Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A Helping Band

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A Helping Band

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Two days after superstorm Sandy left a path of devastation in its wake, the Dave Matthews Band reached out to a Morristown-based foundation to turn the group's fall-winter tour opener on Friday at the Izod Center into a $1 million benefit for regional recovery efforts.

"When there's an emergency we definitely want to do everything that we can to help," violinist Boyd Tinsley said by phone. "The New York-New Jersey area in particular is very special to us. We worked our way up through the clubs there and came on the national stage on the David Letterman show. You guys are our people."

The band is donating all proceeds from Friday's show through its Bama Works Sandy Relief Fund to the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

"They were one of the first calls we received" after the storm, said Community Foundation president Hans Dekker. "They were so quick and elegant about it."

Dekker said the non-profit will disperse the $1 million through grants to communities and charities in great need. The organization was formed in 1979 and grants an average of more than $25 million each year to charitable organizations.

The Dave Matthews Band created the Bama Works Fund in its home base of Charlottesville, Va., in 1999. The fund, which is administered by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, has distributed more than 800 grants totaling more than $15 million.

The band, which has sold more than 30 million albums since forming in 1991, is known for its pop sensibility and high-energy and improvisational live sets that extend album tracks into lengthy jam sessions.

"Away from the World," released in September, is the band's sixth No. 1 record, tying the Eagles' feat for most No. 1 albums by an American band. Standout tracks include album-opener "Broken Things," "Gaucho" and "Rooftop."

Violinist Tinsley said the band was energized on this project by working with producer Steve Lillywhite for the first time in more than a decade. …

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