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Background on Dave Matthews Band

1991 - Formed in Charlottesville, Va.
It may be hard to believe, but the origin of Dave Matthews Band dates all the way to the early 90s. The group's namesake, Dave Matthews, began rounding up fellow musicians Carter Beauford (drums), LeRoi Moore (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), Peter Griesar (keyboard), and Boyd Tinsley (violin) for the original lineup. The group began recording demos and performing in local venues around Charlottesville.

 

Word of mouth from local clubs and festivals proved to be the band’s ticket to success
For two years straight, DMB played a series of clubs and festivals along the East Coast, building up the group’s fan base from the strength of their live performances, which have become one of the strongest points of the band’s reputation.

 

1993 - Debut album, “Remember Two Things," released
Unlike a typical debut, the group’s inaugural album was a live set from a concert at The Muse Music Club on Nantucket Island a few months earlier. The album contained ever-popular tracks like “Ants Marching,” and “Tripping Billies,” both of which have become tour staples over the years.

 

1994 - Release of first studio album, “Under the Table and Dreaming”
Along with new versions of “Ants Marching” and “Satellite,” the album also contained some of the group’s most recognizable tracks including “What Would You Say,” “Jimi Thing,” “Warehouse,” and “Dancing Nancies.” The rookie studio effort peaked on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 11.

 

Live concerts keep the band connected to its fiercely loyal fan base
DMB has released more live albums than studio recordings, and their popular improvisational live concerts caused enough demand for 20 consecutive years of touring. To this day, the band still allows tapers at live shows.

 

To date, Dave Matthews Band has released dozens of live and studio recordings
The band has released eight studio albums, 15 live albums, over 20 volumes in the Live Trax series, and numerous live concert videos. Thirteen of the band’s studio and live albums have been certified platinum at least once.

Major Awards

Dave Matthews Band has 14 GRAMMY nominations to its name, but has won just once, back in 1997 for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group on 'So Much to Say.' Dave Matthews' solo album, 'Some Devil,' earned the artist a GRAMMY for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for 'Gravedigger' in 2004.

Dave Matthews Band Tours

Live performances have become a focal point for the band, which has released more live albums than studio recordings, and whose popular improvisational style caused enough demand for 20 consecutive years of touring, which in addition to North America, has included stops in Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America. According to DMBAlmanac.com, the band has logged over 2,000 shows and 71 tours, the bulk of which have taken place during the summer months. See a breakdown below.

  • 1991

    - Various months
  • 1992

    - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • 1993

    - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • 1994

    - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • 1995

    - Spring, Summer, Winter
  • 1996

    - Summer, Fall
  • 1997

    - Summer
  • 1998

    - Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1999

    - Summer
  • 2000

    - Summer, Fall
  • 2001

    - Summer
  • 2002

    - Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 2003

    - Summer
  • 2004

    - Summer
  • 2005

    - Summer, Fall
  • 2006

    - Summer
  • 2007

    - Summer
  • 2008

    - Summer
  • 2009

    - Spring, Summer
  • 2010

    - Summer, Fall
  • 2011

    - Summer Caravans
  • 2012

    - Summer, Winter
  • 2013

    - Summer

Studio Albums

  • 1994

    - Under the Table Dreaming
  • 1996

    - Crash
  • 1998

    - Before These Crowded Streets
  • 2001

    - Everyday
  • 2002

    - Busted Stuff
  • 2005

    - Stand Up
  • 2009

    - Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
  • 2012

    - Away From the World

Current Band Members

  • Clockwise from left:
  • Vocalist/Guitarist


    Dave Matthews
  • Drummer


    Carter Beauford
  • Violinist


    Boyd Tinsley
  • Bassist


    Stefan Lessard
  • Not pictured:
  • Saxophonist


    Jeff Coffin
  • Trumpeter


    Rashawn Ross
  • Guitarist


    Tim Reynolds

Past Members

  • Saxophonist

    LeRoi Moore (Passed away in 2008)
  • Keyboardists

    Peter Griesar, Butch Taylor

Musical Style

Following DMB’s formation in 1991, the word of mouth generated from playing local clubs and festivals for nearly two years straight proved to be the ticket to success for the band, which quickly became known for its distinctive sound that blends together several different genres including:

  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Funk
  • Country
  • Alternative

Live Trax Series

Taking its name from the Trax Nightclub where Dave Matthews Band got its start, the Live Trax Series features live recordings of concerts in their entirety. Check out the full list below.

  • Vol. 1

    | 12.8.98 - Centrum Centre, Worcester, Mass.
  • Vol. 2

    | 9.12.04 - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Vol. 3

    | 8.27.00 - Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
  • Vol. 4

    | 4.30.96 - Classic Amphitheatre, Richmond, Va.
  • Vol. 5

    | 8.23.95 - Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester Hills, Mich.
  • Vol. 6

    | 7.7-8.06 - Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.
  • Vol. 7

    | 12.31.96 - Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va.
  • Vol. 8

    | 8.7.04 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis.
  • Vol. 9

    | 3.23-24.07 - MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nev.
  • Vol. 10

    | 5.25.07 - Pavilion Atlantico, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Vol. 11

    | 8.29.00 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Vol. 12

    | 5.5.98 - L.B. Day Amphitheater, Salem, Ore.
  • Vol. 13

    | 6.7.08 - Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Vol. 14

    | 6.28.08 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Bristow, Va.
  • Vol. 15

    | 8.9.08 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis.
  • Vol. 16

    | 6.26.00 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vol. 17

    | 7.6.97 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
  • Vol. 18

    | 6.4.96 - Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Vol. 19

    | 9.30.08 - Vivo Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Vol. 20

    | 8.19.93 - Wetlands Preserve, New York, N.Y.
  • Vol. 21

    | 8.4.95 - Soma, San Diego, Calif.
  • Vol. 22

    | 7.14.10 - Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pa.
  • Vol. 23

    | 2.19.96 - Whittemore Center Arena, Durham, N.H.
  • Vol. 24

    | 2.8.97 - Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Vol. 25

    | 5.30.06 - UMB Bank Pavilion, Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Vol. 26

    | 7.30.03 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Marysville, Calif.