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Dave Matthews Band

Here's a little about the Dave Matthews Band from their roots in Charlottesville, Virginia, to their worldwide success.

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    The band was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991. Here they are in 2005 in Roseland, NYC.

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    Matthews never wanted to play in front of people until his lawyer friend, Ross Hoffman convinced him to create a demo.

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    DMB toured 20 years in a row and decided to take off summer of 2011.

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    Here's the band playing a aurally and visually stimulating show at the 2008 Rothbury Music Festival in Michigan.

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    Carter Beauford was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll 2010 as the 10th greatest drummer of all time.

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    Boyd Tinsley played with Alanis Morissette.

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    Dave Matthews picked up bassist, Stefan Lessard who never intended to continue the band after the studio, but he liked the sound and continued playing live.

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    Rashawn Ross (L) who plays trumpet for DMB has performed and recorded with artists like Usher, Ludacris, Nate Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Chris Cornell, and many more. Saxophonist LeRoi Moore (R), who cowrote and arranged many DMB songs, died in 2008.

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    Dave Matthews worked as a bartender at Miller's bar in Charolettesville, Virginia.

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    Bassist Stefan Lessard was only 16 when Dave Matthews asked him to join the band.

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    Their shows include longer improvised versions of their songs, they never play them the same overall.

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    Dave Matthews' sister Anne was murdered in South Africa in 1994 and he dedicated their first studio album, "Under the Table and Dreaming" to her memory.
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    In 2005, Dave Matthews Band collaborated with Ben & Jerry's to get their own ice cream flavor, "Magic Brownies" - and proceeds of sales went to "Lick Global Warming" - a campaign that promotes awareness of environmental issues.

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    Their 2009 album, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" debuted #1 on Billboard 200.

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    Boyd is known for his amazing violin solos.

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    Guitarist Tim Reynolds actually plays many other instruments - including the djembe, harp, sitar, piano, violin, bass, keyboards and more.

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    Dave Matthews was born in South Africa and his family moved a few countries a few times - to the US, to England, to the US and back to South Africa.

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    Dave Matthews invited Boyd Tinsley to play violin on the demo of "Trippin' Billies" in 1991 and he was impressed with the sound of the group. Not long after he joined full time.

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    Dave Matthews moved with his mother to Charlottesville, VA in 1986 and started bartending at a bar named Miller's. He ended up meeting most of the band there!

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    Here's the DMB hanging with Muhammed Ali for MTV's Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Discrimination in 2001.

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    In 2004, the Dave Matthews Band won an NAACP Image Award.

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    Dave Matthews Band has been nominated for fourteen Grammy Awards, but only brought one home over the years - in 1996 for "So Much to Say."

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    The band collecting their award for 'Best Live Act' at the 2001 My VH1 Music Awards.

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    In addition to playing violin, Boyd Tinsley has a side modeling career, released a solo album called "True Reflections" and wrote a short film called "Faces in the Mirror."

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    Dave Matthews teamed up with winemaker Steve Reeder to form 'The Dreaming Tree,' a range of california chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons and 'red crush blend' wines.

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    At the 2000 MyVH1 Awards

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