The gift will help revitalize public housing in the band's birthplace.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
December 17, 2018
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Few musical groups take hometown commitment as seriously as Dave Matthews Band. Before Matthews' was the namesake of one of the most successful touring acts of all time, the singer was a bartender at Miller's Downtown in Charlottesville, Virginia. Seven consecutive #1 Billboard albums and many shows later, the band continues to contribute to the Charlottesville community in ways both large and small, in bad times and in good.

Last year, in the wake of the horrific tradgedy that left protester Heather Heyer dead, Dave Matthews Band headlined benefit, A Concert for Charlottesville, for the Heal Charlottesville Fund. (Below, Matthews is pictured at the concert with Heyer's mother, Susan Bro.)

This year, Dave Matthews, Dave Matthews Band, and their Charlottesville-born management company, Red Light Management, is continuing to show to their support for their beloved hometown with the annoucement of $5 million for the redevelopment of the city's public housing.

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"A portion of the proceeds from the John Paul Jones Arena shows [which took place 12/14 and 12/15] will be included in the $5 million that Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Red Light Management will donate towards the renovation and/or replacement of all of the city's public housing while building additional affordable housing on the existing underutilized land," a DMB press release reads. "The first phase of the project will include a long-overdue complete renovation of Crescent Halls, a building housing elderly and disabled low-income residents, and the construction of brand new units on South First Street. The band's contribution will serve as a catalyzing major gift in the ongoing fundraising campaign for the resident-led, multi-phased project."

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"The housing crisis is one that is a national and international problem; we’re proud to be a part of the solution right here in Charlottesville," a news statement shares on the band's website. The generous donation comes in partnership with the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA) and the Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), Red Light Management, Riverbend Development, Castle Development Partners, and Virginia Community Development Corporation (VCDC), all of whom are working together in a volunteer capacity.

If you're inspired to get involved and donate, visit cvillehousingfund.org. And while you're at it, may I suggest giving their new album Come Tomorrow a spin?

The band may not be playing in C'ville dives for a fiver anymore, but their latest record embodies the creative spirit of the Virginia college town as colorfully as their 1993 debut album, Remember Two Things.