October 5, 1996
As Dave Matthews Band celebrated its 20th anniversary, the band members decided to shake things up and trying something new. Although the group had previously announced they would be taking the year off from touring, they couldn’t resist playing a few shows together. So the Dave Matthews Band Caravan was conceived – a series of three-day festivals featuring a diverse array of musical talent performing during the day and full sets by DMB each evening. The traveling festival hit four cities: Atlantic City, Chicago, New York City and George, WA.
There were two live releases from the Dave Matthews Band Caravan outing – Live in Atlantic City and Live on Lakeside – and the band also released Vol. 20 of the Live Trax series plus Live at Wrigley Field and downloads of three additional concerts.
Dave and Tim played several shows, including their first acoustic concert in the band’s hometown of Charlottesville, VA since 1994. Proceeds from that evening and a NYC show followed Matthews’ new model for benefit concerts, which allowed ticket buyers to decide which charities would receive the proceeds through the JustGive.org online donation platform.