February 21, 2018
In 2017, many band members used the break from a full summer tour to pursue a few individual projects. In February, Dave and Tim headed to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where fans joined them for an all-inclusive coastal concert vacation. The pair toured the U.S. and Europe thereafter. Stefan and longtime collaborator Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) played concerts with 123GO! and Secret Stash. Jeff played shows with several of his side projects and joined Carter at the Clearwater Jazz Fest and the 27th Annual Berks Jazz Fest.
After violence erupted at a far-right rally in Charlottesville in August, Dave Matthews Band joined together with Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant and numerous special guests to perform at “A Concert For Charlottesville – An Evening of Music and Unity.” The event was free to local residents and members of the University of Virginia community. Many fans chose to make donations to a fund that provided assistance to victims, their families, first responders and organizations promoting unity and justice.
Dave Matthews Band celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day with the first vinyl release of Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95. DMB Live 25, a five-LP collection of career spanning live performances together with a hardcover book featuring photographs from the DMB 25 Pop-Up Retrospective, was released in the fall. The Live Trax series continued with Volumes 41-44.