The Dave Matthews Band are on the front lines of the environmental musicians' movement, though their humanitarianism transcends green causes. The group's BAMA Works Fund, founded in 1999, worked initially to bolster arts and environmentalism in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia but has since spread internationally, donating more than $8.5 million to charities over the years. Known for the spectacle of their live show and near-constant touring, DMB have been extra committed in their eco-friendly efforts — particularly since 2004, when 800 pounds of human waste was dumped from their tour bus into the Chicago River and partially onto a tourist boat below. In an attempt to make amends, the band donated $50,000 to the Friends of the Chicago River and $50,000 to the Chicago Park District. Since then, the band's bonds with Reverb have strengthened and upon their fifth year as a partner, Dave Matthews Band used their spin-off Bama Green Project to run a tour last summer in which fans were encouraged to volunteer, showing up early for the show to learn more about the ecological causes and to help set up the Eco-Village recycling, water and information stations. In exchange, fans received a work pass to watch the show. Attendees of DMB's legendary concerts have also been encouraged to use online carpooling services to cut down on CO2 emissions in accordance with the band's own attempts to neutralize the waste produced by touring vehicles, hotels and venues.
Photo:Dave Matthews performs at the 5th Annual Kokua Festival to benefit environmental education in Hawaii schools at the Waikiki Shell on April 20, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.