Daily Archives: March 28, 2017

Rateliff, Devotchka benefit concert sets a record for local refugee charity

Frank Anello, executive director and co-founder of Project Worthmore, said the money raised will be used to fund the organization’s ongoing programs, which teach refugees skills like farming, English and how to navigate their new community. The origins of the benefit concert go back to the day President Trump announced his initial executive order on refugees. About $40,000 of the money — which was the total the organization projected to raise in total for the evening — came from ticket sales (it received 90 percent of that money) and Night Sweats merchandise sales on that night, which the band donated in its entirety. (Michael McGrath, Special to The Know)
There’s something beautifully altruistic about playing rock and roll for charity. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play the Ogden Theater in December. Most of the remainder was raised via the auction of two signed acoustic guitars, which were provided by 7S Management. The day after, Anello said Project Worthmore received a bomb threat. To learn more about Project Worthmore’s upcoming events, including art shows and a June 17 festival, check out its website. On March 23, modern Colorado rock luminaries Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Devotchka and Joe Sampson got together to play a show at the Ogden Theatre in the name of Project Worthmore, a nonprofit organization focused on helping the Colorado refugee population. It’s as close as life gets to a kid’s cartoon: a guitarist shredding a solo, which sends out a rainbow that heals all it touches, watering plants, fixing cars and turning rocks into ham sandwiches. The sold-out show, which was hosted by alt-pop group Flobots and featured an appearance by Gov. John Hickenlooper, proved an unprecedented success, raising around $60,000 for Project Worthmore, the largest amount of money the organization has ever received from a one-time benefit. (According to Anello, the FBI investigated the threat, but didn’t find sufficient evidence to link it to any suspect.) Rateliff teamed up with Project Worthmore after Anello, who is a close friend, relayed the story to him.

Download “My My Mind” by Citra, only in Steal This Track

This band must rehearse daily. For many, one of the biggest obstacles to band-hood is mastering an unspoken musical language that allows each member to intuit each other’s instincts. Exactly one year after the release its first EP, which came out only a couple months after its members met, the band is back with a single and B-side that already shows an outfit at a rapid rate of development. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. (Provided by the band)
Denver indie rock band Citra isn’t wasting any time. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Below, you can download “My My Mind,” which shows the more power-hungry side of the rock band. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Citra has no trouble with this. As on the EP, their two new tracks, “Air” and its B-side “My My Mind,” has the band spanning the spectrum of indie rock with fast, joyfully aggressive music with tight changes and varied movements. But then be sure to check out the video for the single “Air.” This track perhaps best exemplifies what a fun, catchy hard rock band Citra could be. If “Air” is any example of what further releases will sound like, Citra could be injecting fun further than Denver city limits. Here, the emphasis is on fun — they say their mission is “to inject a bit of fun into the EDM and folk-rock dominated Denver music scene.”
Fair enough!