When a young South African named Dave Matthews was living in Charlottesville, Virginia, he began writing songs on his acoustic guitar in the late 1980s. He soon started to attract the interest of local musicians who were looking for an interesting project in which to invest their time. The result was the formation of Dave Matthews Band. After honing its skills and releasing a demo of jazz, blues and jam fusion tunes, the troupe brought its show on the road to much commercial and critical acclaim. Dave Matthews Band has since become one of America's more beloved acts, and people are typically struck by the band's intense performances during the group's summer tours.