Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the first annual Take Note The Concert, a benefit featuring an all Colorado-based line-up. Proceeds from the Take Note The Concert will support the Governor’s initiative called Take Note Colorado, for expansion of music education programs and access to musical instruments in Colorado’s schools.

Denver’s latest music success story, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, had a breakthrough year last year that included a number of milestones—their hit single “S.O.B.” blasted on the nation’s airwaves for months. The Band played over 246 shows in 16 countries since the release of their debut album and sold over 700,000 albums.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Photo credit- Brantley Gutierrez)

The May 4 concert at the 1STBANK Center will also feature short sets by Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident and Tracksuit Wedding. The event will be emceed by comedian Josh Blue and Bret Saunders from 97.3 KBCO. Other special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

The music education initiative, Take Note Colorado, was born over a conversation between Governor John Hickenlooper, musician and community leader Libby Anschutz, Bohemian Foundation, and Colorado resident and lead singer, Isaac Slade of the Denver-based, Grammy nominated rock band The Fray.

Tickets for the event, produced by AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and sponsored by 97.3 KBCO and CBS4 News are $25-$55. VIP tickets are $250, which includes premium seating, early-entry access, dinner and hosted bar.  Tickets can be purchased at: www.altitudetickets.com.

Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will establish Colorado Music Coalition’s grant-making fund. The goal is to raise the initial funding necessary to partner with several Colorado school districts for the 2017 school year.

Colorado Music Coalition is a newly-forming nonprofit organization that will raise and distribute funds to support music education and cultural activities for the benefit of Colorado students and residents. In addition to its initiative Take Note Colorado, the Coalition will host Sing It To Me Santa, a holiday benefit concert now in its fourth year. Colorado Music Coalition, founded and chaired by Libby Anschutz, has named Karen Radman, formerly of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, as its Executive Director.