Dave started a challenge grant for Hurricane Katrina victims. His band performed at a benefit concert in Denver that raised $1,500,000. This grant will match dollar for dollar, contributions made to the Habitat for Humanity Musician's Village.
Dave is very involved in social politics and he and his band appeared at Bob Geldof's Live 8 benefit for global AIDS awareness.
Dave gained infamous notoriety in Chicago when after a concert, his tour bus driver emptied the bus' septic tank on a bridge over the Chicago River and onto a tour boat full of people.
Dave: We all still love playing together and the reason is we still mess around with each other. We're still trying to invent new ways to play the songs. I think that's what makes our live thing so special. Some nights every song is a surprise, because we hear more detail than anyone else. If we stopped surprising each other, there really wouldn't be any reason for us to play together.
Dave and The Dave Matthews Band sponsor many charities through the Bama Works fund. Charities often include those focused on helping underpriviledged children and environmental concerns.
Dave co-owns ATO Records. This label represents several groups, including Gov't Mule, Mike Doughty, and Jem.
Dave and his band performed a free charity concert at Central Park to benefit New York public schools.
Dave has collaborated with many popular musicians and groups. Including Blue Man Group, Santana, and Tim Reynolds.
Dave and his wife, Jennifer Ashley Harper, are the parents of twins Grace Anne and Stella Busina.
Dave's first major success (his album, Under the Table and Dreaming) was dedicated to his recently murdered sister Anne.
Before forming The Dave Matthews Band, Dave was a bartender at Miller's in Charlottesville, VA.
Dave has a three siblings. His brother, Peter and two sisters, Jane and Anne who was tragically murdered by her husband.
Dave has played guitar since he was nine years old.
Dave: But what the money hasn't changed is the fact that we're still determined to kick a**. There's not a lot of bands that can say they've been together fifteen years and working as consistently. We got where we are in a pretty honest way and built the wall with our own hands.
Dave: We've had a fair amount of luck with singles. We've also kept true to our fans, I think, because of the way we play live. But they're two very separate things to us. We were always based in songs. That's what brought the band together. Jamming became what we liked to do during songs, but it was never the band's focus. It was always to play the songs well. Everyone in the band is really competent at what they do, so it followed that being creative onstage would happen. In many ways, though, we're still focused on the songs.
Dave: It's a lotta fun to play smaller places but the real thing is whether or not you can win the crowd. And that's everything for me...
Dave: Our job is to focus on real simple things -- treasuring our friendships and treasuring the music, and treasuring our time doing what we love to do, because it will pass.
Dave: We just enjoy ourselves and I think the tightness comes from just knowing each other. No two takes in the studio ever sound the same either, when we're in there, so it's sort of the same thing. No two nights repeat themselves too much.
Dave: I'm sure it gave me a little bit of an openness. The most diverse music in the world is in America, 'cause there's so many different cultures here, but what tends to be pushed to the top is often a narrow view of what there really is. So maybe [his travels] just gave me a wider pool of listening.