Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Isaac Slade of The Fray, and Governor Hickenlooper Team Up on Take Note The Concert benefitting Music Education — May 4th
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Denver (March 8, 2017). Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the first annual Take Note The Concert, a benefit featuring an all Colorado-based line-up. Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will support the Governor's initiative, Take Note Colorado, for expansion of music education programs and access to musical instruments in Colorado's schools.
Denver's latest music success story, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, had a breakthrough year (2016) that included a number of milestone — their hit single "S.O.B." blasted on the nation's airwaves for months. The Bank played over 246 shows in 16 countries since the release of their debut album and sold over 700,000 albums.
The May 4 concert at the 1STABNK Center will also feature short sets by Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident and Tracksuit Wedding. The event will be enceed by comedian Josh Blue and Bret Saunders from 97.3 KBCO. Other specials guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Study after study shows that music learning supports other learning — from language development to improved test scores in countless subjects," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "But it's so much more: music is crucial to creating a unique and vibrant culture. If Colorado wants to ensure everyone has access to a high-quality education, we must expand access to music education."
The music education initiative, Take Note Colorado, was born over a conversation between Governor John Hickenlooper, musician and community leader Libby Anschutz, Bohemian Foundation, and Colorado resident and lead singer, Isaac Slade, of Denver-based, Grammy nominated rock band, The Fray. "Music has made a difference to me, personally, and I think that it can make a difference in the lives of Colorado's students as well," said Libby Anschutz. "I am excited to found the Colorado Music Coalition which will become the umbrella 501 (c) (3) organization for the Take Note Colorado initiative. We are going to expand the opportunities for Colorado's kids to learn to play music that they know and love."
More than 28,000 Colorado students attend schools that don't offer formal arts education. and 50 percent of the state's high schoolers are not in arts classes.
"Music is about communication and connection," said Slade, Chair of the Take Note Colorado initiative. "It gives us ways to express ourselves and deeply connect with each other. We want to give every kid the chance to pick up an instrument and learn how to play, learn how to speak that language."
Tickets for the event, produced by AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and sponsored by 97.3 KBCO and CBS4 News are $25-$55. VIP Tickets are $250, which includes premium seating, early-entry access, dinner and hosted bar. Tickets can be purchased at www.altitudetickets.com.
"I've been blessed to have had such a long and rewarding career doing something I love in the music industry," said Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, who is producing the Concert and serving on the Colorado Music Coalition board. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to give back to Colorado by being part of this exemplary committee helping our schools increase and enhance their music programming!"
Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will establish Colorado Music Coalition's grant-making fund. The goal is to raise initial funding necessary to partner with several Colorado school districts for the 2017 school year.
Colorado Music Coalition is a newly-forming nonprofit organization that will raise and distribute funds to support music education and cultural activities for the benefit of Colorado students and residents. In addition to its initiative Take Note Colorado, the Coalition will host Sing It To Me Santa, a holiday benefit concert now in its fourth year. Colorado Music Coalition, founded and chaired by Libby Anschutz, has named Karen Radman, formerly of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, as its Executive Director.
Follow Take Note Colorado on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with @TakeNoteColo and the Colorado Music Coalition with @COMusCoalition.
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