Dave Matthews Band raises $1.5 million for hometown charity show

On Saturday, May 7th, Dave Matthews Band kicked off its 2016 summer tour with a sold-out benefit concert at John Paul Jones Arena in its hometown of Charlottesville, VA. The event raised more than $1.5 million dollars for local charities. The band, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, wished to express its gratitude for the incredible support the community has provided over the years. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the concert – including tickets, merchandise, VIP packages and sponsorship fees – will go to Charlottesville area charitable programs via Dave Matthews Band’s Bama Works Fund.

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. It has also responded to a variety of national and international needs. 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.

Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville in early 1991. 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 John Paul Jones Arena 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, will resume its North American tour on Wednesday, March 11th, with a show at INTRUST BANK Arena in Wichita, KS. The run will include two-night stands in Camden, NJ; Elkhorn, WI; Gilford, NH; Saratoga Springs, NY; Noblesville, IN; West Palm Beach, FL and Berkeley, CA. It will wrap up with three Labor Day weekend shows at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale now online.

Tour Dates:

5/11 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
5/13 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/14 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/17 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
5/18 North Little Rock, ARVerizon Arena
5/20 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
5/21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
5/24 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
5/27 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
5/28 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
5/29 Maryland Heights, MOHollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/7 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/8 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/10 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
6/11 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
6/17 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/18 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
6/21 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/22 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
6/24 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/25 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/28 Moline, IL iWireless Center
6/29 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/1 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/2 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/6 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds ONLY
7/8 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
7/9 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/12 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/13 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/15 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/19 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/20 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/22 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/23 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/26 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
7/27 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/29 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/30 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
8/26 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/27 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
8/29 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
8/30 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
9/2 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/3 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/4 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.