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.