The second of two benefit shows during the Dave Matthews Band's visit to its leader's adopted hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, has been canceled due to sluggish ticket sales.
"While I initially thought the fans and the community would be further benefited by the addition of a second show, I now believe we should work within the limits of one show," said DMB manager Coran Capshaw on Thursday (April 12). "To date, ticket sales for the second show do not assure sufficient additional net proceeds for the charitable fund to justify the strain on the community a second show may bring."
The shows, scheduled for April 21 and 22 at University of Virginia's Scott Stadium (see "Dave Matthews Band Extend Summer Tour"), were to benefit the Dave Matthews Band's Bama Works Foundation, which the group founded to help aid disadvantaged youth in the Charlottesville area. The April 22 date had been added after initial demand for tickets exceeded the venue's 40,000-seat capacity.
Ticket sales from the first show brought more than $850,000 to the Bama Works Foundation, according to the band's publicist. The second show was expected to add an estimated $1 million to that figure, according to John Redick, director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Community Foundation, which backs the Bama Works Foundation.
"The band still intends to build up the foundation," Redick said. "Now it will just take a little longer."
Ticketholders for the April 22 benefit can receive a refund by returning tickets to point of purchase, the band's publicist said.
Matthews has lived in Charlottesville since the early 1990s.The band's latest release, Everyday, debuted at #1 in February; it sits at #3 on the Billboard 200 this week and will move to #6 next week.