Dave Matthews Band launched its 2016 summer tour with a sold-out benefit concert at John Paul Jones Arena in its hometown of Charlottesville, Va., that raised more than $1.5 million for local charities.
The band, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, donated 100 percent of net proceeds from the show — including tickets, merchandise, VIP packages and sponsorship fees — to Charlottesville area charitable programs via its Bama Works Fund. The concert was filmed for State Farm Neighborhood Sessions, an ongoing series about artists giving back to their communities. The piece will air on Turner later this year.
Founded in 1999 at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the Bama Works Fund has raised more than $40 million to date, and made over 1,300 grants, primarily to charitable programs in the local community. The Foundation has also responded to immediate needs that have arisen due to a wide range of crises and catastrophes worldwide, from building a trade school in Haiti to $1.5 million for a Musicians Village in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to helping rebuild a fishing village in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, to more than $1 million for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Managed forever by Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management, Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville in early 1991, and developed into one of the most consistent touring acts in history. Prior to the May 7 show, the band shared its memories with the local community by hosting “DMB 25,” a photographic retrospective pop-up gallery that opened the evening prior to the JPJ show. The exhibit featured more than 40 images taken over the past 25 years plus a selection of memorabilia, posters, lyrics and instruments. Twenty-five of the photographs will be displayed in an exhibit opening June 16 at the famed Morrison Gallery in New York City.
The band, which will be taking a break from touring in 2017, resumes its North American tour on March 11, with a show at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. Stops this summer run include two-night stands in Camden, N.J.; Elkhorn, Wis; Gilford, N.H.; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Noblesville, Ind.; West Palm Beach, Fla., and Berkeley, Calif. The tour wraps with three Labor Day weekend shows at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.