With a career spanning over 30 years, Dave Matthews Band is one of the most influential bands in rock history. In 1991, vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape and sought the assistance of drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville, VA music scene. 16-year-old bassist Stefan Lessard came on board shortly thereafter. Their infectious, distinctive sound garnered lots of early attention and a die-hard loyal fan base, catapulting the band into one of the most successful touring acts of the past three decades. The band has sold more than 25 million tickets since its inception, making them the second largest ticket-seller in history.
The band will release their 10th studio album, Walk Around the Moon, May 19, 2023 on RCA Records. To-date, their nine studio albums and numerous live recordings, have sold a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs since the 1994 release of its major label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming. The GRAMMY®-winning band’s many hits include “What Would You Say,” “Crash Into Me,” “Too Much,” “Everyday,” “American Baby,” “Funny The Way It Is,” “Mercy” and “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin).” The latest single from the new album “Madman’s Eyes” was released January 24, 2023.
Founding member LeRoi Moore passed away in August of 2008 and the band paid tribute to him with 2009’s Platinum-certified Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Dave Matthews Band has since welcomed longtime collaborators/touring musicians Jeff Coffin (saxophone), Rashawn Ross (horns) and Tim Reynolds (guitar) into the lineup and – most recently – keyboardist Buddy Strong. With 2018’s Come Tomorrow, Dave Matthews Band became the first group in history to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The group’s Bama Works Fund, established in 1999, has raised more than $65 million dollars for humanitarian and environmental initiatives. Dave Matthews’ ongoing partnership with The Nature Conservancy has resulted in three million trees being planted since 2020. The continued partnership will bring the total to four million trees in 2023. Named as a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador in 2019, Dave Matthews Band has a long history of reducing their environmental footprint, going back to their first shows in 1991.