Marshall Fire Benefit Concert drops online tonight at 7 | News

The Marshall Fire Benefit Concert, which goes live online at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday), is already more than halfway to its goal of raising $1 million for the victims of the most devastating fire in history. of Colorado, promoter Chuck Morris said.

The concert is available for $10 at marshallfirebenefit.veeps.com and will remain visible to buyers until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The three-hour concert will feature an international lineup of stars from all eras and genres, including Dave Matthews, Lyle Lovett, Steve Miller and Wynona Judd, alongside a veritable who’s-who from the history of Colorado music including Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Leftover Salmon and Ryan Tedder – lead singer of pop rock band OneRepublic.

As of Friday, Morris estimated around 6,000 tickets had been purchased so far and the additional sponsorship funds had pushed total proceeds past the $500,000 mark. The concert was presented by AEG Presents and hosted by Nick Forster of eTown.

“Musicians have always been willing to lend a hand to raise funds and awareness,” Forster said. “Fighting for workers’ rights and civil rights, protesting wars, protecting family farms and protecting the environment – there has always been a soundtrack to the great social movements of our time.”

The devastating Dec. 30 winter wildfire, fueled by dry grass and 115 mph winds, destroyed 1,084 residential structures and damaged 149 others in Superior and Louisville, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. The fire caused losses estimated at $680 million.

“The next day I received a text from Michael Franti of the yoga retreat he leads in Bali,” Morris said of the hip-hop social activist who has a huge fan base in Colorado. “He said, ‘What are you doing about the fires?’ And, ‘How can I help?’ ”






Raquel Garcia, 15, performs.




Morris is particularly excited for concert viewers to meet Raquel Garciaa 15-year-old bilingual singer-songwriter he discovered in Boulder.

The rest of the concert lineup includes:

  • Brittany Howard, vocalist and guitarist for the Alabama Shakes

  • Three-time Grammy nominee Wynnona Judd and Cactus Moser

  • Old Crow Medicine Show, Grammy-winning American string band based in Nashville

  • Amos Lee, singer-songwriter from Philadelphia

  • Trey Anastasio, lead guitarist of rock band Phish

  • Ben Rector, singer-songwriter from Nashville

  • The Motet, funk, soul and jazz band based in Denver

  • Lake Street Dive, multi-genre group formed in 2004 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston

  • The California Honeydrops, Bay Area R&B

  • Denver singer-songwriter Rob Drabkin

  • Sarah Jarosz, singer-songwriter from Wimberley, Texas

  • Sam Bush, mandolinist and “King of Telluride”

  • Kitchen Dwellers Bluegrass Quartet

  • Mihali, vocalist and guitarist for the Vermont rock quartet Twiddle

All of the artists submitted recordings for the concert themselves, ranging from professionally produced studio sessions to cell phone selfies. Morris, chairman emeritus of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, called the outpouring “one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen in my 48 years with the company. Historically, musicians have always stepped up, so I’m not surprised by anyone you see on this lineup. It’s such a big music community, not just here in Colorado, but around the world.

None of the artists are paid to participate, Morris said. All funds raised will be donated to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund and administered by the Boulder County Community Foundation.

“Music itself can heal, and the funds raised through this event will go a long way in helping Coloradans affected by the Marshall Fire rebuild their lives and communities,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who planned to watch the concert on Monday night. with Morris from Governor’s Mansion. “If you are able to donate to help our friends and neighbors who need our support more than ever, this is a great opportunity to pay it forward while enjoying your favorite bands.”

The recorded concert includes comments from Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper and Congressman Joe Neguse.

The concert is sponsored by the MDC/Richmond American Foundation, which donated $250,000, Amazon, which donated $50,000, the Tuchman Family Foundation, which donated $50,000, and the Colorado Lottery, which donated $10,000. $.

As of last week, the Small Business Administration had approved more than $72 million in disaster loans for homeowners and renters, and nearly $3 million for businesses. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributed $1.3 million in individual aid. The deadline to apply for federal funds is March 2. Click here, then click “Individuals and families” in the left sidebar. Survivors can also seek help from the assistancecatastrophe.gov or stop at Disaster Assistance Center at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette.

This story will be updated throughout the evening.

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