February 10, 2021
Dave Matthews Band kicked off 2020 with a summer tour announcement and unveiled plans to partner with The Nature Conservancy on the outing. Fans were invited to join with them in supporting the organization’s Plant A Billion campaign, which aims to help curb the effects of climate change and expand forests around the globe.
Presidents’ Day weekend saw Dave and Tim returning to the Riviera Maya in Mexico to perform nightly concerts on the beach for fans enjoying the fifth in a series of annual concert vacations. In late February, DMB headlined The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and the Innings Festival in Tempe, AZ. DMB Radio became a permanent SiriusXM channel in 2020 and the band continued to roll out additional live albums over the course of the year with Volumes 51-54 of the Live Trax series and vinyl editions of Live Trax 6, 7 and 35. Together with acclaimed author Clete Smith, Dave published the children’s book If We Were Giants.
As the global COVID-19 pandemic changed the course of lives around the world, DMB found new ways of connecting with fans through virtual concerts and benefits. Band members were able to take their music straight into the fans’ homes, softening the disappointment of news that the 2020 summer tour dates would need to be rescheduled for 2021.
The band’s DMB Drive-In Concert series and other philanthropic events supported initiatives such as COVID-19 relief, social justice and voter registration. Highlights included Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live, the Save Our Stages Festival and Africa’s Music For Meals concert. For the first time in over three decades, Farm Aid went virtual with Dave, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp performing live from their quarantine locations. Dave also appeared on such shows as the GRAMMY’s “United We Sing” telecast and “CBS This Morning.”