The show will feature aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, from stripped-downed moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment with string quartet. The event will also feature opening act Kevin Morby, who was originally set to perform with Rateliff as part of his cancelled Red Rocks dates in August.
“It means a lot to me to have Kevin with us who is one of my favorite songwriters,” notes Rateliff.
The nine-camera shoot will offer viewers unprecedented access to the musicians, the stage and the iconic venue, capturing a moving performance from Rateliff’s “And It’s Still Alright” tour. The livestream event will feature custom lighting, roaming cameras and drone footage that will document the stark, dramatic imagery of the band performing in the empty theater. The livestream follows Rateliff’s five-night run of socially distanced shows at Red Rocks—his first performances with an audience since March.
“This is our way of sharing the show with everyone around the world. We worked as hard as ever to put this show together and we don’t know when we will be able to get back out there,” says Rateliff. “Whether you are on stage or in the audience Red Rocks is certainly the best place in the world to play. Our year has been strange and our future uncertain, I think the only thing we can do is try to understand each other better and love each other. It is a hard time and I encourage everyone to be open and vulnerable to those you love. They are just waiting for you.”
The Marigold Project is Rateliff’s foundation dedicated to economic, racial and social justice. A portion of the events proceeds will benefit MusiCares. “MusiCares has been there for us, for our band and crew, in times of need. We honor their work and we are very glad to continue our support of this organization that cares for the broad music family,” says Rateliff. Lean more about the foundation at the-marigold-project.org.