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Dave Matthews Band tickets are still a hot item after 15 years of performances, and this one-time college-town band has hit it big in the music world. The band members really never envisioned the kind of success they’ve had, and their style is as unique as any band on the music scene today. Their appeal is worldwide, and how they got to their current position of prominence is worth analyzing.

Early Beginnings

Dave Matthews had grown up in South Africa, and in order to avoid military service for his country he moved to Virginia after being accepted for admission into UVA. Matthews was a Quaker, and his religious beliefs prevented him from joining the military.

He found work at a local bar as a bartender, and although he had always enjoyed playing the guitar and writing songs, his biggest dreams consisted of writing songs for others to perform, as Matthews had a terrible case of stage fright. Matthews befriended a Charlottesville attorney named Ross Hoffman who convinced Dave to record any of his songs on a demo tape. Matthews accepted this advice, as he knew he would not have to perform in front of a crowd.

After recording the demo, Matthews presented it to several local musicians, most of whom had been playing in different jazz bands. The musicians were impressed, and they decided to use the bar where Matthews worked as a rehearsal studio while it was closed. This helped Dave get over his fear of crowds, and the band began to improve and find their style.

First Gigs

The band had begun to achieve their sound, and they soon landed their first gig at a rooftop party in Charlottesville. They still did not have a name, but they did get a lot of recognize from their first audience. That performance was so successful that they played at the local Earth Day celebration in 1991, and that led to several weekly gigs at clubs and bars in the area.

Almost by default, the band adopted the name Dave Matthews Band” as they couldn’t think of anything better. They were gathering a loyal following and word spread both by reputation and by way of tapes that the band allowed audiences to make of their shows. Soon thereafter, Dave Matthews Band tickets became a popular item on the college scene.


Ultimately, the band continued to rise and independently released their first album in 1993 entitled Remember Two Things. The release was certified gold, which was an extremely rare accomplishment for an independent album. It also led to a major recording contract and an unbelievable amount of success. RCA began to distribute their work, and the DMB,” as they are often called, have released 13 studio and live albums since their initial release.

They have also won several awards, including a Grammy Award, five VH1 Awards and even a NAACP Image Award in 2004. They have also sold millions of records worldwide and tour extensively. It is safe to say that Dave Matthews has conquered his fear of performing in front of crowds, and Dave Matthews Band tickets will show you just how far he and the band have come.