Dave Matthews, the Fray, members of the Lumineers and more announce Colorado flood benefit concertBy Matt Miller | October 16th, 2013 | 7 comments
Colorado’s biggest flood relief concert may also be one of the biggest concerts of the year. Promoters AEG Live and Live Nation have announced that Dave Matthews, the Fray, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, members of the Lumineers, Devotchka, Nathaniel Rateliff and more will team up for “Colorado Rising: A Benefit for Flood Relief.”
That huge bill comes to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield on Oct. 27.
“Coloradans unite during crisis – so does the music community. We are thrilled so many musicians are coming together for this flood relief benefit concert,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper in an AEG Live and Live Nation news release.
This flood benefit joins scores of local concerts around Colorado that have brought musicians and the community to raise funds for victims. In September, artists including the National, the Lumineers, Big Gigantic and the Lyons music community raised more than $45,000 through flood benefit events.
This isn’t the first time Matthews has stepped up to the fundraising bat in Colorado. Fans remember when Matthews and the city of Denver (with local promoters, unions, vendors and others) all donated their services for a $1 million fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts at Red Rocks in 2005. The show was an emotional outpouring for fans, band and crew, and it was no coincidence that Matthews helped organize such a show in Colorado, and not another state.
“For us, (the fundraising concert) was a natural thing,” Matthews told Reverb’s Ricardo Baca in 2010. “You say it was special, but it wasn’t really a celebration. It wasn’t a good thing. It was a necessity, and that we had access to bring all these people together to raise a good amount of money was very fortunate for us.”
Tickets for the concert are $65-$125 and go on sale Oct. 18. All proceeds from the concert go to liveunitedcolorado.org.