRoi Moore made famous.

After returning for an encore, the band returned, closing with a stirring rendition of “All Along the Watchtower” that left the fans on their feet in applause.

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