Counting Crows and Dashboard Confessional Serenade Michigan Lottery Ampitheatre

Saturday was the perfect night for an outdoor concert in which you could encompass yourself in lyricism, and absorb the intention of the melodies. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre’s attendees did just that on June 24 when Counting Crows passed through town with special guests Dashboard Confessional.


This tour was super special for both bands. In a press release, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz said:


“One of the best things about a life in rock and roll is that we spend it traveling the world playing music. It’s even better when you can do it with one of your best friends and watch them play every night too. Chris Carrabba hits the trifecta for me in that he’s one of my best friends in the world, one of my favorite people in the world, and he leads one of my favorite bands of all time, Dashboard Confessional. Sorry for the terrible pun but hands down, this is going to be the best summers ever.”


Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional said, “Dashboard Confessional could not be more excited to be playing all across America with our heroes and friends Counting Crows. Dreams really can come true!”


According to their press release, the pair have been friends and long-time collaborators for quite some time. “Adam Duritz and Chris Carrabba first met in 2003 at the 17th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in San Francisco with Neil Young. Since then, the two have remained close working together both on and off the stage.”




All photography by Ami Nicole ACRONYM.


Prior to the band gracing the stage, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows came out to announce the Dashboard Confessional, expressing how much he loves them in the process. With that co-sign, the band assumes the position and starts off the set with “Don’t Wait,” “The Sharp Hint of New Tears,” and “Belong.”


When Chris Carrabba leads the band into “Belong,” he spoke to the audience about sending his kids to summer camp, how he felt he had no responsibilities for the day, and he almost felt 30 again due to his excitement. We’re all growing older, dear friends.


For those of us who have been on the Dashboard Confessional ride since the early 2000s, it was surprising to see that “Screaming Infidelities” was higher up in the setlist than we’d expected. Another shocker: even though “Vindicated” is their biggest streamed song on Spotify, it was the pre-closer to the night, before “Hands Down.”


Check out the setlist here (the setlist is missing 3 tracks, unfortunately!).




All photography by Ami Nicole ACRONYM.


There was a moment of reflection before Counting Crows opened into “Round Here” as the first track of the night. I spotted frontman Adam Duritz sitting at the base of the drum set, looking out on the crowd before he stood to perform.


The second track was “Hard Candy,” which it’s a more up-tempo sound from the previous track, getting the crowd further engaged, leading them right to “Mr. Jones.” It was a shock to hear that song out of all of them in the 3rd song of the night, arguably being that it’s one of their most popular tracks.


Other staple song hits included “Colorblind,” which was on 1999’s ‘Cruel Intentions’ soundtrack, “A Long December,” and “Big Yellow Taxi.”


Check out the full setlist here (with a song or two missing from the encore).




June 28              Niagara Falls, ON            OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino

June 29              Northfield, OH               MGM Northfield Park

July 1                  Syracuse, NY                   St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

July 2                  Canandaigua, NY            CMAC

July 5                  Saratoga Springs, NY     Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 6                  Holmdel, NJ                     PNC Bank Arts Center

July 8                  Wantagh, NY                   Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

July 9                  Bethel, NY                       Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 12                Columbia, MD                Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 14                Gilford, NH                      Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 15                Boston, MA                     Leader Bank Pavilion

July 18                Providence, RI                Providence Performing Arts Center

July 19                Bridgeport, CT                Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

July 21                Bethlehem, PA               Wind Creek Event Center

July 22                Atlantic City, NJ             Borgata Event Center

July 25                Selbyville, DE                  Freeman Arts Pavilion (On-Sale March 24)

July 26                Doswell, VA                    The Meadow Event Park

July 28                Virginia Beach, VA         Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

July 29                Raleigh, NC                      Red Hat Amphitheater

August 1            Charlotte, NC                 Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre

August 2            Charleston, SC                Credit One Stadium

August 4            Fort Myers, FL                Suncoast Credit Union Arena

August 5            Fort Lauderdale, FL       Hard Rock Live

August 8            St Augustine, FL             The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

August 9            Tampa, FL                       MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

August 11          Alpharetta, GA                Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

August 12          Albertville, AL                Sand Mountain Amphitheater

August 14          Nashville, TN                  Grand Ole Opry

August 18          New Orleans, LA            Saenger Theatre

August 19          Sugar Land, TX              Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

August 22          San Antonio, TX             Majestic Theatre

August 23          Irving, TX                          The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

September 6     Los Angeles, CA             YouTube Theater

September 8     Lincoln, CA                      The Venue at Thunder Valley

September 10   Berkeley, CA                   The Greek Theatre

September 13   Airway Heights, WA      BECU Live Outdoor Venue

September 14   Bend, OR                         Hayden Homes Amphitheater

September 16   Seattle, WA                     TBD (On-Sale TBD)

September 17   Seattle, WA                     TBD (On-Sale TBD)

September 19   Bonner, MT                     KettleHouse Amphitheater

September 21   Boise, ID                          Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

September 22   Salt Lake City, UT           USANA Amphitheatre

September 25   Morrison, CO                  Red Rocks Amphitheatre


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