Shortly before its return to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, DMB issued a $1.5 million challenge grant to help build the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village – a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Ninth Ward.
In June, Dave Matthews Band announced a plan to arrange for NativeEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their touring activities since 1991. On July 7 and 8, the band performed back-to-back nights at Boston’s Fenway Park with Sheryl Crow supporting – concerts that were offered as Live Trax Volume 6 within weeks.
Other tour highlights included the 2nd annual “Island Getaway” at NYC’s Randall Island, a return to Chicago with George Clinton performing and a two show tour-closer at the new state-of-the-art John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Dave Matthews Band also performed as special guest of the Rolling Stones at shows in El Paso and Seattle.
In October, DMB released its double CD, Best of What’s Around, Vol. 1, featuring a disc of essential studio songs and a second disc of live songs picked by fans. In addition to the Fenway Park shows, two other volumes were released in the Live Trax series: Live Trax 5: 8.23.1995 Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester Hills, MI and Live Trax 7: 12.31.1996 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA.