Today, AEG Presents chairman emeritus Chuck Morris joined Governor Jared Polis, Community Foundation of Boulder President Tatiana Hernandez, and Nathaniel Rateliff of Colorado-based band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats to announce a virtual benefit concert to support disaster survivors of the Marshall Fire. The pre-recorded concert will go live online on February 28th with more than 15 Colorado-based artists and popular national musical acts performing.
The Marshall Fire, which broke out on December 30, 2021 destroyed more than 1,000 homes and numerous businesses and is recorded as the most destructive fire in Colorado's history. In the month since the disaster, the Polis-Primavera administration has collaborated closely with local, state, and federal agencies to provide much-needed relief for impacted individuals and families navigating the process of filing insurance claims, accessing unemployment assistance, and applying for small business loans.
“Music itself can be healing, and the funds raised by this event will go a long way toward helping Coloradans impacted by the Marshall Fire to rebuild their lives and communities,” said Gov. Polis. “We’re thrilled to be partnering together with AEG, Community Foundation of Boulder, and Colorado creatives whose talents serve as a powerful balm during a difficult time. If you’re able to donate to help our friends and neighbors who need our support now more than ever, this is a great opportunity to pay it forward while enjoying your favorite bands.”
Virtual concertgoers will be able to hear some of Colorado's and the country's most talented musical artists, with the cost of their ticket going directly to helping Marshall Fire survivors through the Community Foundation of Boulder County’s website. Singer and songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff sang the praises of everyday Coloradans and fellow artists using their talents to do and give what they can to help those impacted recover.
“I want to thank Governor Polis and all of the sponsors, from corporations to non-profits, for ensuring countless people can support the Boulder community with every penny going towards victims of the fires. The power of Colorado’s music community to band together and lend their talents for free makes me proud to be in the music business,” said Chuck Morris, Chairman Emeritus of AEG Presents.
"The Marshall fire was a devastating event,” said Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. “Our neighbors to the north had their world turned upside down within a few hours. I am honored to do anything I can to help those affected by the fire get back on their feet.”
Where federal benefits have left gaps in funding for some impacted community members, organizations like the Community Foundation of Boulder have raised over $27 million and allocated $7 million in direct financial assistance for over 90% of households that were damaged or destroyed. The Community Foundation of Boulder County’s CEO Tatiana Hernandez joined the Governor to discuss how these funds will be used to improve the lives of survivors.
“Our hearts are with our friends and families in Boulder County,” said Larry A. Mizel, chairman and CEO of MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation. “We are fully committed to helping the region recover from the impacts of the Marshall Fire. We understand there is significant work to be done and we stand by our fellow Boulder community residents during this difficult time.”
The event will be streamed via Veeps. Veeps is a direct-to-fan experiential platform, custom-built for artists, by artists. Founded in 2017 by Benji and Joel Madden, it is the music industry's leading, premium live-streaming platform. Since then, Veeps has hosted hundreds of live-stream shows and events, in partnership with Live Nation, Veeps continues with a mission to power artists in the most critical early stages of their development, all the way through the biggest, most important moments of their careers.
Tickets are on sale now at marshallfirebenefit.veeps.com with a donation minimum of $10.