Dave Matthews Band Biography
Dave Matthews Band (also known by the acronym DMB) is an American rock band, originally formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991 by singer and guitarist Dave Matthews, saxophonist Leroi Moore, bassist Stefan Lessard, violin player Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter Beauford, and keyboardist Peter Griesar (who left the band in 1993). All band members met Dave in Charlottesville. Since 1998 the band has performed at most of their shows with keyboardist Butch Taylor, who while not an officially named member of the band, is a fixture on stage. In 2005, the band added trumpet player Rashawn Ross to the stage. Moore, Beauford, Ross, Tinsley and Taylor also perform back up vocals.
DMB occupies a somewhat unique place in music history. On the one hand, the band allows audience members to record their live shows, permits not-for-profit trading of the recordings, and cites college students trading these tapes in the early 1990s as a key reason for their current fame. On the other hand, the band and its management worked with the US federal government in 1996 to launch a crackdown on bootleggers, which resulted in large-scale arrests of those responsible for illegally manufacturing and selling copies of DMB material. To further combat bootleggers, the band released Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95, which was an unexpected success and became the first in a regular series of official live releases, all of which have debuted in the top 20 of Billboard's Top 200 albums.
Another fan-friendly trend of DMB (in the tradition of The Grateful Dead, Phish, and Barenaked Ladies) is allowing their fans to purchase concert tickets before being sold to the general public. This, however, does not mean that Warehouse tickets will always be the best seats. Seat locations are not disclosed until approximately one month prior to the show date. Their Warehouse Fan Association pioneered the internet-based ticket pre-sales used by many artists today. DMB Manager Coran Capshaw founded and ran Musictoday, a company which runs Warehouse and other online fan clubs. In August, 2006, it was acquired by major concert promoter Live Nation, a spinoff of Clear Channel.
Other benefits of the Warehouse Fan Association is members receive bonus companion CDs when they pre-order official Audio and Video releases. Members who have been active since the establishment of the Warehouse often receive some of the best seats available.