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Governor Hickenlooper proclaims Dec. 17 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Day

“We made this record and I never thought that any of this would ever happen,” Rateliff said. On Saturday, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats wrapped up an international tour cycle for its self-titled debut album with their second of two sold-out shows at the Ogden Theatre, including a surprise announcement from Governor Hickenlooper. Therefore, I, John W. “We had the great experience of having the Denver community help us along the way through so many different musical projects. Hickenlooper, the governor of the state of Colorado, do hereby proclaim, forever after, December 17, 2016, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Day in the State of Colorado. And whereas Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have sold over 640,000 albums and have performed for over 700,000 people. You can read a transcript of the proclamation in full below. Their music has been streamed by 7.1 million people on Spotify, for a cumulative 432 years. Nathaniel Rateliff, a principal member of our music scene for the last fifteen years, joins with Joseph Pope III, Pat Meese, Luke Mossman, Andy Wild and Mark Schusterman to perform as the venerable Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Maybe on this Night Sweats Day, we’ll all plant a tree or do something good. And whereas, since June 2015, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have performed 246 shows in more than 16 countries across the globe. Related Articles

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Humbled, Rateliff took the stage to recognize the proclamation, getting on his knees while members of the band wrapped him in the Colorado flag. Before the band took the stage, AEG Rocky Mountains Vice President Don Strasburg, Night Sweats manager Chris Tedzeli and a representative from the governor’s office introduced Governor Hickenlooper, who officially proclaimed Dec. The rock and roll folk R&B group has travelled over 208,000 miles in the last 18 months, touring the world and playing sold-out venues. Whereas 7.1 million people have streamed the band on Spotify for a total of 432 years of cumulative music listening. They sold out their August 2017 Red Rocks show in seven minutes. But let’s continue to move forward in this year with love and hope and faith and remember that we are all one and we are all in this human experience together.”
Rateliff was visibly moved throughout his set, wiping away tears and, at one point, apologizing to the packed hometown crowd for not being able to keep it together. The proclamation rattled off some stats from the Night Sweats’ recent tour that would cement its place as the de facto hardest working band in Denver. 17 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Day. Some highlights:

The band has travelled 208,000 miles in the last 18 months, playing 246 shows for more than 700,000 people. And whereas their upcoming August 2017 Red Rocks show, a world-renowned venue with 10,000 seats, sold out in just 7 minutes. And whereas, managed by Chris Tedzeli at Denver-based 7S Management, the group, even with their global travels, has deep roots to the Colorado community. And whereas Colorado’s music scene continues to grow and thrive with enormous talent, dedication and passion for community that musicians like Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats brings to our state.

Photos: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at the Ogden Theatre (Friday)

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Safe at home, Rateliff was direct about the great personal irony of 2016. presidential election and the current state of political affairs. Photo by Michael McGrath. “But we have to keep loving each other,” explained Rateliff, before breaking back in to more of the jubilant soul music that has powered his band across the world and back. Hometown heroes Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats brought their big show to the little Ogden Theatre on Friday night for the first of two sold-out holiday shows. “But it feels like a lot of magic is leaving the world,” citing the deaths of Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, and his disappointment about the U.S. While Denver was getting slammed by a surprise blizzard, the band kept things warm and bright inside the packed Ogden. Rateliff’s moment of reflection included a powerful solo acoustic rendition of Cohen’s mournful “Chelsea Hotel #2.”